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JD looks at this weekend's action from across Europe and also explains why it's important to keep independent measures in mind if you're looking to gain an edge in the markets

It has been a busy week of football with the Champions League action dominating midweek. Bayern Munich put in a commanding display against Manchester City to win 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side have shortened slightly across the board to win the tournament outright after this performance. Paddy Power are now 3/1 (4.0) on the Bavarians to retain their title.

Importance of independent measurements

I watch between 12 and 15 football matches per week to stay up to date with the performance of teams and players. Knowledge and information are obviously very important components in the battle in the market place.

However, it is vital that you don't trust your eyes fully. People's perception of events can vary. Prejudice, memory and a tired mind can all play a part in forming our view of events. Make sure to firm up an opinion based on independent statistical measurements.

It can help solidify a view or can alter it. You will be surprised at how much you learn about a team under close statistical examination.

Weekend Tips

Looking ahead to the weekend, Hannover 96 will be a popular bet on Friday for obvious reasons. They have only lost 3 times at home since April 2011 and have won all of their home matches this season.

They tend to be overpriced in the market and can be backed at 13/10 (2.30) with Paddy Power to overcome Hertha Berlin.

At the same price, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur can be backed in a Premier League double. Spurs now have the squad to cope with the demands of European competition and West Ham are ideal visitors after their midweek game against Anzhi.

Manchester United will want to bounce back from their shock home defeat last weekend. Managerless Sunderland look one of the weaker sides in this league and David Moyes can gain a valuable three points here.

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Hannover to win at 13/10 (2.30) with Paddy Power Manchester United and Tottenham double at 13/10 (2.30) with Paddy Power

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