Following the last international break of the year, there are some really high profile fixtures taking place this weekend that are all available for bet365 customers to watch via their live streaming service.
First of all we look to Spain, as Real Madrid take on arch-rivals Atletico Madrid. Real are currently top of La Liga, undefeated both domestically and in Europe, whilst Atletico are coming off the back of a disappointing defeat to Real Sociedad and lie in 5th, 6 points off their city rivals. Gareth Bale looks to be stepping out of the shadow of Real’s all-time top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, this season and with 5 goals and 3 MOM awards in his last 7 games for the reigning European Champions, looks to be their danger man going forward and you can back him to score first at 6/1 with bet365. That being said, you can never write off Ronaldo and the Ballon d’or favourite is returning to domestic action following a brace for Portugal at the weekend and will sure to be looking at ensuring the limelight is firmly on him. Ronaldo is 4/1 to score first and 5/4 to score anytime and if you fancy him to bag another brace, you can get that at 13/2. Atletico on the other hand have maintained their notorious defensive solidarity this season, with only Villarreal having conceded fewer goals, however they’ve been unable claim victory in 5 out of their 11 matches. Although Antoine Griezmann is Atletico’s top scorer, it’s been Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco that’s caught the eye this year and following a hat trick in the recent 7-1 demolition of lowly Granada, he could be the one to cause Ronaldo et al problems this weekend.
Moving over to Germany, the two current heavyweights of the division meet, as Borussia Dortmund play host to an undefeated Bayern Munich. Following Pep Guardiola’s departure for Manchester City in the summer, many queried as to whether the shake-up at Bayern could open the door for challengers, such as Dortmund, to potentially get their hands on a Bundesliga title, after 4 consecutive years of it returning to Bavaria. However, Bayern swiftly appointed Carlo Ancelotti and the transition has been seamless, with the reigning champions winning 7 from 11 games and conceding only 6 goals. Dortmund on the other hand appear to have stumbled recently and have only one win in their last 5 matches in the league, so the pressure will be on to get something out of this match, especially given it’s in their own back yard. Bayern have won 4 four out of the last 6 meetings between the two sides, with Dortmund’s only victory in the same period coming via a penalty shootout.
Also this week, bet365 bring you coverage of the Milan derby and given recent goings on with both sides, this promises to be a feisty encounter. AC Milan have been somewhat resurgent this year, currently sitting 5 points off the top of Serie A, which is a welcome change for the European giants, having been languishing in mid-table for the last few years. Inter on the other hand are struggling this year and are currently more points off the top of the table than they are the bottom. They recently sacked manager Frank De Boer and with 3 defeats in the last 5 games, could do without a match with as much riding on it as this at the moment. To add insult to injury, Inter’s Captain Mauro Icardi, although top scorer in Serie A, is currently the subject mass hate from the Nerazzurri Ultra’s and this is bound to cause huge unrest in the club. Recent meetings between the old rivals favour Milan, winning 4 from the last 6 and it would be no surprise if they were to add to this at the weekend. However, given the emphasis on defence in Italian football, 0-0 could well be a possibility and bet365’s Bore Draw Money Back offer will ensure that this result doesn’t dampen the day for you!