The European football season is approaching its final curtain, and like the classic opera matters are not over until the fat lady sings.
However, we are edging closer to knowing who will win league titles and who will finish in the Champions League places across the continent. Here’s your guide to this weekend’s best betting tips.
#1 – Judgement Day in the EPL for Leicester and Tottenham
It’s not quite the point of no return for these sides, but with just four EPL matches left this term every single point counts. Leicester hold a five point lead over their nearest rivals, but without their top goalscorer – Jamie Vardy – due to suspension, they will have to put in a good performance this weekend to maintain that cushion.
The Foxes face a Swansea side that has won four of their last eight matches, so they certainly won’t have things all their own way. Without Vardy it is possible they could drop a couple of points.
So the door will be ajar for Spurs, and you have to fancy their chances of walking right on through it. They have triumphed in four of their last five matches, and with winning scorelines of 2-0, 2-0, 3-0 and 4-0, it is clear they are doing so with some dominance.
Their opponents on Monday night are West Brom, a solid enough side but one that has lost in three of their last four outings and scored in just two of six. This gives Spurs a fantastic opportunity in the handicaps market, and so we’ll add them with an Asian of -1.25 to today’s betting tips. They should cover that against a team with nothing to play for.
#2 – Barcelona Back on Track in La Liga
A run of four league matches without a win – pus their exit from the Champions League – had left many punters wondering if the wheels had fallen off at Barcelona. It’s fair to say those concerns were a little premature, a Wednesday’s 8-0 win over Deportivo testifies.
That walloping will have filled the Catalan boys with plenty of confidence ahead of the visit of Sporting Gijon to the Nou Camp. They’re a strange old side – beating Atletico Madrid and Sevilla in their last six but losing to Malaga and Celta Vigo too.
But Barca should have no problems overcoming them, and now they are out of the Champions League – and can focus solely on La Liga, unlike Atletico and Real Madrid – they will be fancies to retain their crown. At 1.44 to do just that, they are the best of today’s football betting tips from Bet Advisor.
#3 – Juventus On the Brink in Serie A
Eight wins in a row have got Juventus into a position of dominance in Serie A, and with Napoli dropping points it seems like it’s a question of when, rather than if, the Old Lady will retain their title.
In turn Roma have been dropping points recently, so Napoli won’t be too worried about their second spot. However, the two meet on Monday in a season-defining encounter.
It is hard to pick a winner, in truth, but one bet we do like the look of is Over 2.5 Goals. This has been successful in 7/10 of the pair’s last ten combined outings, and with plenty at stake we can expect them to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at each other.
#4 – Advantage Leverkusen in Battle for Third in Bundesliga
The team that finishes third in the Bundesliga automatically qualifies for the next season’s Champions League, and it is pretty obvious from the four or five teams in the hunt for such a lucrative finish that the pressure is mounting.
Of them, it is Leverkusen who appear the most convincing at the moment. They have won five matches on the bounce, and this week travel to a Schalke side who have conceded 14 goals in their last half dozen matches. Leverkusen are as short as 1.22 to finish in the top three, and that looks a certainty now.
The top four finish market is slightly harder to dictate, and incredibly Hertha Berlin dropped out of the top three for the first time this season after losing to Hoffenheim last week. Free scoring Borussia M’gladbach are four points behind, and with Hertha welcoming Bayern to Berlin this weekend now is the time to get involved. Add M’gladbach to finish in the top four to your betting tips at 7.00.