Spain’s top three remain locked together after scoring a combined 12 goals over the weekend, whilst the top dogs in the other major leagues all won too
Barcelona head into Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester City in the finest of form after hitting six goals past Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp to stay top of La Liga.
As City were beating Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup, Barca were never in trouble against their struggling visitors from Madrid, and opened the scoring through Adriano just two minutes in.
Lionel Messi made it 2-0 before the break, with Alexis Sanchez, Pedro, Messi again and the returning Neymar completing the rout.
Whilst Barca scored six, both Atletico and Real Madrid settled for three each.
Atletico beat Valladolid 3-0 thanks to Raul Garcia, Diego Costa and Diego Godin, whilst Jese Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric struck for Real as they won 3-0 at Getafe, a result correctly predicted by our La Liga expert Paul Wilkes at a price of 8.50.
Another expert correctly predicting a 3-0 win was Julien Laurens, as Paris Saint-Germain landed a 6.75 gamble against Valenciennes on Friday night.
Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both struck at the Parc de Princes, with an own goal from Gary Kagelmacher adding to the comfort of the victory.
Kagelmacher is on loan at Valenciennes from Monaco, and the club from the principality boosted their title hopes with a 2-0 win at Bastia courtesy of a James Rodriguez brace, with Julien’s tip of Monaco to win to nil proving correct.
Lille drew 2-2 at Evian to stay in third, whilst a last gasp equaliser from Saint-Etienne’s Brandao ensured that the clash with his former club Marseille, a meeting of fourth and fifth, ended all square at 1-1.
Inter won 2-1 at Fiorentina to close to within five points of the fourth-placed side, with Mauro Icardi’s second half strike serving as a huge boost to Walter Mazzarri’s men.
Above those two it was very much ‘as you were’, with Juventus seeing off struggling Chievo 3-1 in Turin, second place Roma still nine points back after Mattia Destro scored twice in a 3-0 win over Sampdoria and Napoli winning 2-0 at Sassuolo.
Parma’s 4-0 victory at Atalanta might have gone down as the performance of the weekend but there was little doubt about the best goal, with Mario Balotelli’s stunning late strike earning mid-table AC Milan a 1-0 win at home to Bologna.
Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund recorded the big victories that Raphael Honigstein predicted they would, with both posting 4-0 home wins on Saturday.
Bayern swept aside Freiburg thanks to goals from Dante, a brace from Xherdan Shaqiri and one from the veteran Claudio Pizarro, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kept up his fine form with the opening two goals in Dortmund’s win over Frankfurt.
Bayer Leverkusen remain in between last year’s Champions League finalists in second, but that’s despite a damaging 2-1 loss at home to fourth-placed Schalke, for whom Klaas-Jan Huntelaar grabbed the winner.
In the meeting of the bottom two, Eintracht Braunschweig’s 4-2 victory at home to Hamburg took them to within one point of their visitors, and also led to the sacking of Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk after less than five months in the job.