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Derbies galore are taking place across Europe this weekend. We've the big one over in Rome between Roma and Lazio, before taking in the Barcelona derby over in Spain. We've also got a huge match in France along with Napoli tackling Inter Milan, who are battling to gain a place in Europe by sneaking higher up the table in Serie A...

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NICE VS. PARIS SG

NICE 19/4  DRAW 100/30  PARIS SG 4/7

With Paris SG continuing to chase down leaders Monaco at the top of Ligue 1, a trip to the south of France to tackle third placed Nice won’t be easy for the title holders. However, Nice are yet to beat Paris in the last eight meetings, which shows the visitors’ dominance against them.

Paris have won their last nine matches in all competitions, which has put them right back in the mix for the title in France. Paris have the best away record in the division and haven’t drawn on the road this term in the league, however, Nice are excellent on home turf and haven’t lost in their 17 games on their own patch in Ligue 1 this term.

What We Sayin’?

So close to call in terms of a scoreline, we’re behind a BTTS and Over 2.5 Goals shout at 10/11.


 

ROMA VS. LAZIO

ROMA 9/10  DRAW 14/5  LAZIO 3/1

The Derby della Capitale is back this weekend as Roma and Lazio tackle it out in a derby which is always feisty, lively and passionate. You should also wipe those tears away as this grudge match could well be Francesco Totti’s last for Roma.

Eight points off table-topping Juventus, Roma will still have hopes of chasing down the Turin side with just five games remaining. However, Lazio themselves have plenty to play for and have their sights set on third place Napoli, who sit a place and seven points ahead of them.

What We Sayin’?

There have been a whopping 18 red cards in the last 21 meetings between these two, which is worth noting, however, we’re going for a Roma win and BTTS at 2/1.


 

ESPANYOL VS. BARCELONA

ESPANYOL 12/1  DRAW 6/1  BARCELONA 1/5

Another derby this time and this one for Barcelona may not be El Clasico, but the bragging rights in Barcelona are at stake when Lionel Messi and his pals make the trip across the city to take on Espanyol in El Derbi Barceloni.

Espanyol, who are managed by former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores (remember him?) haven’t beaten Barca in the last 17 meetings, with their last triumph coming at the Nou Camp all the way back in 2009. With the La Liga title challenge really up for grabs now, it’s handy for Luis Enrique and his side that they haven’t lost at Espanyol for over a decade now.

What We Sayin’?

You’d have to fancy the visitors for this one. They’re right back in the title race and we’re behind them to earn a big 3-0 victory at 13/2.


 

INTER MILAN VS. NAPOLI

INTER MILAN 2/1  DRAW 13/5  NAPOLI 5/4

Finally, we head back to Italy, and it’s another big one as 7th place Inter Milan chase down the top four in Serie A, with their chances of doing just that boosted should they win against Napoli at the San Siro.

Inter have improved slightly since Stefano Pioli’s appointment a few months ago but they’re still short of the required form to get them into a possible Champions League spot come the end of the season. Inter are without a win in their last five games, which will be a concern against a Napoli side who haven’t lost in their last six matches.

What We Sayin’?

Get involved with a 2-0 Napoli shout at 11/1, which looks pretty decent value.


 

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