On Tuesday evening the San Paolo was full to the brim with Neapolitans roaring their team on and whistling until their lips ran dry whenever a member of Real had possession. It was building up to be one heck of a tie after Mertens’ early goal but some poor marking and two more big game headers from the man who just loves to spoil the party, Sergio Ramos, left the crowd condemned to silence until Alvaro Morata made sure in injury time. No doubt most of the Napoli fans feelings can be summed up by this awful throw in from Adam Masina of Bologna from last weekends games.
No bother, as soon to be relegated Crotone are travelling south this Sunday and will be quivering in their boots about facing Mertens and co who will almost certainly have a point to prove. The Belgian forward has 17 from 16 competitive games and will be looking add some more to his tally. At 1/1 for over 3.5 goals place a bet and then sit back on Sunday and enjoy some quality football whilst your hangover slowly drifts away.
In Germany, everyone is talking about Bayern and how Ancelotti’s tactics are starting to take affect. They look primed for the title, ready for Champions League success and could probably win the DFB Pokal as well. But the team with the best record since the league reconvened in January is Borussia M.Gladbach.
Gladbach, or the Foals, have been a revelation since Dieter Hecking tookover and are an incredible 13/8 to beat Hamburg in Germany’s second city on Sunday. Hamburg is no easy place to go but on the first of this month Hecking’s side showed what can be done by defeating Die Rothosen 1-2 in the Pokal.
As I said it is a cracking bet for the Bundesliga’s in form team.
Down in the south of France, Nice refuse to give up on the Ligue 1 title. After losing to a rampant Monaco 3-0 in early February and with Mario Balotelli reducing his work rate to the usual 10% many thought the wheels were coming off Lucien Favre’s underdog challengers. Since then though they have won four from five including victories over Saint-Etienne, Montpellier and Dijon.
On Friday they face Caen who are a few bad results away from a relegation fight. At 4/6 this bet needs snapping up.
If you are feeling adventurous you might like to know that Nice have won nine games this season 1-0 and three of those have been in the last five games. 11/2 is a stupidly good bet for this, not nailed on but worth a shout.
If you want a city break that can offer you good food, nice beaches and some beautiful architecture then San Sebastián is a fantastic choice. Second to Kyoto Japan for most Michelin star restaurants per square mile in the world, the food is as exquisite as Dennis Bergkamp’s first touch. They also have a pretty good football team too.
Real Sociedad are one of the surprise packages of La Liga this season and hover just outside Champions League qualification only a point behind Atletico Madrid. They defeated Real Betis last Friday in a 2-3 thriller with some outstanding goals, one of which from captain Xabi Prieto who is oozing class at 33, and face Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Athletic are not only the lowest away scorers in the division away from home with a measly 7 but haven’t won away in the league since September. At 11/10 this bet sorts itself out.
If you fancy exploiting Bilbao’s inability to score away from home here is a 13/8 bet on a Sociedad clean sheet.
TJ’s Euro Acca.
Unfortunately Leipzig and Juventus were unable to pull a win out of the bag last week and let my acca down. For this I offer my humblest apologies and will attempt to rectify the situation with a new acca that will have you licking your lips!
To start, Juventus face AC Milan at home on Friday night. OK, so Juventus let us down last week but at the J Stadium they are one of the best in Europe and even a young and spirited Milan team won’t be able to contain Higuain, Pjanic, Mandzukic, Cuadrado and Dybala.
Then in Germany Bayern Munich offer a home win against Frankfurt. Frankfurt have lost four on the bounce and Bayern looked insatiable against Arsenal even with ten men and their tail firmly between their legs.
The smallest team from the Basque country, Eibar, face a trip to Osasuna on Monday night. Eibar, putting aside a 1-4 loss to Real Madrid, are being talked up as potential outsiders to Europe this season. So an away win at Osasuna who threw away a 1-2 lead against ultra attacking Las Palmas to lose 5-2 is as cast iron as Donald Trump saying something offensive and bizarre on twitter.
And in France it’s bottom v top on Sunday evening. Another easy victory on the cards as PSG look to keep up with the hunt for the title with Monaco and Nice.
Overall this acca would give you over £40 return on a tenner bet, so get on it.