It’s almost that time of the year where we get to bid farewell to some of the greatest football leagues on the planet. Before we draw to a close, there’s still a few more rounds of football as some of Europe’s big guns look to have their names shine in lights. With the league title already concluded in England, Italy and Germany, it should make things a tad bit easier when it comes to marking out our 10-leg accumulator.
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Everton v Sheffield Utd (Sunday)
Having a game in hand over many of their rivals, Everton will still be feeling that they have a strong chance of finishing in the UEFA spots for next season. The Toffees impressively won 1-0 away at West Ham last time out, and with some of the big guns still set to play each other, Everton can surely make up the ground. Sheffield United have been dead and buried for a while now in the Premier League and will be no match for the hosts this weekend.
Southampton v Fulham (Saturday)
Southampton ended their four-game winless run in the Premier League by beating Crystal Palace 3-1 at St. Mary’s last weekend. That win took the Saints up into 14th spot, although it seems that Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men cannot finish in the top half of the table this time around. Fulham’s fate was set in stone last time out as their relegation to the Championship was confirmed after losing 2-0 at home to Burnley.
Genoa v Atalanta (Saturday
Genoa don’t have much to play for in the final two games of their season as they’ve managed to steer clear of the relegation zone, while a place in the top half seems a bit farfetched as well. Atalanta, to no surprise at all, are the highest scorers in the Italian Serie A and sit second on the table, behind the champions, Inter Milan. With so much at stake, Atalanta really should get the job done here.
AC Milan v Cagliari (Sunday)
AC Milan have been in exceptional form of late and come off the back of a resounding 7-0 demolition over Torino. Prior to that emphatic result, Milan also beat Juventus 3-0 in their own backyard. The race for top four seems set to go down to the wire in the Italian Serie A, but Milan should be confident considering their position and the favourable fixtures that they still have to play.
Mainz v Dortmund (Saturday)
Mainz have been ultra-impressive and come into their clash with Dortmund riding a nine-game unbeaten run. The hosts have been extremely tough to beat and have now distanced themselves of any late relegation drama. Dortmund are another team that have meant business in the latter stages of the German Bundesliga. The visitors have won their last five league games in succession and will be hoping to secure UEFA Champions League football for next season.
Hertha Berlin v FC Koln (Saturday)
Hertha Berlin’s great run of form continued in midweek as they swept aside Schalke to win 2-1 away from their turf. That result meant that Hertha are now unbeaten in seven league encounters. The hosts are also now further away from the red zone with just two games left to play. FC Koln are currently in the relegation zone, but still have a slim chance of survival, being two points off safety with two matches remaining.
Atletico Madrid v Osasuna (Sunday)
Atletico Madrid lead the standings in the Spanish La Liga and are now just two wins away from clinching the title after their victory over Real Sociedad in midweek. Atletico are on an impressive five-match win streak on home soil in the league, keeping four cleans sheets in that run. Osasuna are languishing in and around the mid-table spots, leaving them with not much to play for in the closing stages of La Liga.
Barcelona v Celta Vigo (Sunday)
Barcelona were one of the most disappointing and costly teams to follow midweek, as they scuffed their two-goal lead to eventually draw 3-3 against Levante. They seemed like a side who had given up on their title aspirations, while their defence switched off for most of the match. Celta Vigo picked up a superb win against Getafe on Wednesday to claim their fourth successive victory in the Spanish La Liga.
Nimes v Lyon (Sunday)
Nimes have an uphill battle to climb if they are to somehow survive the scare of relegation and retain their status in the top flight of Ligue 1. The hosts are placed 19th in the standings and are three points clear from safety, although their dismal goal difference could set them back a bit further. Lyon have lost just once on the road this term and are guaranteed a spot in the top four this season.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Reims (Sunday)
French juggernauts, Paris Saint-Germain, could lose out on the league title if they don’t pick up maximum points in their remaining two fixtures, while they also have to hope that Lille slip-up along the way. In what has been a disappointing season, PSG will be looking to bow out in style and have the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar firing in attack. Reims are winless in six matches, but are comfortably placed in mid table, so their season is all but done.