Weekend Football Go Head-To-Head | 20/21 May
Friday 19 May 09:20 Tweet
Laith, Matt & Frank from Weekend Football go head-to-head with their own personal bets for this weekend's action. Any risk, any market, any competition - the choice is theirs.
Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen - Bundesliga - Sat 14:30
Hertha Berlin look a solid bet to start my H2H bet on Saturday afternoon at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Hertha Berlin have gone one better than last season and qualified for the Europa League group stages after just missing out on goal difference in 2015/16. But it could have been so much better for Pal Dardai's side had they improved their away form when comparing it to their form at Olympiastadion. Of Hertha Berlin's 15 league wins, 12 were at home. They won just three on the road and lost 11 of their 14 league games away from home, they currently sit 12 points behind Hoffenheim; had they picked up a few more wins on the road, they could have contested for the top four.
Leverkusen have had an abysmal league campaign, they will finish in the bottom half - a year after finishing in the top three and securing Champions League football. There will be no European football for Bayer Leverkusen for the first time since 2009. Leverkusen are without a win in their last six league games while they've lost three of their last five on the road. Hertha Berlin to grab three points and secure qualification to the Europa League group stages.
Ingolstadt v Schalke - Bundesliga - Sat 14:30
Ingolstadt already know their fate as they face Schalke in the last game of the season at the Audi Sportpark. Despite winning three games in a row at the start of April to stage a revival to stay up in the Bundesliga, their failure to win any of their next five games has seen them go down. Schalke have underwhelmed this season after finishing 5th last term, they'll more than likely finish in the top half but it's not good enough for a club the size of Schalke.
I'll be backing goals here, Both Teams To Score has featured in each of Ingolstadt's last five home games and have kept just one clean sheet at home in the Bundesliga this term. Five of Schalke's last six league games has seen BTTS come in as a winner.
Chievo v Roma - Serie A - Sat 17:00
Roma recorded a massive victory last time out, beating league leaders Juventus 3-1 at Stadio Olimpico. They remain four points behind the league leaders, Juventus will go on to win the league but Roma will want to put pressure on Max Allegri's side.
Roma have won seven of their last nine league games, while they've looked solid on the road; winning eight of their last nine away games. Luciano Spaletti's men have netted 14 goals in their last four away games, winning with at least a -1 handicap in all four fixtures. Chievo have lost five of their last eight, they're without a win in their last three at home losing two. Roma -1 looks a solid bet on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao - La Liga - Sun 15:45
It's Atletico Madrid's last ever game at the Vicente Calderon and they'll want to go out with a victory for the Atleti faithful on Sunday afternoon. Atletico Madrid bowed out to arch-rivals Real Madrid despite winning 2-1 in the last ever European game at the Vicente Calderon last week, but this game will mean just as much for the fans.
Atleti have won four of their last six league games as they prepare to face a tough Athletic Bilbao side who need to win in their quest for Europa League football next season. Bilbao have won four of their last six league games but have looked poor in their last two, losing at Alaves and drawing at home to Leganes. Atletico are unbeaten in their last six home meetings against Bilbao, winning five. Diego Simeone's men have won five of their last six league games at home, I expect them to win their last ever game at the Vicente Calderon and are a decent price to do so.
Arsenal v Everton - Premier League - Sun 15:00
Arsenal head into their final league game of the season with the hope that Liverpool slip up against Middlesbrough so they can secure a top four spot. The Gunners have won six of their last seven league games to take this to the last day, while they've won their last four league games to nil at the Emirates.
Everton's poor away form has seen their hopes of a top-six finish vanish, failing to win in their last seven away trips, failing to score at West Ham, Swansea and Middlesbrough during that run. Arsenal have never lost against Everton at the Emirates in their 10 league meetings. I can't see past a routine home win for Arsenal here.
Burnley v West Ham United - Premier League - Sun 15:00
I'm backing Sean Dyche's men to finish their impressive return to the Premier League with a win against West Ham at Turf Moor. No-one expected Burnley to stay up this season, but to avoid relegation with weeks to spare is a fantastic achievement, which is why Sean Dyche is up for the Manager of the Year award.
West Ham are without a win in their last six away games, losing three of their last five on the road. The Hammers have had a frustrating season, they need to buy big in the summer if they are to crack the top half. Burnley's form hasn't been as solid as pre-February. Burnley have won just two of their last 14 league games but I feel they can get the better of West Ham on Sunday.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Sun 15:00
I'm hoping my team Man Utd can get their form back before their biggest game of the season against Ajax next Wednesday. Jose Mourinho has admitted for the last couple of months that the Europa League is where their priorities lie but they need a win before facing Ajax after going five league games without a win.
Palace are in decent away form, winning three of their last five on the road but they were heavily beaten against Man City in their last away trip. I fancy Man Utd to grab a confidence-boosting win against Palace but it won't come easy. Man Utd & BTTS takes my pick.
Watford v Manchester City - Premier League - Sun 15:00
Man City look a solid bet to end the season in 3rd spot with a win against Watford at Vicarage Road. It's been an underwhelming season for the Citizens, Pep Guardiola has even admitted it but he'll take a lot of positives from his first season in the Premier League despite their defensive shortcomings.
Watford have stated that this will be Walter Mazzarri's last game in charge of the club amid speculation he has fell out with the club and has a fractured relationship with club captain Troy Deeney. He's failed to impress at the club despite a decent start to the campaign. Man City are unbeaten in their last seven league games, winning their last three but have conceded in their last two victories. Watford have failed to score in just one of their last seven league games. Man City & BTTS looks the best bet here.
Hoffenheim v Augsburg - Bundesliga - KO SAT 14:30
Hoffenheim will look to end a fantastic season on a high with a win against Augsburg on the final day. Die Kraichgauer remain unbeaten at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena this season having won 11 in 16 on home soil, including each of their last seven. Augsburg have been poor on the road this season with their only three away wins since early September coming at three of the bottom four. The visitors have found the net in each of their last five, including against the likes of Dortmund and Cologne so I do expect them to get on the score sheet, especially considering Hoffenheim have kept just three clean sheets in 12.
Sassuolo v Cagliari - Serie A - KO SUN 14:00
Sassuolo look good value for a win in their final home match of the season on Sunday, with Cagliari the visitors to the MAPEI Stadium. The hosts have won three in five, including v Inter Milan at the San Siro last time out (1-2) and they're now unbeaten in six since early April. Three of those six have ended level, but I Neroverdi will be satisfied with three points earned in draws against 3rd place Napoli, fifth place Atalanta and seventh place Fiorentina. Cagliari have been awful away from home this season and have now lost 11 of their last 15 on the road, winning just two against 19th place Palermo and 18th place Crotone. They look set for another away defeat on Sunday and I've managed to find even more value with the BTTSW selection considering BTTS has landed in each of Sassuolo's last eight and the fact Cagliari have scored five in their last three away from home, including one at Napoli earlier this month.
Malaga v Real Madrid - La Liga - KO SUN 19:00
Although very short for a BTTS+R selection, the Real Madrid win & BTTS does look a really good shout for Sunday evening. Los Blancos could seal the la liga title with a win at La Rosaleda, but they're in for a tough night against one of La Liga's form sides - Malaga. Albicelestes have won six of their last eight including home victories against Barcelona (2-0) and Sevilla (4-2), so i'm definitely expecting the hosts to cause Real Madrid some problems on Sunday. That being said, with the league title on the line and a run of 10 wins from 12 in La Liga - eight of which having seen both teams score, the Real Madrid win & BTTS looks a great bet in this one.