Norwich 0 v 3 Liverpool – Saturday 15 February – Premier League - Liverpool Win with 1:0 Handicap (1.80)
These teams are both in the Premier League but they couldn’t be having more different experiences. Norwich are bottom of the table and are looking every inch like relegation certainties. Since their famous win against Manchester City in September they have only won two of their last 20 league games. In contrast, Liverpool are top with 24 wins from 25 games. Thirteen of those wins have been by at least two goals. The Reds were 4-0 up at half time when these sides met on the opening day and I expect another big win for Liverpool here.
Atalanta 3 v 1 AS Roma - Saturday 15 February – Serie A - Both Teams to Score (1.40)
AS Roma’s traditional place in the Champions League was instead claimed by Atalanta last season as they had to settle for a place in the Europa League. This season Atalanta are in the top four once again, three points ahead of Roma. They have scored more goals than any other side in the Serie A this season and have won six of their last ten league games. Roma haven’t won any of their last four games, so I have to back a Home Win. I’m also going for Both Teams to Score, which has happened in seven of these sides’ last ten encounters.
Aston Villa 1 v 2 Tottenham – Sunday 16 February – Premier League - Both Teams to Score (1.60)
Aston Villa are 17th after having lost six of their last ten league games. They have little trouble scoring goals but they cannot stop conceding them. Both Teams to Score has been a winning bet in their last five league games. Spurs are sixth and will move just one point behind Chelsea should they win here. That said, they’ve only won one of their last eight away games in all competitions. They came from behind to win when these sides met on the opening weekend and I think that overall form is on their side. I see an Away Win.
Lazio 1 v 1 Inter Milan – Sunday 16 February – Serie A - Both Teams to Score (1.55)
This is a huge game. I’ve covered Inter a lot lately but Lazio are third in the Serie A and will go ahead of the Nerazzurri if they beat them. Along with Inter, they have the joint-best defensive record in the league (20 goals conceded) and haven’t lost in the league since Inter beat them in September. Meanwhile, the visitors are unbeaten away from home this season in the league and have won four of their last five games at Lazio. Their defeat to Napoli on Wednesday gives me some doubts, though, so I’m going for a Draw.
Chelsea 1 v 1 Man United – Monday 17 February – Premier League - Both Teams to Score (1.75)
This game could go a long way to deciding which of these teams finishes in the top four. It’s an interesting clash because neither of these sides are in great form. Chelsea have only won three times in their last ten league games. They’ve also only picked up five league wins at Stamford Bridge all season. United won here in the League Cup in October, which was their second win over the Blues this season. They’ve only won three away games this season, though, and will be without Marcus Rashford – he scored four times in those two games against Chelsea. I think a Draw is a likely outcome here.