European football weekend preview11th Apr 2018 |
Milan vs Napoli (Serie A)
Napoli will need to be close to perfect for the remainder of the Serie A season if they are to win their first title since the days of Diego Maradona. Maurizio Sarri’s side secured a nervy 2-1 victory over Chievo last weekend to keep in touch at the top, but Juventus’ four-point lead means they are in pole position to finish on top of the pile once again. A trip to Milan will test Napoli’s resolve and could potentially knock them out of the championship race before their visit to Juve later this month; the Rossoneri also need the points as they seek to keep their slim top-four hopes alive, so I fancy a draw at San Siro.
Crystal Palace vs Brighton (Premier League)
The most curious rivalry in the Premier League – and perhaps all of English football – returns at Selhurst Park this weekend. Both teams will be desperate to avoid defeat against the enemy, but this game is also significant in Palace and Brighton’s respective bids for Premier League survival. Albion are seven points clear of the drop zone but still need at least one more win to be sure of their top-flight status, while the Eagles are still looking nervously over their shoulders at the bottom three. This is likely to be a tense encounter, so take advantage of the 3/5 available on fewer than 2.5 goals being scored.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Monaco (Ligue 1)
The champions-elect will do battle with the reigning champions in Ligue 1 this weekend. It is only a matter of time before Paris Saint-Germain wrap up the title, but there is no doubt they will be desperate to do it against the team who beat them to the crown in 2016/17. The capital club eased to a 3-0 victory over Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue final at the end of last month, and a similar outcome could be on the cards here. Odds of 2/1 on PSG -2 handicap could be worth taking up.
Liverpool vs Bournemouth (Premier League)
Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by neighbours Everton last time out, but it was clear that their attention was elsewhere ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp will probably name his strongest possible side here, though, and with Bournemouth already safe from relegation it is difficult to see anything other than a comfortable home triumph. The Reds have blitzed several sides at Anfield this term, which makes over 2.5 goals for the hosts a tempting proposition at 7/10.
Lazio vs Roma (Serie A)
Any game between Lazio and Roma is important, but there is more than just bragging rights on the line in this weekend’s derby. Both clubs are pushing for Champions League qualification this term and three points here could be massive, particularly as it would deal a blow to a direct rival in the race for the top four. The best option in this one could be both teams to score, which is available in the sportsbook at a price of 1/2.
Tottenham vs Manchester City (Premier League)
It has been a tough couple of weeks for Manchester City, who were eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool a few days after losing at home to rivals Manchester United and therefore failing to wrap up the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola would have been hoping for an easier assignment this weekend, but a trip to Tottenham – who have not lost in the league at Wembley in 2017/18 – will be far from easy. I expect Mauricio Pochettino’s men to compound City’s misery by emerging victorious – consider backing the hosts at 7/5.