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The biggest game in Europe this weekend sees Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield as the Premier League title race heats up. It is one of only two tough games remaining for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and victory will perhaps make them favourites to finish above Man City.
Elsewhere the hunt for Champions League football takes centre stage, with Sevilla and Valencia battling it out in Spain and Roma and Napoli going head-to-head in Italy.
Liverpool v Tottenham
Sunday, 31/03/19, 16:30 UTC
This could be the definitive moment in Liverpool’s season. Jurgen Klopp faces a simple-looking run-in, with home games against Spurs and Chelsea the only fixtures that should trouble them. Fortunately for the Reds, they welcome a Tottenham Hotspur side that have picked up just one point from their last four league games.
A 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in late February typified how sluggish, tired, and uninspiring Spurs have been on the road lately, which means Liverpool can blow them away if they start with energy. Sadio Mane’s outstanding form should be a big problem for struggling Kieran Trippier, and Liverpool’s remarkable recent home record – seven consecutive league wins, and 28 goals scored - suggests they can play with the desired tempo to continue Spurs’ misery.
Back Liverpool to win at 1.60
Celta Vigo v Villareal
Saturday, 30/03/19, 17:30 UTC
A huge clash at the bottom of La Liga sees third from bottom Celta Vigo host Villareal, who sit one place and four points above them in the relegation battle; victory for Celta will drag their rivals deep into trouble. Surprisingly, only Celta enter this in a bad spell of form, while Villareal have won four on the trot in all competitions.
Buoyed by victory over Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League, Villareal have found their feet again and two of their strikers, Gerard Moreno and Karl Toko Ekambi, are finally scoring goals. They should be able to pull clear with a good result at Celta, who have scored four goals in their last six home games. Certainly the hosts won’t score many, which gives Villareal a huge opportunity.
Back Celta Vigo to score under 1.5 goals at 1.5.
Sevilla v Valencia
Sunday, 31/03/19, 15:15 UTC
Both Sevilla and Valencia are chasing a top four finish in La Liga, but they are currently outside the Champions League places by three and six points respectively; the loser on Sunday is all but out of the race. This is a very tough one to call, although recent form does point to goals being scored at both ends.
Sevilla’s attacking possession football has led to some chaos in recent home games. There have been a total of 17 goals in their last three at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and this high average will probably be maintained given Valencia’s pace on the counter-attack. They won 3-2 against Girona in their last away league game.
Back over 2.75 goals at 2.04.
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Roma v Napoli
Sunday, 31/03/19, 14:00 UTC
There is a real danger that Serie A will be pretty dull in the final few weeks of the season. The title is already sewn up and the Champions League spots look secure, that is unless Roma can close the four-point gap on AC Milan. It seems unlikely to happen this weekend given second-place Napoli visit Rome, particularly given the hosts have lost three of their last four in all competitions.
Napoli have only won two away games since December 22, and tend to be involved in low-scoring draws on the road. Roma will be happy to play a relatively conservative game on Sunday through fear of losing, which means a stalemate is the most likely outcome.
Back the draw at 3.50.
Inter Milan v Lazio
Sunday, 31/03/19, 19:30 UTC
Inter Milan’s form has steadily improved as the season has gone on, which is why they should be considered clear favourites against Lazio, a club that have only won five of 13 away matches in Serie A this season. The visitors have won two of their last three games, suggesting their poor form is over, but Inter are clearly the stronger side.
Lautaro Martinez, the 21-year-old striker who has risen to fame this year, continued his goalscoring run over the international break with a consolation for Argentina. On a high, Martinez should be able to lead Inter to victory and secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
Back Inter to be winning at half-time at 2.94
Rennes v Lyon
Friday, 29/02/19, 19:45 UTC
There is a growing feeling that Lyon can break into the top two of Ligue Un, and therefore qualify for the Champions League, after a promising few weeks. Defeat to Barcelona in the second round has allowed them to turn their attention to domestic competition, and a 3-2 win against Montpollier has put them to within four points.
The gathering momentum is typified by Moussa Dembele’s form – five goals in his last five games. Rennes, who drew a dull game with Bordeaux shortly after their shock 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Europa League, are moving in the opposite direction. Dejected and falling down the table, Rennes are likely to lose the psychological battle.
Back Lyon to win at 2.19
The 2020 European Championships qualifiers get underway this weekend (to go along the UEFA Champions League), and with the main tournament looking pretty bloated these days there are plenty of smaller nations harbouring ambitions to finish in the top two of their group. That means some very interesting matches with lots on the line; a bad start is often enough to derail an entire campaign.
The biggest game is between Germany and the Netherlands, two nations in crisis who both possess a talented crop of young players ready to hit the reset button. Before their contest, Wales have a crucial game against Slovakia and Belgium take on the hosts of the 2018 World Cup, Russia.
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Belgium v Russia
Group I of the European Championships kicks off on Thursday with a clash between the two favourites, Belgium and Russia. Two nations from each group qualify, reducing the stress for Belgium, but Russia will be wary that a bad start will open the door for Scotland.
The hosts finished third at the World Cup and have been doing just fine since, that is until a 5-2 defeat to Switzerland in the Nations League prevented Roberto Martinez’s side from reaching the final four. This is their first game since then, and the return of Belgium’s defensive woes under Martinez gives counter-attacking Russia the chance to hit them on the break.
Back both nations to score at 1.94
Northern Ireland v Estonia
Northern Ireland reached the last 16 of Euro 2016 but their hopes of qualifying for a second successive Euros were dashed when they drew Germany and Netherlands in group C. They have to hope the latter’s dreadful period continues, plus win basically all of their other matches - starting with Estonia.
Estonia are ranked 96th in the world, some 60 places lower than Northern Ireland, plus they were poor in the Nations League – picking up just one point from two matches against Hungary. It will be a tight game, but Michael O’Neill’s side are well drilled and defensively disciplined, making a narrow home win likely.
Back Northern Ireland to win at 1.46
England v Czech Republic
England have been handed a very easy draw and their toughest opponents, Czech Republic, are hardly a match for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup and Nations League semi-finalists. There is a maturity and professionalism to how the Three Lions play that should ensure victory at Wembley in front of a newly appreciative crowd.
The Czechs do not have any star players in their squad, which is reflected in their patchy form over the last few months. A 5-1 defeat to Russia was followed by a 1-0 loss against Ukraine; England are far too strong for them.
Back England to win at 1.25
Portugal v Ukraine
Ukraine are historically very difficult to break down, and indeed their recent results – bar a 4-1 collapse against Slovakia – point to a resilient side capable of pulling off a result. They were promoted to League A of the Nations League with 10 points from four matches, with key players Oleksandr Zinchenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, and Andriy Yarmolenko all excelling.
But Portugal welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back to the squad for the first time since the World Cup, and the Juventus star has been in superb form recently. That alone gives Portugal the edge, although ultimately this should be a low-scoring affair; Ronaldo can’t do it all on his own.
Back under 2.25 goals at 1.85
Netherlands v Germany
Undoubtedly the biggest match of the upcoming weekend sees the Netherlands host Germany, with both nations desperate to make a decisive comeback following disastrous World Cup campaigns; the Germans went out in the group stage and the Dutch failed to even make it to Russia. Joachim Low has overseen a dramatic overhaul in playing staff, with prominent Bayern Munich players very publically informed they would not be selected, piling the pressure on Low to succeed.
Eleven members of the Germany squad are 23 or under, and while Netherlands have been slightly less dramatic they are boosted by the success of Ajax in the Champions League; Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt lead a new-look side. With energy in attack and naivety in defence for both nations, a high-scoring match is probable.
Back over 2.75 goals at 1.82
Wales v Slovakia
Having missed out on World Cup qualification following their semi-final appearance in Euro 2016, Ryan Giggs’s Wales will be desperate to make amends. Croatia are the favourites in Group E, but the second qualification spot is definitely up for grabs – and their first opponents, Slovakia, are their biggest rivals.
Wales rank 19th in the world and Slovakia 29th, reflecting their fairly similar quality and playing style; while the Welsh boast Gareth Bale, Slovakia have Marek Hamsik. However, on home soil – and in front of a raucous Welsh crowd – Wales should have enough to get the three points.
Back Wales to win at 2.05