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Sporting Lisbon vs Vitoria Guimaraes: Sporting to win @1.51
With every passing week, it appears increasingly likely Rúben Amorim’s Leões will not only end a nine-year title drought but do so in astonishing style – by going the entire Primeira season unbeaten.
Sporting are yet to taste defeat in the Portuguese top-flight after 23 games and even managed victory at Tondela last time out after having a player sent off.
They lead the league by 10 points from FC Porto with 11 games to go and welcome a Vitoria side with just the solitary win in their last eight games, no clean sheets in that run and a run of two straight losses including a 4-2 turning over at home to 13th-placed Gil Vincente last time out.
It’s hard to see beyond the home side here and if you want more spice given the state of Vitoria’s defence, Sporting to win and over 1.5 goals is at 1.83 on BetBiga
Chelsea vs Sheffield United: Chelsea to win (0-1 handicap) @1.64
The contrast in the forms of both sides couldn’t be starker.
While Thomas Tuchel’s Blues are coming off an impressive win against Atletico Madrid which put them through to the last-eight of the UCL, the beleaguered Blades who sacked Chris Wilder just before that 5-0 shellacking at Leicester last week (with our own Kelechi Iheanacho bagging a superb hattrick) look defeated every time they step on the pitch.
This being an FA Cup tie, it offers Sheffield the chance to forget about their league form for a bit and attempt to do a Wigan. But while Chelsea can harbour hopes of winning a second UCL title, the FA Cup represents their most realistic chance of ending the season with silverware and they know it.
The Blues just don’t concede and have kept six consecutive shut outs. Against a Sheffield with just one goal in their last six games, Chelsea should make it seven clean sheets on the bounce and win fairly easily.
LASK vs Salzburg: Over 2.5 goals @1.55
Seven points separate leaders Salzburg from LASK and the home side will be looking to reduce that deficit on Saturday.
Matches between these two tend to be goal fests with six of the last seven producing at least three goals and the last three seeing both sides score. There’s a high probability that neither side will keep a clean sheet and you can back both teams to score at 1.50 on BetBiga.
The last six games involving Salzburg have produced at least three goals and LASK were impressive in winning 3-0 at Reid last time out. Expect plenty goals.
Club Brugge vs Royal Antwerp: Club Brugge to win @1.48
It’s first against second in the Belgian Jupiler League and while one would normally approach these fixtures with a bit of caution, Brugge are so far ahead – 19 points separate them – it would take binoculars for Antwerp to catch a glimpse of their taillights.
Antwerp don’t travel particularly well and have failed to win on any of their last four travels. Worse still, they leak worse than a basket and have just one clean sheet in ten games.
Brugge have won their last two at home by identical 3-0 score lines in the league and put four past Gent without reply away from home last time out. Another clean sheet might be unlikely but they should get all three points at home.
Norwich vs Blackburn: Norwich to win @1.57
It appears a swift return to the Premier League is all but certain for Daniel Farke’s Canaries who are 10 points clear of the chasing pack in the Championship.
Norwich are on a nine-game winning streak and in Teemu Pukki, they boast the division’s second top scorer with the Finn scoring in eight of their last 10 games. Pukki to score anytime is 1.87 on BetBiga.
The Canaries should make it a perfect 10 wins on the trot when 15th-placed Blackburn come visiting. The Rovers have just one win in their last ten and Norwich should continue a run that has seen them beat the Rovers in their last three encounters.
Brentford vs Nottingham Forest: Over 1.5 goals @1.40
Its Deja vu for the Bees who appear to have succeeded in complicating – some might say thrown away – what was looking like a promising attempt at automatic promotion, evoking memories of last season when they messed up automatic promotion on the last day only to lose in the playoffs.
This fixture hasn’t favoured them in the past and they’ve been breached the last five times they’ve faced Forest. They don’t keep too many clean sheets either, just one in their last nine games, although whether Forest who are without a clean sheet in five will be able to take advantage is another matter.
Both defences aren’t the greatest in the world and we believe this game should serve up a couple of goals at least.
Real Valladolid vs Sevilla: Over 1.5 goals @1.40
Another game we believe will serve up goals with Valladolid failing to keep a clean sheet in 14 games against Sevilla. In fact, Blanquivioletas / Albivioletas have just one clean sheet in their last ten games – last week’s goalless stalemate at fellow strugglers Osasuna.
This could turn out to be a cagey affair with relegation-threatened Valladolid likely to make life difficult for the visitors as they fight to preserve their top-flight status and they could even nick a goal as they’ve done the last two times these sides met. In any case, we expect at least two goals here.
Lugano vs Basel: Over 1.5 goals @1.32
One can hardly go wrong backing goals in Switzerland and with this fixture having produced at least 3 goals in five of the last six encounters, going for the goals market is a prudent punt.
Eight of the last ten between these two has seen both teams score and that market is at a mammoth 1.75 on BetBiga and continuing their generous offering in the goals market for this fixture, BetBiga offers 1.80 for over 2.5 goals.
Armenia Bielefeld vs RB Leipzig: Leipzig to win @1.34
Having been knocked out of the UCL, Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig can now concentrate on mounting a challenge for a first-ever Bundesliga title.
Second-placed Leipzig trail leaders Bayern by four points and will be wary of falling further behind following last week’s draw with Eintracht Frankfurt which was the first time they’d dropped points in the league in five games.
Leipzig should get back to winning ways against Bielefeld who are only a point above relegation and still a poor side despite ending a run of seven games without a win with that shock 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen last time out.
Midtjylland vs Vejle BK: Midtjylland to win @1.47
Second-placed Midtjylland with our own Frank Onyeka welcome struggling Vejle who are 10th in the 12-team Danish Superliga.
Superliga champions Midtjylland trail leaders Brondby by four points and know a win would bring them within a point of Brondby who host 3rd-placed AGF in what could be a tricky tie.
Midtjylland have won the last four against Vejle, the last two by a combined scoreline of 7-0. They’re unbeaten in six against the visitors and that run should continue with a fifth straight win on Sunday.