Here are some betting pointers for five of the biggest matches taking place in Europe this weekend, all of which are eligible for bwin.com’s £30 bonus for new customers:
Toulouse v Olympique de Marseille
While Olympique de Marseille have collected a few less victories than they would have counted on recently, there is nothing whatsoever wrong with their attack, with six goals being tucked away by their players in the latest three fixtures alone.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men fired twice exactly in each of those matches, and indeed ten of their last 20 Ligue 1 encounters in total, yet handsome odds of 12/5 are available on them scoring precisely two away to Toulouse.
The hosts were beaten 2-0 in October’s Stade Velodrome collision, and are in the relegation zone following 11 league defeats in their last 18 games. Olympique de Marseille can be backed at 29/20 to prevail.
Hannover v FC Bayern Munchen
FC Bayern Munchen have won seven of their past eight games away to German sides and have collected three clean sheets in a row on the road in all competitions since the start of February.
Tayfan Korkut’s Hannover side were seen off with ease at the Allianz Arena back in early October, going down 4-0 to a pair of braces from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski.
That duo have scored 28 Bundesliga goals between them this term, with 17 and 11 respectively, and they both bagged three over FCB’s past couple of fixtures at home to Koln and away to Paderborn.
With that in mind, backing Robben and Lewandowski to claim two or more each at 11/4 and 4/1 respectively makes plenty of sense, while another 4-0 looks like an attractive bet at 19/2.
Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao reached the final of the Copa del Rey in midweek but, as has been the case on several occasions this season, their best result came away, winning the second leg of their semi-final 2-0 at Espanyol after drawing at San Mames.
The Basque club have earned as many La Liga points on the road as at home in 2014/15 and have won a mere two of their last nine as hosts in all competitions, losing five.
It is also notable though that they only failed to score once in that sequence despite the lack of wins, hinting that backing Real Madrid to win and both teams to score is a great combination bet at 21/10.
Lokeren v RSC Anderlecht
Recent form suggests that 9/10 is an extraordinary price on a RSC Anderlecht success away to a Lokeren side six places and 13 points below them in eighth.
The champions have taken 23 points from their last available 30 in the Jupiler Pro League, while their hosts gained a mere 12 in that period, winning one home league match in six.
Besnik Hasi’s men have also been absolute clean-sheet keeping behemoths in domestic action since mid-December too, delivering 11 in 14 Pro League or Cofidis Cup contests in that period.
They are an appealing 31/20 to stop Lokeren from netting, just as they did on six of their last ten trips to the Daknamstadion.
Manchester United v Arsenal
The Reds’ home form has held up manfully since a setback on the first day of the season, with Louis van Gaal’s charges claiming 11 wins from their past 13 Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford.
Despite being less emphatic on the road, United added a 2-1 Emirates triumph in November to their seven victories over Arsenal in the pair’s previous ten clashes since the start of 2010.
However, Van Gaal and co’s recent 2-0 win over Sunderland saw them claim their first clean sheet at home to a top-flight side in five games, with the one before coming in December’s 3-0 defeat of Liverpool.
Given their cracking record at home, nobody should be put off simply getting behind United to win at 7/5, but backing that eventuality with both teams scoring on top at 17/4 appears an even better option.