Some of the biggest clashes in Europe this weekend include Manchester United v Manchester City, Girondins de Bordeaux v Olympique de Marseille, Standard de Liege v RSC Anderlecht, FC Bayern Munchen v Eintracht Frankfurt and Real Madrid v Eibar.
Unsurprisingly, every single one is eligible for bwin.com’s £30 bonus for new customers:
FC Bayern Munchen v Eintracht Frankfurt
With FC Bayern Munchen ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, the top goalscorer chart is one of the few tables that they aren’t currently leading. Instead, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier is in the ascendancy with a career-best 19 goals.
However, the 32-year-old hasn’t netted in two games and his two nearest rivals are both FC Bayern Munchen players: injured Arjen Robben on 17 and Robert Lewandowski on 14.
The Pole has shot himself into contention with seven strikes in his latest seven league appearances, including the last goal in each of the past three that he notched in, so has to be fancied at 11/4 to close the scoring.
Real Madrid v Eibar
With Real Madrid as short as 3/50 to pick up the win, it is the other markets packing the value and one of the punting opportunities that appeals most is backing Gareth Bale to be the first goalscorer.
The Welsh wide man broke the deadlock in Real Madrid’s last two home matches and all eight of his goals at the Bernabeu this season have come in the first half, with the average strike time being the 23rd minute.
Manchester United v Manchester City
Even though Manchester United enter this derby above champions Manchester City in the Premier League table, they are available to back at the magnificent odds of 6/4.
Louis van Gaal’s side have won 13 of their past 15 home league fixtures – more than anyone else in the English top flight can boast – and their visitors are on a four-game away losing streak across all competitions, their worst run since April 2009.
Standard de Liege v RSC Anderlecht
RSC Anderlecht took 22 points from the Jupiler Pro League’s Championship Playoff last term to take the title and signalled their intention to produce another exceptional finale with a 1-0 victory in their opener against Charleroi last weekend.
The champions are on a three-match winning sequence on their league travels too during which their sole concession came from the penalty spot, so 8/5 looks like a fine price for Standard to suffer a third defeat in four.
Girondins de Bordeaux v Olympique de Marseille
Olympique de Marseille are on their best away run in over five months having taken down Toulouse 6-1 and Lens 4-0 on their previous two road trips, so it is a surprise that they share favouritism with sixth-placed Girondins de Bordeaux at 33/20.
The hosts have won just three of their last seven encounters at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, taking a 5-0 beating from the Olympique Lyonnais team directly above Olympique de Marseille during that period.