It is not going to be a packed weekend of Premier League fixtures, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t have a feast of football to look forward to in the coming days.
We will still get to see two games from the English top-flight while we also have the FA Cup quarter-finals to enjoy with most of the big boys still involved in the competition.
And if that wasn’t enough, there is the final round of the Bundesliga as well as action from the Serie A and La Liga.
Aston Villa v Wolves
If any extra spice is needed for this midlands derby, both teams have plenty to play for very contrasting reasons.
Wolves Champions’ League hopes took a dent with Chelsea`s victory over Manchester City on Thursday, but they will be looking to put the pressure back on and close the gap to just two points with another victory here.
On the other hand, 19th placed Aston Villa are desperate for points having not won now since beating Watford in January and only picking up two points in their last 7 games.
Local derbies can sometimes mean the form book is thrown out of the window, but with no crowd advantage for the home team and the difference in form of the two sides Wolves are expected to extend their winning run after victories against Bournemouth and West Ham.
On both occasions, they looked to manage the game well only doing what was necessary to produce the desired result.
More is likely to be asked of them against a Villa side who will be looking to build upon their 1-1 draw against Newcastle.
Wolves won the reverse fixture at Molineux 2-1 so don’t discount a repeat on Saturday.
Prediction: Wolves to Win and Over 2.5 Goals
Watford v Southampton
The only other premier league tie over the weekend sees Watford host Southampton on Sunday with the Home team looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss against Burnley, but will fancy their chances of picking up some valuable points back on home turf.
A victory against Liverpool before the break and a good point against Leicester will give them hope against an inconsistent Saints team.
BTTS has occurred in 4 of the last 5 games the sides have played each other and is expected to land again.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals and BTTS
FA Cup Sixth Round
Norwich v Man Utd
A welcome break for Norwich from what looks to be a losing battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League, however, the visit of an in-form Manchester United is probably not the confidence boost needed.
This is expected to be comfortable for the away team, who have really hit form since returning from the break.
They look to be playing with more freedom and with the added confidence goals are expected against a less than solid Norwich defence.
Prediction: Man Utd to Win and Over 2.5 Goals
Sheffield Utd v Arsenal
Two teams who have struggled somewhat since the premier league return face at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Chris Wilder’s team were unlucky against Villa, but their manager will be expected them to bounce back from an out of character performance against Newcastle.
Out of Europe and just 9th in the premier league, this is a competition that now could hold significant importance for Mikel Arteta’s team and this looks a tough game to call and could be little between either team.
Prediction: Under 2.5 goals
Leicester v Chelsea
Leicester host a Chelsea team who look in good form after winning both their premier games since football returned including a 2-1 win against Man City on Thursday night.
Leicester, on the other hand, have struggled to hit the ground running with two draws against teams they would have expected to have taken more from.
Chelsea have moments of lack of concentration and are susceptible defensively, but look full of confidence going forward at the moment are expected to prove to just what could be an open game.
Prediction: Chelsea Win and Over 2.5 goals
Newcastle v Man City
Newcastle will be looking to do a job here on Manchester City who, despite probable team rotation, should still have too much quality.
The home team will try to stay in the game and frustrate the visors so expect to see an organised defensive shape with plenty men behind the ball for the home team.
If the game is to play out as planned the best way to approach this from a betting is perspective is to take advantage of the FansBet Bet Builder and combine second half goal markets.
Prediction: Manchester City to win and more goals in the second half
AC Milan v Roma
This is the highlight of the Serie A weekend with these two big names facing off at 16:15 on Sunday.
Both teams are in search of a European spot with Roma also having a chance of a Champions League spot as they are six points behind 4th place Atalanta.
Roma were in pretty good form right before the coronavirus break, having turned around a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 win thanks to a brace from their star forward Edin Dzeko.
Their opponents, Milan, are struggling somewhat, though have found some sort of stability since Stefano Pioli joined last October.
Since the resumption, they have looked good as they put up a good fight against Juve with 10 men in the Copa Italia semi-final and crushed Lecce 4-1 with a scintillating performance which one could also argue was their best performance of the season.
Two notable absences from this fixture will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic on one side and Nicolo Zaniolo on the other.
Prediction: AC Milan to Win
With just seven matches remaining all eyes will be on the two-way fight between the giants Real Madrid and Barcelona who are both locked on 68 points.
Barcelona have the trickier of matches on paper as they take on Celta Vigo who need points to ensure that they don’t get entangled in a relegation and have enjoyed back-to-back wins since the resumption.
Real Madrid also travel to a side who need points if they hope to play in La Liga next season and travel to Espanyol, who currently lie at the bottom of the table but are only five points behind 17th place Eibar.
Their last match was a disappointing 3-1 loss to mid table Levante which now puts great pressure on them to put in a good performance against Madrid which will give them confidence going into the final 6 matches.
Two players to watch in this match will be Eden Hazard who has showed improved fitness but needs to add goals to his tally and Marco Asensio who is steadily recovering from his long-term injury.
Getafe v Real Sociedad and Villareal v Valencia are both expected to be entertaining hard-fought fixtures as they are on similar points and all fighting for European places.
It is going to be a very exciting final day of Bundesliga Football despite having Bayern Munich already crowned as 2019/20 Champions.
The most interesting matches will be those revolving around the final two Champions League spots with three teams fighting for only two spots.
RB Leipzig are almost guaranteed a spot as they are 3rd in the league and have a 3-point lead over 5th place Bayer Leverkusen and with a vastly superior goal difference.
Monchengladbach are almost guaranteed the remaining spot if they manage a draw at home to Hertha Berlin as that would mean that Leverkusen would have to beat Mainz by at least nine goals which is highly unlikely.
Europa League places are confirmed as well as eighth place Freiburg have no chance of catching up to Hoffenheim or Wolfsburg as the gap is currently of 4 points.
That leaves us with the relegation battle involving Werder Bremen and Dusseldorf with the latter in the commanding seat as they hold a two point advantage over Werder and also hold a four-goal advantage.
Werder Bremen played in more Bundesliga seasons than any other club, but this time it looks like a very steep mountain for them to climb and they need some luck to secure a playoff spot with bitter enemies Hamburg.
Predictions: RB Leipzig, Monchengladbach & Leverkusen All to Win. Werder Bremen to Win and Dusseldorf to Draw
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