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European Soccer Preview: this week's matches

This week's European soccer matches

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European Soccer Preview: this week's matches

Welcome to Pinnacle's European soccer preview, delving deep into the biggest and most intriguing matches from around Europe’s major leagues.

This week, can AC Milan fight back to win their first Scudetto in a decade? Or have you got your eye on the title race in France instead? We’ve got the insight and odds to inform your predictions.

Serie A

FC Internazionale’s derby day victory against AC Milan has the Nerazzuri four points clear of their fierce rivals with 15 matches to play.

However, this weekend all eyes will be on the Stadio Olimpico as AS Roma (2.370) look to compound AC Milan’s (3.140) misery on Sunday night. Having led the way for so much of the season I Rossoneri’s title charge could unravel with defeat in Rome.

The draw (3.470) would leave both teams in a flux too, with Roma in a battle to secure a spot in the Champions League themselves.

But first up are defending champions Juventus, who play Hellas Verona on Saturday. Andrea Pirlo’s side cannot afford anymore slip ups in their title defence and are a short (1.564) to beat Verona on Saturday.

Inter could go seven points clear with a win (1.196) over Genoa (16.630) on Sunday afternoon and really heap pressure on AC Milan. Romelu Lukaku looks like a man possessed in pursuit of his first Serie A title.

Bet: Serie A odds

La Liga

Atletico Madrid picked up just a single point in their league double header with Levante last week which allowed local rivals Real Madrid to close the gap to three points at the top of La Liga.

However, with Atletico still having a game in hand it was a disappointing weekend for Barcelona, who lost ground with a 1-1 draw with Cadiz at Camp Nou.

This coming weekend sees Sevilla (3.370) clash with Barcelona (2.260) at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. It’s a must win for both sides if they’re to have a shot of usurping Atletico. The pair played out a draw in the reverse fixture, and it’s 3.540 they do so again.

Can Lionel Messi rally his troops and inspire a season-defining victory or will Sevilla score a second win against Barca in all competitions this season?

It’s Villarreal up next for Atletico who are 2.520 to shake off their iffy week with a win against Unai Emery’s Yellow Submarine (3.330).

Next Monday it’s the turn of Real Madrid who could go level on points with Atletico if results go their way over the weekend. It’s as short as 1.833 for a Madrid win against Real Sociedad (4.280) who shared a 0-0 draw at the beginning of the season.

Bet: La Liga odds

German Bundesliga

Whisper it, but there could be a fully-fledged Bundesliga title race this season. Bayern Munich’s 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend opened the door for RB Leipzig to move to within just two points of Hansi Flick’s side.

The standout tie of Gameweek 23 sees RB Leipzig host Borussia Monchengladbach at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday 17:30. With Bayern (1.203) hosting FC Koln (14.230) that same afternoon, Julian Nagelsmann will know if Leipzig can go top before kick-off.

Borussia Monchengladbach (4.2890) need to get back on track after the confirmation that manager Marco Rose will be joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Leipzig though, are 1.709 to pick up another vital victory to stay right in contention.

As for BVB, their 4-0 thrashing of rivals Schalke 04 was Dortmund (1.187) back to their best. They face 16th placed Arminia Bielefeld (17.200) who claimed a memorable draw with Bayern earlier this month. Dortmund are playing catch up in the hunt for a Champions League place and a fourth draw (7.330) of the campaign would be no good for their chances.

Bet: German Bundesliga odds

Ligue 1

The Choc de Olympique lights up Ligue 1 this weekend as Marseille (4.340) and Lyon (1.819) clash on Sunday night.

Lyon edge the rivalry 40 wins to 36 in the 117 matches played between the two clubs. The away side still have designs of winning the title, but the hosts are in huge scrap to qualify for the Europa League following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas earlier this month.

Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar were on the scoresheet as Lyon edged out Brest 2-3 last weekend, while Marseille drew 1-1 with Nantes, so a draw in this matchup is 4.000.

Paris Saint-Germain suffered a shock 2-0 loss at home to AS Monaco last Sunday to leave them trailing leaders Lille by four points. The Parisiens are 1.211 to beat Dijon (12.940) on Saturday and close the gap at the top.

Lille (1.819) have only lost a league-low two games in 26, and host Strasbourg (4.630) on Sunday.

Bet: Ligue 1 odds

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