JD's Betting Blog: A huge weekend of European matches to look forward to

JD looks ahead to some of the biggest domestic matches of the season so far and expects plenty of goals when Bayern Munich meet Borussia Dortmund and Reading host Manchester United
We had another profitable week on the football markets with four out of six selections landing. Some profligacy in front of goal between between Lazio and Tottenham and a missed penalty from Levante against Barcelona denied us from landing a full house. But, it was a solid week overall and we are confident of the same this week.

The lack of goals across Europe

A lack of goals in La Liga and the Premier League made it one of the toughest weekends of the season so far. The champions of Spain, England and Italy all failed to score a goal between them last weekend.    

Ten of the 20 La Liga teams did not manage a goal and eight Premier League teams left their scoring boots in the dressing room.

Punters are more inclined to back goals in their betting strategy so when they dry up, it can have an adverse effect on your betting bank. Personally, I think last weekend was just an abnormality and I expect goals to return sooner rather than later.

A weekend of huge games

Looking ahead, there are some tasty matches in Spain and Germany this weekend.

In Spain, we have the Madrid derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone's team will face the biggest examination of their title credentials to date in what has the potential to be a real thriller.

Bet365 have Real Madrid as strong favourites at 4/9 (1.44) with Atletico Madrid 11/1 (12.0) outsiders, while the draw is a 7/2 (4.5) shot. It is the first time since 1999 that Real Madrid go into this fixture behind their neighbours in the table.  

Weekend tips

In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund in perhaps the game of the weekend in Europe. The Bavarians have been in outstanding form domestically and are 3/4 (1.75) to win this match.  

I like the angle of Bayern Munich to score in both halves at 5/4 (2.25) with bet365 in what is likely to be a high-scoring contest. In England, Reading's clash with Manchester United is likely to produce a match with both teams scoring.

The Red Devils defence has been leaky all season and the home side are capable of finding the net, both teams to score looks to be a well-priced 4/5 (1.80) shot with bet365.

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Bayern Munich to score in both halves at 5/4 (2.25) with bet365 Reading v Manchester United (both teams to score) at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365

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