It’s that time of the week again when we run through a selection of the most exciting matches taking place this weekend and offer our best bets and value picks.
Liverpool v Brentford (Saturday)
Liverpool have had an upturn in form recently, winning five successive matches in the Premier League to move into fifth spot and look set for a UEFA Europa League finish. Mohamed Salah looks to be firing on all cylinders again and is just two goals shy of breaking the 20-goal mark. Brentford have been a joy to watch this campaign and have picked up some memorable points this season, including a win at Manchester City.
Bournemouth v Chelsea (Saturday)
A resurgent Bournemouth side will be looking for another positive result in their quest for survival when the Cherries host Chelsea this Saturday. Frank Lampard’s men have lost all six games since the club legend has returned to the club. The two clubs are locked level on goal difference, sitting in 13th and 12th spot respectively.
Real Madrid v Getafe (Saturday)
Real Madrid dropped out of the top two in LaLiga after their crosstown city rivals, Atletico Madrid, took full advantage of their defeat at Real Sociedad in midweek. They do, now, return to the Santiago Bernabeu where they have suffered just a single defeat this term, winning 11 of their 16 home matches. Getafe are in the relegation zone on goal difference and face an uphill task here.
Elche v Atletico Madrid (Sunday)
Bottom-placed Elche are in preparation mode ahead of the inevitable drop to the Spanish Segunda Division. The hosts have just three wins to their name in 33 matches this campaign, earning a total of 16 points. Atletico Madrid are the most in-form team in the Spanish LaLiga at the moment, scoring five goals apiece in each of their last two encounters and now sit in second spot.
Bayer Leverkusen v FC Koln (Friday)
Bayer Leverkusen have caught the eye and have been a joy to watch at times this season. Xabi Alonso’s side are unbeaten in their last nine league encounters and should be confident of a UEFA Europa League finish. FC Koln are just about in the top half of the table but come off a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Freiburg.
Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich (Saturday)
Bayern Munich returned to the top of the German Bundesliga when it matters most after Dortmund slipped up in their quest for the title. It was business as usual for Bayern last week after they claimed a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin. The Bavarians have scored 81 goals this term, at least 14 more than the next-best team in the division.
Napoli v Fiorentina (Sunday)
Napoli will return to their home stadium after clinching the Italian Scudetto in midweek after a 1-1 draw at Udinese, their first title since 1990. In front of their home crowd now, Luciano Spaletti’s side will be motivated to give their fans a decent showing as the champagne waits on ice. Fiorentina have struggled for consistency and find themselves in and around mid-table.
Atalanta v Juventus (Sunday)
Atalanta are slowly showing signs of being the team we’ve become accustomed to seeing in their colours after a third successive victory. They’re two points off Inter Milan in fourth spot and can regain their spot in the UEFA Champions League for next season with just a handful of games to go. Juventus’ away form has left a lot to be desired, scoring and conceding 14 goals apiece over 16 games.
Lens v Marseille (Saturday)
Lens and Marseille will both be giving it a full go as they sit third and second respectively, separated by just a single point. Lens have the best home record in the league this term, winning a resounding 14 games from their 16 matches played. Marseille, on the other hand, have the best away record in the French Ligue 1 – so something has got to give.
Angers v Monaco (Sunday)
Monaco will be looking to establish and solidify their spot in the UEFA Champions League when they travel to face bottom-placed Angers. The hosts have won just three matches all season, losing 25 of their 33 ties. Monaco are the second-highest scorers in the league, netting 66 times and should breach the goal-scoring gap between themselves and Paris Saint-Germain.