Top 5 European Football League’s Betting Action 22-23rd February 2020 Including Manchester United v Watford
With many top European clubs involved in midweek action, it is almost inevitable that there will be a few surprise results next weekend. Barcelona should be rested and ready for their game with Eibar but other clubs may not find the going so easy!
Premier League: Manchester United v Watford. Sunday 23 February 14:00
Manchester United will be playing their third game in thirteen days when they face Watford on Sunday and a shock win for the Hornets is a distinct football betting possibility at around 9/2. Two defeats and a draw followed by a victory over Chelsea show just how unpredictable United are at present and by no means a certainty to beat Watford despite short odds of 8/15. With key players Pogba and Rashford still missing this will be a tough assignment for the Reds against a Watford team who are battling relegation and will take full advantage of any weaknesses in the home side. A drawn game is tempting at 3/1 but there is every possibility that Watford will leave Old Trafford with a valuable three points in the bag.
La Liga: FC Barcelona v Eibar. Saturday 22 February 15:00
Most football betting markets quote a home win for Barcelona at odds of 1/6 or shorter and there is no disputing the fact that the Catalan giants should win this game at a canter. Hard on the heels of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, Barca have been in good form recently with three wins in the last three games. However, those three victories were all by a single goal and Barca also lost narrowly to Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey recently. This may offer some hope to fifth from bottom Eibar but a record of just six wins from twenty-three games this season does not bode well for the club’s prospects in what should be a routine three or four goal victory for the home side.
Serie A: Fiorentina v AC Milan. Saturday 22 February 19:45
A solitary goal was enough to secure victory for AC Milan over Torino last Monday but the opposition left a lot to be desired as they slumped to a fifth successive defeat in Serie A. That was a much-needed victory for Milan as early season form has deserted the team recently with the club dropping down the table to eighth spot. This Saturday’s away game with mid-table Fiorentina is a must-win match for Milan if they are to revive their league hopes but the bookies seem indecisive as to which way this encounter will go. With little difference in the odds for a home or away win, and both teams not in particularly good form, a draw might be a sensible bet at around the 11/5 mark.
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Bundesliga: Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund. Saturday 22 February 14:30
Just four points adrift of table-toppers Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund go into Saturday’s game with Werder Bremen after a busy week domestically and in Europe. A facile 4-0 dismissal of mid-table Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend was followed by a good 2-1 home victory over Paris Saint-Germain in midweek as new signing Erling Haaland added two more goals to his already impressive tally. Despite sitting second from bottom of the table and having lost the last four league games, Bremen did manage to beat Dortmund 3-2 in the German Cup earlier this month and will have hopes for a similar outcome this weekend. Odds of 5/1 for a Bremen home win are tempting as is the 4/1 available for a drawn game but the logical outcome must be a win for Dortmund at odds on 2/5 with an 11/5 side bet on Haaland to score first.
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille v Nantes. Saturday 22 February 16:30
Although ten points off top spot, second-placed Olympique Marseille are the only real challengers to Paris Saint-Germain for this season’s French Ligue 1 title. Playing at home, and following three straight league victories, Marseille are understandable favourites at 8/13 to beat twelfth-placed Nantes but those odds look very attractive against a side without a league victory in five games. The odds on offer for a Marseille win are more than reasonable and it could also pay to back the home side to win minus one goal at 2/1 or better.