Rangers v Celtic
Live on Sky Sports
Rangers wrapped up the title a very long time in the past and there’s nothing on the road in Sunday’s opening large fixture.
But these two can seemingly by no means play out a bore draw and it appears unlikely that the house facet will miss the prospect to place the harm on their at present managerless previous rivals.
Betfair’s Frank Monkhouse says: “Celtic have visited Ibrox twice already this season and misplaced each video games, failing to attain on every event. Without a supervisor and with the membership’s future shrouded in uncertainty, it is simple to see why there’s a chunky 2.8815/8 available on a Celtic win.”
Napoli v Cagliari
Live on Premier Sports 1 and Betfair Live Video
The hosts are chasing a formidable top four finish whereas the guests are gaining momentum within the battle to keep away from relegation from Serie A. There shall be quite a bit at stake then on the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Sunday afternoon when Naples meet Cagliari and objectives look probably.
Key Stat: Two of Napoli’s final three house matches in Serie A every produced seven objectives.
Dave says: “So the Cagliari charge continued last weekend against Roma, and now Leonardo Semplici takes his team to Naples for a game against a Napoli side who are locked with Juventus and Milan, and just behind Atalanta, in what is turning into a thrilling race for the Champions League places. Lazio are not finished in that argument either, and so every point suddenly matters, which is why I don’t think Gennaro Gattuso’s team will slip up here.
“Cagliari look set to trigger issues although, and I could see this being a free scoring game. It was Cagliari’s lack of goalscoring type that received them into this mess within the first place, however they appear to have put that proper, grabbing eight of their final three video games, and they actually look prone to rating right here towards a Napoli defence that’s nonetheless vulnerable to errors, for all of the brilliance of Kalidou Koulibaly.
“Two of Napoli’s last three home games have featured seven goals, and the reverse fixture finished 4-1 in favour of the Neapolitans. I think it will be closer this time, but either way, it seems certain to have goals.”
Dave’s wager: Back Over 3.5 Goals in Napoli v Cagliari @ 2.68/5
It’s arguably England’s largest derby on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool make the 25 mile journey down the M6 to face fierce foes United. The champions are 3.39/4 to finish in the top four and a uncommon win at Old Trafford would assist and put some much-needed gloss on their depressing title defence.
Key Stat: United have misplaced simply considered one of their final 15 house video games towards Liverpool in all competitions (W10 D4), and are unbeaten of their final eight since a 0-3 loss in March 2014.
Alex Keble says: “Liverpool will move back to their 4-3-3 formation for the trip to Old Trafford, and that will make their central midfield more stable than it was in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, when Jurgen Klopp’s 4-2-4 allowed Saint-Maximin to easily dribble through the middle. However, without Fabinho screening against the counter-attack, Liverpool remain poor in midfield, failing to press well enough to prevent incisive counters.
“Manchester United are adept at breaking shortly. They will fortunately sit in a protected midblock for this recreation and wait for moments to pounce, which ought to occur given Paul Pogba’s type as a left winger. He drifts infield to affix Bruno Fernandes, probably permitting United to outnumber Liverpool on this essential zone of the pitch.
“Given that Liverpool are struggling to stay in control of games, it is easy to imagine Fernandes and Pogba getting their heads up and releasing Marcus Rashford in behind Liverpool’s makeshift defence.”
Alex’s wager: Back Man Utd to beat Liverpool at 2.89/5
Tottenham v Sheffield United
Sunday 2 May, 19:15 BST kick-off
Live on Sky Sports
The id of the next Tottenham manager remains a mystery with two former-frontrunners, Julian Nagelsmann and Erik ten Hag, ruling themselves out this week. In the meantime, the membership stay within the hunt for a top four or, more realistically, a top six finish. This is the kind of the sport, towards relegated Sheffield United, that Spurs should win in the event that they’re to have any probability of being in Europe subsequent season.
Key Stat: Tottenham Hotspur have scored at the least as soon as in every of their final 10 Premier League video games (W5 D2 L3), the longest present run within the competitors.
Paul Higham says: “Tottenham are unbeaten at home against the sides in the bottom 12 in the division in nine games, and have scored more than once in seven of those outings. Spurs have also scored in their last 10 Premier League games, which is the current longest run.
“With the Blades so unhealthy at discovering the web they’ve misplaced 17 video games to nil this season, a exceptional achievement and one which makes Spurs to win this game to nil at 2.01/1 look a contact beneficiant – Spurs have had 11 house clear sheets in all competitions this season.
“With United conceding over 2.5 goals a game in their six away trips to the current top eight and still waiting for a clean sheet, it all points to another difficult afternoon for the Yorkshire side.”
Paul’s wager: Back Spurs to win to nil against Sheff Utd @ 2.01/1
Valencia 8.07/1 v Barcelona 1.412/5; The Draw 5.69/2
Sunday 2 May, 20:00
Live on LaLigaTV and Betfair Live Video
It’s truthful to say that La Liga is offering essentially the most thrilling title race in Europe (though French followers might argue in any other case). Going into the weekend the highest 4 had been separated by simply three factors with Barcelona the favourites to win the title. They might properly have been overtaken available in the market by the point they step out for this tough away journey although.
Key Stat: Valencia are unbeaten in eight matches at house (W4D4).
Dan Fitch says: “Having suffered a massive blow in midweek, Barcelona now face what is arguably the toughest fixture, of any of the title contenders this weekend.
“Barca had been 1-0 up towards Granada and had probabilities to increase that lead, earlier than conceding two second-half objectives. Now they have to bounce again towards Valencia.
“The odds for a Barcelona win look too quick given the circumstances and it is value taking an opportunity on the draw landing at 5.69/2.”
Dan’s wager: Back Valencia and Barcelona to draw at 5.69/2
Monaco vs Lyon
Sun, 20:00 BST
Live on BT Sport 1 and Betfair Live Video
Key Stat: Monaco come into this match on a run of 5 wins out of their final 5 in Ligue 1 with out conceding a objective.
It’s third v fourth in Ligue 1 on Sunday night time. Monaco are two factors off leaders Lille 2.789/5 – with second-placed PSG 1.728/11 favourites – and but Niko Kovac’s team are 13.5 to raise the French title this season. Three factors right here would preserve them on monitor whereas Lyon, who’re six factors off the highest, would see a victory as a approach of staying within the race. Should be a great recreation with each groups going for it.
James Eastham says: “We ought to be treated to a feast of attacking football between two sides that have looked more comfortable playing on the front foot all season. Under manager Niko Kovac, Monaco have wanted to win convincingly rather than narrowly all season. They’re one of the few Ligue 1 sides that can be relied upon to try to add a second, third and fourth goal after going ahead in games.
“Meanwhile, Lyon’s 3-2 house defeat to Lille final weekend – a critical blow to their title hopes – showcased the nice and unhealthy of Rudi Garcia’s facet.
“Lyon played some excellent football to secure an early 2-0 lead, only to wobble and eventually collapse defensively when Lille came back hard. After that loss Lyon have to chase maximum points here, which will encourage the game to open up even more.”