REAL MADRID have been rampant at home under new boss Zinedine Zidane and the latest side to try to avoid a hammering are Athletic Bilbao.
The stats don’t provide much hope for the visitors – Bilbao haven’t won at the Bernabeu for 11 years and their last seven visits have ended in defeat and over 3.5 match goals.
Real’s home outings under ZZ have seen them triumph 5-0, 5-1 and 6-0 and all of their last six at home have seen them win with over 3.5 match goals.
So I fancy same again today at 6-5 (bet365) with Bilbao missing strike star Inaki Williams and Real having the depth to cope without injured Gareth Bale and Marcelo.
I’m adding Portuguese leaders Sporting Lisbon (1-2, Stan James) to cash in on Benfica’s defeat last night and stretch their lead at the top with victory away to Nacional. Sporting were surprisingly held at home by Rio Ave last time out but can bounce back on the road where they’ve won five of their last six.
And in Austria I like Altach at home to Mattersburg who drew 3-3 last weekend before crashing 2-1 to lower-division St Polten in the Cup. Altach have netted 2+ in their last three outings and tempt at evens to do so again but I’m going for the safer option of draw no bet at 1-2 (Betfred).
For a both teams to score treble, look at Cologne whose three games since the winter break have all seen btts land. They host Eintracht Frankfurt and there should be goals at both ends, which pays 13-18 at Unibet.
I’m adding the mid-table Portuguese battle of Moreirense and Belenenses (10-11, 10bet). Both teams have netted in Moreirense’s last three at home and four of Belenenses’ last five away.
Another team fond of an away goal are Lorient – they’ve drawn a blank just once in their last 11 Lique Un road trips. Tonight they’re at Nantes, whose last four at home have brought up btts, and same again pays 15-13 at Unibet.
Both Teams to Score Treble
Cologne v Eintracht Frankfurt (2.30pm)
Moreirense v Belenenses (4.15pm)
Nantes v Lorient (7pm)
Real Madrid win and over 3.5 match goals (3pm)
Sporting Lisbon win (6.30pm)
Altach draw no bet (5.30pm)