Tottenham v Manchester City, 14th April
Manchester City are 13 points clear at the top of the league, with six games remaining and, until recently, looked like clinching the title with ease. However, three consecutive defeats have raised serious questions, and 4th placed Tottenham, on a four-match winning streak, will no doubt be looking to take advantage. However, if City beat Tottenham, and Manchester United lose to West Bromwich, City will be champions.
Tottenham will be without injured full-back Danny Rose and midfielder Harry Winks. The good news is that top scorer Harry Kane is back to full fitness. For City, top scorer Sergio Aguero is expected to be missing and John Stones, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo are also doubtful, while midfielder Fernandinho is suspended. Earlier this season City beat Tottenham 4-1 at home.
Barcelona v Valencia, 14th April
Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League, midweek, and will be looking to bounce back against 3rd placed Valencia. Barcelona, 11 points clear of the pack, are still unbeaten in La Liga, after 32 games. For Barcelona, Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Samper will be missing and Lucas Digne’s presence is also doubtful.
Valencia, having won their last five league games, are a point above Real Madrid and just three behind Atletico. For them, midfielder Francis Coquelin and defender Javi Jimenez will be absent. Of their last four league visits to the Nou Camp, Valencia have won two and lost two.
Barcelona’s top scorer Lionel Messi has netted 29 times in this season’s La Liga campaign, while Valencia’s scoring chart is topped by Rodrigo, with 15 goals.
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SS Lazio v AC Roma, 15th April
Like Barcelona, Lazio have exited Europe and will be looking to make amends. They’ll have to do it against fierce local rivals Roma. With Lazio 3rd and Roma 4th in the league, there’ll be more than just local pride at stake in the Stadio Olimpico.
Lazio have won their last three league games, including last week’s 6-2 stuffing of Benevento. Roma, though, can boast of having knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League, mere days ago. Having won six of their last eight clashes with Lazio, Roma are slight favourites. They are also unbeaten in six of their last games, in all competitions. Roma’s top scorer this season is Edin Dzeko, with 14 goals, while Lazio’s top scorer Ciro Immobile, is on 27.
FC Schalke 04 v Borussia Dortmund, 15th April
Just one point separates Schalke and Dortmund, with the former on 52 points and the latter on 51, making it hard to know who is likely to emerge victorious from this local clash.
Schalke’s cause won’t be helped by having Abdul Rahman Baba and defender Matija Nastasic missing, through injury. Neither will Borussia’s by having Sebastian Rode, Raphaël Guerreiro, Erik Durm and Shinji Kagawa equally absent. Schalke’s top scorer Guido Burgstaller (10 goals this season) and Dortmund’s main hitman Michy Batshuayi will no doubt be hoping to make the decisive difference.
Too close to call, this will definitely be one to watch for fans of live betting.
PSG v Monaco, 15th April
There couldn’t be more at stake in this encounter because it’s a game in which PSG can clinch the title. This would be sweet revenge for last season when they were denied the title by Monaco, having won it the previous three seasons. PSG have come out on top in each of the side’s last five encounters, notching up 16 goals and conceding just three.
Thanks to having triumphed 3-0 against Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue final two weeks ago, PSG should be feeling especially bullish but victory will have to be won without Neymar and Marco Verratti. Then again, Dani Alves and Julian Draxler are expected to be fit. For Monaco, Stevan Jovetic, Diego Benaglio, Adama Traore and Pietro Pellegri are all in doubt. PSG’s top scorer this term is Edinson Cavani with 24 goals, while Monaco’s Radamel Falcao has 18.