There is another exciting weekend of action from around Europe fast approaching. There are some huge games coming up this weekend, but which soccer prediction should gamblers be making for these matches?
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
The top two in Germany will come to blows this weekend, and the stakes couldn’t be much higher. Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are locked level on points at the top of the league, with both sides having won five of their six games so far this season. But, which side will have the advantage in the Bundesliga after this fixture?
Bayern Munich have continued to showcase the form that they ended 2019-20 season in. The Bavarian giants have lost just once in 2020, with that defeat coming earlier in the season against Hoffenheim. Since that defeat, Bayern have won their last four in the league, and have scored 15 goals. They will come into this game after edging out FC Koln in their last league game. Bayern took complete control of that fixture in the first half after goals from Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry. However, they were made to sweat in the final stages after Dominick Drexler pulled one back.
There was no such panic for Borussia Dortmund in their last league game, as they comfortably sealed a 2-0 win against Arminia. It was a rare brace for Mats Hummels to separate the sides in that fixture. Dortmund have now kept clean sheets in all three of their most recent matches in all competitions, while they have scored seven goals in total. However, this will be a much bigger challenge for them.
Munich have won the last three matches against Dortmund, with Dortmund’s last victory in Der Klassik coming back in 2019. For that reason, we expect Bayern to continue their dominant record against Dortmund.
Manchester City vs Liverpool
The biggest game in the Premier League this weekend will see the top two from each of the last three Premier League seasons go head to head. Liverpool are the current leaders in the English top-flight, which means that City will see this as a huge game to cut the difference between the sides.
There is already a five-point difference between City and Liverpool at this early stage of the season, and Pep Guardiola will be keen to ensure that the difference between the sides doesn’t extend any further. City are unbeaten in four in the Premier League, but they have won just two of the previous four games. These victories have come against Arsenal and most recently, Sheffield United. City claimed the three points against the Blades courtesy of a Kyle Walker goal.
Despite all the talk that has centred around Liverpool and the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, the Reds moved to the top of the Premier League this past weekend. Liverpool made the most of defeats for Aston Villa and Everton to leapfrog them both after a contentious victory against West Ham United. Liverpool fell behind after a goal from Pablo Fornals, before a contentious penalty was converted by Mohamed Salah to level the scores. Diogo Jota scored the winner in the final five minutes.
Liverpool haven’t won at the Etihad in five years in the Premier League, and they have lost on their last two trips to City. The last meeting ended in a 4-0 defeat, but the most likely result in this year’s fixture will be the draw.
Atalanta vs Inter Milan
There is also a huge game in Italy this coming weekend, as Inter Milan will be looking to get back to winning ways against Atalanta. It has been an inconsistent start to the season for Antonio Conte’s side, and their hopes of challenging for the league title could already be fading.
Inter have won just once in their last three in Serie A, while they have won just once in five in all competitions. They were held in their last fixture in Serie A by Parma, as the Italian giants needed to fight back from 2-0 down in the final half an hour to snatch a point. Two Gervinho goals put Parma in complete control, but Inter managed to rescue a point from the game after goals from Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic.
Atalanta have continued to be one of the most exciting teams in Serie A, as they have already scored 17 goals in their six fixtures so far this season. However, they will come into this game having lost two of their previous three. Atalanta did manage to get back to winning ways in their last fixture, as they beat Crotone 2-1. The goals in the win were scored by Luis Muriel.
Atalanta have won just once in eight matches against Inter Milan in Serie A, while three of the previous five have ended in draws. We expect another draw between these two sides this weekend.
Valencia vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid remain the team to catch in LaLiga this season, as they currently sit in second place just a point and a place behind Real Sociedad. Zinedine Zidane’s side have won five of their seven games in Spain so far this season, with Madrid only suffering one defeat so far this season.
Real Madrid will come into this game having won their last two in LaLiga, which includes a success in El Clasico against Barcelona. Madrid were dominant in their last league game, as they beat Huesca 4-1. Eden Hazard scored just his second goal for Madrid in that win, while Karim Benzema scored a brace. There was also a goal in the win for Federico Valverde.
It has been a terrible run of form for Valencia in LaLiga, as they haven’t won in their previous four. The Spanish side have lost three in four, but did manage to avoid a fourth defeat on the bounce in their last league game against Getafe as they secured a point. Valencia managed to earn a point after Carlos Soler scored an equaliser in the 100th minute of the game.
Real Madrid have won three of the last five in LaLiga, and we expect that run of form to continue this weekend.