Football Predictions, 17.May:
- Atletico M v Barcelona: Draw @ 3.90
- Espanyol v Real M: Draw @ 4.60
- Sociedad v Granada: Draw @ 3.40
- Torino v Chievo: Draw @ 3.50
- System Bet Recommendation: Doubles (2/4 – 6 bets)
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona – Watch Live at bet365!
Being 4 points clear with just 2 fixtures remaining, Barca can afford to lose at the Calderon and still win the title by beating Deportivo at home the following weekend. After their impressive run to the title last season, Atletico haven’t quite managed to capture the form that saw them snatch La Liga from underneath their bigger rivals and key men Arda Turan, Koke and former Bayern striker Mario Mandžukić will be eager to try and notch 3 points against the champions elect, or at least hold them to a draw. Simeone’s side have their superb record in front of their own fans to defend too – just 2 defeats all season at the Calderon so far. Atleti have also logged clean sheets in 6 of their last 7 games on home turf.
Espanyol v Real Madrid – Watch Live at bet365!
Epsanyol have extra motivation, as they remain in the fight for a potential Europa League qualification place after just one defeat in their last 10 outings – at home to Barcelona. In the same time, Real Madrid’s season has been ruined in the last week: a 2-2 draw with Valencia gave Barca breathing space at the top of La Liga, and the failure to beat Juventus ended their hopes of retaining the Champions League. Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s future is very much up in the air, and the Italian will definitely not be on the bench at Cornella-El Prat as he serves the first game of a 2-match ban.
Real Sociedad v Granada – Watch Live at bet365!
Sociedad have nothing to play for, but they are undefeated in their last 8 home matches in La Liga. Granada recently managed to win their first game on the road since September, as Sandoval attempts to inspire his new club to a final-day escape from the bottom 3. As it stands, the visitors are one of 3 teams on 31 points, with any points gained this weekend vital to their hopes of survival.
Torino v Chievo
Successive defeats in Serie A have effectively ended Torino’s hopes of returning to the Europa League next season. Manager Giampiero Ventura mooted at the end of Monday’s 5-1 shellacking by Genoa that his team were exhausted from a campaign that had already run to 50 games. And 3 key players miss out as Bruno Peres, top scorer Fabio Quagliarella and Daniele Padelli will not play here. Chievo, by contrast, have looked fresh over the last 3 months – losing only once since 22 February. Coach Rolando Maran, has led the Gialloblu to safety since taking over from Eugenio Corini who was sacked last October. Both sides have drawn 12 games this term so expect a balanced tie.