We are back with another set of 5 interesting games to cash in on, despite all the disputes going around in the world of football, matches will be played and football will continue for its loyal fans.
From the Premier League, there are some interesting match-ups- Super clubs vs Less privileged clubs.
In the French Ligue 1, a team is looking to win all four titles up for grabs. Bayern Munich continues to dominate the Bundesliga with another title win, but there are still battles for European spots; not the Super League spot.
Now, let’s dive into this week’s preview.
BOTH TEAMS NEED A PICK ME UP
Arsenal has won only four of their last ten Premier League home games. Everton has lost just one of their last 11 league matches on the road.
Arsenal hasn’t been enjoying many home comforts of late, and the Gunners could face another frustrating evening at the Emirates Stadium when away day specialists, Everton land in the capital.
Mikel Arteta’s side needed an injury-time equalizer from youngster Eddie Nketiah to claim a late share of the spoils at home to relegation favourites Fulham last week – a result that pushed Arsenal’s winless run at the Emirates to four games in all competitions.
In the Premier League, The Gunners have misfired in four of their last six assignments, and their haul of four victories from ten since before Christmas is a dismal return for a team with continental qualification aspirations.
Everton has failed to win any of their last six games, though it is noteworthy that four of those matches were contested at Goodison Park, where the Toffees have struggled to perform for much of the campaign.
Away from home, Carlo Ancelotti’s charges have enjoyed greater success; only Leicester and the two Manchester giants have gathered more points on the road than Everton this term.
The Merseysiders have lost just once in their last 11 league fixtures away from Goodison Park overall, and their counter-punching potency makes them a dangerous prospect for Arsenal this week.
Everton hasn’t won away at Arsenal since 1996, though the Toffees will feel they have a massive opportunity to correct that poor record on Friday evening.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recovering from malaria and Alexandre Lacazette sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Gunners will be short of their two most dependable goal-getters, and Everton could capitalize on their plight.
MARSEILLE HOPES FOR CONTINENTAL PLACES
Marseille travels to the Stade Augustine-Delaune II for a Friday night French Ligue 1 fixture against Reims. The hosts have been the draw experts lately and can frustrate an inconsistent Marseille team.
Reims played out a 0-0 draw against Metz in their previous Ligue 1 fixture. They created numerous chances and had several goal attempts but failed to find the breakthrough.
David Guion’s men appear to be coasting towards a comfortable mid-table finish and sit 11th on the table.
Reims are currently on a nine-match unbeaten run, although seven of those fixtures have ended in draws. They often struggle defensively at home and have conceded in four of their last six matches across all competitions.
Marseille gave themselves hope in their quest for European football as they came from behind to beat Lorient 3-2. They went into the break one goal down but struck back through Dimitri Payet before Pol Lirola netted a brace to earn them the win.
The result means Marseille is now sixth on the table, one point behind Lens in the Europa League spot. Jorge Sampaoli’s men head into Friday’s clash with just three wins from their last nine Ligue 1 matches.
Marseille has a poor record on their travels and is winless in their last 10 away matches in Ligue 1 with just one clean sheet in that run. They have drawn four of their last six away matches and were held 3-3 by Montpellier in their previous outing on the road.
There have been 13 previous matches between Reims and Marseille with both teams earning four wins each. There have been five stalemates between them, inducing a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture back in December.
THE HAMMERS HAVING A FAIRYTALE SEASON
The Hammers have been one of the stories of the season, with David Moyes transforming them from relegation battlers into top-four contenders.
They let me down last weekend by losing 3-2 at Newcastle but West Ham almost managed to fight back for a point with 10 men after trailing 2-0 at half-time.
Joe Willock’s late winner for the Magpies gave Chelsea the chance to move clear in fourth but they could only draw 0-0 at home to Brighton on Tuesday and just goal difference is now keeping them above the Hammers.
That has set the stage brilliantly for this match and further spice has been added with Chelsea’s involvement in the doomed European Super League.
In the last 10 derbies between these two sides, Chelsea has won four times, same as West Ham with two draws.
The Blues won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season but the Hammers triumphed 3-2 in the last clash at the London Stadium.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT HOPE TO CONTINUE EUROPEAN CHARGE
Frankfurt has lost only four Bundesliga matches this season and both teams have scored in 12 of Bayer Leverkusen’s 15 home league games. It is important to note that Eintracht Frankfurt has won 2-1 three times since the start of the year.
In their last away contest against Borussia Monchengladbach, Frankfurt was spanked 4-0 but responded with a win over Augsburg and can move a step closer to a top-four berth in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Frankfurt has been nearly irrepressible since mid-December, losing only two of their previous 19 contests to move into genuine contention for a Champions League spot.
And while that loss to Gladbach was uncharacteristic of a side who have seen off Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg and held Leipzig to a draw recently, the scoreline was also an unfair reflection of the game in which Frankfurt managed 16 shots and saw 64 percent of the ball.
The Eagles have otherwise been fairly solid on their travels, losing only four Bundesliga matches on the road this term, and they are worth backing in the draw no-bet market against Bayer Leverkusen.
The hosts have been patchy this term, losing three of their previous six matches, and lost the reverse league fixture 2-1 in January. We predict another 2-1 success for Frankfurt.
ROUTINE WIN EXPECTED FOR PSG
PSG has won each of their last 10 meetings with Metz, the last three clashes between the two sides were won by PSG with a clean sheet.
PSG has won nine away matches in a row across all competitions, while Metz is bottom of the Ligue 1 table, collecting just two points from their last six games.
PSG is in a four-way battle for the Ligue 1 title and they will be full of confidence ahead of their trip to Metz, as they have won their last nine away fixtures across all competitions.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side also boasts an impressive recent record against Saturday’s hosts, as they have won the last 10 meetings between the two sides, including each of the last three to nil.
Metz had been in contention for European qualification heading into the spring, but their form has nosedived over recent weeks, as they have taken just two points from their last six Ligue 1 games.
That tally has left Les Grenats bottom of the form table, while they have also been knocked out of the Coupe de France over the same period.
Goals have been a particular problem for Frederic Antonetti’s side of late, as they have failed to net in any of their last four matches across all competitions.
We are predicting those struggles in front of goal to continue for Metz on Saturday and our overall prediction is for PSG to win comfortably and with a clean sheet.
PICK OF 5 GAMES:
ARSENAL VS EVERTON – OVER 1.5 – 1.32
REIMS VS MARSEILLE – DRAW OR GG – 1.60
WEST HAM VS CHELSEA – OVER 2.5 – 1.88
BAYER LEVERKUSEN VS EINTRACHT FRANKFURT – GG – 1.45
METZ VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN – 2 – 1.30
TOTAL ODDS: 7.48