Barcelona v Racing Santander – Barcelona lost in mid week against Real Betis 3-1. It was the second leg, but Barcelona won 6-3 in aggregate overall. Barcelona has won the previous four fixtures between these two sides, but before that drew 1-1 at the Camp Nou. For this game, Barcelona are overwhelming favourites (1/14), so much that it may not even be worth placing a bet on them, unless you are willing to risk a lot of money, because it is considered a dead cert. Lionel Messi is the most likely goal scorer (7/4) but I’d go for Andres Iniesta (8/1) instead, in a cruising victory for the home side.
My recommendation; Barcelona 4-0 Racing Satander (7/1)
Real Madrid v Mallorca – The away side here took points from Real Madrid in the first game of the season, but since then Real Madrid have improved rapidly and their home form is 100%. Mallorca are a capable side, but even getting a point at the Bernabeu will be a struggle. Mallorca surprisingly won 3-1 a few seasons ago, but they will not happen again (100/1). Cristiano Ronaldo is 13/8 to score first, and more often than not he does, so that is worth it. Real Madrid should win comfortably.
My recommendation; Real Madrid 3-0 Mallorca (6/1)
Udinese v Inter Milan – Inter Milan have been in inspired form of late, since Leonardo has taken charge. This will arguably his toughest test, with a trip to Udinese, who have a promising home record. Only 5 points separate the team two teams, but Inter Milan will need to keep up the pressure on rivals AC Milan with a win here. The bookies consider them favourites, but not strong ones by any means (6/5), but I’d reckon they will just edge this match, with Samuel Eto’o to score first (4/1).
My recommendation; Udinese 1-2 Inter Milan (8/1)
AC Milan v Cesena – By the time this kicks off, AC Milan may only be 3 points ahead of rivals Inter Milan, so the pressure must not hinder their chances of winning. Cesena are in 17th position, but gave Inter Milan a hard match, in their most recent game, only losing 3-2. AC Milan are strong favourites though (2/9) and you would be a fool to bet against them. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 2/1 to score first, but I’d recommend Pato at 11/4, to earn a tad more money.
My recommendation; AC Milan 3-0 Cesena (6/1)