Every football fan across the globe will have an eye on PSG’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Both teams have come a long way and are aiming to become European champions for the first time. PSG were in the final last year, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to eventual champions Bayern Munich.
However, the Ligue 1 side has been better this season and enacted some revenge after eliminating Bayern in the quarter-final of the competition. Now, though, Manchester City stands between them and a second successive Champions League final.
The Cityzens themselves have also often flattered to deceive in Europe. The last time they reached the semi-final of the Champions League was in the 2015/16 season under Manuel Pellegrini and this is the first time they’ve reached the last four under Pep Guardiola.
That makes the stakes even higher in Wednesday’s match. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was in charge of Tottenham when they lost to Liverpool in the 2018 final , and the Argentine is now aiming to lead PSG to the Holy Grail.
Talent-wise, both teams are evenly matched, although Manchester City have been the more consistent side. The Cityzens are fresh from winning the Carabao Cup, having beaten Tottenham in the final on Sunday.
The English side has no injury problems ahead of the game. Kevin De Brunye has also returned to full fitness and is expected to start against PSG.
Meanwhile, the Parisians are currently sweating over the fitness of Kylian Mbappe. The 22-year-old scored twice against Metz over the weekend but limped off in the 87th minute with what looked like a tight injury.
PSG are, however, hopeful that Mbappe will recover in time for the game against Manchester City. Meanwhile, Neymar will also be a major threat for the Ligue 1 side.
Surprisingly, the bookmakers are tipping Guardiola’s side as favourites. As at the time of writing this article, Betika prices Manchester City at 2.15 to win while PSG is priced at 3.30 for a victory. A draw is also priced at 3.75.
The boys have finally been separated from the men in the UEFA Champions League, with some mouthwatering first-leg semi-final matches scheduled for midweek.
Real Madrid will welcome Chelsea to the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Tuesday night, as the Blancos aim to win a record-extending 14th European crown.
Zinedine Zidane’s side hasn’t been impressive in recent weeks but the manner in which they saw off Liverpool in the quarter-final points to a side that cannot be underestimated whatsoever.
Chelsea, though, are still revelling in an upturn in fortunes under Thomas Tuchel. Since becoming manager in January, the German has lost just two matches, leading the Blues to 16 clean sheets in 21 matches.
Under Tuchel, Chelsea have become more solid defensively and rarely concede goals. That means Real Madrid would have to be at their best to defeat the English side.
The irony, though, is that the Blancos are also currently struggling to score goals. Real Madrid have failed to score in three of their last four matches, including Saturday’s dull goalless draw against Real Betis in La Liga.
However, on a good day, the likes of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr can wreak havoc. Real Madrid have also been boosted by the return of Eden Hazard, who featured against Real Betis over the weekend.
Raphael Verane, Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio are also fit and will be expected to start against the Blues on Tuesday.
On Chelsea’s side, there are no fresh injuries apart from Mateo Kovacic who is yet to recover from a hamstring injury. Everyone else is fit and ready to face Real Madrid.
As at the time of writing this article, Betika prices Real Madrid at 2.40 to win the first-leg semi-final while Chelsea has an odd of 3.30 to upset the hosts by winning. Meanwhile, a draw is priced at 3.25.
The biggest game in England this week will see Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City lock horns in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium.
Expectations are at an all-time time, as there’ll be a lot at stake. This is also an opportunity for either side to win their first trophy of the season. For a side like Tottenham who haven’t won any major silverware for almost two decades, this means everything.
Spurs fired Jose Mourinho earlier in the week due to a series of underwhelming results. The North London outfit started the season in fantastic form under the Portuguese but things quickly fell apart.
With Ryan Mason taking temporary charge, it remains to be seen how they’ll fare against the high-flying Manchester City on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s side is also desperate for a trophy following their disappointing exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea. The Cityzens were on course to win the quadruple but they’ve been wobbling in recent weeks.
Recent defeats to Chelsea and Leeds United have given Manchester City a reality check while rivals Manchester United are also closing in hard in the Premier League title race.
However, Manchester City are still perhaps the best team in Europe at the moment. They’ve lost just three matches since November and are looking stronger than ever.
Guardiola’s side will be missing the services of Kevin De Brunye, who is currently injured. Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero is also a major doubt after picking up a knock last week.
For Tottenham, though, Mason has a fit squad at his disposal, although captain Harry Kane will face a late test to determine his fitness. Mason, 29, became the youngest manager in Premier League history when he led Spurs to a 2-1 win over Southampton last week.
Betika prices Manchester City at 1.50 to emerge victorious, while Tottenham is priced at 6.20 to win, as at the time of writing this article. A draw, though, is priced at 5.00.
Manchester United have been a different beast since returning from the March international break. The Red Devils have won each of their last five matches in all competitions.
They have also qualified for the semi-final of the Europa League after beating Granada home and away. On Sunday, though, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will have Leeds United to contend with.
This fixture used to be one of the biggest on the English football calendar until Leeds were relegated over a decade and a half ago. However, the Peacocks have made a buoyant return to the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side has been a revelation this season, with their all-attacking and energetic displays catching the eye of every neutral. The Peacocks have also been in imperious form in recent weeks and haven’t tasted defeat in any of their last five league matches.
Leeds’ form against the ‘Big Six’ is also very impressive. They’ve already beaten Everton, Leicester City and Manchester City while holding Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to a draw.
Such impressive results mean that they will be no pushovers against Manchester United. However, the Reds can take solace from the last time they faced Leeds.
Solskjaer’s side thrashed their rivals 6-2 at Old Trafford earlier this season, a result that came as a shock to many. As the two teams prepare to face each other again, Sunday’s match is expected to be a tighter encounter.
For the first time in many months, Manchester United have had a full week to rest and will be looking fresh for the game. The Reds also have no new injuries, with Eric Bailly being the only player missing due to his bout with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Leeds also boast a fit squad, although skipper Liam Cooper will not feature due to his red card against Manchester City.
As of the time of writing this article, Betika prices Manchester United at 1.83 to win, while Leeds have a winning price of 4.10. A draw is also priced at 4.20.
Manchester United hold a healthy lead over their rivals in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League. On Sunday, the Red Devils will host Burnley as they look to consolidate their hold on second place.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been playing some fantastic football in recent weeks and they’ve so far won all their matches since returning from the international break.
The Reds have won each of their last four matches, including home and away victories against Granada in the Europa League. Fresh from reaching the semi-final of the Europa League, Manchester United will be hoping to continue with their winning run when Burnley visits Old Trafford.
Unfortunately for Sean Dyche’s side, they are currently enduring a miserable run of form. Burnley have lost each of their last two Premier League matches and it may just be the wrong time to be coming up against an in-form side like Manchester United.
However, the Clarets are not new to causing upsets. They’ve already beaten Liverpool and Everton this season and also recently held Leicester City and Arsenal to draws.
These are impressive results and if Burnley can produce a similarly spirited performance against Manchester United, then they could cause Solskjaer’s side a lot of trouble.
In terms of injuries, both teams do not have any major concerns. Marcus Rashford is nursing an injury but is expected to start for Manchester United on Sunday after being rested in midweek.
Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay also missed the game against Granada due to suspension and will be available for selection against Burnley.
Meanwhile, the Clarets also have Chris Wood back in action and will be counting on the Aussie and his strike partner Matej Vydra to get something out of this game.
As of the time of writing this piece, Betika prices Manchester United at 1.40 win, Burnley also has a winning odd of 8.50 and a draw is priced at 5.20.
The FA Cup returns this weekend with some big matches to look forward to. Chelsea will clash with Manchester City in the semi-final of the competition on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
The Blues have been on an impressive form since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel and are on course to finish the season on a high. Having narrowly seen off Porto in the Champions League quarter-final, Chelsea will now turn their attention to the FA Cup.
The London outfit has a rare opportunity to win a trophy but it won’t come easy. Their opponents, Manchester City, are the most in-form side in Europe and have all but wrapped up the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s side holds an 11-point lead over second-placed Manchester United and are firmly in contention for an unprecedented quadruple.
Just like Chelsea, Manchester City beat Borussia Dortmund to reach the semi-final of the Champions League and they are currently in the best shape possible.
On current form, there is very little that separates both teams. Manchester City have lost just two matches since November while Chelsea have also lost just two times since Tuchel took charge.
Both sides also have fit squads to select from. Thiago Silva has returned to full fitness while Tammy Abraham is also available for selection for Chelsea.
For Manchester City, though, Sergio Aguero is the only doubt, having suffered a muscle sprain that ruled him out of the midweek’s game against Dortmund.
Despite the trickiness of the game, Manchester City are favourites to win. As of the time of writing this article, the Citizens are priced by Betika at 1.86 to emerge victorious. Meanwhile, Chelsea is also priced by the same bookmaker at 4.75 to win and a draw is priced at 3.75.
Everything points to a game that will be keenly contested.
Getafe vs Real Madrid betting preview
Real Madrid are definitely among the most in-form teams in the world at the moment. The Blancos made a slow start to the season but they are now firmly back in business.
As they prepare to face Getafe in La Liga on Saturday, they’ll be going into the game on the back of a strong record. Zinedine Zidane’s side hasn’t lost since January, a record that proves their invincibility.
Having also just eliminated Liverpool to qualify for the semi-final of the Champions League, Real Madrid’s confidence is currently over the roof. That coupled with last week’s win over Barcelona has made the Blancos strong contenders for the title.
They sit only a point behind table-toppers Atletico Madrid and a win on Sunday could see them usurp their rivals at the top of the table, depending on the results of the Rojiblancos.
Unfortunately, though, Real Madrid will have to do it without a number of players. The Blancos were missing a few players when they played both Barcelona and Liverpool last week.
Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Verane and Eden Hazard are all out injured and are not expected to feature against Getafe on Sunday.
The home side also has its own problems. Getafe have won just once in their last 12 matches in the league and their form has been a real source of worry. They are also just three points above the relegation zone and are, therefore desperate for points.
That means Real Madrid cannot underestimate them. This is a game between two teams with important missions, Real Madrid fighting for the title and Getafe battling to avoid relegation.
Betika has a 1.73 odd for punters who pick Real Madrid to win, while a win for Getafe is also priced at 5.60. Meanwhile, a draw is priced at 3.70.
It’s been a tough week for Barcelona who will be aiming to return to winning ways when they face Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey on Saturday.
The Blaugrana were on an impressive run before last week’s Clasico defeat to bitter rivals Real Madrid. That defeat saw Real Madrid move ahead of them on the league, as the title race gets keener.
Now, though, Barcelona have the chance to win their first trophy of the season and gain the early bragging rights over their rivals. Standing in their way, though, is an Athletic Bilbao team who are also currently struggling.
Los Leones are languishing in 11th position in La Liga, having lost their last six matches in all competitions. They also recently suffered an agonizing loss to Real Sociedad in the delayed final of last season’s Copa del Rey.
The above points to a side that is badly out of form but Athletic Bilbao have often been tough customers for Barcelona, especially in cup competitions.
Should they kick into gear and find their rhythm on Saturday, it won’t be an easy affair for Barcelona, who will be desperate for a win. Despite losing to Real Madrid last week, Barcelona are just two points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo Koeman has not been able to pick Gerard Pique for matches due to a niggle injury but the center-back should be fit to return to the starting line-up this weekend.
Athletic Bilbao also have no injury problems and will be relying on the qualities of Asier Villaibre and Ibai Gomes to get the necessary result against Barcelona.
As of the time of filing this article, Barcelona are priced at 1.58 by Betika to win, while Athletic Bilbao have a winning odd of 5.80. A draw is, however, priced at 4.60.
One of the biggest games this weekend in the Premier League will see Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Red Devils have been in imperious form of late and they’ll be looking to consolidate second place on the league table. Meanwhile, Tottenham are also aiming to secure a place in the top four after improving in recent weeks.
More than just three points at stake, are two managers who are silently building up a rivalry. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho have no love lost and have never shied away from aiming jabs at each other.
In October when Manchester United and Spurs met at Old Trafford, the latter emerged victorious after smashing Solskjaer’s side 6-1. That humiliating defeat is yet to be forgotten and the Reds will be looking for revenge.
After a 2-0 win over Granada in the Europa League quarter-final first leg in midweek, Manchester United are in good spirits ahead of this clash.
For Tottenham, though, it’s been a bumpy season thus far but they’ve lost just once in their last six Premier League matches. Spurs will also have the complement of a full squad, with the exception of Son Heung-Min, who has been ruled out due to an injury he suffered some weeks ago.
Solskjaer is also expected to have a full squad to pick from, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani all fit to play. However, the Reds boss will have to decide whether or not to play Marcus Rashford, who is nursing an injury but started against Granada in the Europa League.
The only Manchester United player not available for selection is Eric Bailly who tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with the Ivory Coast.
Betika tips Manchester United as slight favourites with a winning odd of 2.50, while Tottenham is priced at 2.90 to win the game. Meanwhile, a draw between the two sides is priced at 3.50.
All odds are accurate at the time of writing this article.
Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Sheffield United on Sunday. The Gunners have been very inconsistent in recent months and results have not been good enough.
However, they’ll be facing a side that is equally limping in the Premier League. This is probably a clash between two clubs with the worst form in the English topflight at the moment.
Sheffield United have lost each of their last four league matches while Arsenal are equally winless in their last four games in all competitions.
And after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League in midweek, the Gunners will be aiming for a swift recovery. Currently languishing in 10th place, Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four are all but over, however, they can still qualify for the Europa League.
That makes Sunday’s game a must-win for Mikel Arteta’s side. Their work has also been cut out, as they face the 20th-ranked side in the Premier League. Sheffield United look destined for relegation after securing just 14 points from 30 matches this season.
Arsenal have very little to worry about in terms of suspensions and injuries. Bukayo Saka is fit again and featured against Slavia Prague in midweek, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Emile Smith-Rowe are all expected to start.
For Sheffield, though, they’ll look to keep it tight at the back but the likes of David McGoldrick, Oli McBurnie and Ben Osborn are goal threats and can hurt any opponent when given the chance.
Arsenal are, however, huge favourites for this game. As of the time of writing this article, the Gunners are priced at 1.62 by Betika to win and Sheffield is priced at 6.00 to cause an upset.
A draw is also priced at 4.10.