Weekend tips: PL crunch time, goals and drama in Serie A and LaLiga | OneFootball

Weekend tips: PL crunch time, goals and drama in Serie A and LaLiga

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It has been a busy midweek but there’s no time to rest.

Another weekend of European football is right around the corner.

Crunch time

Nuno Espírito Santo will look to take Tottenham back to winning ways as Manchester United visit North London on Sunday morning.

The Portuguese boss found himself in hot water after he claimed Spurs were the better side in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham United last weekend.

After a poor September, October had offered hope: victories against Aston Villa and Newcastle looked to have put Tottenham back on a level footing, but a derby loss at the London Stadium has once again brought Nuno’s tenure back into focus, and not in a positive way.

Contrast that with his opposite number, and the problems of the Tottenham boss pale into insignificance.

Manchester United were absolutely hammered by Liverpool last weekend, in front of a shell shocked global audience, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær now faces the biggest 90 minutes of his managerial career.

Newspaper reports suggest the Norwegian coach has three games to save his season, a loss at Tottenham could already spell the end. With so much at stake, it could be a cagey affair.

The Alternative total goals at under 1.5 currently sits at 4.33, but a 1-0 win for either side sits at 12.00 and 11.00 respectively.

Big city clash

Roma have had a ridiculously tough fixture list of late, and José Mourinho has found it difficult when pitted against Italy’s top sides.

Lazio, Juventus and Napoli proved tough nuts to crack over the past month, with Roma picking up just one solitary point, a 0-0 draw against Napoli – ironically allowing this weekend’s visitors to top the table.

Factor in a rather embarrassing result in Norway against FK Bodø/Glimt and both Mourinho and Roma will want to avoid a Halloween fright night when Milan come to town.

The Rossoneri have had no such problem picking up points domestically, taking 28 from a possible 30 on offer this season.

Stefano Pioli’s side have been free-scoring home and away, although they have been tested defensively at times. Back-to-back 3-2 victories at the start of October showed both resolve and frailties in their system.

The last two meetings have yielded nine goals, a 3-3 thriller this time last year was followed by a narrow 2-1 Milan victory in February.

As such the double chance of draw or AC Milan at 1.57 looks inviting, as does both teams to score at the same odds.

Expect the unexpected

It might not catch the eye immediately, but Valencia v Villarreal on Sunday morning is as fascinating as they come.

Both sides are in similar form, scoring in bursts but collapsing when games seem to be over. It has all the ingredients for a superb clash.

Valencia haven’t won at home since August, and last time out in the Mestalla they needed an own goal to salvage a point against Mallorca.

Head coach Pepe Bordalás called it a loss of consistency, not the best building block to welcome a fellow side locked in a mini LaLiga between 10th and 15th.

But visitors Villarreal are yet to win on the road this season, fairing just a little better at home.

A 95th-minute equaliser from Arnaut Danjuma rescued a point against Cádiz midweek, the 3-3 draw was breathtaking, and showed the boom or bust nature of Unai Emery’s side: entertaining but at what cost?

The last four meetings between the clubs has seen two victories each and 11 goals, a bet builder of Villarreal to win, over two goals combined and both teams to score gives a return of 4.5

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