Can Leicester win the title this weekend?

  1. Manchester United vs. Leicester City ~ Old Trafford, Manchester

Sunday, May 1st at 9:05 am EST on NBCSN

Can history happen this weekend? Can Leicester City win the title?  They are just 3 points away from the title with three games to go.  This weekend the title hopefuls travel to Old Trafford.  Their opponents this weekend are still hopeful of qualifying for the Champions League.  They currently sit in 5th place, just 5 points behind Arsenal and Manchester City with a game in hand.  If United is able to get all three points this weekend then the race for fourth will surely be on.  Jamie Vardy is serving the extra game ban he received for his comments towards the official two weeks ago.  Matthew James is also out for Leicester.  Will Ranieri stick with the team that got the win last weekend? United is still without Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Keane, and Shaw.  Phil Jones is getting closer to coming back into the first team. Will we see history on Sunday?  I would say that this is the must watch the game of the weekend and should be fascinating.

Betting Odds

Match Result – United 11/10, Leicester 29/10, Draw 12/5

Predictions

My Pick – United 1, Leicester 1: Goals by Rashford and Mahrez

James’ Pick – United 1, Leicester 1: Goals by Rashford and Mahrez

  1. Valencia vs. Villarreal ~ Estadio de Mestalla

Sunday, May 1st at 2:30 pm EST on beIN Sports Connect

Two teams from the eastern coast of Spain face off in La Mestalla this weekend as Valencia host Villarreal.  These are traditionally two teams that are competing for the fourth and final Champions League spot.  This season has not gone as planned for Valencia, as they have had four different managers.  Villarreal, on the other hand, has a lead after the first leg of the Europa League semifinals and is 5 points away from clinching a place in the Champions League.  Any dropped points for Valencia means that they will miss out on any European competitions for next season. Valencia remains without Gaya and Bakkali due to injuries.  Diego Alves and Rodrigo will face late fitness tests.  Villarreal might rotate some of their squad with the second leg of the Europa League semifinals next Thursday in Liverpool.  They are without Baptistao and Bailly due to injury.  Valencia is unbeaten in their last four games and will look to continue to that trend this weekend.

Betting Odds

Match Result – Valencia 6/5, Villarreal 12/5, Draw 23/10

Predictions

My Pick – Valencia 2, Villarreal 2: Goals by Alcacer, Gomes, Adrian, and Suarez

James’ Pick – Valencia 2, Villarreal 2: Goals by Alcacer, Parejo, Adrian, and Soldado

  1. Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin ~ BayArena, Leverkusen

Saturday, April 30th at 12:30 pm EST on Fox Sports 1

Third vs. Fourth meet this weekend in Germany.  Bayer Leverkusen has won 6 straight and taken a strong hold on third place.  They are 5 points clear of their opponents Hertha Berlin.  The race for fourth place has really heated up since Hertha is winless in their last four games.  They have dropped from third to fourth and are just one point above Monchengladbach.  With just three games to go, the race for the final Champions League spot should be great to watch. Bayer Leverkusen is without Boenisch, Papdopoulous, Tah, and Wendell for this game.  Look for Tin Jedvej to fill in at center back and Roberto Hilbert on the right side.   Hertha also have a list of key injuries.  Allagui, Kurt, Darida, and Brooks are all out injured.  Rune Jarstein is returning and Lustenberger is set to fill in at center back.  Hertha really needs 3 points this weekend, but they are running into a buzz saw in Bayer Leverkusen and could be outside of the top four after this weekend.

Betting Odds

Match Result – Leverkusen 8/13, Hertha 5/1, Draw 11/4

Predictions

My Pick – Leverkusen 3, Hertha 1: Goals by Kießling, Chicharito, Bellarabi, and Kalou

James’ Pick – Leverkusen 2, Hertha 1: Goals by  Kießling, Chicharito, and Kalou

  1. Chelsea vs. Tottenham ~ Stamford Bridge, London

Monday, May 2nd at 3:00 pm EST on NBCSN

Tottenham saw their title hopes dashed a bit following their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.  They are now 7 points behind Leicester and are in desperate need of a Leicester loss.  They do not play until Monday this weekend so they will most likely be massive United fans on Sunday.  If they are able to win out and Leicester does not get three points, they, Tottenham, will be champions.  Chelsea has seemingly recovered under Guus Hiddink and climbed up to 9th in the table.  They will do well to get any higher in the table this season; however, it will still be a disappointment for them as they would have hoped to be in and around the title. Chelsea is without injured players Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy, and John Terry.  Thibaut Courtois is suspended.  Gary Cahill is a doubt for the game.  For Tottenham, Dele Alli is suspended for the rest of the season due to his actions on Monday.  Nabil Bentaleb is out injured.  Eric Dier is a doubt for the game. This is going to be in a tough one for Tottenham as the title might be over before this game is kicked off.

Betting Odds

Match Result – Chelsea 7/4, Tottenham 13/8, Draw 13/5

Predictions

My Pick – Chelsea 1, Tottenham 1: Goals by Costa and Kane

James’ Pick – Chelsea 1, Tottenham 2: Goals by Costa, Kane, and Erikson

  1. Borussia Dortmund vs. Wolfsburg ~ Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

Saturday, April 30th at 9:30 am EST on Fox Soccer Plus

Two of Germany’s most famous clubs meet this weekend in Dortmund as Wolfsburg faces Borussia Dortmund.  Dortmund has had a very good season but they look set finish second in the league.  Munich is just 1 win away from clinching the title.  Wolfsburg has had a rough season as they sit in 10th pace.  They are not in the race for a European place and will be back in the Bundesliga next season.  Dortmund is unbeaten in their last 14 games.  Wolfsburg meanwhile has not won in their last 6 games.  Will this come to an end this weekend?  Borussia Dortmund is without Nevan Subotic and Joo-Ho Park.  Aubameyang and Gundogan will face late fitness tests.  Wolfsburg is without Jung, Draxler, Ascues, and Henrique.  I think this will be a bitter sweet weekend for Dortmund as they should get three points but will most likely see Munich clinch the title for the fourth year in a row.

Betting Odds

Match Result – Dortmund 4/11, Wolfsburg 15/2, Draw 4/1

Predictions

My Pick – Dortmund 4, Wolfsburg 1: Goals by Reus, Ramos, Mkhitaryan, Castro, and Dost

James’ Pick – Dortmund 3, Wolfsburg 1: Goals by  Reus, Ramos, Mkhitaryan, and Dost

Champions League Recap

Manchester City 0, Real Madrid 0 – The first leg in Manchester was not very exciting to watch, but it was a good result for both teams you could say.  Manchester City kept a clean sheet and will be hopeful that if they can score a goal at the Bernabeu, then they can advance to the final.  This second leg should be a great opportunity for Manchester City and they have it all to play for.

Atletico Madrid 1, Bayern Munchen 0 – Saul Niguez scored a beautiful goal to give Atletico something to take to Munich.  Atleti was very strong defensively and played out the game plan perfectly.  They will need to do this again next weekend if they want to get back to the final.

Europa League Recap

Villarreal 1, Liverpool 0 – This game was a very tight game with few chances, but Villarreal took their chance in extra time.  Denis Suarez got behind Kolo Toure and then played a lovely ball to Adrian who finished it easily past Mignolet.  The tie is not over, but Villarreal do have a leg up ahead of the second leg.

Shakhtar Donetsk 2, Sevilla 2 – This game really had all the scoring in Europe this week.  Sevilla opened the scoring in the 6th minute thanks to Vitolo.  The holders then saw their lead disappear as Marlos and Tara Stephaneko scored before halftime.  The holders did not give up and with 8 minutes to go, Vitolo was taken down in the box.  Gameiro finished the penalty.  The game ended in a 2-2 draw, which gives Sevilla a slight edge thanks to away goals for the second leg in Sevilla next week.

Other Games on TV This Weekend

England – Premier League

Stoke City vs. Sunderland – Saturday at 10:00 am EST on NBCSN

Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace – Saturday at 10:00 am EST on USA

Arsenal vs. Norwich City – Saturday at 12:30 pm EST on NBC

Swansea City vs. Liverpool – Sunday at 7:00 am EST on NBCSN

Southampton vs. Manchester City – Sunday at 11:30 am EST on NBCSN

Spain – La Liga

Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid – Saturday at 10:00 am EST on beIN Sports

Atletico Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano – Saturday at 12:15 pm EST on beIN Sports

Real Betis vs. Barcelona – Saturday at 2:30 pm EST on beIN Sports

Italy – Serie A

Juventus vs. Carpi – Sunday at 6:30 am EST on beIN Sports

Milan vs. Frosinone – Sunday at 9:00 am EST on beIN Sports

Lazio vs. Internazionale – Sunday at 2:45 pm EST on beIN Sports

Germany – Bundesliga

Bayern Munchen vs. Borussia Monchengladbach – Saturday at 9:30 am EST on Fox Sports 2

Werder Bremen vs. Stuttgart – Monday at 2:15 pm EST on Fox Sports 1

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