Just three weeks of the football season remain across Europe, about it and you could cut the tension with a knife.
Bayern and Juventus may already have been crowned champions, find but there is still plenty to play for in the Bundesliga and Serie A, while in the Premiership and La Liga matters are still very much unresolved.
Here is the best of the weekend’s betting tips.
Leicester Close in on Moment of History
If you had said to everyone involved with Leicester City that a win at Old Trafford could seal the club’s first ever top flight title then you would have been demonised as a lunatic, a witch or both.
But that is the scenario that awaits us on Sunday, with the Foxes needing all three points to clinch the unlikeliest of victories. A draw would put them on the brink, with Spurs then needing to beat Chelsea on Monday night to have any hope of nicking the crown away from its predicted destination.
Manchester United will have something to say about all of this of course, and a side that has won their last three home matches – and not conceded in six – should be respected. It’s a tough match to call for obvious reasons, but a draw at 3.50 is perhaps the most likely of the football betting tips to be successful.
Beware Backing the Madrid Pair in La Liga This Weekend
Three games to go in La Liga and one point separates the top three teams; what a rollercoaster ride the end of the Spanish football season looks set to offer.
It’s easy to suggest that Barcelona have the advantage; they are one point clear after all, and don’t have the distraction of a Champions League semi-final to worry about. For that reason, they should enjoy themselves against a Real Betis side this weekend that has lost more matches than they have won this season.
There should be caution when backing Real Madrid this weekend, who are preparing for a do-or-die Champions League clash with Manchester City on Sunday. They face a Real Sociedad team that beat both Sevilla and Barcelona back-to-back earlier in April, and so the hosts, at a full 5.30, look worthy of a (very) small investment.
And the third prong on the La Liga title fork, Atletico, also face make-or-break clash with Bayern on Tuesday, so they will be tempted to rest a few players in the lead-up to that one. Their opponents on Saturday, Real Vallecano, are scrapping for their lives towards the foot of the table, although having avoided defeat in five of their last eight matches this could well be one to avoid on your betslip.
Napoli Sweating on Runners-Up Spot in Serie A
Of all the times to have a blip, now is not the most appropriate. But Napoli, with three defeats in their last five, appear to be buckling at just the wrong time.
Juventus are champions of course, richly deserved too, but having been on their coattails all season it would be a shame if the Naples outfit slipped out of the reckoning with just three matches to play. But defeat to third-placed Roma last time out means they are just two points clear of their nearest rivals.
Both teams play on Monday, with Napoli hosting Atalanta and Roma having to travel to Genoa. You could argue that Roma have the toughest test, with Genoa having won their last four home matches on the spin. Their price of 5.10 is extraordinarily long, and can be supported with a small stakes investment.
The undoubted best of today’s betting tips features Juventus, who return home for the first time since retaining the Serie A title. They welcome Carpi along, and you have to fancy the champions winning with ease here. A -1 handicap at 1.83 is easy to back.
Advantage Leverkusen in the Race for Champions League Football
In claiming their sixth straight victory in the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen climbed above a stricken Hertha Berlin – who suffered their third loss in four games – into third place.
This is important, because it means they claim the third automatic Champions League qualification place. After occupying the top three since August, pretty much, the wheels have come off at the worst possible time for Hertha.
And oh how the gods of fate have smiled down on German football here. Leverkusen welcome Hertha to the Bay Arena this weekend, and in truth the hosts look a sure thing at 1.65 to cement their place in next season’s Champions League.
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