Described by Gigi Buffon as having “better form than Real Madrid or Barcelona” before last Sunday’s derby d’italia defeat, Inter Milan will look to bounce back in style at home to Empoli on Sunday. Before the aforementioned defeat to the Old Lady of Italian football, Inter Milan had won eight on the bounce in the league, winning seven in a row at home.
Of those home matches only Genoa have kept the scoreline below 2.5 goals. So if you take Inter’s excellent home form, combine the fact Empoli haven’t won away since November (and even that was against bottom feeders Pescara), add a dash of anger from Inter’s defeat to bitter rivals Juventus and you should come up with the potential for a goal fest at the San Siro this Sunday. In true Blue Peter style, here’s a tip I made earlier.
Allow me to begin with a question, who was the last team to be unbeaten in all five of Europe’s top leagues? Not the Merengues of Madrid nor the beasts of Barcelona. It was in fact little old Hoffenheim. When I say little I truly mean it as the village that inhabits the club has a population of less than 4,000! And this Sunday they will travel to out of sorts Wolfsburg on the back of a 4-0 victory over Mainz.
Many in Wolfsburg believed that once they got rid of this weeks latest traitor/snake Julian Draxler, an atmosphere of calmness and serenity would manifest itself within the squad and goals and victories would appear as if by magic but once again it seems that fan’s logic is nothing more than vain fantasy. At 9/5 to win, Hoffenheim are a great bet to back, so what are you waiting for!
Over the pond in a league often dismissed as a one horse race, usually with sound justification, something strange is happening. The riches of Paris are adjusting to life post-Zlatan and two teams on the riviera have taken advantage. Nice were the early pace setters but it is Monaco who are top and the highest scorers in Europe.
70 goals in the league, over 100 in all competitions at a rate of 2.8 a game. So, 4/11 for over 2.5 goals in this game is too good to miss out on. Whether you want to beef up an accumulator or just guarantee a payback, this is the bet for you my friend.
Barcelona will face unfancied underdogs Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. In preparation for a place in the final, Alaves played a second string team against 18th place Sporting Gijon at the weekend in Gijon to rest their main squad for the semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo and many believed that for the first time since the third game of the season Gijon would beat a team above them in the league.
Alas, after seventy minutes and two penalties it was 0-3 to Alaves’ second string team. It finished 2-4. On Sunday Gijon travel to the division’s lowest scorers, Leganes, with the division’s third worst defence. A classic case of a team that can’t score against one that can’t defend. Somethings got to give. Leganes recently drew 2-2 with Alaves first team and at home look mentally tough. With both teams to score and Leganes to win at 7/2 there is more than enough logic to jump on this bandwagon.