Mouthwatering El Clasico in prospect
Barcelona v Real Madrid
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Real Madrid got back to winning ways in midweek. But the team was still whistled off at the Bernabeu. "The agony continues," Marca claimed, describing the 2-1 win against Viktoria Plzen as "94 minutes of terror".
Julen Lopetegui limps on into the Clasico but continues to look like a dead man walking. A fracture to Lionel Messi's arm would appear to increase Madrid's chances of a result in the Clasico. The question is: can the Merengues rise above their own issues and take advantage?
There is no doubting they have the quality to do so. But it would be out of character with the Madrid we have seen since they blew away Roma on Matchday One of the Champions League.
Barcelona also impressed without Messi in midweek. Choosing an extra-midfielder, Rafinha, rather than Ousmane Dembele to replace the Argentine, the Catalans played as a collective and looked comfortable. Arthur pulled the strings in midfield. Luis Suarez turned it on.
The signs are worrying for Madrid. Take Barcelona @ 2.021/1 to prevail.
Milan in trouble
Milan v Sampdoria
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You worry about Milan at the moment. The team can't keep a clean sheet. Gigio Donnarumma was roundly criticised for the defeat against Inter last weekend and Pepe Reina didn't do any better in Thursday's loss to Real Betis.
Rino Gattuso admits he is very worried and there has been talk of Roberto Donadoni replacing him. Milan's sporting director Leonardo insists there is nothing to the rumours. But it's a delicate moment for Milan and hardly an ideal time to be facing Samp.
Marco Giampaolo's side have the best defence in the league and befitting his reputation as an acolyte of Maurizio Sarri they play some of the best football in Italy too. Already triumphant at San Siro 18 months ago, he must see this as another opportunity to add weight to Samp's candidacy for a place in Europe.
The Blucerchiati were in the mix for almost all of last season only for their dreadful away form to let them down. But Giampaolo appears to have addressed that over the summer. This season Samp's record on the road is the fifth best in Serie A and you fancy them to go the distance. Back them @ 6.05/1 to take the win.
Parisians can prevail in Le Classique
Marseille v PSG
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Second best against Lazio on Thursday, there's concern at Marseille ahead of Le Classique. As if the result wasn't bad enough, a 3-1 defeat at the Stade Velodrome, the sight of Dimitri Payet and Adil Rami in a slanging match at the full-time whistle is not indicative of a happy camp.
It's a shame because the lack of balance in this PSG side means they can be got at. Napoli came very close to beating the French champions at the Parc des Prince on Wednesday, taking full advantage of the scarce desire of PSG's forwards to track back and help out in defence.
A threadbare midfield in which centre-back Marquinhos is forced to play to make up the numbers is another area of weakness. As is the left-back position where PSG could surely have done a lot better than signing Juan Bernat.
Unconvincing in Europe, it's an altogether different story in Ligue 1, though, where Thomas Tuchel has made a perfect start. Ten wins from 10, an eight-point lead and a +31 goal difference is hard to quibble with.
PSG have been scoring more than three goals a game in Ligue 1 and beat Marseille 3-0 twice last season. Why not back that in the correct score market @ 11.010/1.