Our Top 5 Bets for this week are all from matches in the Champions League and the Europa League.
Barcelona will host PSV Eindhoven when the Champions League resumes tonight. Both sides have made an excellent start to the season, as they have won all of their matches so far. PSV have particularly been prolific in Eredivisie, where they have won their last two matches 7-0 and 6-1. Barça have shown vulnerability at the back that their opponents can exploit. They have conceded three goals in their last two games, against Real Sociedad and Huesca.
Inter Milan will make a return to Champions League football after a six-year absence when they play Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro tonight. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost their last two matches (Watford and Liverpool), but this is a Spurs team with significant Champions League experience now.
Inter are having their own struggles at the moment, with only one win in their last four matches.
Manchester City and Lyon do battle in Group F of the Champions League tomorrow night. City beat Fulham 3-0 over the weekend, the first time in four matches when Both Teams to Score failed to occur. Lyon came from 2-1 down to secure a 2-2 draw against Caen in Ligue 1 last Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo finally got his name on the score sheet for Juventus when he scored two goals against Sassuolo in Serie A last weekend. He will want to transfer that form to the Champions League when the Old Lady take on Valencia at the Mestalla tomorrow night. Europe has been Ronaldo’s happy hunting ground in recent years; he has been the top scorer in the Champions League for each of the last six last seasons. In the last three seasons alone, he has scored a total of 43 goals in the competition.
Ronaldo has scored 15 times in 18 matches against Valencia.
Steven Gerrard’s time at Rangers has brought about a positive outlook that has been missing at the club for a few years, and it has reflected in their results. The Gers will however have a unique challenge when they face Villarreal in Group G of the Europa League on Thursday. Gerrard’s team were resolute in all of their qualifying matches, as they went through four, two-legged ties without losing a single match. All the same, Under 2.5 Goals occurred in seven of those eight matches.
Only two goals have been scored in all of Villarreal’s last three matches, all in La Liga.