On paper Saturday looks like one of the best schedules of the season. In Germany the top two teams will do battle when Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund with everything on the line. In Italy Juventus will host AC Milan who are clinging on to that last Champions League spot. Heading over to Spain Barcelona, who is leading La Liga by eight points, welcome Atletico Madrid who will be hoping to cut that lead down to five. Finally, in Belgium, Genk will host Gent in the third match of the Belgium League playoffs.
It is going to be a great day of soccer, around the world, so here are my three best bets for Europe
Bayern Munich (-200) vs Borussia Dortmund (+450)
The match of the weekend, in Europe, could be a title decider in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund, who are two points up in the table, travel to Munich to take on Bayern. Dortmund put in a solid performance, against Wolfsburg, and won 2-0 last week. That win, coupled with a Bayern draw at Freiburg, meant Dortmund retook the lead heading into the biggest rivalry in Germany. Bayern haven’t lost a home Bundesliga match since a 3-0 defeat to Monchengladbach in October and have just one loss at home, overall, in their last 14 home matches. Dortmund have been in poor form, on the road, having won just one of their last five road matches. During this run they had a poor loss to Augsburg and drew Nurnberg. Bayern wins and retakes the lead in the Bundesliga.
Barcelona (-133) vs Atletico Madrid (+400)
Barcelona, who lead La Liga with 79 goals scored, welcome Atletico Madrid, who have conceded just 19 goals, Camp Nou in a battle between the two top teams in Spain. Barcelona is coming off what might be the game of the year, against Villarreal, where they used two extra time goals to secure a 4-4 draw. Atleti had a routine 2-0 win over Girona their last time out. Barcelona has lost just one time all season at home and have won four in a row. Atleti has won three out of their last five on the road and will look to win in Barcelona for the first time since 2006. Barcelona keep their 13-year home unbeaten run, against Atleti, alive.
Bournemouth (+110) vs Burnley (+275)
Burnley got a huge 2-0 win over Wolves, last weekend, to get five points clear of the relegation zone. It appears more and more that Burnley will survive one more season and stay in the Premier League for 2019-2020. Burnley has six losses, two wins and two draws, in their last ten road games, and will look to improve upon that record against a Bournemouth team that is irrelevant in the Premier League at the moment. Bournemouth had a chance to get themselves in the top eight race, but a loss to Leicester, last weekend, leaves them in 12th place and in familiar territory. Bournemouth have lost three times, in their last 10 home games, with two of those losses against Liverpool and Man City. Bournemouth is usually pretty solid at home and the Cherries will get the win on Saturday.
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