SportyNews takes a look at this weekend's upcoming football matches from around the continent, with the pick 15 pool preview for the week.
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Malaga vs Valencia – Saturday, April 22 (12:00pm)
After an intense start to the season, Valencia are finally starting to find their feet in La Liga with just six games remaining. Since Salvador González Marco took over as coach towards the end of December, Valencia have picked up eight wins in the league, losing just five.
Whilst Malaga don’t have the best home form, they’ve picked up wins against Las Palmas and Barcelona in the previous six at La Rosaleda, whilst Valencia have picked up just one win on the road.
Despite Valencia’s revival, expect Malaga to be resistant at home, denying Valencia of a win.
Prediction: Malaga or draw
West Ham v Everton – Saturday, April 22 (3:00pm)
Everton nor West Ham have much to compete for. A draw and defeat in their last two ended any late relegation scares for West Ham, while Everton look comfortable in seventh place.
The Toffees responded well to the twisted stories around Ross Barkley last week to put Burnley away at Goodison Park, with Romelu Lukaku continuing to traumatise any defender than dares get in his way.
Ronald Koeman’s stellar first season at the club should continue at the London Stadium.
Swansea v Stoke – Saturday, April 22 (3:00pm)
Stoke’s impressive performance at home to Hull brought an end to a poor run. Swansea, however, extended their winless streak to six with a poor performance away at Watford. Even the return of Fernando Llorente could not reignite the attack.
Paul Clement’s side are back in relegation danger, making this match a real must-win. Stoke have very little to play for, though, and are perhaps the ideal opponents for a side desperate for points.
The Liberty Stadium is a tough place to visit and Swansea’s quality should just see them through against a Stoke side who are set to finish in mid-table.
Hull City vs Watford – Saturday, April 22 (3:00pm)
There’s no doubt that the arrival of Marco Silva to Hull City has steadied the ship a bit in East Yorkshire, but they still find themselves two points above the relegation zone. They welcome Watford on Saturday, who are sitting in mid-table on 40 points.
The visitors have picked up just one win on the road in their past six attempts which came against Arsenal, but other than that, they haven’t really proven themselves, with just three wins away from Vicarage Road all season.
Watford are struggling to score on their travels, whilst Marco Silva is creating Hull City into a force at home, following his arrival. Unbeaten in six home games (picking up five wins), the Tigers will look to keep that momentum going to pick up another three points.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby – Saturday, April 22 (3:00pm)
This is a meeting of two in-form sides at Hillsborough. Wednesday have got their playoff push back on track with four straight wins, while Gary Rowett has turned Derby around since arriving last month.
The Rams have lost just once in six, winning three, but that defeat was a hefty one at the hands of Brentford at Griffin Park, with the Bees running out 4-0 winners.
With three games to go, Derby are officially too far off the top six, but the home side, currently fifth, need to win to keep both Fulham and Leeds, who are two points behind them, at bay.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday
Chelsea v Tottenham – Saturday, April 22 (5:15pm)
This FA Cup semi-final is about more than the potential silverware. It sets a marker for the closing weeks of a now tense title battle.
With the league gap only at four points and Chelsea coming into this off the back of a loss to Manchester United, there is so much riding on this encounter.
Spurs, meanwhile, are on a magical run of form and have welcome the goal machine that is Harry Kane back into the side to accompany Heung-min Son, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Fiorentina vs Inter – Saturday, April 22 (7:45pm)
Before a shock defeat in their local derby to Empoli last weekend, Fiorentina were in good form, going unbeaten for six games. Inter come into this one having lost two on the bounce before throwing away a two-goal lead against neighbours Milan on Saturday.
But the Nerazzurri have looked good overall and come into the game having conceded just 20 goals on the road, the fourth best record in Serie A. Fiorentina are one place behind them in ninth, but trail them by seven points.
With Mauro Icardi up front, Inter are capable of winning any game, but they must look to eradicate their inconsistencies.
Prediction: Inter or draw
Real Sociedad v Deportivo – Sunday, April 23 (11:00pm)
Deportivo should have propelled themselves to LaLiga safety with a win last weekend, which should mean that the hosts have much more to play for.
Real Sociedad are aiming for a European finish, but have plenty of nearby competition, but if Eusebio’s men put in a showing as they did in their 3-2 loss against Barcelona last week, they shouldn’t have any difficulties in taking 3 points.
Prediction: Real Sociedad
Toulouse vs Nice – Sunday, April 23 (2:00pm)
Believe it or not, Nice still find themselves in the Ligue 1 title race, sitting just four points behind AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. They’ve certainly exceeded expectations this season under Lucien Favre, who has guided them to qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Toulouse were close relegation candidates last season, but they look relatively stable in mid- table. The hosts have won just once in their previous five games, although they are unbeaten in their last five home games. This game should be close to call, given that Nice are also unbeaten in five home games – boasting the third best away form in France.
The visitors do welcome back Mario Balotelli whilst on paper they look too strong for Toulouse. Coping under pressure, Nice should be able to pick up three points on Sunday.
Chievo vs Torino – Sunday, April 23 (2:00pm)
If ever the formbook predicted goals, it would be in this game. Only the current top three in Serie A have scored more goals than Torino, while Chievo have conceded three or more goals three times in their last six, scoring four once in that time too.
Torino have also conceded the most goals in the top half with 53, and have three of their last six outings. Andrea Belotti has 25 goals in 29 games this year, and while he will fancy his chances against a leaky Chievo back line, question marks whether they can keep the ball out of their own net.
But having lost their last four, it is tough to back Chievo in any capacity.
Udinese vs Cagliari – Sunday, April 23 (2:00pm)
Another game that could be a high scorer is as at the Stadio Friulli. Only two teams in the league have a worse defensive record than Cagliari, who have let in 62.
The home side were unbeaten in five before losing 3-0 at Napoli last time out, while Cagliari have won just three in their last ten, but one of those did come last time out against Chievo.
Neither side have much to play for here, but the visitors are only two points and two places behind their hosts. Udinese have an advantage here but it could be tight.
Prediction: Udinese or draw
Schalke vs RB Leipzig – Sunday, April 23 (4:30pm)
With a Europa League tie to contend with for Schalke, it’s difficult to say as to who will be available for their Bundesliga clash with RB Leipzig; given they’ve played five games in two weeks. The home side do find themselves in mid-table, but sitting just five points above the relegation play-off, it’s all to play for against high-flying RB Leipzig.
Backed by Red Bull, Leipzig have taken the Bundesliga by storm this season, with a place in the Champions League confirmed for next year. After a relatively poor start to life in 2017, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s players are once again picking up. They come into this game winning their past four games in a row, scoring 12 in the process.
Given Schalke’s congested fixture list and inconsistency, Leipzig are looking strong favourites to win this tie with Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner all in fine form.
Prediction: RB Leipzig
Liverpool v Crystal Palace – Sunday, April 23 (4:30pm)
Crystal Palace’s bouncing form was calmed as they were held to a draw in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Leicester City. Liverpool, meanwhile, notched a second consecutive vital away win as they scraped past West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
The top four race is still tense for Jurgen Klopp’s side, however, with Manchester United and Arsenal still contending.
Palace are the exact sort of side who have troubled Liverpool this season, though. Organised defensively and with a potent attack in the form of Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke, this is a tough one to call.
Prediction: Liverpool or draw
Real Madrid v Barcelona – Sunday, April 23 (7:45pm)
Real Madrid arrive with the intention of ending LaLiga’s title race as a contest, but given their potential six-point advantage over Barcelona a point may do.
Zinedine Zidane’s men won’t have to deal with Neymar, who is suspended, but Lionel Messi continues to show that he can provide the magic when his teammates are faltering.
Prediction: Real Madrid or draw
Eibar v Athletic Bilbao – Monday, April 24 (7:45pm)
Eibar picked up a much-needed win last time out, but they come up against an Athletic side who have improved on the road since winning in the Basque derby at Anoeta recently. The hosts don’t have any selection concerns, with this game being a crunch match in the race for the Europa League. Jose Mendilibar’s men are always competitive and cannot afford to lose.
Prediction: Eibar or draw
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