MAN CITY (1.26) may have finally lost their remaining grip on their Premier League crown but can get back to winning ways when West Ham visit the Etihad for Saturday’s early kick-off.
Roberto Mancini’s team have had no trouble in dealing with the sides outside of the top seven on home turf, winning all 10 games while scoring 26 and conceding just three.
The Hammers have crept into 10th place on the back of five matches unbeaten but have previously lost all four away games to sides in the running for Champions League football.
Any hopes Everton (1.46) had of featuring in Europe’s stellar competition may have evaporated but they can consolidate their position in sixth place by doing what they do best – beating Fulham at Goodison.
This weekend’s fixture features the longest-running 100 per cent record in the Premier League history with the Toffees having won all 11 of the Cottagers’ visits since they won promotion in 2001, including David Moyes’ first game in charge 11 years ago. In total, it’s 24 away visits to Everton that the West London club have failed to win.
The other club from SW6, Chelsea (1.34), will clock up their 63rd competitive match of the season against Swansea but we don’t expect the Welsh outfit to take advantage.
The Swans were superb 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final in January but having gone on to win that tournament and secure a European berth they are finishing the campaign with a whimper. They’re without a victory since the beginning of March while Rafa Benitez’s team have won their previous five in front of their own fans.
Paris Saint-Germain (1.66) can move to within one win of the Ligue Un title on Sunday because we don’t anticipate Evian holding them up in their pursuit of a first championship success since 1994. The league leaders thumped the Gaillard club 4-0 at home back in December and come into this encounter on the back of four straight successes without conceding a goal. Pascal Dupraz’s strugglers sit just one point outside the relegation zone after a run of three wins in 16 matches.
In Serie A, we’re backing the division’s top three to clock up further victories this weekend starting with Napoli (1.32) on Saturday evening when they head to bottom-of-the-table Pescara.
The second-placed Naples outfit have won four and drawn one of their last five outings and put five past their next opponents in the reverse fixture four months ago. Meanwhile, the Delfini look to be heading for an immediate return to Serie B, having lost 12 of the previous 14, including their last six at Stadio Adriatico,
Three points for Napoli would mean Juventus (1.64) would be unable to secure a second successive Scudetto on matchday 34 but that doesn’t mean that the Old Lady won’t be doing everything possible to take the honours in the Turin derby.
Antonio Conte takes his team back to their old stomping ground, the Stadio Olimpico, on the back of six wins in a row while their city rivals, Torino, have only one win to show for the last eight games in which they have conceded 21 goals.
Third-placed AC Milan (1.35) will be eager to maintain their hold on Italy’s third Champions League place by ending a spell of three matches without success and they should get back on track against Catania at the San Siro, where they are unbeaten in nine.
The Rossoneri will welcome Mario Balotelli back from suspension, making the task of visitors who have won just once in seven games even harder. Rolando Maran’s men have yet to taste success away at any side in the top half.
Finish off with Barcelona (1.62), who could land the La Liga title this weekend if Real Madrid are beaten at rivals Atletico Madrid later on Saturday night.
Barca may have been in gruelling midweek Champions League action but should still be too strong for an Athletic Bilbao side who haven’t come close to hitting their highs of last season. Marcelo Bielsa’s team are languishing in the bottom half and have lost five of their last eight home games, in what is their last season at San Mamés.
Man City to beat West Ham 12.45 sat
Everton to beat Fulham 3.0 sat
Chelsea to beat Swansea 3.0 sun
PSG to beat Evian 8.0 sun
Napoli to beat Pescara 7.45 sat
Juventus to beat Torino 2.0 sun
AC Milan to beat Catania 7.45 sun
Barcelona to beat Athletic Bilbao 5.0 sat