As the season draws to a close moments of madness spontaneously occur all over Europe that no one can explain. For example in Italy this weekend, Sulley Muntari, former Portsmouth and Sunderland midfielder, was booked and given a one match ban for walking off the pitch in injury time because of racist abuse.
Fifpro are appealing for Muntari and the rest of the world hope that sanity prevails but I digress. My first tip for this weekend focuses on a Sunday afternoon kickoff involving an Italian giant and a club in its infancy in terms of time spent in Serie A. Sassuolo entertain Fiorentina and I am strongly behind the home team for this one.
La Viola have beaten all of the top six at home this year but have only managed away wins against two teams from the relegation zone since February and with uncertainty looming over boss Paulo Sousa players are mentally at the beach already with metaphorical flip flops firmly on. In contrast Sassuolo are unbeaten in four matches and so 23/10 odds on Sassuolo could and should be taken.
With Bayern Munich now officially champions of Germany, again, the only thing of note at the top of the Bundesliga is the fight for fourth between Dortmund and Hoffenheim so lets focus on the battle for the drop shall we.
Second from bottom Ingolstadt face one time Champions League finalists and dark horses for the Bundesliga title at the start of the season Bayer Leverkusen. Ingolstadt know a win would drag Leverkusen right into the mire of relegation with Augsberg, Hamburg, Mainz and Wolfsburg all sweating over their place in the top flight. Leverkusen’s fans staged a protest last weekend after their shockingly bad 1-4 home defeat against Schalke and senior players came out to try and talk sense into the angry fans.
Meanwhile Ingolstadt did a fine job of parking the nineteenth century bus and frustrating RB Leipzig in a 0-0 draw. With Leverkusen’s confidence as brittle as a month old Jaffa Cake 31/20 odds for an Ingolstadt win are too good to pass up.
Across the channel there has been an escape from the claws of relegation that no one saw coming. Lorient looked dead and buried mid-March after five straight losses but since then they’ve won four from six including the scalps of Lyon and fellow strugglers Metz. Benjamin Moukandjo has been in good form with five goals in that same time frame and this weekend they face Coupe de France finalists Angers.
Having lost five in a row and made the final of the French equivalent of the FA Cup there priority, Angers are in danger of doing a Wigan. However, with PSG looking desperate for any silverware this year it’s highly unlikely they will win the final.
So I would recommend the 6/5 bet from Ladbrokes for a home win this Saturday.
Finally in La Liga my tip focuses on a former powerhouse of Spanish, no, European football and their match this weekend. Valencia. Much has been said about where this club are heading and to be honest many don’t really know. One thing is for sure the fans want owner Peter Lim gone.
This weekend is a relatively easy fixture to contend with as Osasuna come to town. Amazingly, Osasuna have managed to score in all but three matches since the turn of the year. With this in mind and Valencia’s porous defence, fifth most conceded in the league, odds of 31/20 for a Valencia win and both teams to score is as odds on as Arsene Wenger’s cryogenic head being installed into the Arsenal dugout for all of eternity. OK I got carried away but it is a stonking bet!
TJ’s Euro Acca.
This week it’s a five fold with goals predicted for Real and PSG thanks to their truly woeful opposition in Granada and Bastia.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang loves to score at home especially when chief creator Ousmane Demebele is playing and fit. In Italy I’ve gone for a Lazio win as Sampdoria have slipped into holiday mode and Juventus are unstoppable at home so will dispense with Torino with little problem.
It’s basically at 5/1 so click and get betting.