With a few notable exceptions, this Sunday, the second-to-last matches will be played in all the important European championships. The race for the trophy has already been decided in most of them, except for the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga. At the bottom of the standings, there are plenty of key matches yet to be played and desperate teams are trying to avoid relegation.
All Eyes on the English Premier League this Sunday
Three matches are scheduled in England on Sunday afternoon and all of them are of critical importance for the teams involved. Chelsea and Manchester United play first at 2 PM UK time and both need to win to stay in the race for the Champions League. Chelsea play at home against Watford, while Manchester United travel to Huddersfield and both are given odds of 2/5 by bet365 Sports. Watford have survived relegation, while Huddersfield are certain to play in the Championship next season and lack motivation.
In the other match of the day, Arsenal takes on a highly motivated opponent at 4 PM UK time as Brighton and Hove come visiting. The Gunners need all three points to stay within striking distance of Chelsea, while the visitors would gladly settle for one. That’s because Arsenal is two points behind Chelsea, while Brighton has a four-point advantage over Cardiff and the relegation line. Under these circumstances, odds of 2/5 on the hosts don’t look all that appealing, as opposed to 4/1 on a draw.
Draws are Unacceptable in the Spanish La Liga
Five matches are scheduled in the Spanish first division on Sunday and four of them matter for one, if not both teams involved. Getafe and Girona play first just before noon and the hosts are desperate for three points, because Sevilla and Valencia are within striking distance. Winner Sports offers odds of 4/5, which are rather low given the desperation of Girona who are just above the relegation line. Betis and Eibar play a meaningless match two hours later, the only one expected to result in an inconclusive draw.
Real Madrid will play for the fans in the second-to-last home match this season, while visiting Villarreal want to make sure they avoid relegation. Huesca are now officially relegated and they welcome Valencia who tries to wrap up an exceptional comeback. The odds on the visitors to win are spectacular at 3/2 and they should be considered even by risk-averse punters. Another exciting match which looks like a coin flip is the one scheduled at 5:30 PM UK time between Valladolid and Athletic Bilbao. Both get odds of 17/10 and will risk everything in their quest for surviving relegation, respectively a European berth.