Top 5 European Leagues | Preview Summary - Apr 9-15
by Mladen Mladenov Scores & Statson
The games in England will start on Saturday when Southampton will try to win three points that will help them in their battle for avoiding relegation. They will host Chelsea which is having a horrible end of the season, the game might be even and interesting for the fans. After that, we will see a game between Burnley and Leicester City. Both teams still have hopes for a spot for Europe League for the next season. Burnley is having a great season and we expect another great performance from that team. The other game on Saturday in England will be between Liverpool and Bournemouth. Liverpool is focused mainly on the Champions League and for this reason, this Premier League game might be underestimated. On top of that, Joel Matip, Emre Can, and Joe Gomez will be missing the game because of injuries.
The day in England will end with a derby between Tottenham and Manchester City. Counting the possible upset in the Champions League for the team from Manchester, we might see another similar performance by Pep’s team like the one from last week against Manchester United. Newcastle will be hosting Arsenal on Sunday in a classic Premier League game that will be interesting counting the fact that Arsenal completely abandoned their fight in the domestic championship. The last game of the week in England will be between Manchester United and WBA. In the last game of United against City, the team showed that they are actually good. Still, Manchester United is a team that can win against anyone and loses from anyone.
The week in Germany starts with a derby between RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen. This is a direct battle for a European spot, but the fact that RB has a UEFA Europe League game on Thursday makes the situation for the hosts complicated. On Saturday the next round of the Bundesliga will start. The champion is known and for this reason, the most interesting dilemmas by the end of the season will be the spots for the European tournaments and the relegation battle. Hoffenheim will host Hamburg in a battle between a team trying to get a European spot and a team trying to avoid relegation. In the same time, Bayer Leverkusen will have a second tough game of the week, this time they will host Eintracht Frankfurt, the game will be important for the spots giving the right to European football during the next season. The day will end with a game between Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach. The remaining games of Bayern will be really unpredictable since the team already won the title. We will see a great rotation from the team from Munich.
The most interesting game in Germany for the week will be between Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund. The game is a typical local derby, but the situation for both team fans is bittersweet since both squads are far away from the German dominant Bayern Munich. Still, do not miss this game that will be important for the second place in the Bundesliga. We will start the week in German in the same way we ended it. RB Leipzig will travel to Bremen in order to face Werder in their third game of the week.
On Monday we will see Villarreal hosting Atheltic Club Bilbao, searching for three points that will make them the favorite for the fifth place in the league. After that on Friday Girona will try to win three points against a direct opponent for European spot (Betis) after getting smashed by Real Sociedad during last week. This game should provide some goals for the neutral fans. The second game for Villarreal for the week will be once again against a really good team. This time they will face the quarter-finalist in the Champions League from Sevilla. Sevilla will have a tough game in Munich during the week, which can be used by the hosts in this Saturday’s game. Another Spanish game on Saturday will face Barcelona against Valencia. This will be one of the last tests in front of Barcelona in La Liga. The Catalans are fully equipped while Valencia will be missing Francis Coquelin.
On Sunday Atletico Madrid and Diego Costa will try to beat Levante at home, trying to keep the battle for the title alive for another round in La Liga.
The interesting games in France will start on Saturday when Lyon will try to continue the great winning streak that the team has. Memphis Depay is in amazing form and Amiens should be worrying about him. Nantes will try to continue with their European spot seeking in a home game against a horrible away team – Dijon. Same will be done by Rennes which will host the worst team in Ligue 1 – Metz.
On Sunday, Marseille will travel to Troyes trying to put Estac Troyes dreams for avoiding relegation to their end. Marseille will have a much more important game against Leipzig on Thursday and this away Ligue 1 game might be underestimated by the team of Marseille. Do not forget that Marseille will be without four of their starters. The week in Europe will end with a game between the most likely new champions from PSG which will be still without Neymar and Monaco (the last year champions) which will be without Benaglio, Moutinho and Traore. The game should be won by PSG since through the whole season the players of PSG had been dominating the players of Monaco.
On Saturday Atalanta will host Inter in a game that should be won by the home team. Inter is far away from being one of the best teams in Seria A. On Sunday, Fiorentina will host SPAL in a game in which anything different than a home win will be counted as upset. After that Milan will try to stop Napoli dreams for a Seria A title. The injuries of Faouzi Ghoulam had been harmful to the team of Napoli. Milan is a much greater threat for Napoli than Chievo which almost won in Napoli a few days ago. For this reason, we are expecting a great derby from which only Juventus can win…
Speaking about Juventus the team will host Sampdoria a few hours later. Counting the fact that Juventus will be eliminated by Real Madrid during the week in the Champions League means that the team from Torino will focus on the battle with Napoli for the Seria A title. Napoli has a tough schedule and Juventus will try to avoid mistakes especially in the home games of the team. The week in Italy will end with the derby of Rome, Lazio will host Roma. Both teams will have European games during the week and we might see some rotations in this amazing derby that we recommend you not to miss.
Most of the Champions Leagues clashes, if not all of them had been decided in the first matchup. Still, this is the biggest tournament in the world and surprises are always possible. On Tuesday we start with probably the most interesting battle in the Champions League – The Manchester versus Liverpool battle. In the first game, Liverpool shocked everyone beating Manchester City with 3-0. This affected the performance of City during the weekend and led to a home loss against United (2-3). Now everyone expects from City to attack from the first minute, but Liverpool had proved that they can be deadly on counter-attacks. Do not miss this game, it should provide plenty of goals. Also on Tuesday, Roma will host Barcelona after losing on Camp Nou with 1-4. The game in Barcelona was not that bad for the Italian side, but Barcelona and Messi showed their high class. We think that this rematch will be just protocol.
On Wednesday, Bayern Munich will try to get another win against Sevilla. Bayern just won the title in the Bundesliga and for this reason, they will focus mainly on the Champions League title. Regardless of some squad problems, Bayern should take the win in here without a problem. The other game of the day will be the rematch between Real Madrid and Juventus. Real Madrid once again showed to the world that this is the best Champions League team in the history. Moreover, the second goal of Ronaldo in Italy was just breathtaking. Sergio Ramos will miss this game because of yellow cards suspension, but this can be counted as a good thing for Real since Ramos will be needed for the next stage of the tournament.
UEFA EUROPE LEAGUE
The UEFA Europe League games will be much more complicated and even that the Champions League games. We start with a game in Russia which will be probably the only one on Thursday that will lack interest from the neutral fans. CSKA Moscow will host Arsenal after losing to 4-1 on Emirates. In the same time, Red Bull Salzburg will try to eliminate Lazio after losing to 4-2 in Italy in a game that was much more even than the final result. The Austrian champions are a good team that can put Lazio under pressure in this rematch of the battle. Atletico Madrid will travel to Portugal to face Sporting after beating them with 2-0 in Madrid. Knowing the style of the team of Diego Simeone, we do not believe that Sporting will be able to provide an upset. The last game on Thursday will be the most interesting one for the day. Marseille will host RB Leipzig after losing to 0-1 in Germany. The French side comes after a 0-0 home game in Ligue 1. The game on Thursday will be missed by plenty of important players for the French team. The goalscorer of the team Florian Thauvin will miss the game because of an injury. The same will be the situation with the two starting central defenders Rolando and Adil Rami. Their absence forces Luis Gustavo to play as a defender which on other sides harms the performance of the team in the midfield line. The other guy that will miss the game will be the starting goalie for the team Steve Mandanda. The German side will be missing only Stefan Ilsanker who is not the most important player in the lineup. For this reason, the Germans will most likely have better chances on Thursday.