May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021

European Soccer Preview: this week's matches

This week's European soccer matches

European soccer preview

Inform your European soccer predictions

European Soccer Preview: this week's matches

Welcome back to Pinnacle’s European soccer preview, delving deep into the biggest and most intriguing matches from around Europe’s major leagues.

It’s the final weekend of the season with plenty of storylines still to be decided including the title in La Liga and the battle for Champions League football in Italy and Spain. Plus, can Lille secure their first Ligue 1 title in a decade?

But first, we begin with Serie A…

 


Serie A

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Juventus kept their Champions League hopes alive by beating newly-crowned champions Internazionale last weekend. The Old Lady, currently in fifth position, travel to Bologna knowing only a victory at 1.280 will do to keep the pressure on those above them. The home side will hope to spoil proceedings with a shock win at 10.760.

However, a Juve triumph could be in vain if both Napoli and AC Milan collect three points. Napoli face Hellas Verona who haven’t won a game since April 3 and Gennaro Gattuso’s side are the 1.210 heavy favourites to do their job on the final day.

Where it could get interesting is with the match in Bergamo as second-placed Atalanta (2.520) entertain third-placed AC Milan (2.550).  Atalanta only require a draw (4.030) to confirm their top-four position, while Stefano Pioli’s side will be looking over their shoulder after their draw with Cagliari in midweek.

While it’s hard to pick a winner in this tie, Over 3.75 goals at 2.470 and Both Teams to Score at 1.465 could be worth considering.

Bet: Serie A odds


La Liga

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La Liga’s title race is going down to the final day with Atletico Madrid (83 points) leading cross-city rivals Real Madrid (81 points) by two points.

Atleti travel to second-bottom Real Valladolid (9.870), who themselves must win to stand a chance of league survival. In the outright market, our traders have Atletico as the 1.358 favourites, while Both Teams to Score is 1.961.

If they do slip up, then Real Madrid are best placed to capitalise if they secure victory against Europa League finalists Villarreal. Los Blancos still have a chance of back-to-back La Liga titles, but only a win at 1.469 will suffice. Villarreal could finish as high as fifth themselves if they triumph at 6.700.

Read: La Liga predictions 

Barcelona will confirm third place with victory over rock-bottom club Eibar. Ronald Koeman’s men were still in title contention but have only taken two points from their last three fixtures. Eibar have an outside chance of survival but will have to win by four goals and hope Huesca lose to Valencia.

Real Betis are jostling for a European place and our traders price them as 2.150 favourites to defeat the league’s in-form side – Celta Vigo (3.160).

Bet: La Liga odds


German Bundesliga

While the title and Champions League positions have already been confirmed, there’s still a mouth-watering final-day fixture list to examine.

DFB-Pokal winner’s Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park. Having won six league games in a row to secure their top-four position, BVB are 1.628 to end the season with three points. However, Leverkusen have beaten the BlackYellow in their last two meetings and are 5.240 to get three points.

Elsewhere, Union Berlin (2.980) could cap off a remarkable second Bundesliga season with a European place if they beat second-placed RB Leipzig (2.250).

Read: German Bundesliga predictions 

Nonetheless, it’s the relegation zone that will be centre of the attention in Germany’s top flight this weekend. Werder Bremen are currently in the relegation playoff position, with a win priced at 2.550 against inconsistent Borussia Monchengladbach (2.560) needed to ensure their Bundesliga status next season.


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FC Koln are the team in most jeopardy as they clash already-relegated Schalke 04. The Cologne-based club are 1.366 favourites but Schalke (8.050) did beat fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.

Bet: German Bundesliga odds

Ligue 1

Lille’s draw with St. Etienne curtailed any early title party, but a victory against mid-table Angers on the final weekend would begin the celebrations. Les Dogues are as short as 1.383 to win against an Angers side who are marked up at 10.040 to spoil things.

PSG are on Lille’s coat-tails – just a single point behind – Mauricio Pochettino will rue some ill-discipline and dropped points in the last month but his side are just 1.267 to beat Brest (11.430) and put the pressure on.

Elsewhere, surprise package Lens (4.970) will hope to consolidate a sixth-placed finish against AS Monaco (1.666).

At the bottom, two points separate six teams from Nantes in 18th and Reims in 13th position. So all eyes will be on 17th-placed Lorient (4.820) away to Strasbourg (2.760) in 15th position. The winner secures their Ligue 1 status for next season.

Bet: Ligue 1 odds

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