The final international break of the season was capped off with lots of talking point as the final schedule for the Qatar 2022 World Cup now seems to be decided.
Italy were stunned and will miss out on the World Cup while Nigeria also missed out as well.
However, we will focus our attention back on the domestic front where we approach the the final stretch of the season.
The best of league action continues and we bring you the likely betting tips and predictions to go with from all of the day’s action.
Liverpool are at home to relegation battlers Watford, a team they thrashed 5-0 in the reverse league fixture back in October. The Reds have secured five wins from their last six meetings with the Hornets, and we’re backing them to cruise to victory on Saturday. Klopp’s men have won five of their last six matches in all competitions. Watford have lost three of their last five league games and have failed to score in two of their last four outings. Bet9ja have 1.13 odds, Paripesa have 1.15 odds and 1xBet have 1.15 odds.
Manchester City face a potentially tricky away game against relegation battlers Burnley in the Premier League this weekend. The polar opposite footballing cultures within both clubs could make this game very close and competitive, even though City is the clear favorite to win the game. Manchester City have not lost against Burnley since 2015 and have won each of their last nine games against Saturday’s hosts. Burnley head into this weekend’s game on the back of three straight defeats without scoring a single goal, while Man City have won four of their last six matches. Bet9ja have 1.19 odds, Paripesa have 1.26 odds and 1xBet have 1.26 odds.
Chelsea might be unstable off the pitch but on it, it’s business as usual. The Premier League title race might be out of sight right now but Chelsea need to maintain their good form as an improving Arsenal side are only five points behind them. Brentford have 30pts on the board and look like they have enough about them to stay in the Premier League this season. Chelsea have won each of their last four games against Brentford. The hosts have also won each of their last six matches in all competitions, so you can see just why we’re backing a home win this weekend. Bet9ja have 1.34 odds, Paripesa have 1.36 odds and 1xBet have 1.36 odds.
The title-holders won 0-1 on the road on the last match-day, against Rayo Vallecano. They are on a five-fixture winning streak, and this also includes a 0-1 win at Old Trafford, against Manchester United, in the Champions League. On the other hand, Alaves lost 2-3 at home the past game week, against Granada. They are on a two-fixture losing streak and were winless in 16 of their past 17 overall matches. Simeone’s men had posted 15 points on the board in the last five match-days, and only Barca had managed to match the feat. The defending champions have lost just twice at home this whole league season. Meanwhile, Alaves have had a single league win since the first week of November. The last they won on the road was back in October. These stats point to Atletico Madrid comfortably winning this fixture. Bet9ja have 1.37 odds, Paripesa have 1.39 odds and 1xBet have 1.39 odds.
Since a loss in their previous game against Barcelona in La Liga action, Real Madrid and their traveling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one. Celta Vigo have left without a victory over Real Madrid in their previous 15 league games. What a terrible run without a win that has been. Also, Los Blancos have not been beaten in their last 6 home league matches. We are sure of a tough encounter between both sides after returning from the break but Real Madrid are expected to come out on top. Bet9ja have 1.95 odds, Paripesa have 2.01 odds and 1xBet have 2.01 odds.
Over 2.5 Goals
Manchester United might not head into their Premier League game with Leicester this weekend as the form favorites but the bookmakers are still backing the Red Devils to secure all 3pts. The Foxes sit 14pts behind United in the table and the pressure is on Rodgers as it looks highly unlikely that Leicester will secure European football next season via their finishing position. At least three goals have been scored in the last four head-to-heads between Man Utd and Leicester in league and cup, so you can start to see why we’re backing goals this weekend. Three of United’s last six matches in all competitions have produced over 2.5 goals, while Leicester’s last two games have finished with exactly three goals being scored. Bet9ja have 1.59 odds, Paripesa have 1.56 odds and 1xBet have 1.56 odds.
Freiburg are set to play Bayern Munich at the Europa-Park Stadion on Saturday in the Bundesliga. The host come into this game on the back of a 0-0 draw against Stefan Leitl’s Greuther Furth in the league. Bayern Munich, on the other hand, beat Urs Fischer’s Union Berlin 4-0 in the Bundesliga. The previous five H2H matches between both sides have resulted in over 2.5 goals, making this selection the right one once again. Bet9ja have 1.40 odds, Paripesa have 1.41 odds and 1xBet have 1.41 odds.
The late Bundesliga kick-off on Saturday pits together two of Germany’s biggest outfits as Borussia Dortmund look to continue their title charge by besting Champions League hopefuls RB Leipzig and also aiming to avenging their 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture. Dortmund have actually been very impressive on home soil in the league this season, earning 11 wins from 13 such matches. Visiting side Leipzig find themselves in fantastic recent form though and remain unbeaten across nine straight competitive outings (W6, D3). They have previously played games with an over 2.5 outcome with four out of the last five games ending in that trend. A clear winner would be hard to call here but we can see a plethora of goals for both sides today. Bet9ja have 1.50 odds, Peripesa have 1.53 odds and 1xBet have 1.53 odds.
Leeds are making progress under their new manager, despite picking up even more injuries last time out against Wolves. Southampton beat Leeds in the Premier League at St Mary’s back in October but head to Elland Road this weekend in poor form. Three of the last six meetings between these two clubs have produced over 2.5 goals, the last two of which ended in Leeds victories. Four of Leeds’ last six outings in the Premier League have witnessed at least three goals scored while each of Southampton’s last five fixtures has produced over 2.5 goals. Bet9ja have 1.58 odds, Paripesa have 1.69 odds and 1xBet have 1.99 odds.
FC Groningen are hoping to win again following a 1-3 Eredivisie victory versus FC Utrecht. Ajax head into the meeting after a 3-2 Eredivisie win as they beat Feyenoord in their last fixture. Ajax have been scored against in five of their last six games, with opponents netting nine goals in all. In defense, Ajax have some weaknesses to address. At the same time, FC Groningen might well find it a difficult task to make a breakthrough but we do see them managing to get on the scoresheet as well here. Bet9ja have 1.43 odds, Paripesa have 1.47 odds and 1xBet have 1.47 odds.
Mount is the top scorer for Chelsea in the Premier League this season with eight-goals, and we’re backing the England international to score against Brentford this weekend. Mount is due a goal having only netted once in his last nine appearances for Chelsea in all competitions with his last goal arriving in the 3-1 win over Norwich in the Premier League. Bet9ja have 2.60 odds while Paripesa has 2.88 odds.
Mahrez is the joint top scorer for Man City in the Premier League this season with 10-goals, and we’re backing the Algerian international to score against Burnley this weekend. Mahrez has scored six goals in his last nine games for Man City in all competitions, so you can see why we’re backing Pep’s main penalty taker to score on Saturday. Bet9ja have 2.20 odds while Paripesa have 1.85 odds.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored nine goals in seven PL H2Hs for his joint-best tally against any team in the competition. He is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with 20 goals already and looking to add more. He is also on Penalty duty for his side which is an added bonus here. Bet9ja have 1.55 odds while Paripesa have 1.45 odds.
Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has struck 12 of his 16 league goals at home this campaign and has six strikes across three previous H2Hs. The Norwegian is back in fine form and seems to have put his injuries in his past with goals for his side Norway during the break. A return to league action could see him score here and also help his side challenge for the title. Bet9ja have 1.85 odds while Paripesa have 1.725 odds.
United’s top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine of his 12 PL goals this season at home, making him a prime candidate to score here today. After a very lackluster performance with his international side Portugal over the break, he would be edging to return here and amongst the goals for his side. Bet9ja have 1.90 odds while Paripesa have 1.75 odds.
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