Wolfsburg win (2.30pm KO)
Bayern win (2.30pm KO)
Leverkusen win (2.30pm KO)
Manchester United win (3.00pm KO)
PSG win (4.30pm KO)
Roma win (5pm KO)
Chelsea win (5.30pm KO)
Atletico Madrid win (7.30pm KO)
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Wolfsburg v Hannover – Wolfsburg to win
Wolfsburg were humbled in midweek by a rampant Bayern, or to be more accurate, a rampant Lewandowski! But before their 5-1 demolition at the hands of the Champions they had looked very solid indeed. Additionally, they still boast a 100% record when playing in front of a home crowd this season. Hannover on the other hand, have struggled on their travels, picking up just one point from their three away trips, and were comfortably beaten 2-0 and 3-0 in their last two. Quite frankly the visitors should be in for a tough time again. All in all, Wolfsburg should have enough about them to keep up their 100% home record.
Bremen v Leverkusen – Leverkusen to win
It has been a bit of an indifferent start from Leverksuen, who so far have struggled to match their impressive form of last season. This being said, the bare form is a little bit deceiving. After all, their last two away games have been against Bayern and Dortmund, most likely the two toughest grounds to go to. This shouldn’t put punters off, Leverkusen are still a good side, and a visit to Werder Bremen today looks to be a good opportunity to register a much needed victory. The home side have also made an indifferent start to the season, and have been particularly poor at home, losing two of their three games thus far, conceding five goals in the process. On what they’ve achieved up unto this point in the campaign, these sides look relatively evenly matched; however, Leverkusen undoubtedly have more quality in their ranks, and are thus fancied to come out of top today.
Mainz v Bayern – Bayern to win
Hardly a surprising selection this one, as it is hard to go against Bayern in almost any league game. The visitors are the only side in the league to have an overall 100% record and it would be a surprise if that wasn’t still the case after this one. Mainz have started the season reasonably well, winning two out of three at home so far; however, they are yet to face a side who boast the quality that Bayern do. Having scored eight goals from their first three away victories this season, the Champions should have more than enough firepower to walk away with the three points today.
Manchester United v Sunderland – Manchester United
Surely the banker of the weekend, United (2nd) host Sunderland (bottom). Coming off a 4-1 thrashing at home to Manchester City in the League Cup earlier in the week, confidence and morale will be at a new low at Sunderland who have looked shocking at the back; they haven’t kept a clean sheet in a competitive game this season and conceded 3 at Exeter City. With just 2 points in 6 games so far and -7 goal difference, Manchester United’s defensive injury problems won’t matter when they dominate the midfield and attack.
Nantes v PSG – PSG to win
Quite simply you’d have to fancy PSG to continue their strong start to the campaign by picking up another three points here. Nantes haven’t started well, and although they won both their opening home matches 1-0, they have since lost three on the bounce, conceding six and failing to find the net in all three. A visit from the champions here is unlikely to improve their fortunes. PSG are yet to taste defeat this season, and have won three out of their four away games, scoring six goals in the process.
Roma v Carpi – Roma to win
Roma haven’t exactly got off to a flying start this season, but they did undergo plenty of changes in personnel during the transfer window and are gradually starting to look a good side. They’re unbeaten at home so far and facing newly promoted Carpi today, they are unlikely to get a better opportunity to register a solid win. Carpi have struggled to impose themselves on Serie A yet, as they still search for that first win either at home or away. On their travels is where they have fared worst, conceding seven goals and scoring just two from their two away games thus far. A visit to Rome today is unlikely to bring a turnaround in fortunes either. Overall, from a betting point of view, you’d be disappointed if Roma failed to win this one.
Newcastle v Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Two under pressure managers but there’s no doubt that Steve McClaren will be feeling the heat much more than the Special One. Despite a shocking start to the season, Chelsea are still 5 points ahead of Newcastle who have lost their last 4 games – on the other hand, Chelsea looked back to their best when beating Arsenal 2-0 and easily demolished Walsall in the League Cup on Wednesday whereas Newcastle lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday. Chelsea are a great price given their excellent away record last season and while they’ll miss Costa (suspended) a front four of Remy, Hazard, Oscar and Pedro will prove too much for a Newcastle defense which has conceded 9 goals in their last 6 games.
Villarreal v Atletico Madrid – Atletico to win
Villarreal aren’t a bad side, in fact, aside from the big three in the league, they will probably be one of the teams vying for fourth spot by the time May comes around. They’re also yet to drop points at home this campaign, having recorded 3-1 victories over both Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol. However, it is hard to fancy them for this one, despite being at home. Atletico are a side who continue to impress, by not only combining good football with good spirit, but by being a side who always seem to find a way to win. The team from the capital haven’t dropped a point or even concede a goal on the road. In fact, they only game they have conceded in so far, was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Barcelona. Overall, it is Atletico who are fancied to keep the ball rolling and come away with another victory here.