One week from now all important European championship will have concluded. The Premier League and Bundesliga come to an end even sooner, with the final games to be played on Sunday. There are still plenty of exciting games scheduled this weekend, as teams try to secure a presence in European competitions or to avoid relegation. In Ligue 1 and Serie A, the decisive matches will be played next week, but some clubs can wrap things up this weekend.
Four Teams Fight For their Premier League Lives
At the top of the standings, things are pretty clear in the Premier League. Manchester City have won the championship and their city rivals will finish in the second place. Liverpool and Tottenham fight for the third place but both are certain to play in the Champions League next season. Southampton takes on the newly crowned champions in a match they need to win to be certain of avoiding relegation. 888 Sport offers odds that exceed even value on a double chance bet, indicating that the hosts win or draw.
Swansea are favorites to win the home match against Stoke and punters can’t hope for odds of more than ½ with 10bet Sportsbook. Even if the hosts prevail, it might not be enough to remain for another season in the English first division. Huddersfield had an insane schedule, but snatched a point against Manchester City. On Sunday they will play against Arsenal at home in a match they start as underdogs.
Everything to Fight For in the Bundesliga
The configuration of the podium is certain in the German Bundesliga, with Bayern winning another trophy. Schalke will finish in second and Dortmund in third despite their poor recent results. Hoffenheim, Leverkusen and Leipzig fight for the third place, with the latter being the big underdog. Leipzig play on the road against Hertha Berlin and are given odds of 1/1 at 888 Sport. They need both their rivals to lose or draw their matches, to play another season in the Champions League.
Hoffenheim plays against Dortmund at home and the visitors lack motivation. Even so, punters can take advantage of 7/5 for a home win and 2/1 for the visitors to prevail. Leverkusen need a home win against Hannover, while hoping that the team above them fails to win. They are likely to pick up all three points, as indicated by the odds of 1/4 offered by 10bet Sportsbook
Serie A Derbies Decide Winner and Champions League Teams
Juventus staged that incredible comeback last weekend against Bologna and has a comfortable advantage over the runners-up. If they win the Derby against AS Roma they also win the championship, so the outcome of this match is particularly important. The Romans are also highly motivated to pick up all three points, as they need them to secure a Champions League berth. This makes this Sunday Derby the most exciting of the weekend and 888 Sport offers identical to 8/5 on both teams to win.
Napoli plays on the road at Sampdoria, a team with a strong home record but disappointing recent results. AC Milan welcomes Atalanta in a local Derby that will decide the teams finishing in the sixth place. Both favorites are expected to win and if you place a combo bet on their victories you receive even odds.
Action Packed Second-to-Last Ligue 1 Round
Lyon play on the road against Strasbourg and if they win they will book another presence in the Champions League groups. 10bet Sportsbook credits them with the first chance and odds of 9/10 because of their good form and the hosts’ inability to win games recently. Monaco plays at home against Saint Etienne and the hosts need to win back-to-back matches before the season ends.
The third-place is highly contested and Marseille is narrow favorite to win on the road against Guingamp. This team has caused a major upset in Paris by holding PSG to a 2:2 draw and won eight games at home while losing just four. This explains why the odds on an away victory are as high as 6/5. At the bottom of the standings, Toulouse and Troyes scramble for victories on the road, while Lille welcomes Dijon.