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Weekend tips: Manchester derby, Milan derby, and LaLiga leaders

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What a massive weekend of European football we have in store for us!

Manchester divided

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has managed to pull his Manchester United side out of the hole they found themselves in after Liverpool thrashed them 5-0 at Old Trafford two weeks ago.

A statement result was achieved at Tottenham last weekend as United brushed a lacklustre Spurs aside.

Cristiano Ronaldo starred in that win and then rescued a point in the Champions League away tie at Atalanta, equalising twice, leading to Solskjær proclaiming him as United’s Michael Jordan.

Pep Guardiola cited “many, many” mistakes as Crystal Palace beat Manchester City last weekend.

The 2-0 defeat was City’s second in the Premier League this season and their first at home since April. That result that left City five points behind leaders Chelsea and a tough derby matchup away at Old Trafford now awaits.

United have won three out of the last four league meetings with their neighbours, City have picked up just one positive result in that time, drawing in December 2020.

Man Utd to draw or win sits at 2.10 on the double chance, while over three goals at 2.62 is also something to keep an eye on.

Milan madness?

The Derby della Madonnina is, according to some, Italy’s premier fixture, pitting together the two of the country’s best sides. They sit second and third heading into this one.

Although the two teams share San Siro, it is Milan who will be in the home dressing room this time around. The Rossoneri haven’t won a home designated derby in the league for almost four years.

However, Stefano Pioli’s side are unbeaten in 11 Serie A matches, only dropping points in a draw with Juventus back in September, and now face their city rivals having scored 10 goals in their last four league matches.

It’s a run of form that sees Milan sit second in the table. Inter are third but there’s a seven-point gap between the two.

After a mid-October slump, Simone Inzaghi’s men ended the month with back-to-back wins against Empoli and Udinese, finding form just before a derby is never a bad thing.

As is sorting out your defence, two clean sheets have added to the Nerazzurri’s scoring prowess, hitting over 2.5 goals in 70 percent of their fixtures, their average goal per game sits at 2.7.

With that in mind, Inter to win and both teams to score is at 4.00, flip that to Milan and you’ll see a return of 5.00.

New Reign in Spain?

Real Sociedad are perhaps Europe’s biggest surprise team currently, topping LaLiga at the expense of some much bigger names, albeit by virtue of an extra game played.

But, five points from a possible nine has allowed the chasing pack to come within striking distance. Monday’s visit to Osasuna needs to end in victory should they have genuine title aspirations.

Los Rojillos welcome the league leaders with the thoughts of what could have been, their form isn’t too far away from their visitors yet they find themselves in seventh.

Just two points from their last three games have somewhat diluted a previous three-game winning streak and the dip in form leaves Jagoba Arrasate’s side six points off their opponents.

Both teams have picked up points without scoring that many goals, under 2.5 is the majority for them this campaign, with 60 percent of fixtures ending that way.

It could be yet another close game, the full-time draw sits at 3.30, but open it out to a 1-1 correct score and the odds jump to 6.50.

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