Liverpool, who missed an opportunity to close in on their maiden Premier League title after a disappointing Merseyside derby, will look to make amends when they entertain Crystal Palace at Anfield. The champion-elect are the odds-on favourites to win the contest, with Mohamed Salah the pick of the bunch to open the scoring.
Fifth-placed Manchester United, unbeaten in 12 games across all competitions, take on Sheffield United at Old Trafford this Wednesday. The Red Devils managed to avoid defeat to Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend and seek a win against the Blades to bolster their hopes of a top-four finish. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are tipped for a hard-fought victory but will be on guard against Sheffield who possesses the ability to turn the tables in the encounter.
In Spain, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will seek a definitive advantage in the evenly-poised La Liga title race when they play Athletic Club and RCD Mallorca at home this week. The Blaugrana, who have a narrow advantage over Real in terms of goal difference, are headed for an easy win while Los Blancos, who returned to the summit of the points table after a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad, are placed on the moneyline to walk away with maximum points off Los Bermellones.
Juventus, who maintain a one-point lead in the Serie A standings are tipped for a comfortable win at Bologna that will mount pressure on Lazio. Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal drought is the question of the hour and manager Maurizio Sarri expects the Portuguese legend to regain his footing against Rossoblu.
Lazio’s tussle with Atalanta is the biggest fixture in Italy and it is Gian Piero Gasperini’s La Dea who are favoured to emerge victorious from the duel at Gewiss Stadium, given Atalanta are unbeaten in five league meetings.
Lastly, the Bundesliga will undertake the final schedule of the 2019-20 season with Borussia Dortmund kicking off the proceedings against Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park. Die Borussen are unbeaten in their last five league games and are well placed to end the campaign with a home victory.
Champions Bayern Munich travel to Wolfsburg with a 10-point cushion on the league standings and will pin their hopes on Robert Lewandowski, who is the bookmaker’s choice to score two or more goals and help the Bavarians draw the curtains on a memorable league season.
Top fixture of the week: Chelsea vs Manchester City
The most entertaining fixture of the week sees Frank Lampard’s Chelsea crossing swords with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. The Blues went four points clear of Manchester United after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa and will need a positive result to inch closer to the top three.
American attacker Christian Pulisic netted his first goal for the Blues since September 2019 and will be the player to watch against the Citizens on Friday.
City, meanwhile, will be aiming for three points in London as they prepare for next week’s top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool. However, with an untimely injury to Sergio Aguero, Pep Guardiola will thrust Gabriel Jesus on to the frontlines and pray that the Brazilian attacker gets over his rough patch in time (he has one goal in his last eight Premier League games).
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