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European Football Round Up: Big Guns Eager to Shine

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The 2020/21 season continues apace this weekend with a plethora of top-class games taking place across Europe’s biggest leagues. While it is still early days, teams will be eager to keep their points tally ticking over during what promises to be an action-packed campaign.

With punters checking out new sports betting sites to make their selections, we take a look around Europe and come up with a five-timer you simply cannot afford to miss.

United and Chelsea on a Recovery Mission

Manchester United and Chelsea will be eager to bounce back this weekend after suffering defeats in their last outings in the Premier League. United visit Brighton & Hove Albion, while Chelsea travel to West Bromwich Albion, and both sides are strongly fancied to pick up three points.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur look a good bet to beat Newcastle United and Manchester City should have too much class for Leicester City. The Liverpool versus Arsenal game on Monday will attract plenty of viewers on live streams, and the Gunners can upset the odds by taking a point from this game.

Madrid Face Tough Test at Betis

Real Madrid's Mariano Diaz inching closer towards Benfica move (Diaz is seen in the photo)
Real Madrid’s Dominicans forward Mariano Diaz (C) vies for the ball with Real Betis’ Spanish defender Marc Bartra (R) during the Spanish league football match between Real Betis and Real Madrid CF at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on March 8, 2020. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid face a difficult test at Real Betis on Saturday as they try to record their first victory in La Liga this term. Madrid limped to a disappointing goalless draw at Real Sociedad last weekend and are unlikely to find things easy against a Betis side who have won two-out-of-two this far.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid kick-off their respective campaigns on Sunday, as they take on Villarreal and Granada respectively. Both sides are strongly fancied to make a winning start as they strive to make an early statement in this season’s title race.

Juve on the Road in Serie A

Juventus started their season in fine form last weekend with a comfortable 3-0 victory at home to Sampdoria, but they may find things tougher at Roma on Sunday. Paulo Fonseca’s side were drubbed by the same score at Verona and will be keen to set the record straight against the reigning Serie A champions.

Atalanta look a solid bet to open their season with a victory at Torino, while Napoli may have enough about them to defeat Genoa. Inter Milan should see off Fiorentina, and AC Milan are an outstanding bet to pick up another three points at Crotone.

Dortmund out to Build on Solid Start

Three areas Bayern Munich need to strengthen this summer - Bayern need cover for these two world-beaters.
MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 18: Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mate Leroy Sane (R) during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Schalke 04 at Allianz Arena on September 18, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund head to Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday aiming to follow up their comfortable opening weekend win against Borussia Monchengladbach. Dortmund smashed ten goals past Augsburg in their two meetings last season, and another high-scoring win is on the cards this time around.

The clash between Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig looks a solid choice as a draw bet this weekend, particularly with both clubs tipped to be in the running for a top-four finish. Bayern Munich demolished Schalke 8-0 on the opening weekend and should possess too much firepower for Hoffenheim at the PreZero Arena.

Top Two Clash in France

The top two teams in Ligue 1 meet this weekend as early leaders St-Etienne put their unbeaten record on the line against Rennes. Both teams have dropped just two points this season, and it would be no surprise to see Saturday’s game end all-square.

Paris Saint-Germain made a sticky start to the new campaign with two defeats, but have bounced back with successive wins in their last two fixtures. They travel to Reims on Sunday and should have little difficult continuing their winning ways against a team with just one point on the board this season.

Predictions: BackChelsea, Barcelona, AC Milan, Dortmund and PSG in a five-timer at odds of around 5/1.

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