Guest columnist Paul Watson bring his European football expertise to the Mr Fixit table.


Serie A gets under way this weekend and it's all change at two of the country's biggest teams.

AC Milan have given the heave-ho to Leonardo with Massimiliano Allegri taking charge, while at cross-city rivals Inter it's Rafa Benitez who has replaced Jose Mourinho. The San Siro men both start with games they're expected to win and a double on Milan and Inter should get any accumulator off to a steady start.

Milan are home to Lecce on Sunday and are a best 4-11 with Skybet.

You'll have to wait until Monday for Inter who are 8-13 (Blue Square) at Bologna.

A Roma win at home to newly-promoted Cesena (1-4, bodog) is useful for those looking to stack odds.

For out-and-outs when it comes to the league title it's still hard to see past Inter Milan. While they've lost the magic of the Special One they've retained their squad, minus Mario Balotelli. Best price is Betfred's 11-10.

Roma as winner in a league without Inter Milan (9-4, 888sport) provides a smarter bet with Claudio Ranieri's men having finished second more than any other side in the last decade, including last season.


Real Madrid or Barcelona? Up until this summer it's been a fairly easy question to answer with the Nou Camp men running rings around everyone on the domestic front. Mourinho's arrival should tighten up Los Merengues and both teams are your Spanish bankers this, and probably most other, weekends.

Madrid are best at 4-9 (William Hill) to beat Real Mallorca on Sunday while Barca (1-4, betfair) travel to Racing Santander.

Taking that pair out of the equation, either Sevilla (9-4, Blue Square) or Atletico Madrid (5-2, betfred) are a good pick to be the best of the rest at the end of the campaign. There's a split hair between them at this point but a lot will depend on Sevilla holding on to key man Luis Fabiano. If he goes before the end of the window I'd take the current Europa League holders.

For top scorer, Lionel Messi must be your favourite after bagging a phenomenal 34 goals last season and the Golden Shoe. He starts at 6-1 with Hills.
Many are tipping David Villa to shine in Catalonia and he's 4-1 (888sport) to top the scoring charts. Or how about Diego Forlan (16-1, Hills) who's in red-hot form after being named best player at the World Cup.


Bayern Munich travel to Kaiserslautern this weekend and at 1-2 with Hills the bookies aren't expecting much of an upset.

Elsewhere, Mainz – boosted by on-loan Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen who is 12-5 (bet365) to score anytime – pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Stuttgart last Sunday. They're 7-2 with bet365 to maintain their form with a win at Wolfsburg who are evens (bet365) to bounce back from an opening-day defeat.

The prices keep rolling with bet365 and they offer 13-8 on Hoffenheim to dump St Pauli away from home.


  • Edin Dzeko to score two or more for  Wolfsburg v Mainz (3-1, bet365)


  • Stick a tenner on Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan all to win and get £27 back at William Hill.


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