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Weekend Football Preview

The end draws closer.

Premier League MW 36 and 37

West Ham vs. Watford (MW 36)

16th vs. 17th as the team that can win this game could all but guarantee themselves safety for next season. The two teams sit 3 points above the relegation zone and one of these teams could go 6 points clear while a draw might not be a great result for either team. A very interesting game. West Ham won the reverse fixture 1-3.

Norwich vs. Burnley

20th vs. 10th as Burnley visit Norwich. This is Norwich’s last game at home as a Premier League team as they have already been relegated and the Canaries will hope to go out with a win. Burnley can still make Europe as they sit 5 points from 6th but they have to win this game and hope that other results go their way. Burnley should and probably will win this game. Burnley won the reverse fixture 2-0. 

Bournemouth vs. Southampton

No matter the result of the Friday night game Bournemouth are still in the race for safety but this is a do or die game. Bournemouth must win to stand any chance of survival. Southampton are fairly mid table and so there isn’t really anything large at stake. Bournemouth won the reverse fixture 1-3. 

Tottenham vs. Leicester

Another massive game as 7th placed Tottenham take on 4th placed Leicester. Tottenham could go into 6th and a Europa League place if they beat Leicester while Leicester could go 3rd if they beat Spurs. A big game for both teams and one I hope Tottenham win. Leicester won the reverse fixture 2-1. 

Sheffield United vs. Everton

8th vs. 11th as Sheffield welcome Everton. Sheffield United have the potential to move into 6th if results go their way but they have to win while Everton are just trying to bounce back from some poor form. Sheffield United won the reverse fixture 0-2. 

Brighton vs. Newcastle

15th vs. 13th as Brighton take on Newcastle with nothing at stake for either team except some pride. The reverse fixture was a goalless draw. 

Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace

Wolves sit 6th and are still very much in the driving seat for Europa League football but they have to win this game. By the time the home team play they could be 8th and so 3 points is a must. Palace sit 14th and and are just looking to bounce back from some unlucky losses. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

FA Cup Semi-Final

Arsenal vs. Man City

Arsenal take on Man City in an FA Cup semi-final as the holders go up against the most decorated team of the tournament’s history. Arsenal have suffered losses twice to Pep and co but they have been through some turbulent times. Arsenal got a brilliant win against Liverpool at the weekend though and Arteta would have learned from the past few weeks. City have been rampant but are also capable of losing games and or dropping points in recent weeks and so they are far from unbeatable. A big game for both teams as Pep looks to go for a treble of cups this season. Massive game. 

La Liga MW 38

Valladolid vs. Real Betis

16th vs. 14th with both teams safe from relegation and nothing at stake other than finishing as high as possible. Valladolid can go up to 13th with favourable results while Betis can also only move up to 13th. Valladolid won the reverse fixture 1-2. 

Osasuna vs. Mallorca

11th placed Osasuna take on 19th placed Mallorca who are already relegated. Osasuna can finish as high as 7th though if results go their way and so they will want to end the season with a win. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw. 

Atletico Madrid vs. Real Sociedad

3rd vs. 6th as Atletico take on Sociedad. Atletico will want to finish 3rd in the table with Sevilla are only 2 points behind them while Sociedad can a Europa League place with a win but a lose and unfavourable results could see them drop out. Big game but bigger game for Sociedad. Sociedad won the reverse fixture 2-0.

Villarreal vs. Eibar

5th placed Villarreal should make Europa regardless of the result but they will feel that they should end the season with a win. Eibar sit 13th and will want to remain their after a decent season. Eibar won the reverse fixture 2-1. 

Levante vs. Getafe

12th placed Levante take on 7th placed Getafe with the fallen club needing a win to stand any chance at Europa League football. Getafe will want to end the season with 3 points after a rough time post lockdown while Levante are stuck in 12th regardless. Getafe won the reverse fixture 4-0. 

Granada vs. Bilbao

9th vs. 10th as Granada take on Bilbao. The two teams have an outside chance at 7th which could potentially become a Europa League place but it’s not guaranteed. An interesting game. Bilbao won the reverse fixture 2-0. 

Espanyol vs. Celta Vigo

20th vs. 17th in what is a must win game for Celta Vigo who sit only a point above the relegation zone. 3 points will keep things in their hands while a draw or a loss would mean that other results would need to go their way for survival. Espanyol will want to go out winning a game. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

Alaves vs. Barcelona

15th placed Alaves are safe as they take on 2nd placed Barcelona who lost the title at the weekend to Real. Barcelona will want to end the season with a win but Alaves will know that they can get something out of the game. The reverse fixture was a 4-1 win for Barcelona. 

Leganes vs. Real Madrid

18th placed Leganes sit a point from safety but their final game comes against Champions Real Madrid. Leganes will hope that the after effects of partying and playing B team allows them to win the game because its a massive one for the home team. Real Madrid could care less of the result will want to win none the less. The reverse fixture was a 5-0 win for Real Madrid. 

Sevilla vs. Valencia

4th placed Sevilla take on 8th placed Valencia with Valencia needing a win to stand a chance at Europa League football. Other results would have to go their way as well. Sevilla are 4th but could move into 3rd with a win and if Atletico lose which would mean a better pot in the CL draw. A good game. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

Serie MW 34

Verona vs. Atalanta

9th placed Verona take on 3rd placed Atalanta with the away team very much in a race for the title although distant at the moment. Atalanta are in great form and should mark up another win. Atalanta won the reverse fixture 3-2.

Cagliari vs. Sassuolo

11th vs. 8th as Cagliari take on Sassuolo with neither team in any position to make moves at the moment. Sassuolo should win this game though. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw. 

AC Milan vs. Bologna

7th vs. 10th as Milan welcome Bologna. Milan have been brilliant in recent weeks and will look to enter the top 6 with a win against Bologna. Milan won the reverse fixture 2-3.

Parma vs. Sampdoria

12th vs. 14th as Sampdoria can go above Parma with a win. Parma won the reverse fixture 0-1. 

Genoa vs. Lecce

17th vs. 18th in a big relegation battle game as Genoa could go clear of Lecce while Lecce could leapfrog Genoa. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw. 

Fiorentina vs. Torino

13th vs. 15th in a mid table battle. Torino won the reverse fixture 2-1.

Napoli vs. Udinese

Big game for Napoli as they take on Udinese looking to maintain their top 6 place. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

Brescia vs. SPAL

19th vs. 20th in a must win game for both teams as they look to stand an outside chance of survival. Brescia won the reverse fixture 0-1. 

AS Roma vs. Inter Milan

A big game as 5th placed Roma take on 2nd placed Inter with Inter looking to cut the gap at the top to Juventus. Roma are just looking to keep their 5th spot. The reverse fixture was a goalless draw. 

Juventus vs. Lazio

1st vs. 4th as Juventus take on Lazio in what is a must win game for both teams. If Juventus drop points then they could well and truly be back in a title race while if Lazio drop points that could create a bigger gap to the teams in front. A massive game for both teams. Lazio won the reverse fixture 3-1. 

 

 

 

 

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