European Football Preview – December 12

Only a few weeks remain in the 2020 football calendar with many European leagues preparing to enter their winter hibernation.

There is still plenty of value to be found across the continent with big games aplenty.

None moreso than the Madrid Derby between Atletico and Real, both of whom advanced to the Champions League Knockout Stages during the week.

Read on to see which five matches we have picked out for our plays.

Mainz Vs FC Koln

Sunday 13 December, 1:30am, Opel Arena

If nothing else, our Euro Previews certainly covers all of the teams in the top divisions, not just the big clubs in the search for value.

Between them, these teams have a grand total of 12 points from 20 matches played and picked up their only wins in the past three weeks.

Fans of attack should be in for a real treat this week with both sides being undone by below average defences and the strikers should receive plenty of chances.

Both teams to score has hit in Mainz’s last six matches and Koln’s last nine so a clean sheet for either team seems awfully unlikely.

Back Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.83

Marseille Vs Monaco

Sunday 13 December, 3:00am, Stade Velodrome

Marseille’s miserable Champions League campaign came to an end during the week with a defeat to Manchester City but that could be a blessing in disguise.

Now they can turn their attention to a domestic campaign which has yielded five straight wins and seen them rise up to fourth spot.

Up next is their biggest test in quite a while facing fifth placed Monaco whose winning run ended last weekend with a 2-1 loss to Lille.

This could very easily be the highest quality match of the weekend and it’s too hard to split both of these teams so I won’t try to.

Back the Draw @ $3.30

Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid

Sunday 13 December, 7:00am, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Zinedine Zidane’s seat continues to warm itself as Real finds itself in an unfamiliar fourth position on the La Liga ladder.

Their local rivals on the other had are flying, six points clear of Real and on top of the competition with two games in hand.

Not to mention an impressive run of form which has seen them win their last seven La Liga fixtures.

While their derby form is not great, they have not won a competitive fixture against Real since 2017, their form is nothing short of impeccable and as underdogs, they offer excellent value.

Back Altetico Madrid to Win @ $3.00

Bayer Leverkusen Vs Hoffenheim

Monday 14 December, 4:00am, BayArena

Leverkusen got their campaign back on track with a confidence boosting win over Schalke as they try to keep in touch with league leaders Bayern.

Hoffenheim is starting to find some domestic form themselves taking five points from their last three league matches, however it’s tough to back against a team that is yet to lose in the Bundesliga this season.

Historically this fixture has favoured Hoffenheim with the visitors taking three of the last four matches however on this season’s form, I have to take Leverkusen.

Back Leverkusen to Win @ $1.73

AC Milan Vs Parma

Monday 14 December, 6:45am, San Siro

Perhaps the only thing that will trip up AC in this fixture is a tight turnaround from the Europa League however taking on 16th placed Parma, they should be able to get the job done even if they are below 100%.

So far this season, Milan have a +14 goal difference in their eight victories and are sitting on top of the Serie A table.

Parma have a habit of going cold in front of goal lately, behind held scoreless in three of their last five matches and I just can’t back against Milan here.

Back AC Milan -1 Goal @ $1.87