As domestic football returns following a typically uninspiring international break, we are being treated to four high calibre rivalries from around Europe. We take a look at these big games and share some of the stats which could help you shape your bets for this excellent weekend of football.
Manchester United v Arsenal
Two members of royalty from English football collide in what promises to be a feisty affair, especially when you factor in best friends Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will face off once again. The former Chelsea boss has an excellent record against Wenger and the Gunners have only beaten United twice in the last ten competitive games. Both teams scored in seven of these games and only once has there been more than 3 goals scored which was last time out, as United prevailed 3-2.
Dortmund v Bayern Munich
These two have undoubtedly been the best teams in the Bundesliga in recent times, though for the home side the season hasn’t started as well as they’d have hoped. 6 points separates Dortmund in fifth and Bayern, who are currently joint top with RB Leipzig. The Munich giants are yet to lose a game despite drawing three and have only conceded three times on their travels, whilst Dortmund have conceded nine. These two met in the German super cup at the start of the season, where Bayern set the tone for their already impressive season winning 2-0.
Atletico v Real Madrid
It’s fair to say Atletico are the only side to mount a consistent challenge to Barcelona and Real Madrid’s dominance in Spanish football in recent years. Draws have generally been the order of the day for these two, with four of the last 10 games ending 1-1. Much like United and Arsenal, only once has more than 3 goals been scored in the same time period. Real have an excellent record at the Calderon, only losing once in the last 10 visits. Impressive.
AC Milan v Inter Milan
Both these clubs have seen better days but this still remains one of the biggest games in Serie A and world football. Both of these sides have beaten Juventus, though Inter have been far more inconsistent and find themselves down in ninth, losing four of their last six. Just one clean sheet all season gives them the worst goal difference in the top 10, though AC Milan aren’t much better. The defences suggest goals in this one.
We asked Twitter what game they are most looking forward to, with Man United v Arsenal coming pout on top.
Which game are you most looking forward to this weekend?— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) November 17, 2016