Chelsea vs. Tottenham is going to be tight; Juventus defence vs. Milan attack
A late Lorenzo Insigne penalty for Italy and Portugal's inability to beat Netherlands denied the column some decent midweek profit but hope springs eternal and the weekend heralds the return of the Premier League, including Chelsea's big London derby clash with Tottenham.
Running total: -£48.44
The Home Banker
It's a huge game at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea know they can kiss goodbye to any hopes of a top four finish if they lose to Spurs. Despite Chelsea's erratic form this season and the fact Tottenham have won their last three away matches, Conte's men go off as favourites here. They beat Tottenham 2-1 earlier this season but this could be a tighter affair given what is at stake and the fact Spurs won't have the injured Harry Kane up front. With this in mind 4/5 about the match featuring less than three goals looks the shout.
Selection: £5 on 'Under 2.5 goals' at 4/5 with bet365.
The Tasty Treble
Newcastle (3/4) have really raised their game in recent weeks and can put clear daylight between themselves and the bottom three with a win over Huddersfield Town. Elsewhere Watford look a tidy price at 13/10 to beat Bournemouth. Home advantage could be key here with the Hornets unbeaten in their last five on their own patch. Finally both teams to score at 19/20 seems more than fair in Brighton's clash with Leicester. Brighton's home form is strong but the Foxes have scored in 10 of their last 11 away fixtures and Jamie Vardy should be buzzing after his midweek heroics for England. The treble is paying almost 7/1 and looks to have a real chance.
Selection: £3 on the treble at 6.84/1 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
Something has to given in Turin on Saturday evening where Juventus, who have kept 12 clean sheets in a row in Serie A, face an AC Milan side who have scored 26 goals on the road this season. In the corresponding fixture last season Paulo Dybala scored a 97th-minute penalty to give Juve a dramatic 2-1 win and it could be close again. Juventus, who are closing in on another Scudetto, are a 9/2 shout to win 1-0 and given how solid they have looked defensively in 2018 this could be worth a small play.
Selection: £2 on Juventus to win 1-0 at 9/2 with bet365.
The Wildcard Tip
Liverpool start as piping hot 4/9 favourites to beat Crystal Palace but the Eagles snapped a four game losing streak by beating Huddersfield last time out and can be competitive at Selhurst Park. Having Wilfried Zaha fit again is a massive plus for Palace, who are 7/1 to lose this after scoring first. Liverpool's front three have been magnificent this season but defensively they are not infallible so a scenario whereby Liverpool win after conceding first is not beyond the realms of fantasy.
The Bookie Basher
Romelu Lukaku was among the goals for Belgium during the international break and he looks the obvious choice at 100/30 to notch first when Manchester United host lowly Swansea this weekend. Leroy Sane is a 6/1 chance to score first for Manchester City when they travel to Everton and the lively German has scored first on three occasions for City away from home in the Premier League this season. The double is paying just shy of 30/1 with bet365 and is definitely worth a speculative interest.
Selection: £1 on Lukaku -- Sane first goalscorer double at 29.33/1 with bet365.