17:30 Friday

I’ve been looking over the Friday fixtures to get us in the mood for the weekend and I’ve found three games that I love the look of for Over 2.5 Goals

Hamburg vs St Pauli

The Hamburg Stadtderby is one of the fiercest rivalries in European football and we’ve got a treat on our hands this Friday evening. It’s also a fixture that never usually fails to deliver on the goals front, and with both sides in fine goalscoring form but also leaking plenty at the back as of late, I think we can expect more goals this time around. St Pauli come into the game with their neighbours having pulled off an almighty shock in the DFB Pokal midweek, knocking out Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 win, and while their closest rivalries didn’t quite pull off a shock of the same proportions, they too knocked out Bundesliga opposition squeezing past FC Koln on penalties. Hamburg have been phenomenal on home soil this season but face off against arguably their toughest test of the season here in the league leaders who will be looking to get one over their nearest foe.

18:00 Friday

FC Arges Pitesti vs Dinamo Bucharest

Dinamo Bucharest will not be looking forward to their season getting back underway in the Romanian top flight having had a terrible start to their campaign. The well decorated club have seen financial problems plague their season this year and the 18-time Liga I winners find themselves second bottom in the league having collected just 12pts from a possible 53, conceding 43 goals in their 21 games. Their opponents today are battling it out for a spot in the Championship round and a win here will edge them closer to that. They’ve seen four of their last six here at home produce at least three goals while Dinamo Bucharest have conceded in each of their last eight on the road, conceding two or more goals and seeing three or more goals in total in seven of those games. Very attractive price on this one as well for a single if you fancied it!

19:00 Friday

Arouca vs Benfica 

Benfica have had their fair share of problems this season with managerial departures and drama on and off the pitch, but that dreadful end to December has now left them 9pts adrift of league leaders Porto and I’d expect them to show up here. Their last four games on the road have produced four, three, five, seven goals in total, but Benfica’s defensive ability isn’t what it used to be, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Arouca contributed to the total here. They’ve seen three or more goals in each of their last seven home games in all competitions, the latter of those being a 0-6 loss to Sporting Braga. They have found the net in six of those games though including in a 1-2 loss to 2nd place Sporting back in October.