In the most star-studded menu to date, giants from Europe, South America and Africa do battle in Matchday 13 of FIFA World Leagues Predictor.
Match of the week
Barcelona-Real Madrid (Spain)
Barcelona seem to have rediscovered their magic just in time to face La Liga leaders Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, scene of their comfortable midweek UEFA Champions League win against Intern Milan. Despite Real Madrid’s expensive line-up, Barça - the reigning Spanish and European champions - are still the team to beat, and are undefeated in 11 league games. Madrid are underdogs at 25 per cent to win, thus offering the most attractive return (75 points). Choose to back Barça and you could claim 47 points.
Big night in London
In what could be one of their most important fixtures of the season, Arsenal, who carry a game in hand, have the chance to narrow the eight-point gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea. Despite suffering a shock loss at Sunderland on Saturday, Arsene Wenger’s boys have won all five of their home fixtures this season and have scored 12 goals in their last three home games. In contrast, Chelsea have recently shown signs of weakness on the road, going down to Manchester City in September and Aston Villa in October.
The Cairo Derby
Al Ahly-Zamalek (Egypt)
Two of Africa’s most successful clubs clash in Cairo this weekend. Al Ahly have held the edge in recent years, winning ten of their last 12 encounters, while their bitter rivals have won only once. Looking at Al Ahly’s form this season (eight games without loss), the home side are comfortable favourites. Risk-takers will be weighing this decision carefully though. An unexpected Zamalek win, or even a draw, would rake in over 80 points.
High stakes in South America
Goias-Sao Paulo (Brazil)
In the penultimate match of the Brasilerao, Sao Paulo will be travelling to Goias with a foreboding feeling. The league leaders are only a single point ahead of challengers Flamengo, thanks in part to their shock defeat to relegation threatened Botafogo last weekend. Compounding their worries are their opposition. Ninth-placed Goias held Flamengo to a frustrating 0-0 draw on 22 November, and look set to fight for every remaining inch of the season. Will Goias inflict a second blow on a championship hopeful?
Longshot of the week
Dinamo Tirana-Kastrioti (Albania)
Undefeated in 11 games, Dinamo Tirana are on course to wrest the league title away from Albanian superpower SK Tirana this season. Standing in Dinamo’s way this weekend are newly-promoted Kastrioti. Should Kastrioti destroy Dinamo’s undefeated steak, backers would earn 89 points, while another Dinamo win returns 29 points.