JD's Betting Blog: Backing victories for Manchester City and Real Madrid

JD explains why it's important to keep your discipline when losing and also gives us his tips for two of the biggest games in Europe this weekend
This week is one of the biggest weeks of the year in terms of big football matches. The Champions League has produced some excellent contests over the past week.

My own outright selection to win the competition, Borussia Dortmund, won 2-1 against an in-form Arsenal.

Real Madrid overcame Juventus 2-1 and Manchester United carved out a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad. Champions Bayern Munich beat Victoria Plzen 5-0 and they remain 11/4 (3.75) favourites to retain their title with Bet365.

Anyone can win but not everyone can lose

One of the most important aspects of football betting is how you react to defeat. The pleasure and enjoyment of winning is obviously easier to deal with from a human and betting perspective.

Defeat can bring obvious disappointment, doubt and despair. Some punters can react very badly to defeat and it can initiate indiscipline and sometimes panic.

The professional punter must keep their nerve and discipline even when experiencing volatility. If your strategy has worked before and it is well rounded. researched and considered, it is likely to work again in the future and sometimes it's best not to change anything at all.

This weekend's tips

Looking ahead to the weekend, El Clasico is the highlight in Spain. Real Madrid are undefeated in 5 El Clasico meetings in all competitions and it illustrates a  trend towards Madrid over the last couple of years.  

bet365 go 21/20 (2.05) on Real Madrid to win or draw on Saturday and it looks value based on most recent matches between the big two.  

Manchester City can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) on a draw no bet basis away to Chelsea on Sunday.

Despite some indifferent away form so far this season, Manchester City remain the favourites to win the Premier League title and this price is too good to ignore. Your stake returned in event of a draw.

Real Madrid and Draw (Double Chance) at 21/20 (2.05) with bet365 Manchester City to win (Draw No Bet) at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365

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