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They’re providing an array of enhanced multiples to replenish punters’ coffers after a weekend of last minute Christmas shopping, with the best value on offer an enormous 14/1 that Liverpool, Inter and Atletico Madrid all prevail today.
Arsenal, Lazio and Athletic Bilbao are the trio’s opponents in what are by some distance the highest profile fixtures served up in three of Europe’s biggest leagues.
All three of our heroes have sizeable obstacles to overcome in order to land the wager, but here’s why they’re going to do it:
Liverpool to beat Arsenal @ 7/4
Shorn of their sharpest attacking assets from the previous campaign, the Reds are nowhere as deadly as the team that decimated Arsenal 5-1 in this fixture in 2013/14.
But despite some humdrum results of late, they’re by no means without a hope here.
The Gunners, with an injury list as long as the average giraffe neck, have lost at Stoke and Swansea on the road in recent weeks, while their oft-lamented backline has kept just three clean sheets in their last nine.
Since Aston Villa in September, the only teams to win at Anfield are Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Furthermore, the Merseysiders’ defeat at Manchester United last weekend (a game which, had Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli brought their shooting boots, they might easily have won) is the only one to have befell them in seven.
Don’t believe the hype; they’re really not that bad.
Inter to beat Lazio @ 23/20
The struggling Nerazzurri recorded their first win of Roberto Mancini’s second stint in charge at Chievo last time out and have a good opportunity to string successive victories together against in-form Lazio.
Stefano Pioli’s side have won three on the spin, but aren’t the most adept travellers.
Their only away wins so far came at newly-promoted Palermo, Fiorentina and basement boys Parma.
They’d failed to prevail in three prior to their Crociati sojourn last time out and have lost seven of eight Serie A away days against this foe.
Atletico to beat Athletic Bilbao @ 23/20
A much changed Colchoneros side drew 2-2 with the doctors and nurses of Hospitalet last time out, but prior to this stalemate they’d failed to win just two of seven and hadn’t conceded a goal in five of six.
Usually dependable on the homestead, the best of Basque country haven’t been as formidable a force this time around.
Of their last ten at the San Mames they’ve failed to win six and were unable to score more than one goal in all bar two of these.