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

Six points separate the top four teams in La Liga with all four facing off in what could be a season-defining weekend.

The Bundesliga returns to action with Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig looking like the standout tie of the round. Plus, it’s getting tense in Ligue 1 with just one point between first-placed Lille and PSG in second place.

But we begin with a five-way chase for European football in Serie A after Inter Milan secured the title last weekend.

Serie A
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Inter Milan broke Juventus’ stranglehold on Serie A after a 2-0 win over Crotone. The attention now turns to the Champions League race with Juventus and AC Milan locking horns in Turin. Juve are the 1.751 favourites, but Milan (4.950) have their sights set on second place – their highest finish since winning the league 2011-12. It could be a cagey game, with Under 2.5 goals at 2.200.

Atalanta are currently in that runners-up position. They travel to already relegated Parma (11.470), with our traders drawing them up at 1.254.

Napoli could also disrupt the top-four party, with Gennaro Gattuso’s men at 1.543 favourites to defeat Spezia (6.220) who are also in need of a win to move further clear of the bottom three. While, Lazio (1.900) may still be part of the conversation if they beat Fiorentina (4.140) on Saturday night.

Bet: Serie A odds


La Liga

The title race is primed for a weekend to remember as Atletico Madrid host Barcelona on Saturday afternoon. Atleti hold a two-point advantage over the Catalan side but are the 4.680 outsiders for victory. Barcelona will be looking to avenge their defeat earlier in the season and are at 1.819 to usurp Atletico at the top of the league.

Read: La Liga predictions 

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On Sunday, attention turns to the Bernabeu as Real Madrid take on Sevilla. Los Blancos will look to increase the pressure at the top with victory at 2.070. But after defeat to Athletic Club Bilbao, Sevilla (3.720) will be desperate for three points to put themselves back into the title picture.

Elsewhere, Real Sociedad (1.552) host Elche (7.810), manager-less Valencia (2.150) go against Real Vallodolid (3.960), and Villarreal (2.050) entertain Celta Vigo (3.720).

Bet: La Liga odds


German Bundesliga

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Borussia Dortmund (2.270welcome second-placed RBLeipzig(2.940)to Signal Iduna Park in another must-win match in their pursuit of a top-four finish. Could news of Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann’s imminent move to Bayern Munich disrupt RB’s preparation?

The BlackYellow are hunting down both Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, having won all four of their Bundesliga games since their defeat to Eintracht in early April.

Read: German Bundesliga predictions 

Wolfsburg also kick off on Saturday afternoon against FC Union Berlin. Oliver Glasnel’s side are 1.862 to win the match and protect their third-place position. But with Union also having European ambitions, our traders have them at 4.230.

Bayern Munich (1.418) and Borussia Monchengladbach (7.510) clash at the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening. Gladbach have won three of their last five games but Hansi Flick will expect a response following Bayern’s loss to Mainz 05 last weekend.

Eintracht are just a point ahead of BVB, but are just 1.781 to beat Mainz (4.200) on Sunday and consolidate their top-four spot.

Bet: German Bundesliga odds

Ligue 1

Lille (1.980) open up the weekend on Friday on the road at Europa League hopefuls Lens (4.200). Les Dogues know they must keep winning to fend off title rivals Paris Saint-Germain, who sit one point behind them.

However, Lens face a battle to maintain their fifth-place position, with Marseille and Rennes lurking. Both Teams to Score is at 1.934.

After Lyon scored an 89th-minute winner against AS Monaco last weekend, our traders believe it’ll be a smoother ride for Rudi Garcia’s men at 1.390 against Lorient (7.910).

While on Sunday, it’s draw specialists Reims (8.620) vs. AS Monaco (1.401), while PSG (1.819) will be gunning for three points against Rennes (4.190) to keep their title hopes alive. Can Mauricio Pochettino win his first league title in management?

Bet: Ligue 1 odds

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