The top three all held their nerve this weekend to record wins. Barcelona put on the pressure on Friday night with a 1-0 win over local rivals Espanyol.
Real Madrid responded with a 3-2 win at Real Vallecano, in which Gareth Bale built on his successful home debut to create two of the goals. Atletico then also won, recording a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao, with David Villa and Diego Costa finding the net.
Barcelona are 1.29 to win the league, with Real Madrid at 5.00 and Atletico at 8.50.
Italy Roma’s winning ways finally came to an end last night but they remain unbeaten at the top of Serie A, having drawn 1-1 at Torino. It is testament to the high standards being set in Italy this season that despite Roma’s fine start, they are still only three points ahead of Napoli and Juventus. Napoli beat Catania 2-1, while Juventus won 1-0 at Parma, to close the gap on the league leaders. Juventus are the 1.80 favourites to retain their title, with Roma at 3.00 and Napoli at 4.50.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund finally created some daylight between themselves and Bayer Leverkusen this weekend, as Sami Hypia’s side lost 1-0 at Eintracht Braunschweig.
Dortmund came fighting back from going 1-0 down, to thrash Stuttgart 6-1, as Robert Lewandowski helped himself to a hat-trick. Bayern Munich’s win was less conclusive, as Tomas Muller grabbed a late winner to give them a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim - a scoreline predicted by Raphael Honisgtein at odds of 8.5.
Bayern are 1.18 favourites to win the Bundesliga, with Borussia Dortmund at 5.00 and Bayer Leverkusen now out to 50.00.
The big shock in France this weekend came at Lille, who defeated big spending Monaco 2-0, thanks to a brace from Nolan Roux.
The win saw Lille leapfrog Monaco into second place and remain two points behind leaders Paris St-Germain. The reigning champions won 4-0 against Lorient, with Edison Cavani scoring twice.
PSG are now into 1.14 to win the league, with Monaco out to 6.00 and Lille at 20.00.