Granada vs Barcelona
Barcelona gave Real Madrid a huge advantage in the title race, after suffering to a 1-0 defeat against Malaga. Real Madrid took full advantage of this through a professional away win against a stubborn Elche side. It is vital that Barcelona get back to winning ways against Granada and they will take confidence from their midweek win against the Premier League champions. There might be a hint of fatigue but I do not see this playing a huge part against a side who are in indifferent form and are in a relegation dogfight. Comfortable away win predicted.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal
Carlo Ancelotti predicted that the title race will be decided on the last day of the season, and as a neutral I hope this is the case. Real Madrid look determined to reclaim the La Liga title from their bitter rivals and definitely look more than capable of doing so this season. However, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will capitalise on any drop in form and they must keep up their consistency. Villarreal sit comfortably in 6th place and will be looking to secure European football for next season. Whilst I do believe they will be a tough match for the Galacticos, I think they will not disappoint their demanding fans.
Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid
The importance of this fixture cannot be understated, failure to win will leave the champions fighting for Champions League qualification rather than the league title. The press were full of praise of Diego Simeone’s record in big games for his side. However, this seemed to have worked against them in midweek as they suffered in Germany despite having a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out. Sevilla were involved in the game of the weekend against David Moyes’ Real Sociedad, and will be tough to compete following their away Europa league tie in midweek. I expect that Atletico Madrid’s extra day of rest will play a big part in this tie, and will prove the difference over 90 minutes, allowing the to secure a crucial win.
Bayern Munich vs Cologne
The Cologne defence must be quaking in their boots at the prospect of traveling to the Allianz Arena on Friday night. The reigning champions have hit an incredible 14 goals in their previous two Bundesliga games and are brushing aside all put before them. Cologne however, can take confidence from the fact that Bayern were unable to find the net against Shakhtar in the Champions League but getting a result in Munich will be a very tall order indeed. I’m going for another emphatic win for the Bavarians and my tip is Bayern to win both halves at 1.9 on BET365!
Monaco vs PSG
The big match from Ligue 1 sees a rejuvenated Monaco side welcome the league holders PSG to the Stade Louis II. Monaco pulled off one of the shocks of the season by defeating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, in what was a tactical masterclass from Leonardo Jardim’s men. They sat back and waited patiently for Arsenal to slip up and then struck on the counter with real venim. Jardim will likely adopt a similar tactic against the Parisians, who will need to be at their very best to overcome the hosts. PSG however, unlike Monaco, had the luxury of a full week to prepare for this game and I feel that will ultimately be the difference between these two teams.
Lille vs Lyon
Leaders Lyon travel to Lille on Saturday in search of three crucial points to strengthen their lead at the summit of Ligue 1. Lyon have been handed a massive boost ahead of this clash with Alexandre Lacazette deemed fit to return to action. The 23 year old has been in imperious form this season and his comeback will revitalise his Lyon side, who have stumbled slightly of late. Lille meanwhile have had a topsy turvy campaign so far and could find themselves dragged into a relegation dogfight if they continue their poor run. With this in mind a victory is crucial for the home side. I’m going for a Lyon win here with Lacazette back on the score sheet.