Porto v Benfica, Saturday, 8.30pm
SATURDAY night, forget it, stay in, this one is simply unmissable.
Porto host Benfica in O Classico, a championship decider and one of the biggest games in Europe this season. In Portugal they are calling this one the game of the century.
All year these two giants have been inseparable and unbeatable. In March, Porto stumbled and drew a couple of games and that gave Benfica the advantage and with a four-point lead they were cruising.
But last week catastrophe hit, they drew with Estoril, an appalling result which meant Porto cut the lead to two.
It's now simple, Porto need to win in the Dragao and if they fail they most likely hand the title to their archrivals.
Porto boast the most impressive home record in the league, winning all but one so far and have been installed as firm favourites for this titanic clash at 2.08. Colombian superstars Jackson Martinez and Jaime Rodriguez have impressed all season, as have Moutinho and Gonzalez in midfield and Porto also have the best defence in the league conceding under a goal every other game.
Benfica have the best away record in the league and are the top scorers in the Primeira Liga, they won their last four on the road only conceding a solitary goal. Up front Cardozo and Lima do the business while Salvio and Gaitan run thing just behind them.
After conceding the title to Porto the last two years it looked like the Super Eagles were going to wrench it back this time. But last Monday's disappointing result has changed opinion, there now seems to be a consensus Benfica have lost the impetuous and maybe a bit of confidence.
They have also had to negotiate a draining Europa League campaign and face Chelsea in the final next Wednesday. Can Porto capitalise on Benfica's nerves and tiredness?
Benfica have a couple of injury worries but all the main protagonists from both teams will be on show. Despite Benfica knowing a draw will be enough they can't hope to contain the Porto attackers so don't expect them to sit back for long.
The atmosphere in the Dragao will be incredible and it should be a hell of a spectacle.
Back HT/FT Draw/Porto @ 5.7
Back Porto to win 2-1 @ 9
Back Porto to win @ 2.08
Besiktas v Genclerbirligi, Saturday, 6pm
FIRST up on Saturday night is a trip to the banks of the Bosphorous to catch up with Besiktas as they host Genclerbirligi.
Despite their best efforts neither Besiktas nor Fenerbahce could keep up with Galatasaray this year and last weekend Gala reclaimed their crown. The race now is for the champions league qualification spot.
Fenerbahce are in the driving seat, they hold a three-point advantage over Besiktas with only two games to go but that could well change this weekend.
Besiktas have a relatively straightforward home game while Fenerbahce must face champions and arch rivals Gala on Sunday. It's imperative Besiktas win on Saturday to put the pressure on.
Besiktas have been the most entertaining team to watch in Turkey this season – they're dangerous up front but wobbly at the back and their games guarantee goals. It's worth having a look at the overs in this one.
The Besiktas squad contains less famous names than their city rivals but coach Samet Aybaba has rotated his players to good effect.
Manuel Fernandes and Olcay Sahan have been their most consistent contributors and dominate the midfield in most home games at the Inonu Stadium.
Up front the goalscoring burden has been shared, at the start of the campaign it was Holosko and Almeida, but due to injury and loss of form the likely strike pairing on Saturday will be on loan Mamadou Niang and ex-Genclerbirligi player Mustafa Pektemek.
Genclerbirligi finished ninth last year and it looks like they'll have to settle for a similar position this time. Hard to beat but with a modest scoring record they have become the draw specialists in Turkey, 14 times already this season they've shared the points with the opposition.
One man to look out for will be Belgian striker Bjorn Vleminckx, since his loan arrival in January he has scored nine in 14 and given Genclerbirligi much more of a threat up front.
Besiktas will be determined to get the win, they will also be aware their goal difference needs improving if they are to have a chance of leapfrogging Fener. Expect the Black Eagles to win in an entertaining game.
Back Besiktas to win @ 1.52
Back Over 3.5 goals @ 2.54
Milesey's Bet of the Day
Espanyol v Real Madrid, Saturday, 9pm
REAL seem to have been playing all-out attack for the last few games as Jose Mourinho aims to bow out amid memories of silky attacking flair rather than dour defensive gamesmanship.
They travel to Barcelona on Saturday night although, sadly for El Clasico fans, it is to visit Espanyol rather than the champions elect.
Even Stevenage would fancy their chances of scoring past Jose’s jokers at the moment so even though Espanyol are the definition of mid-table mediocrity, with no goals in their last two outings, this one looks like absolutely nailed on for both teams to score.
Both teams to score @ 8/13 Bet365
Bayern Munich v Augsburg, Saturday, 2.30pm
BAYERN have dominated the Bundesliga because they have by far the strongest squad in the division.
Jupp Heynckes' preferred starting 11 is incredibly talented but it's the sheer depth of talent at his disposal which has put the Bavarian giants 20 points clear of Borussia Dortmund.
For example, when Dortmund's star striker Robert Lewandowski is unavailable, Jurgen Klopp calls upon Julian Schieber (three goals in 21 Bundesliga appearances).
When Heynckes is without Mario Mandzukic he can pick Mario Gomez (11 goals in 19 league games) or even Claudio Pizarro (six goals in 19 Bundesliga matches). Indeed, Gomez and Arjen Robben have made just nine league starts apiece and yet have racked up 15 goals and six assists between them.
Heynckes has at least two high-quality options for each position (I include the goalkeeping department as Tom Starke is excellent) and there are plenty of players keen to make their mark ahead of the Champions League Final against Dortmund and the German Cup Final against Stuttgart.
All of this is bad news for relegation-threatened Augsburg, who are in the relegation play-off spot, just two points above the automatic drop zone.
Augsburg looked doomed at the winter break but have rallied impressively under inexperienced coach Markus Weinzierl, who has made his team much more attacking in the second half of the campaign.
As a result of this riskier approach, Augsburg have simply stopped drawing games, winning five and losing six of their last 11 matches. Away from home they have struggled of late, losing their last three road matches.
Augsburg know their final game will be against relegated Greuther Furth and that's a match they will expect to win.
A good result at the Allianz Arena would be a massive bonus but it's hard to envisage that against a Bayern side that has won 19 out of the last 23 league games.
Opta tell us Augsburg have lost their last 10 encounters with Bayern and even though they are yet to lose a game by more than two goals this season, I like the look of backing Bayern -2.0 on the Asian Handicap at 2.04.
In seven of their last 10 games, Bayern have won to nil and despite Augsburg's attacking improvements I would back Bayern to do so again at 2.08. If Juventus and Barcelona couldn't score at the Allianz, it's fair to say Augsburg might struggle too.
Back Bayern to Win to Nil at 2.08
Back Bayern -2.0 on the Asian Handicap at 2.04