The Best Football Betting in Rome and Milan!

What a weekend we have in store in Serie A! There are three massive football games at the top end of the table while the relegation scrap intensifies.

Third plays second as Lazio host Juventus, while their Roman neighbours visit leaders Napoli; and on Sunday, it’s the Milan Derby! And with new boys SPAL and Verona within touching distance of 17th place, there’s a whole host of matches to enjoy right through the league with Asian Handicap Betting.

WEEK 27 SATURDAY:

SPAL vs Bologna

A fantastic 2-3 win away at Crotone has re-ignited SPAL’s survival campaign as they now sit a single point behind 17th. Roberto Donadoni’s Bologna arrive on back-to-back wins but have lost the last three on its travels.

WEEK 27 SUNDAY:

Lazio vs Juventus

These two heavyweights are in Coppa action in midweek but will be ready to slug it out in Rome. Juve desperately need a result after the snow left them four points adrift of Napoli last weekend. Lazio are third and striker Ciro Immobile has 23 goals, five more than his nearest rival. This is a tough fixture for the Bianconeri and they are at 2.28 to win, with Lazio at 3.10 and 3.20 the draw.

Napoli vs AS Roma

If Lazio get a result, then Napoli could move further ahead with a win at home to Roma; and they are available at 1.80 with a -0.75 handicap to do just that. The leaders had five different scorers as they destroyed Cagliari last week, while a home defeat for Roma against Milan dropped Eusebio Di Francesco’s team to fifth.

Atalanta vs Sampdoria

Eighth plays sixth at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia at a time when Atalanta are going through a little sticky patch. Atalanta are without a win in four, in all competitions, and have struggled particularly at home. Sampdoria have lost four of the last five away though, so the hosts are favourites to win at 1.80.

Torino vs Crotone

Torino, in ninth, face 17th-placed Crotone, a team which is now looking very nervously over its shoulder having lost at home to SPAL last week. Crotone’s mood won’t have been improved by Torino’s defeat at fellow strugglers Verona and will hope for a similar favour from the hosts on Sunday…unlikely!

Udinese vs Fiorentina

Eleventh plays tenth and Udinese could leapfrog Fiorentina with a win.The visitors, however, are in better form with seven points from four games while the hosts have collected only one. This is an opportunity for the Viola to keep their distance and an away win is available at 2.32

Benevento vs Hellas Verona

Benevento, with only ten points, have too much to do, but 19th-placed Verona went up to 19 points last week. The visitors are now just two behind 17th and closing in on the teams just above, so another win here will really put the cat among the pigeons.

Chievo vs Sassuolo

And that could well give Chievo and Sassuolo sleepless nights. Both these teams have lost four in the last five and are right in the mix, particularly Sassuolo who are 16th on 23 points. It could look pretty grim come Sunday.

Genoa vs Cagliari

Three wins from four have lifted Genoa away from the mire, but back-to-back defeats have left Cagliari right in it. The visitors’ leaky defence was destroyed at home to Napoli last week and conceded three in the 2-3 home defeat to Genoa back in October.

WEEK 27 MONDAY:

AC Milan vs Inter Milan

The Milan derby could hardly be tastier! Genarro Gattuso really has the Rossoneri rocking with five consecutive wins in all competitions and they are well in the Europa hunt. Meanwhile, Inter are in a three-way battle for the last two Champions League places and have relied heavily on 18-goal Mauro Icardi. Milan are 2.37 to win with Inter at 3.05 and the draw at 3.15.

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These Close Battles Make the Bundesliga Fun!

Football betting fans love how the Bundesliga has been competitive this season!

Only a couple of points separate the top dogs, while the battle for survival is just as competitive. We can expect very interesting betting odds from sites that offer Asian Handicap Betting.

Are you ready to dive into another weekend of top-quality action? Look no further than the tight competition of the German top flight!

WEEK 25 SATURDAY:

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Werder Bremen

This clash between Monchengladbach and Bremen seems boring at first look. While the hosts have only won their first match in a month, they are still leagues above their visitors in the table. They should have no problem containing the five-goal Max Kruse and the rest of the Bremen attack.

Schalke 04 vs Hertha BSC

Schalke are the overwhelming favourites to win this contest, but Hertha Berlin have pulled off impressive results against Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. It’s not far-fetched to consider the possibility of Pal Dardai’s lads pulling off another draw, so Hertha Berlin +0.75 @ 2.02 is not a bad bet to make.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hannover 96

Hannover have dropped off the top, but they are still performing well enough to stay clear of the drop zone. They will face a tough challenge in Frankfurt as they try to return to European competition. Frankfurt will try to reclaim second place and will mount a fierce fight at home.

Augsburg vs Hoffenheim

This six-pointer will bring Augsburg and Hoffenheim closer to Europa League contention, and both sides will surely play hard. Both have played inconsistently over their last three games, but Augsburg’s draw with Dortmund is all the more impressive than Hoffenheim’s split with Freiburg.

Hamburger SV vs Mainz 05

For the struggling SV, this six-pointer is a superb chance for them to close the gap. Mainz had a frustrating draw against Wolfsburg, but they will look to replicate their strong win against Berlin at Hamburg.

I think they can easily achieve that, so a bet on Mainz +0.25 @ 1.94 is not a bad move to make.

VfL Wolfsburg vs Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen are heavily favoured to win against Wolfsburg, but their recent stumble against Schalke would worry supporters. Leon Bailey and Kevin Volland will be pounding the hosts for goals, and Koen Casteels will be steeling himself for a long game.

WEEK 25 SUNDAY:

RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund

This game could determine whether Leipzig gets to secure their Champions League spot next season.

They suffered a shock loss to Koln last game week, and their form looks to go nowhere but down. The prospect of facing a Dortmund side with Michy Batshuayi and Marco Reus dominating on the pitch is scary for the Red Bull faithful.

Leipzig should be able to fight back for a draw, so a good bet here is Dortmund +0.25 @ 1.69.

FC Koln vs VfB Stuttgart

Stuttgart are on a strong run of wins, but Koln pulled off an incredible upset against Leipzig. The Billy Goats are on a high and will try to ride on this wave to snap Stuttgart’s win streak. I say that an entertaining game awaits at the RheinEnergieStadion.

WEEK 25 MONDAY:

SC Freiburg vs Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich saw their incredible streak stopped short by Berlin, but there’s no reason for concern among the 290,000-strong club. They shouldn’t have any problem dispatching Freiburg even if they field a half-strength XI.

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Defoe offered England hope

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe says England coach Gareth Southgate has offered him hope he could still make his squad for this summer's World Cup.

The 35-year-old has not featured for the Three Lions since last June's World Cup qualification clash with Scotland and faces some stiff competition in the fight to secure a place on the plane to Russia.

Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott are all hoping to be part of Southgate's attacking options for this summer's tournament, meaning Defoe needs a strong end to the season to prove his worth.

The former Sunderland and Tottenham forward only returned from a lengthy lay-off due to an ankle injury last weekend and will now be looking for an extended run in the Bournemouth team.

Last summer's move to the Vitaly Stadium has not exactly gone to plan, Defoe scoring just three goals in 18 appearances for the Cherries, and he is currently 16/1 to be in the England squad.

Despite his poor return in front of goal and his injury troubles, Defoe claims he has been told by Southgate that he is still very much in his thoughts when it comes to selection for his England squad for the World Cup.

"I spoke to Gareth and he basically said, "The door is always open because you bring so much with your experience, around the place with the lads you bring a lot to the camp. Just get yourself back in the team, get your goals and you know the door is open," Defoe told the Daily Mail.

"Realistically, if I do end up going, it will be my last one. I remember the feeling I got from going to my first – just knowing that I'm at a World Cup, something I've worked so hard to achieve and knowing that I've done it.

"If I can go to this one, it will be special, especially with that group of young players. At a tournament, it's always about the squad. When you are not playing, you've always got to be switched on."

Defoe will hope to get back on the goal trail when Bournemouth travel to Leicester on Saturday.

Defoe is 2/1 to score anytime against the Foxes, while he is 12/1 to score two or more.

Jedinak: Focus on own performances

Experienced midfielder Mile Jedinak says his Aston Villa side simply have to concentrate on their own performances as they chase a Premier League return.

The Villans are currently in third place in the Championship table, four points behind Cardiff City, who occupy the all-important second automatic promotion spot.

Derby County and Fulham are also in the mix for a top-two finish and Australia international Jedinak says his team-mates should forget all about their rivals and focus on the doing their jobs on the pitch.

He told the club's official website: "We've got to control our own destiny.

"We've still got to play a few of the teams in and around us, which gives us a good opportunity. A lot of them at home, too.

"Teams are going to take points off each other, teams are going to drop points. It's the way it works, especially in this division.

"We need to make sure we're on the right side of the results as often as possible and you do that by putting in strong performances. We need to keep doing that until the end of the season."

Villa still have home games against Cardiff, Derby and leaders Wolves to play this season, as they hunt a top-flight return after two seasons away.

The Midlanders can be backed at 11/8 to gain promotion this season, with Cardiff City available at 1/2, Fulham 6/4 and Derby County 11/4.

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Title race not done – Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his team are far from assured of winning the Premier League title despite their 13-point lead.

The Citizens captured the first part of what could be a treble this season when they defeated Arsenal to claim the EFL Cup at Wembley last weekend.

The two sides are now gearing up to meet again at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday with City looking to move 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United with 10 games left to play.

Such has been City's dominance that they are 8/11 to win the title by over 18.5 points this season.

Guardiola says his players must forgot about their Wembley joy from the weekend and focus on the job at hand, completing what was City's main priority for the season, winning the Premier League.

"We are fighting for the most important title of the season by far – the Premier League," Guardiola said.

"More than the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Of course there is an argument to be focused because the next six fixtures are terrible in terms of the opponents.

"We have four games away and of course we are in a good position but it [the title] is not done.

"We have still to win six games and when you think about Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and our away games like Stoke, who are playing to avoid relegation [it will be hard].

"In football and sport you have to forget what you have done – good or bad – and think about the next [game]."

City are set to be missing central midfielder Fernandinho after he suffered a hamstring injury in the EFL Cup final, while Fabian Delph is suspended. Raheem Sterling is a major doubt but Guardiola hopes to have him back at the weekend to face Chelsea.

Arsenal have only dropped seven points at home in the Premier League all season  but have been comfortably seen off by the Citizens in both previous meetings this terms.

The Gunners are 15/4 for the win, while Guardiola's men are 3/4 to complete a clean sweep. The draw is 31/10.

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Varane refusing to throw in the towel

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane says the defending champions can not give up on the Primera Liga title despite Tuesday's loss at Espanyol.

Los Blancos missed the chance to trim Barcelona's sizeable lead at the top of the table as they went down to a shock 1-0 defeat to Espanyol, who came in to the game having failed to win any of their seven previous matches.

Gerard Moreno's stoppage-time winner for the home side condemned Real to a fifth league defeat of the season and they are now 150/1 to retain their league title as they sit 14 points behind Barca, who have played a game less.

Head coach Zinedine Zidane said after the game that he did not feel his players deserved to lose to Espanyol, claiming he "feels sorry" for them.

Varane says there is no time to be down in the dumps over the loss though, claiming they need to get back to winning ways when they face Getafe on Sunday.

"We performed better in the first half than we did in the second," the France international said. "We always have to give our best when we pull this shirt on.

"We can't give up on La Liga; we have to show the same drive. We're not looking at the points, we have to focus on the games and try to win them because that's what this badge demands of us. You can never write us off."

Real's best chance of silverware now looks like being the Champions League, where they head in to the second leg of their last-16 tie against Paris-Saint Germain with a 3-1 advantage from the meeting at the Bernabeu.

PSG's hopes of overturning that deficit took a blow this week when they lost Neymar to injury but Varane is still expecting the French giants to throw everything at Los Blancos in the fight for a quarter-final berth.

"We always want to win and this won't have any effect on the PSG game. Regardless of whether Neymar plays or not, it'll be tough because they'll come out all guns blazing. We're ready for it and will continue with our preparations," he added.

Real are 2/7 to qualify for the last-eight, while PSG are 11/4.

Fornaroli keen for City start

Skipper Bruno Fornaroli is crossing his fingers in the hope he can make a full return for Melbourne City in Friday's derby.

The Uruguayan striker broke his ankle and suffered serious ligament damage in an FFA Cup tie in July, and hadn't featured at all during the A-League campaign until the last two weeks.

He came off the bench in games against Sydney FC and Perth Glory, but could get the nod to play from the start against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

Fornaroli is still in pain on some days from his ankle but says he's feeling good in the run-up to the third and final derby of the league campaign.

He's now played 58 games for the club since joining ahead of the 2015-16 season, and scored 42 goals.

A big hit from the start with City, he became the first player to score 20 goals in a league campaign in his debut season and won the A-League Golden Boot.

He wasn't missed in the opening months of the season as on-loan replacement Ross McCormack scored 14 goals in 17 starts before the Scot’s return to Aston Villa last month.

"I still need minutes to get 110 per cent," said Fornaroli. "I have to stay ready. I try to do everything to play.

"I think I am ready," added the 30-year-old. "I have to work every day with my ankle and try to do everything well to prepare everything for the game.”

City are in third place in the table, four points clear of their rivals ahead of the derby.

Melbourne City are 8/1 to win the Grand Final.

City are 11/8 to beat Melbourne Victory, who are 9/5 with the draw 5/2.

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Wenger aiming to make amends

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to try and put things right when his side face Premier League leaders Manchester City for the second time in five days.

The Citizens powered to a 3-0 win over the Gunners in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, with the Londoners coming in for heavy criticism for their lacklustre display.

However, Wenger says he remains fully focused on overseeing an improvement when the two sides meet in the league at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening.

He told his pre-match press conference: "Part of our job is to respond and to focus on the next game. You want only to win games, it's not always possible, so it's the way you respond.

"We have lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment. Yes we are unhappy, yes we are disappointed, yes we are not happy with our performance.

"But we have to take perspective and I think that means sitting back a little bit, analysing it well with a distance and then coming in and committing for the next game."

Wenger also confirmed that Spanish defender Nacho Monreal will miss the game due to a back injury, having lasted less than half an hour of the Wembley showpiece at the weekend.

However, the Gunners will be boosted by the return of January recruit Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was cup-tied on Sunday.

The attacking midfielder will be able to link up with fellow former Borussia Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first time since the 1-0 derby defeat to Tottenham over a fortnight ago.

Striker Aubameyang is priced at 6/4 to score at any time against City, with Arsenal 3/1 to earn a draw and 14/1 to secure a 2-1 victory over the runaway league leaders.

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Poch explains Alderweireld absence

Tottenham Hotspur central defender Toby Alderweireld is still being troubled by the hamstring injury which saw him sidelined for more than three months.

The Belgium international will definitely sit out the FA Cup fifth round replay against Rochdale on Wednesday evening and is a major doubt for the Champions League clash with Juventus next week as well.

However, Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose side are 9/4 to lift the FA Cup this season, says he will not take any chances with one of his key players, even for major tests like that of taking on Juve.

He told reporters: "He is still recovering. He is still not participating with the group.

"When you tear a muscle, then you are fit, but fit to participate in training. And then, it's to be fit to play and then to compete. It's a different process and sometimes it's longer, depending on the injury.

"Sometimes, the people create an expectation and then we are the bad guys, when we say 'no you cannot play' or we start to build your fitness step by step.

"It's our responsibility sometimes, but it's impossible to explain everything. It's just to be careful about the player because we want Toby 100 per cent ready to play."

Meanwhile, Pochettino has dismissed suggestions that star striker Harry Kane might have to leave the club to further his career.

The England frontman is reported to be of interest to some of Europe's top clubs, but Pochettino is confident that Kane can stay put and fulfil his goals.

He added: "Harry's happy here and of course wants to win titles here like all of us. We are here to develop, to help the club achieve and win titles."

Kane is currently 1/2 to be top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, with Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah 11/4 and Manchester City star Sergio Aguero 9/2.

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The Big Race to the Playoffs Just Got Crazier!

The final stretch of NBA games is building up to get even more intense after today’s results that saw the betting odds turn upside down.

In the East, Charlotte beat Chicago to push themselves into playoff contention, and Miami got a boost with a big win over online gambling darlings Philadelphia. It also helped the two that Milwaukee lost to Washington.

Out West, Portland have the Spurs in sight for fourth, while the Clips moved to one game behind the Nuggets after taking them down in a closely contested live betting affair.

Brooklyn Nets 123-129 Cleveland Cavaliers

It was an eventful month for LeBron James—following the Cavs’ trade deadline splash and the All-Star Game—and the King made sure to end it on a high note against the Nets.

LeBron finished with a triple-double of 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, ensuring that he would average a triple-double for February. It was the first time the Cavs star hit the statistical milestone for an entire month.

The win was important for the Cavs too as they increased the chances of Brooklyn finishing at the bottom, thereby boosting the odds that the Nets pick they own would end up in the top eight at least.

Chicago Bulls 103-118 Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets won their fifth in a row and are suddenly in contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard led the charge for Charlotte, with the former scoring 31 points on an efficient 57.9 percent shooting. Nicolas Batum was also pivotal with his double-double as the Hornets stymied the Bulls who had seven players scoring in double figures.

Philadelphia 76ers 101-102 Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade returned to Miami for the nostalgia, but he is already 36 years old and is no longer capable of leading a team to the playoffs. However, he can still take over games from time to time, just like what he did against the Sixers.

Wade stepped up for the Heat and scored 15 of their last 17 points, including the step-back jumper that gave them the lead with 5.9 seconds left. He finished with 27 points as Miami handed Philly their second loss in a row.

Washington Wizards 107-104 Milwaukee Bucks

Washington jumped to a 40-22 lead in the first quarter and never looked back despite a big third quarter from Milwaukee. Beal sparked the Wizards to victory, tallying 21 points, eight assists and seven boards, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had a near triple-double of 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight dimes in a losing effort for the Bucks.

The glaring differences between the two teams, however, are their assists and turnovers. Washington distributed and took care of the ball better (30 assists, 11 turnovers) compared to Milwaukee (20 assists, 16 turnovers).

Sacramento Kings 99-116 Portland Trail Blazers

It’s tank season for Sacramento, so they weren’t expected to win from here on out. Portland took advantage of that as they blew out the Kings at home behind Damian Lillard’s 26 points and 12 rebounds.

One positive takeaway for Sacramento, though, is that their young core has shown great potential, with the likes of Willie Cauley-Stein, Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Aaron Fox reaching double figures.

LA Clippers 122-120 Denver Nuggets

Denver led by as much as 19 points in the game, but the Clips clawed their way back and capped the game with a huge fourth-quarter run to win.

The Clippers’ bench—led by Williams who scored 25 points—made the difference as they outscored the Nuggets’ reserves, 74-24.

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