While the masses scream hysterically at the return of the Premier League, I’m more focused on the action from the continent, rather than whether Raheem Sterling is still too tired to play.
There are four selections I fancy this weekend, from the televised action across Europe, and while a winning four-fold probably won’t be a cause for early retirement, the 10/1 on offer will certainly pay for a few craft beers.
They may have contrived to throw away a lead at Juventus two weeks ago, but Roma had been imperious in Serie A previously.
Rudi Garcia’s men have won 13 of their last 15 league games at the Stadio Olimpico and should have enough to cover a one goal handicap against a Chievo side that have lost three of their last four matches.
I might have to dig out my 1997/98 PSV home shirt with ‘Cocu – 8’ on the back to enjoy this game in as the midfield maestro, now boss at the Philips Stadion, prepares his side for another victory this year.
The 21-time Eredivisie champions have won their last nine on their own patch, conceding just one goal. Alkmaar have a strong side, with Steven Berghuis scoring three in three, but I cannot see them leaving Eindhoven with anything.
This one shouldn’t need much explaining. Sure, Eibar have made a good fist of their first foray in the Primera Division, but even with their all-time record signing Dani Nieto taking the field (he cost €75,000), they will probably roll over and wimper at the Camp Nou.
The Catalan giants have won their last five at home without conceding a goal, so with their WDW price a little on the skinny side at 1/11, the addition of the clean sheet makes sense.
After six games Evian sat bottom of Ligue 1, but there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then (geddit?), and they are springing up the table (sorry).
Three straight wins have seen them move to within one point of Monaco, and are capable of giving them a game of things at Stade Louis II.
The principality club are Berba-less, and have now scored just three goals in their last five games, so it is unlikely to see a hammering here.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing