It’s the penultimate weekend of the season in Germany, France, England and Spain and third-last in Belgium, and new bwin.com customers can claim a £30 bonus bet on any of these enticing showdowns:
SC Freiburg v FC Bayern Munchen
SC Freiburg are back in relegation strife following five Bundesliga outings without a win and their record against the top six suggests that things are about to get even hairier.
They have failed to score in eight of their 11 meetings with the division’s top third this term, losing 2-0 to FC Bayern Munchen at the Allianz Arena, and Pep Guardiola’s champions have earned 11 clean sheets in 16 away league games. It’s 13/10 that SC Freiburg fire a blank.
Lille v Olympique de Marseille
Olympique de Marseille have amplified the pressure on Monaco in the contest for Ligue 1’s final Champions League place with successive victories, the latest a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph over the team in possession.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side continue to score at a riveting rate, striking twice or more in each of their last three matches and nine of their most recent 12. Lille have conceded ten times in their past three fixtures, and were felled 2-1 at the Stade Velodrome.
The advice therefore is to split your stake between backing the visitors to net precisely twice at 9/4 and three times or more at 15/4.
Manchester United v Arsenal
The Reds have a formidable Premier League home record against their long-term rivals from north London, winning five in a row at Old Trafford, so have to be fancied at odds as attractive as 7/5.
Louis van Gaal’s Champions League-bound squad have the joint-best win rate as hosts of any Premier League club in 2014/15, taking three points from 14 of their 18 encounters, whereas Arsenal’s results away to the top nine read: P7 W1 D1 L5.
RSC Anderlecht v Standard
RSC Anderlecht have intensified their efforts for a fourth straight Jupiler Pro League title, recovering from a defeat to leaders AA Gent with successive victories to move to within two points of the top and re-establish 5/4 favouritism in the league winner market.
It appears as though 4/6 is a great price on them furthering their cause by beating Standard. Besnik Hasi’s team have won all three of their home play-off games to date, while Standard have lost all three of their road trips.
Espanyol v Real Madrid
It is reverse derby weekend in La Liga as Real Madrid and Barcelona face one another’s neighbours. Espanyol head into their clash with the capital giants on a plodding run of one home win in six, during which they spilled points to bottom-half duo Elche and Rayo Vallecano.
All six of those matches were notable for featuring two goals or fewer, as have Real Madrid’s last three ventures to Estadi Cornella-El Prat. It is 16/5 that Carlo Ancelotti’s men win and under 2.5 goals are scored.