Last weekend there were a total of 32 goals in the Serie A game week and don’t expect that train to be derailed anytime soon. This weekend’s big Sunday night spectacle pits goal hungry Lazio against woeful Inter Milan. After mutilating Atalanta 7-1 back in mid-March it seemed Inter looked set to push for the Champions League places but six defeats, two draws and a sacked manager later, you get the feeling everyone involved at Inter wants the season to end. So much so the fans left their last game after 20 minutes with a banner making the team and everyone else in the stadium aware of their intentions.
Lazio on the other hand have been superb recently with Balde Keita in especially fine form. Seven goals in four games make him a factor as to why I am backing a Lazio win with both teams to score. It’s at 23/10 so get betting!
In the final weekend of German domestic football the focus will be between Hamburg and Wolfsburg who will playing to avoid the relegation playoff place, making this a playoff for the playoff. It’ll be too close to call which is why I have switched my focus to the capital of Germany, Berlin.
Hertha are a victory away from Europa League football and will want to make up for the Champions League qualification defeat to Brondby at the start of the year. They face a lost and bewildered Bayer Leverkusen who are in serious need of some surgery. Tipped as dark horses for the title at the start of the season with some saying they could ‘do a Leicester’ to finishing in the bottom half gives you a peep into a season to forget for Chicharito and chums.
The final round of fixtures in France will actually see something to play for as the relegation battle could see three from five clubs get relegated. Of those five teams Dijon have the easiest fixture with an away trip to the south of France against Toulose who have nothing to play for and haven’t won since the start of April.
Dijon, it must be said, have the worst away record in the league. Their solitary win came at the end of January but the final day does strange things to a football team and with Toulose playing with flip flops on and sun loungers out, odds of 19/10 are too good to miss.
Aside from the hullabaloo surrounding the league title, which looks like it is heading to the capital for the first time in five years, the only other thing of note is the race for Europa League places. With the two main Basque teams, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, fighting it out with Villareal to the very end.
Villareal and Sociedad have away fixtures against teams done for the season looking but hoping to salvage some pride against Valencia and Celta Vigo respectively, whereas Bilbao have a very different proposition.
This weekend sees the Vicente Calderon host its last ever game and with that amount of emotion it is hard to see past the home side defeating Bilbao on Sunday afternoon. To spice things up a bit I’ve made my tip a both teams to score but with Atletico the winners. At 5/2 it’s well worth a punt.
TJ’s Euro Acca.
As we near the close of the season in three of the four leagues I cover every week I thought it was time I went all out. This weekend’s acca is six fold and at odds of almost 15/1, you’ve guessed it, a tenner will see a nice hefty windfall of £146.
Saturday night sees Napoli at home to Fiorentina in their final home game of the season. The highest scorers in the league managed five last weekend away to Torino and will be salivating at the thought of playing against this Florentine defence. La Viola beat Lazio 3-2 in Florence last weekend but have been defeated by Palermo away from home and this one looks to be a straight forward result so, over 2.5 goals is my prediction.
Dortmund will end a rather up and down year at home to Werder Bremen and will look to send their fans away for the season with hope in their hearts. A home win for Dortmund.
In France the title belongs to Monaco and boy do they deserve it. A final fixture away to Rennes should see another victory for Leo Jardim’s side. Whilst in the capital, PSG’s final home game is against relegation threatened Caen. Expect goals, more than 3.5 at least.
Finally in Spain I have focused on the region of my residence, Catalunya. Barcelona’s final home game will see them against plucky Eibar but even the hard nosed Basque team will struggle to contain the MSN on their final match of the season. Over 3.5 goals. Barca’s city rivals Espanyol travel to beautiful Granada and we all know what that usually means. Espanyol win.
Next week’s blog will be focusing solely on Italy as they prepare for the final day of the 2016/17 season, ciao!