JD's Betting Blog: Backing Mainz and Swansea to get positive results this weekend

JD discusses the Champions League results and has two tips for the weekend. He believes Liverpool are worth opposing and has an 11/8 shot in mind from the Bundesliga
It has been a fantastic week of football with the return of European competition action. The highlight for many was the Real Madrid v Manchester United match which ended in a 1-1 draw. It certainly lived up to its billing and it's very much in the balance going into the 2nd leg in three weeks time.

Many will have Manchester United as favourites to progress now and they are now a 10/1 (11.0) shot with Paddy Power to taste glory at Wembley in May.

Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund played out a 2-2 draw and its all to play for in the second leg of that tie too. Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain secured away victories and they are very much in the driving seat to progress to the last eight.

Paddy Power have already paid out on Manchester United lifting the Premier League title this season and they have a commanding 12 points lead which won't be pegged back in my opinion. With Spain and Germany already seemingly decided in terms of the title race, it is up to us speculators to look for different angles and trends to profit in the market.

If we look towards the bottom in each league, you will find teams that will start to over perform as they battle for survival. Pay particular attention to Italy at this time of year. Last weekend, 6 draws were played out and only 3 teams scored more than 1 goal.

Teams have a tendency to play out mutually beneficial results at this time of season so make sure to keep the draw very much on side in Italy.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Mainz are a match for most teams at home and they can beat Schalke04 at 11/8 (2.38) with Paddy Power who may have their minds on the Champions League in midweek.

Liverpool have had a busy week in Europa League action so they are worth laying at home to Swansea. Michael Laudrup's men can can be backed on the double chance market at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power.

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Mainz to win at 11/8 (2.38) with Paddy Power Swansea or Draw (Double Chance) at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power

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