Barcelona romp to lead home our European football treble
Chelsea’s fourth-round clash with Stoke will bring this weekend’s FA Cup action to a close, but there’s plenty going on in the big leagues around the continent and we’ve mashed together a tasty treble, which will pay out at just shy of 11/2 if the expected business is done.
Barcelona -2 to beat Malaga @ 8/13
After bagging just three goals in as many consecutive away games, Tata Martino’s men roared back to form with a come-from-behind 4-1 win at Levante, which was the 13th time this season Los Blaugrana have struck more than thrice in a match.
Real Madrid may have momentarily usurped the champions at the summit of La Liga following their 2-0 win at home to Granada, but Barca will take back top spot by beating a Malaga outfit that clearly hates the yearly pilgrimage to Catalonia.
Barcelona have beaten Malaga at the Nou Camp by at least 2 goals in six of the past eight La Liga campaigns and the last three of those matches all finished up 4-1 to the hosts, an eventuality that can be backed at 12/1 here.
Marseille double chance against Monaco @21/20
The principality club’s season took an undeniable turn for the worse when £50m man Radamel Falcao was stretchered off with a torn cruciate ligament against Chasselay in the cup.
While true believers point to fellow striker Emmanuel Riviere’s Ligue 1 haul of eight goals so far this term – just one short of Falcao’s – in five fewer starts, the 23-year-old has failed to fire in 11 of his 17 appearances and reports that Monaco were prepared to sell him prior to the Colombian’s injury will hardly have lifted his confidence.
Marseille sit in seventh after an inconsistent first half of the season, but Jose Anigo’s men have won more times on the road so far in the campaign than any other team bar the top two and have a cracking record at the tiny Stade Louis II.
They’re unbeaten in their last five away to Monaco, winning four times in a run that dates back to 2007 and rate cracking value to deny their hosts a morale-boosting victory after a week of despair.
Fiorentina to beat Genoa HT/FT @ 19/20
The loss of crack goal-getter Giuseppe Rossi in their first game of the new year was supposed to put the skids on the Viola’s impressive recent run, but three wins and a draw in all competitions since mean Fiorentina are now unbeaten in their last eight.
Home dominance at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, where Vicenzo Montella’s side have won their last seven, has catapulted Fiorentina into the reckoning for Champions League spots and while Genoa are currently holding tough in mid-table and beat Inter 1-0 in their last home fixture, only four teams have lost more times on the road in Serie A than the Rossoblu this term.
Fiorentina have been leading at half-time and gone on to win five of their last six home clashes against Italian opposition, so odds just shy of evens about the same outcome again here appeal immensely.