After all the international drama it's back to domestic league bliss as FIFA World Leagues Predictor resumes. There are no evenly spread odds this weekend. Will cautious predictors capitalise on clear favourites or are we in for a weekend of shocks and high returns?
Match of the week
Locked on 14 points near the Serie A summit, Fiorentina, who are in an all too-familiar fourth place, will try to brush past Juventus, currently in third. The Turin giants are undefeated at home in the last six matches while Fiorentina have suffered erratic away form with only two wins in six games. Fiorentina backers could earn 89 points, making them an enticing underdog option.
High noon in Houston
Houston Dynamo-LA Galaxy (USA)
The two current western conference heavyweights slug it out this weekend in the penultimate league fixture before the post-season MLS play-offs. LA Galaxy remain favourites to win but they seem to have hit an away form slump. Meanwhile, Houston carry an impressive goal average at Robertson Stadium. A Dynamo win returns 71 points, while a Galaxy victory nets 54.
New hopes for Neath
Welsh champions and current league leaders Rhyl will attempt to widen the gap between first and third to a comfortable 8 points when Neath visit the seaside town. Neath, who finished in an unimpressive 14 place last season, have had a charmed opening to their 2009 campaign, suffering only one loss in 8 games. Will Neath continue to shake things up or will Rhyl dish out a painful history lesson?
The long shots
A still undefeated Barcelona travel to Valencia for their seventh match of the season. While many predictors will most likely back the Catalan entertainers, even the La Liga giants are prone to defeat (as midtable Osasuna proved back in May when they defeated Real Madrid 2-1). Valencia to win at home could return an unexpected 87 points while a Barcelona win returns a safe-but-small 32 points.
Sao Paulo-Atletico MG (Brazil)
It doesn't get much more enticing than a potential 92-point return on a strong underdog like Atletico Malaga. Second-placed Sao Paulo will have to do better than their recent home performances if they plan to fend off Atletico, who trail them by just two points going into the weekend.
Whether you play risky or back carefully, good luck and see you Monday for results, reviews and Round 9's fixture list.