European football’s elite competitions are on the horizon this week with the Champions League and Europa League matches returning. We’re here to bring you all the information you need to help put your bets together.
In recent years, you would have Dortmund as sure-fire favourites to win both ties but Dortmund are struggling for form in the Bundesliga while Benfica are flying in the Portuguese League as they sit top of the table. This is the one game this week where you could see what would be classed as an upset and Benfica are good money to win and possibly keep a clean sheet in the process.
PSG are used to having everything their own way in Ligue 1 but they are being usurped this year by Monaco who are threatening to take PSG’s league crown. Barcelona, on the other hand, are trailing Real Madrid in La Liga but they are finding their goal scoring form at the right time having recorded a huge win against Alaves this weekend. Barcelona to win with both teams scoring would be a good bet as would Over 3.5 goals.
Arsenal would have been cursing their luck this season with the Champions League draw. After finishing 2nd in recent years and facing either Bayern Munich and Barcelona multiple times they would have been delighted to have finished 1st this season to get a more favourable draw only to face Bayern Munich yet again. While Bayern are favourites to go through, they are not the dominant force of previous years with a real challenge coming from RB Leipzig. They are likely to win the first leg but Arsenal are more than capable of getting an away goal in this fixture.
This will be the game to look out for this week with both teams full of attacking flair. Real Madrid have been suffering with injuries to key players but will be boosted with the return of Gareth Bale for this match. Napoli have been scoring goals for fun in Serie A and Dries Martens in particular who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season. There is a potential shock in store for this match but Real Madrid should have enough to win the home leg.
Spurs will not want to be in the Europa League having crashed out of the Champions League but it is a competition worth taking seriously. The race for the top four is hotting up with two points separating 2nd and 6th. The winner of the Europa League is guaranteed a spot in the Champions League next season so taking this competition seriously would be hedging your bets for next season. Spurs don’t have the biggest squad so we could see a fairly strong team show up against Gent where they can take a commanding lead.
Much like Spurs, Manchester United are in the hunt for a top-four finish this season but currently sit in 6th place. Jose Mourinho’s men also have an FA Cup match and EFL Cup final to look forward to this month so a big win here before the 2nd leg could see them rest some players for the match in France. United have always put out strong teams in this competition this season and they will be expected to do the same. If they produce a similar performance that they did against Watford they could easily wrap up this tie in 90 minutes.