Just because the UK are cracking on with Article 50 doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of the European leagues and earn some much needed extra dosh. Here are some tips from the continental land of late night kick offs, ultras and some fairly creative fan murals.
The surprise package of the season so far in Italy has been Atalanta. Earlier in the season they were being talked about as the new Leicester but transfer speculation linking youthful stars such as Ivorian Franck Kessie with the likes of Chelsea affected their focus and two defeats came against Juventus and Lazio. Not that that is anything to sniff at! Since those defeats they have thwarted Sampdoria and were unfortunate in Turin last weekend as an inspired Joe Hart kept the score level at 1-1.
However, this Sunday they entertain a Cagliari side in their own backyard. Cagliari’s away record is abysmal. They haven’t won on their travels since October and haven’t scored since early November. For a home win the odds aren’t great so based on Cagliari’s atrocious away form and Atlanta’s inability to keep a clean sheet, two in nine, 8/11 on over 2.5 goals looks certain.
Tipped as serious title candidates at the start of the season, it has been tough to see how the seams have come loose for Dortmund this year. Rumours of a breakdown in relations between the hierarchy of Dortmund and the manager Thomas Tuchel were personified by the revelation that manager was not made aware of the signing of wunderkind Andreas Isak until the deal was finalised.
With things far from happy families at Dortmund, their opponents on Saturday are the pantomime villains of German football RB Leipzig. Having defeated the last remaining unbeaten team in Europe last weekend, Hoffenhiem, without talisman Emile Forsberg, an away win would really put the cat amongst the pigeons for Tuchel. At 3/1, it’s a no-brainer.
If ever a game looked capable of enducing euthanasia, Nantes v Nancy could be that game. Both teams sit bottom of the league for goals scored with Nantes only managing five goals at home all season and Nancy only four away from home!
At 5/1 for a 0-0 and a 1-1 feel free to go for either but there is more chance of Theresa May performing a half time strip tease at the super bowl than a goal fest occurring here this weekend. I’m going for a 0-0.
Something strange has engulfed football fans in Barcelona since the summer and I’m not talking about the fans the gather at the cathedral of the Camp Nou to pay homage to the holy trident. Espanyol have been taken over by Chinese investors and the consistently bitter rival fans of Barcelona have had something to cheer about this season.
Last weekend they made Sevilla pay for an early sending off and beat the title challengers and enders of Real Madrid’s unbeaten record 3-1 and face a trip to Malaga on Sunday. Malaga, in short, are awful right now. Juande Ramos was shown the door during the winter break and Marcelo “Clever” Romero has overseen a draw and three defeats thus far. 5/2 odds for an away win should be snapped at as Quique Sanchez Flores has finally added goals to his teams defensive solidity.