Continental breakfast: 5 selections from across Europe for a winning weekend
Lazio and Copenhagen wins are predicted, plus more, in another of our enhanced accumulators...
Lazio to beat Udinese –
Lazio are a favourite of this five-fold, but not without reason.
I Biancazzuri have won three of their last four in all competitions and four out of six at the Stadio Olimpico.
They have also netted nine goals in three and are Serie A’s fourth-highest scorers, with 44.
Udinese, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back matches and have won just one league game in eight.
That they have also failed to score in three of their last five does not bode well for this weekend.
Copenhagen to beat Nordsjaelland –
Next up, continental breakfast is making its debut in Denmark.
League-leaders Copenhagen have been simply brilliant in their domestic campaign and, 23 matches in, are yet to be beaten.
Stale Solbakken’s side are also 11 points clear at the top and have dropped just eight points away from home.
An away win looks a formality.
Especially considering Norsjaelland are winless in three and, with just two victories at Farum Park this season, have the third-worst home record in the division.
Schalke to beat Hoffenheim –
Before losing to Leipzig, Hoffenheim held the longest unbeaten run in Europe’s top five divisions.
They have now lost two of their last four, though, and that is soon to become three in five.
Both of those defeats came away from home and Julian Nagelsmann’s side have, in fact, managed just one away win in six in the Bundesliga.
They should not expect anything against a side that are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions – including a win over sixth-placed Hertha Berlin and a credible draw against Bayern Munich.
Schalke have also scored 12 goals in those matches, which is significant given that Hoffenheim have kept just two clean sheets in seven on the road.
Real Madrid to beat Villarreal –
Despite their loss to Valencia on Wednesday, it is impossible to look beyond Real Madrid at odds like this.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have won four of their last five and lost just two in 22 league games.
Villarreal, meanwhile, have won just one in seven at El Madrigal and conceded five in their last two at home.
Given that Real Madrid are the league’s second-highest scorers, with 57, this pick should be comfortable.
Porto to beat Boavista –
Finally, we’re in Portugal and Porto are the fancied side here.
The 27-time Portuguese champions have been beaten just once in their 10 away games this season and are unbeaten in 19 in the league.
They also have the division’s best defence, having conceded just 11, and the second-best attack, with 45 goals.
Boavista are unlikely to cope.
The home side have won just one in six at their own ground and are yet to win against any of the top seven in the Primeira Liga.