Barcelona vs Real Madrid
The biggest game of the season. Year after year, El Classico provides football fans with fantastic football and I expect this fixture to be no different. Barcelona come into this game at the perfect time, having disposed of the English Champions in the Last 16 of the Champions League, they will be full of confidence. On the other hand, Real Madrid have been subject to a lot of negative media attention, as their fantastic run at the top of La Liga has come to an end. Naturally, form often plays no part in a fixture which has been dubbed as a title decider by many pundits. The front three of Neymar, Suarez and Messi have stolen the show from their Galacticos rivals, with Ronaldo looking out of sorts of late, by his high standards. The one saving grace for Real Madrid is that they have had a whole week to prepare for this match, whilst Barcelona will have less time to prepare. I am expecting Real Madrid to look fresher and this could play a big part, however, I feel Barcelona are just too good at the moment, and Lionel Messi will inspire them to victory.
Atletico Madrid vs Getafe
Atletico Madrid scraped through their Champions league last 16 against Bayern Leverkusen, as Fernando Torres scored the decisive penalty in a dramatic finale. Champions League success is their only chance of glory this season, and I fully expect them to put all their focus into that competition. However, having dropped to 4th place they now have Sevilla breathing down their necks for that lucrative 4th spot. Therefore, it is crucial that they upkeep their typically high standards in La Liga and end the season strongly. Getafe suffered a home defeat against a well-organised Real Sociedad side and will be eyeing the prospect of causing an upset at the Vicente Calderon, by taking advantage of the 120 minutes of football that the current La Liga holders played in midweek. Overall, I expect Atletico Madrid to scrape through, with a narrow 1-0 win expected.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Moenchengladbach
Bayern have hit new heights these past few games, scoring 25 goals in their previous 5 Bundesliga games, coupled with a 7-0 demolition of Shakhtar in the Champions League. Their visitors however, Borussia Moenchengladbach, are enjoying a decent run of form themselves and are in pole position to secure one of the coveted Champions League spots next season. Playing against Bayern at the Allianz Arena is potentially one of the toughest games in world football at the moment and it would be daft to say that the home side won’t get all three points here, but I do believe they may have their work cut out this time out.
Reims vs Monaco
Despite succumbing to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Arsenal, Monaco secured their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to an incredible performance three weeks earlier in North London. Attentions will now turn to domestic football for Leonardo Jardim’s men. Thanks to their impressive form in 2015 Monaco have managed to drag themselves back into the title race and now lie just eight points off top spot with a game in hand. Reims is never an easy place to visit, especially on the back of a hard-fought match in midweek. However, I’m backing the visitors to come away with all three points