With international football done with for 2016 league football is back in full swing and this weekend is no exception, with big games in all of Europe’s top leagues. If you’re after free tips, bets and analysis you’ve come to the right place – here’s our pick of the weekend action.
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Tips and Analysis
Premier League leaders Chelsea take on fifth-placed Spurs at home in the latest of this year’s London derbies. Antonio Conte’s side come into the game on the back of a six-match winning streak in the league, as his tactical switch to 3-4-3 continues to bear fruit. Spurs on the other hand have to rebuild after defeat to Monaco confirmed their failure to advance to the Champions League group stages.
The corresponding fixture last season saw Chelsea come back from two goals down to draw with Spurs 2-2 in a match which produced no less than 12 cards. The result handed the Premier League title to Leicester City and ultimately helped condemn Spurs to finishing third in what had long looked like a two-horse race for the Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will need to improve on recent form if they are to avenge that result amid criticism from their own manager regarding their mentality.
Sevilla v Valencia Tips and Analysis
Third placed Sevilla face Valencia at home in Gameweek 13 of the La Liga season. Los Rojiblancos will be hoping to improve on their recent home record which has seen them lose their last two games at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – although Valencia will offer a much less difficult opponent to Barcelona and Juventus.
On the face of it, this is a fixture that promises goals. Valencia can’t keep a clean sheet for love nor money, despite the appointment of Italian coach Cesare Prandelli. Los Che have conceded in 39 of their last 40 La Liga games and against a lively Sevilla attack are unlikely to improve that statistic. Sevilla aren’t much better, having conceded in 75% of their league matches this season. With both teams scoring in nine of their last ten games it looks like this game is going to be a question of who can leak the fewest goals.
Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen Tips and Analysis
It’s been a tough week for Bayern. A shock defeat to Borussia Dortmund which means they lose the top spot in the Bundesliga for the first time in more than a year on Saturday was followed by a 3-2 reverse away to Rostov in the Champions League. Bayern have astonishingly won only two of their last five games in the league and if they are to recapture their place at the head of the league table they will need to improve.
Leverkusen were also losers last week, seeing a 2-1 lead become a 3-2 defeat at home to league leaders RB Leipzig. They managed a draw away in Russia at CSKA Moscow but sit outside the qualification spaces for the knockout phases in the Europa League. Victory in Munich would be a welcome lift for Roger Schmidt’s men and the Bavarians appear to be a their most vulnerable. Who do you think will be victorious this weekend?