Other notable results came for Man City, who scored a last minute winner against a stubborn and resilient Sevilla side, showing that qualifying from that group will be no walk in the park, with all 4 sides in the group still in it. The game of the week was perhaps in Germany - Roma came from 2 goals down to lead Bayer Leverkusen by 2 goals, who then staged an unlikely comeback to a comeback to level the match at 4-4 with 2 late goals. League football will have a lot to live up to if it’s to match the entertainment value the Champions League provided – but with the quality that’s on show this weekend, it might just do exactly that.
In the Premier League, Sunderland take on Newcastle at the Stadium of Light in a match that has gone Sunderland’s way the last 5 derbies in a row – in fact, the last time Newcastle won a derby match was over 4 years ago. The Magpies’ long suffering fans will hope to end that rot this weekend, and they might not get a better chance, with their opponents rooted to the bottom of the table, low on confidence, and not having won a match so far this season. Newcastle haven’t fared much better this year, but they will be buoyed by their impressive victory over Norwich last weekend, hitting the Canaries for 6 in a complete demolition. 3 of the last 5 Tyne-Wear derbies have had 3 or more goals, and both teams’ league matches have averaged around 3 goals per game so far this season. I’m backing Over 2.5 Match Goals at odds of 2.02 with MarathonBet.
In perhaps the tie of the weekend, all eyes will be on Manchester City’s visit to Old Trafford, where both teams will want a victory over their fierce rivals to underline their own title credentials.
Manchester United will have their work cut out shackling a free scoring City side, even with the loss of talisman Sergio Aguero, whilst City have a decision to make with captain Vincent Kompany returning to fitness but with the City defence no longer looking as infallible with him in the team. I think this will be a match where both defences feel the strain, and I’m backing Both Teams To Score at best odds of 1.69 with 10Bet.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern take on Koln looking to extend their own winning record in the Bundesliga, having won their first 9 in a row. I fancy the home side to bounce back in style from their defeat to Arsenal midweek, and can see them overwhelming their opponents by a big margin. Bayern have been ahead at half time in 3 of their 5 home league matches – given that they have scored 29 goals in just 9 matches and conceded 4, I fancy them to be leading at half-time and full-time at 1.44 with Ladbrokes.
Finally, Atletico Madrid host Valencia at the Vicente Calderon looking for a win to keep up with the traditional Top 2 of Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Valencia have won just 1 league match away from home this season, and I fancy Atletico to have enough to beat their opponents in what is sure to be a tight match. Whilst Atletico may be just short of having enough quality to launch a serious title challenge to Real Madrid and Barcelona this season, they will want to keep pace with them for as long as they can, and they will have to beat opponents such as Valencia to do so. Back Atletico Madrid to win at odds of 1.62 with Sky Bet.
Put these four selections in an ACCA and it pays 7.46!