Friday May 8 2015

Arsenal, Manchester City to keep sights on second, Bayern to pick up pieces

By Mark Ssali

Chelsea vs Liverpool
Jose Mourinho promises that his champions will remain competitive for the rest of the season, and his history with Liverpool suggests that he will not want to let up now. But there is a limit to how much you can push a group that has already delivered, and there is a likelihood that a few squad players are going to get a run out for Chelsea. Playing without pressure could free those players into expressing themselves and hurting Liverpool, but I would still have fancied the visitors if it wasn’t for their genuine struggles in front of goal. Draw

Crystal Palace vs Man United
Talking about struggles in front of goal, Man United’s are at the moment more pronounced than even Liverpool’s. And it doesn’t help that they are on the road again, considering their well documented travel sickness this season. You do expect them to rouse themselves for this one however, now that their seemingly assured Champions League slot is under real threat. If they score first and early they will go on to dominate and beat Palace, but because of their confidence issues and the attacking persistence of their hosts, Zaha and all, I will go with the Draw.

Man City vs QPR
The title is gone but City have rediscovered a bit of their form, and Sergio Aguero has found his scoring boots again. The motivation is the fight with Arsenal for second place, but because they have a leaky defence and QPR are fighting for dear life, they are bound to concede too. Home win & Over

Arsenal vs Swansea
Swansea were one of the teams to derail Arsenal’s challenge earlier in the season, and they do enjoy their games against the Gunners because of the similarities in approach. But Arsenal are now perennially the Premiership’s strongest finishers to a season, and quite fancy themselves for a second placed finish they haven’t managed in years. Home win & Over

LA LIGA

Barcelona vs Sociedad
Luis Enrique and his charges are presented with the perfect opportunity to exact revenge on David Moyes and his men. One of those to beat Barcelona during their period of uncertainty earlier in the season, Sociedad are faced with an entirely different proposition at the Camp Nou. Spare a wager on Luis Suarez to score, after he missed on the Bayern show. Home win

Real Madrid vs Valencia
Not an easy one for Real Madrid, one with the potential to actually end their title hopes. Valencia have played good football this season and have got the perfect opportunity to exploit the vulnerabilities caused by injuries and Champions League fatigue. Thankfully for Real it is at the Bernabeu and so they can still edge it. Home win

Levante vs Ateltico Madrid: Away win

Celta Vigo vs Sevilla: Away win

SERIE A

Juventus vs Cagliari
The Scudetto is in the bag and so it time for Juventus to relax and plot the downfall of Real Madrid without much pressure. But they have a big squad, and from Andrea Barzagli at the back to Fernando Llorente upfront, there are those who welcome the opportunity to play more and even push for a piece of the Champions League action. Home win

AC Milan vs Roma: Draw

Lazio vs Inter: Draw

Parma vs Napoli: Away win

BUNDESLIGA

Bayern Munich vs Augsburg
Augsburg have been hard nuts to crack this season, but Pep Guardiola and Bayern need to flash the bitterness of Barcelona out of the system and will want to do so here. Some youngsters should get an outing, as well as seniors looking for fitness and form like Javi Martinez and Mario Gotze.
Home win

Monchengladbach vs Leverkusen: Draw

Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin: Home win

Paderborn vs Wolfsburg: Away win

Cologne vs Schalke: Draw

LIGUE ONE

PSG vs Guingamp
Having finally wrestled outright table leadership from long time pacesetters Lyon, it is time for PSG to turn the screw. Home win & Over

Cannes vs Lyon: Away win

Marseille vs Monaco: Draw

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