The Premier League reaches its conclusion this weekend, and after Vincent Kompany’s stunning winner against Leicester City on Monday night, it might just turn out to be an anti-climax. Not only are Brighton considered to be one of the easiest opponents in the league this season, but Liverpool could drop points against an organised Wolves at Anfield.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Bundesliga title challenge could be reignited as RB Leipzig present a stern challenge for Bayern Munich, while Getafe can take a point off Barcelona and cement their place in the Champions League.
Brighton v Man City
Sunday, 12/05/19, 15:00
Brighton are on a four match winless run at home in the Premier League while Manchester City, looking for a 14th consecutive victory in the competition, must feel like it is their destiny to retain the title following Vincent Kompany’s stellar strike on Monday night. There is surely no chance that the hosts can change the course of City’s winning fate on Sunday.
Chris Hughton’s side do not press at all against the Big Six, instead sitting extremely deep and erecting a brick wall in front of the goal. That means City just need to stay patient and, whilst holding 80% possession, wait for a small gap to open. Once the first goal is scored, the tension will lift and Brighton – who have nothing left to play for – will certainly crumble.
Back Man City to win with a -2.25 handicap at 1.66
Liverpool v Wolves
Sunday, 12/05/19, 15:00
This is perhaps the game that could cause Liverpool to cave, prompting the emotion of the last few months to come pouring out as they lose points to Nuno Esperito Santo’s Wolves, and watch their title hopes fade away. The visitors have nothing to play for after securing seventh last weekend, but they will enjoy spoiling the party – and have the tactical battle plan to frustrate Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Their 3-5-2 formation is particularly effective at shutting down the half-spaces, the areas of the pitch in which Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane chiefly operate. Where there is normally a gap between the centre-back and full-back, this space is successfully constrained by Wolves’ third centre-back and a flexible wing-back. This is why the team have a superb record against the Big Six, and the fact they have won three on the bounce will only add to Liverpool’s fears.
Back the draw at 5.55.
Roma v Juventus
Sunday, 12/05/19, 19:30
Roma are three points behind Atalanta in fourth, and so to keep their Champions League dreams alive they must beat title-winners Juventus this weekend. Having slacked off now the Scudetto is secure, Juve have failed to win three of their last four matches – and have won a mere four points from their last four away games. Roma, then, definitely stand a chance.
Furthermore, Claudio Ranieri has always been more comfortable playing on the counter-attack and that has already begun to affect Roma. They beat Cagliari 3-0 in their most recent home game despite holding just 43% possession, with Javier Pastore, Justin Kluivert, and Stephan el Shaarawy all very threatening on the break - meaning that ageing Juve defence could be in trouble on Sunday.
Back Roma to win at 2.51
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Barcelona v Getafe
Sunday, 12/05/19, 17:30
Barcelona have already wrapped up the league title but Getafe, who visit the Nou Camp this weekend, are currently three points clear of Valencia in fourth place and need to avoid defeat to stay in control of their fate. Barca are expected to win this one, although their 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo last weekend suggests they are distracted by their Champions League campaign.
We are still three weeks from the final, but Ernesto Valverde will not be taking any risks –and neither will the players, who will likely duck out of challenges to ensure they do not overexert themselves. Getafe will utilise a defensive strategy and hope to frustrate their hosts, which means long periods of possession for a side with very little impetus to successfully up the tempo. A draw is therefore definitely on the cards.
Back the draw at 4.65
RB Leipzig v Bayern
Saturday, 11/05/19, 14:30
Successive games without victory for Dortmund appear to have handed Bayern Munich the title: they sit four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with two matches left. However, the current leaders have very difficult remaining games, starting with a trip to fourth-place RB Leipzig – a team they were fortunate to beat 1-0 in the reverse fixture courtesy of an 83rd minute goal from Frank Ribery.
Leipzig have already secured qualification for the Champions League, but they are a devilishly difficult team to come up against and will be keen to play their part in the title race. What’s more, they’re on a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions (scoring 16 goals in their last six games) and will want to maintain momentum ahead of their German Cup final against Bayern later this month.
Back RB Leipzig to win at 4.77.
Marseille v Lyon
Sunday, 12/05/19, 20:00
Lyon are still battling for a top-two finish, while Marseille have an outside chance of making the Europa League, which is why the meeting of these two clubs – separated by eight points with three matches remaining – is the biggest game in France this weekend. The form guide is our best indication of who will emerge with the points.
Marseille have failed to win their last two matches, drawing with Strasbourg and losing 2-1 against Nantes in their most recent home match. That should galvanise Lyon, who are hoping to reel Lille in after picking up seven points from their last three. They came from behind to draw with Lille last time out, which might be the momentum shift they need to beat Marseille and close in on their rival.
Back Lyon to win at 2.14