Football Predictions, 16.May:
- Tottenham v Hull: X2 @ 2.05
- Southampton v Aston Villa: X2 @ 2.10
- QPR v Newcastle: 2 @ 2.40
- Inter v Juventus: 1 @ 2.25
- Montpellier v PSG: X @ 4.60
- Botev Plovdiv v CSKA Sofia: 2 @ 2.45
- System Bet Recommendation: Trebles (3/6 – 20 bets)
We’ve seen in recent weeks that teams fighting the drop can pull off remarkable victories in the Premier League – Hull beat Liverpool in late April while Sunderland have dismissed Southampton and Everton in successive weekends. So we’ll follow this trend in our Saturday System Bet.
Tottenham v Hull
Spurs are lumbering towards the end of the season, with the players thinking towards the summer. Last weekend at Stoke (0-3), as a team they allowed an inept performance full of slack individual errors to drift along, and aside from Harry Kane, no one seemed to care. It also seems like Tottenham don’t care about an Europa League qualification, so they have nothing to play for. Hull sit 2 points from safety, so they need a win here and to hope results go their way this weekend if they are to give themselves a fighting chance of staying up. With a final game against Man United following this visit to White Hart Lane now would be an opportune time for Steve Bruce’s side to pull off another against-the-odds win.
Southampton v Aston Villa
Saints have not won in 4 games now (D1 L3), shipping exactly 2 goals in each match. In the same time, Aston Villa are in great form, winning 3 of their last 4 league games as well as reaching a FA Cup final. And a win for the Villans on Saturday will secure their Premier League status for next season. They were in the relegation zone with just 22 points before Tim Sherwood arrived at Villa Park. And since his first PL game in charge of Villa, Christian Benteke (10) has scored more goals than any other player.
QPR v Newcastle
QPR have seemingly been doomed for a long time, they have failed to win their last 9 home matches in the EPL, and last Sunday’s 6-0 loss to Man City just confirmed what was expected – the relegation from the Premier League. Newcastle lost 8 on the spin before drawing 1-1 with West Brom last weekend. But they need a result now – ideally a win – in order to improve their chances of staying off relegation. Papiss Demba Cisse should spearhead the attack for the Magpies in this match having come off the bench against WBA last week.
Inter v Juventus
Inter have finally found some consistency and are in the middle of a very late push for a European spot finish. The Nerazzurri beat Lazio at the Olimpico last weekend and Roberto Mancini’s side is one of the most in-form teams in Serie A. Juventus are champions of Italy, have just gained a place in the Champions League final and will contest the Coppa Italia final 4 days after travelling to the San Siro. So between the successful semi-final win over Real Madrid and the Italian cup final meeting with Lazio, Massimiliano Allegri will surely rotate his team. And Juve have stuttered slightly in the league of late, winning just 3 of their 6 matches as focus turned to winning more trophies.
Montpellier v PSG
The Parisians only need a point from their trip to Montpellier and they will win the title. Even if they lose on Saturday, they will then face Reims at home. So there is no pressure anymore at all now that the title race is 99% over. So it is a good thing that this is not a must win game for PSG, especially with the absence of some key players like Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti (both suspended) and David Luiz (injured). Montpellier are a tough team to play against, well organised and aggressive, especially at home (11-2-5). The hosts can still qualify for the Europa League next season if they finish 6th and PSG win the French Cup at the end of the month. Montpellier are 7th right now but just 3 points behind Bordeaux who they will visit on the last day of the season. So this is a very important game for Courbis and his players. Montpellier will take encouragement from a goalless draw in Paris in December’s league clash.
Botev Plovdiv v CSKA Sofia
This game is from the Bulgarian league. CSKA are in very poor form but under their new coach – Lyuboslav Penev – they have shown better performance and more aggressive play.