It was a lively weekend of football across Europe, with our columnists enjoying a good weekend of tipping, writes Unibet's Michael Da Silva…
Barcelona slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid on Saturday, with Fausto Rossi’s first half strike sinking Gerardo Martino’s side.
Barca's players, most of whom were in international action midweek, looked jaded and short of inspiration, as Lionel Messi and Neymar wasted a series of opportunities.
The result gave Real Madrid added incentive to beat Levante on Sunday, which they did with ease, winning 3-0 at the Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were on the scoresheet, as was Levante’s Nikos Karabela, whose fine finish into his own net capped a comprehensive defeat.
Two goals from David Villa gave Atletico Madrid a vital 2-0 win at Celta Vigo, ensuring they stay within three points of city rivals Los Blancos.
Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 14 points after Kwadwo Asamoah’s 42nd minute goal gave them a hard-earned win over Fiorentina.
Second-placed Roma slipped further behind their rivals with a 1-0 defeat at Napoli, who left it late to secure a slender victory, courtesy of Callejon’s goal. The result, correctly predicted by our columnist Paolo Bandini, puts Napoli just three points behind Roma as the race for second hots up.
The race for fourth is also getting interesting as fifth-placed Inter Milan closed the gap on fourth-placed Fiorentina to a single point after a 1-0 win over Torino at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
AC Milan succumbed to their 10th Serie A defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Udinese.
Bayern Munich underlined their Bundesliga supremacy with a remarkable display at Wolfsburg, coming from behind to win 6-1 at the Volkswagen Arena.
Wolfsburg took the lead through Naldo but were then subjected to a Bayern masterclass, with five of the six goals coming in the second half.
Borussia Dortmund beat Freiburg 1-0 on Sunday (as predicted by our very own Raphael Honigstein) and Leverkusen were held to a 1-1 draw at Hannover, but the other results matter little, with Bayern already a staggering 20 points clear.
But the weekend's action in Germany will be remembered for a commendable act of sportsmanship by Werder Bremen's Aaron Hunt, who told the referee that he wasn't fouled after winning a penalty against Nuremberg - see above.
It was another fine weekend of tipping for our columnist Julien Laurens, who correctly tipped Paris SG to beat Bastia 3-0, which we were offering at odds of 7.50.
It promised to be an even handsomer win for the French champions, who led 2-0 after 19 minutes, courtesy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi – but they took their foot off the gas and walked away with just the three-goal margin.
Monaco’s task was a lot tougher against Socheaux, who made things uncomfortable for Claudio Ranieri’s side with a late strike – but it proved nothing more than a consolation as Monaco stayed eight points adrift of Paris.
Lille got a much needed 2-0 win over Montpellier to remain in the third Champions League place.