You know it’s a gargantuan weekend of football across the continent when the Clasico, Liverpool v Manchester United, a Bundesliga top-three collision and the Cofidis Cup final are all on the menu.
Naturally, all of these blockbusters are open to bwin.com’s £30 bonus for new customers:
Liverpool v Manchester United
This clash pits not only the most successful clubs in English football history but a Liverpool team with the best Premier League record since Christmas (P12 W10 D2 L0) against a Manchester United side who have outshone all others since matchday 11 (P19 W13 D4 L2).
Perhaps the best bet for an open contest is the 27/20 on the visitors taking responsibility for breaking the deadlock. Louis van Gaal’s men have bagged the opening goal in seven of their last eight Premier League games, including each of the most recent five.
FC Bayern Munchen v Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach look increasingly likely to qualify for the Champions League, with their current five-match Bundesliga unbeaten run asserting a five-point advantage over Schalke in fifth.
However, they have won just one in eight on their league travels – at bottom club Stuttgart – and haven’t conquered anyone higher than 13th on the road, taking two points from a possible 15 against those tenth or above and scoring only twice.
As FC Bayern Munchen have triumphed in 16 of their 17 home fixtures in all competitions this season, keeping 13 clean sheets, they have to be fancied to win to nil at 87/100.
Club Brugge v RSC Anderlecht
Ahead of the start of the Jupiler Pro League championship playoff phase, the two favourites meet in the Cofidis Cup final, the first run this deep in the competition since 2008 for RSC Anderlecht and 2007 for Club Brugge.
Yet while the former have won nine of their 12 Cofidis Cup finals, including four of their latest five, Club Brugge have lost five of their past 12, including the previous one against their title rivals.
Barcelona v Real Madrid
There have been several twists in this season’s La Liga title tussle and another is imminent because Real Madrid will reclaim leadership if they make good on attractive 15/4 odds to win at Camp Nou.
The ten-time champions of Europe have been victorious in two of the last three Clasicos away from the Bernabeu and have lost just two in six against Barcelona in Catalunya, one of those the first leg of a Supercopa de Espana double header which they commandeered in the capital.
Carlo Ancelotti’s squad won this term’s reverse fixture 3-1 when Barcelona were on their longest La Liga undefeated streak under Luis Enrique, who has already overseen two home league losses.
RC Lens v Olympique de Marseille
Olympique de Marseille have won all six of their showdowns with bottom-four sides so appear great value at 17/20 to deliver at 19th-placed RC Lens.
Over 3.5 goals is arguably an even more enticing prospect at 2/1 because they struck 17 times across those encounters, winning 3-1 at Evian (17th) and 6-1 at Toulouse (18th) a mere fortnight ago.
For their part, three of RC Lens’ past six Ligue 1 games fulfilled the criteria: a 3-3 draw with St Etienne and 4-1 defeats to Caen and Paris St-Germain.