Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano
Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano in a small Derby Madrileno on Wednesday evening in the 36th round of La Liga at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.Los Blancos will be looking to bounce back from successive road defeats. Much more painful was the one from English soil exactly seven days ago when Carlo Ancelotti’s men were brutally beaten by Manchester City (4-0) in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal at the Etihad Stadium.
Real followed it up with a 1-0 defeat at Estadio de Mestalla on Sunday evening and they now have three losses in the last five La Liga outings.This negative thread has dropped the team to third place in the league ladder. It will be very difficult for Ancelotti to find ways to motivate his men when the season is practically over for them.Nevertheless, Real Madrid should still be able to beat their local rivals with ease knowing how poor defensively Rayo have been of late.
Andoni Iraola’s men lost three of the last four league outings, shipping at least two goals in each of these defeats.Moving forward, Rayo have managed to claim just one point from the previous six league games on the road.Real Madrid have historically been a dominant force with 24 wins in the last 29 clashes against Rayo Vallecano.Nevertheless, Rayo managed to shock Los Blancos 3-2 in the return match played in November last year at Estadio de Vallecas.Real Madrid won 12, drew 1, and lost 1 of the last 14 home outings against Rayo with a goal difference of 47-13 in the process.
Neither team will be particularly motivated to get a result on Wednesday but we see merit in backing the hosts to pick up a comprehensive win here. Rayo’s defensive line has been dreadful lately, especially on travels.We will thus take Real Madrid to win the first half by two or more goals difference. The more conservative punters can take the Home win and Over 2.5 goals FT pick.
Prediction : Real Madrid to win and Over 2.5 Goals.
Fiorentina vs Inter Milan
Coppa Italia trophy will be at stake on Wednesday evening in the capital as Fiorentina and Inter Milan are set to take on each other at Stadio Olimpico.Both teams have been more than successful in recent weeks in continental competitions. Fiorentina made it to the UEFA Europa Conference League final by beating Basel 1-3 on the road in extra time last Thursday.
Inter Milan, on the other side, eliminated their fierce local rivals AC Milan 3-0 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League semifinal to set up a huge final against Manchester City on June 10th in Istanbul.Inter Milan head into this tie as the favorites and for a good reason. They have managed a streak of eight consecutive wins across competitions (despite facing some serious opponents along the way) before falling 3-1 at champions Napoli on Sunday.
Fiorentina, on the other side, made it three subsequent unbeaten matches by holding Torino to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.Head coach Vincenzo Italiano rested some of his key players after 120 tough minutes on Swiss soil on Thursday night.These two teams met each other almost two months ago in the league as Fiorentina shocked Inter Milan with a 0-1 victory at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.I Nerazzurri had previously been on a thread of five wins and a draw in six outings against Fiorentina.Both teams scored in three of the previous four head to head encounters.
Inter Milan have dispatched AC Milan two times, Juventus, Roma, and Lazio during their impressive eight-win streak across competitions. Simone Inzaghi has found the right formula, namely in defense, and we have to recognize the value in backing I Nerazzurri to win on Wednesday.Inzaghi’s men kept their net untouched in six of the last nine outings in all competitions, despite a tricky schedule in the process. The braver tipsters can try with Inter Milan to keep a clean sheet.
Prediction: Inter Milan to win to nil.
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