Santa Claus is coming with some great gifts for the football fans: El Clasico (Real Madrid vs. Barcelona) in Spain, Juventus vs. AS Roma in Italy, and of course Arsenal vs. Liverpool and Everton vs. Chelsea in England. We are here as always to deliver our best predictions and tips for the most important matches so let’s analyze them and make some money for the holidays.
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona (La Liga – Round 17)
Barcelona are 6 points clear at the top of the table, but most important 11 points above their biggest rivals Real Madrid. It will be very important for them to win this clash and increase the margin, especially when playing in Madrid at the Bernabeu stadium. Real Madrid did well to defend their FIFA Club World Club by winning the final 1-0 against Gremio. This is a must-win for Los Blancos if they want to keep their title hopes alive. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 24 matches in all competitions, winning 19 games in the process and qualifying from the 1st place in the Champions League knockout stages. Real Madrid are the last team to beat Barcelona in both double-legged matches from the Spanish Super Cup. As always, we expect a goal-fest between two huge attacking firepower with both teams contributing on the scoreboard. Best pick for the match: Both teams to score in the 2nd half at 2.38 with William Hill.
Juventus vs. AS Roma (Serie A – Round 18)
As expected, the reigning champs Juventus did well to win their away match 3-0 against Bologna climbing 2nd in the standings, sitting just 1 point behind leaders Napoli. AS Roma are sitting 4th in the standings 3 points under their opponents but with a game in hand. Juventus will be looking to regain top position being very determined to defend their title. If at the beginning of the season Juventus’ defense was looking pretty shaky, they managed to keep a clean sheet in their last 4 Serie A fixtures with 2 of them against top teams like Napoli and Inter Milan. AS Roma have the best defense in the Italian top-flight league this term with just 10 goals conceded in 16 matches and unbeaten in their last 9 Serie A fixtures. We expect a low-scoring encounter with the two sides cancelling each other and trying not to lose the game. Juventus are playing on their turf and we believe that this is a huge advantage for them. Best pick for the match: Juventus to win 1.8 with Betfair.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool (Premier League – Round 19)
Liverpool and Arsenal are fighting for the 4th Champions League place being separated by just 1 point with Burnley and Tottenham breathing down their necks. Liverpool’s Mo Salah is leading the Premier League top scorers chart with 14 goals scored in 18 matches, which is huge for a winger. There is a big chance for his scoring form to continue against Arsenal, who remain suspect at the back struggling to keep away goals. Both clubs have amazing talents in their squad, but the Reds are looking better in the attack. Jurgen Klopp is expected to give away the possession and invite Arsenal to dominate the game knowing that his players are deadly on the break. If we are taking a closer look at their last 4 head-to-heads, we should see a goal-fest with both teams finding the back of the net. Best pick for the match: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 1.73 with Coral.
Extra pick: Everton vs. Chelsea (Premier League – Round 19) – Chelsea to win with -1AH at 2.23 with Unibet