The Box Set: Weekend Football Preview

There's a bumper weekend of televised football to look forward to, so we've taken a look at some of the games that are bound to have you glued to your screen.


It’s another weekend of football to follow from the comfort of the couch with a full Premier League schedule as well as a packed La Liga and Serie A fixture list.

With the title wrapped up and City looking quite secure in second place, all eyes will be on the fixtures revolving around the other two Champions League places and the one Europa League Spot available.

Two teams from Leicester, Chelsea, Man Utd and Wolves are likely to qualify, with the latter being the form horses and have made up ground on third and fourth-place Leicester and Chelsea.

Also worth keeping an eye on is the relegation zone as with six games left, either one of the sides in trouble still has time get themselves out of this sticky predicament and secure a place in the top flight once again next season.


With only five games remaining in La Liga, everything is still up for grabs with Real Madrid and Barcelona fighting it out for the title once again.

The Galacticos have a four-point cushion over Barca, who can’t afford any slip-ups, while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are in pole position to join them in next season’s Champions League, but can Villareal or Getafe sneak in and take one of those spots?

Serie A has the most number of fixtures left to play with nine games and, although anything is still possible, Juventus look on-course to win the scudetto for the ninth consecutive time with Lazio the main contenders, who are just four points back.

Inter have an outside shot and are eight points behind the leaders with Atalanta in fourth place and looking comfortable of securing the final Champions League spot with a sizeable cushion over Roma.

Premier League

Nuno Wolves

Wolves v Arsenal
Saturday, 17:30

Wolves come into this game in excellent form, being the only Premier League side to win all their games since football returned, though visitors Arsenal, will provide a very different challenge.

The fact that Nuno and his team are favourites only goes to show how far the team has come and who knows what that added expectation do to a group of players who have been playing with such freedom and expression all season?

But this could be more open than many expect, with Arsenal registering a 2-1 victory against Sheffield United and a comfortable victory against relegation-threatened Norwich.

Gunners fans will be hoping that they have turned a corner, but the away team still needs to prove consistency against stronger opponents who still have an eye on Champions League qualification.

Prediction: Wolves To Win

Liverpool v Aston Villa
Sunday, 16:30

Some sloppy defending saw Jurgen Klopp’s newly crowned Champions slip to a 4-0 defeat at The Etihad on Thursday, but the German insists he remains focused on finishing the season strongly – which could be ominous for Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side.

Beating Manchester City’s record haul of 100 points from two seasons ago may prove one motivating factor, with the Reds on 86 and having six matches left to play, so don’t for one minute think Liverpool have eased up in a season which as seen them blow almost all before them out of the water.

A run of eight top-flight fixtures without a win sees Villa firmly in relegation trouble and staring a quick return to the Championship squarely in the face unless they can turn things around pretty quickly.

With games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton still to come, you feel the visitors might have to take heart from an impressive performance at Villa Park back in December which eventually saw them going down 2-1 after two late Liverpool strikes broke their hearts after a promising start.

Prediction: Liverpool to win to zero

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Monday, 20:00

Spurs generally have a good record against Everton over the years but the last two head-to-heads have seen a 1-1 and 2-2 draw giving us a good chance of seeing BTTS landing again.

Both teams lack consistency at the moment with Spurs trying to bounce back from a defeat against Sheffield United and Everton trying to follow up on a 2-1 victory against and out of sorts Leicester team.

This looks a tough one to predict an outcome but both teams have seen goalmouth action in recent games and with 5 of the last 6 meetings seeing over 2.5 goals, which looks to be the bet here again.

Predictions: BTTS and OVER 2.5 Goals

Serie A

Lazio v AC Milan 
Saturday, 20:45

This mouth-watering fixture sees second place and title contenders Lazio take on-form AC Milan.

Lazio have been consistently performing well for the last couple of seasons but this is their best season in the last 20 years and are serious contenders for the Scudetto with two wins over Juventus this season already

Milan, on the other hand, are having yet another disappointing season but since the resumption, they have looked very sharp with 2 wins and a draw and are also in contention for a Europa League spot which will provide an ample dose of motivation for the Rossoneri.

It is worth noting that Lazio will be without current league top scorer Ciro Immobile and also without Felipe Caicedo which will pose some problems up front for Lazio. Milan on the other hand will be without Samu Castillejo and Ibrahimovic is still not match fit and will start from the bench.

Prediction: Over 3.5 Goals

Napoli v Roma
Sunday, 20:45

Both these teams are coming off of a tough loss and will be looking to prove that this was only a small set back when they meet on Sunday night.

Napoli had their resurgence halted as they lost to Atalanta, which ends their hopes of a fourth place Champions League spot but coach Gattuso will be looking end the season on a positive.

Roma have suffered two successive tough losses to AC Milan and Udinese respectfully and they need to steady the ship or else they might risk losing their European qualification goals.

Their last encounter ended in a 2-1 win for Roma but Napoli were struggling at the time and this time the team from the capital will have a tougher battle on their hands.

Prediction: Napoli to Win

La Liga

Athletico Bilbao v Real Madrid
Sunday, 13:00

Real Madrid will be looking to open up a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga when they travel to an in-form Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.

Los Blancos are currently four points clear of second-placed Barcelona, while Athletic occupy eighth position, just four points off sixth-placed Getafe in the race for a Europa League spot.

The league leaders made it six straight league victories with a 1-0 win over Getafe on Thursday night, with Sergio Ramos providing the 79th-minute winner from the penalty spot.

Although Athletic have been impressive on home soil in the league this season, winning nine of their 16 matches, they have not beaten Los Blancos in La Liga since March 2015, a record which doesn’t look like changing this weekend.

Prediction: Real Madrid to win over 2.5 goals

Villareal v Barcelona
Sunday, 21:00

Put simply, if Barcelona don’t win this one, they can all but kiss goodbye to their La Liga hopes as they currently trail Real Madrid by four points, which could have been extended to seven by kick-off

On paper, though, that shouldn’t be a problem, as Barca are unbeaten in their last 23 matches against Villareal, winning 17, including five of the last six.

However, The Catalans have only won three of their six matches since the restart, dropping six points by sharing the spoils on three occasions.

Villarreal, on the other hand, went into Wednesday’s game against Real Betis on the back of four wins from their first five matches back while also keeping clean sheets in all four of those wins, with the only blip being a 2-2 draw with Sevilla.

Leave a comment

Follow FansBet on Twitter