European football weekend preview28th Mar 2018 |
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (Premier League)
Crystal Palace boosted their Premier League survival chances with a much-needed triumph over relegation rivals Huddersfield Town last time out, but defeat here would plunge them back into trouble. Liverpool, meanwhile, eased to a 5-0 victory over Watford when they last took to the field, but they are similarly not yet guaranteed a place in the top four. This match is therefore significant at both ends of the table and Palace will hope the Reds are distracted by their upcoming Champions League clash with Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s side should have enough quality to get the job done at Selhurst Park regardless, but both teams to score looks like a sure-fire bet at 3/4.
Juventus vs Milan (Serie A)
Juventus’ failure to beat SPAL before the international break threw the Serie A title race open once more. Second-placed Napoli must continue to win their own matches to keep in touch, but there is every chance the Bianconeri will drop more points before the pair go head-to-head in Turin next month. Milan are in red-hot form domestically and certainly have the potential to emerge victorious from the Allianz Stadium, a but a draw at 13/5 looks the best choice to me.
Everton vs Manchester City (Premier League)
It is only a matter of time before Manchester City get their hands on the Premier League trophy, but the table-toppers will be desperate to win this game and keep alive their hopes of sealing the title when they face rivals Manchester United in their next encounter. Everton have a reasonably strong home record, but I can’t see that being enough to keep Pep Guardiola’s rampant charges at bay in this one. City to score more than 2.5 goals could be worth a look at 5/4.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
Most Bundesliga fans would have looked at this fixture at the start of the season and wondered whether it would be an effective title decider. But unfortunately for everyone but Bayern Munich supporters, the championship race is done and dusted: Bayern are currently 16 points clear at the summit of the standings and will wrap up yet another crown in the coming weeks. Even though there is a small chance Jupp Heynckes’ men will have half an eye on the Champions League, it’s hard to look past them coming out on top here – consider backing the hosts at a -1 handicap at 11/10.
Chelsea vs Tottenham (Premier League)
The race for the top four is realistically between three teams – Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham – with two set to make it and one set to miss out. It is reigning Premier League champions Chelsea who are in the worst position at present, and defeat this weekend could see them fall eight points adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot. That would surely spell the end of their chances, so a win is essential for the Blues – and I fancy them to get it at odds of 6/5.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Monaco (Coupe de la Ligue)
The first piece of silverware in France is on the line this weekend, when runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will do battle with defending champions Monaco in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. The principality club are certainly good enough to take advantage if PSG are lacking motivation, but the fact that there is a trophy up for grabs will surely mitigate against that for Unai Emery and his players. It is therefore difficult to look past a PSG win, but perhaps over 3.5 goals in total – offered in the sportsbook at 1/1 – would be the wisest selection for this one.