Exciting Week of Sporting Action Lies Ahead

By Martin Green08 December 2019
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Champions League

Premier League leaders Liverpool will attempt to sew up first place in their Champions League group when they take on Salzburg in Austria on Tuesday. The Reds have been a little shaky in Europe thus far, taking just one point from their games against Napoli and scraping a win over Salzburg at Anfield, but they have the strength in depth and firepower to win this game and odds of 20/23 at Betfair look attractive. Barcelona have already wrapped up top spot in their group, so they are likely to rest key players when they visit Milan to face Inter. That should allow the hosts to win at 4/6, and it could spell bad news for Dortmund, who will drop down to the Europa League if Inter win.

Juventus could also send a significantly weakened squad to Germany for their game against Bayer Leverkusen. The Serie A champions have already won their group, and an in-form Bayer side look well priced at 11/10 with Unibet to pick up a win. That would pile pressure on Atletico Madrid, who are just one point ahead of Bayer in Group D. Diego Simeone’s men are in poor form, but they will have to raise their game when they host struggling Lokomotiv Moscow. They won 2-0 in Moscow earlier this season, and Atletico to win and under 3.5 goals in this game looks interesting at 4/5.

Europa League

Arsenal need to beat Belgian side Standard Liege on Thursday night in order to wrap up Group F. The only problem is that the Gunners have not won in their past nine games. That dismal run of form cost Unai Emery his job, but interim coach Freddie Ljungberg has not provided that new manager bounce. Yet Arsenal beat Standard Liege 4-0 at The Emirates, so surely they have to win here. They are proced at a massive 11/10 with William Hill. Group D is delicately poised, with just three points separating leaders Rangers and last placed Feyenoord. Rangers are 13/16 to beat Young Boys at Ibrox, which looks attractive after their performances against Porto. Roma also need a win against Wolfsberger to go through to the knockout stage, and Coral has 8/13 on them winning at half-time / full-time at Stadio Olimpico.

Presidents Cup

The USA will take on an international team featuring the best players from the rest of the world, minus Europe. That really leaves Australia, South Africa and Asia, as there are not many prominent golfers in South America or the rest of Africa. The international team comprises many famous names, including Mark Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott, but they are clear underdogs. Captain Tiger Woods leads an all-star American team boasting the likes of Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Shaufelle, although Brooks Koepka misses out with an injury. The USA are 2/5 to win it with Bet365, but you can find some interesting handicap markets. Leishman also looks well priced to be the top Australian at 23/10.

Australia v New Zealand

Australia take on New Zealand in an eagerly anticipated Test match in Perth this week. It marks the start of a three-Test series to decide the Trans-Tasman Trophy, and the history books suggest the Black Caps will struggle. They just picked up a 1-0 series win against England, but they have a poor record in Australia, where the hosts are particularly strong. Australia are just 2/5 to win this first Test, but betting on Steve Smith to be the top Australian batsman looks tempting.

Weekend Football

Arsenal host Man City in the biggest Premier League game of the weekend. Man City are all over the place right now, but Arsenal are far worse, so Pep Guardiola’s men should win and cover a -1 Asian handicap. Inter look well priced at 13/10 to beat Fiorentina on the road, while you can find 4/5 on Barcelona picking up an away win at Real Sociedad, and 10/13 on in-form Sevilla beating Villarreal at home. Bayer are 10/11 to beat relegation threatened Koln on the road, and that could make a great double with RB Leipzig, who travel to Dusseldorf in superb form.