Braga and Benfica enter this game both on long unbeaten runs as they chase Champions League qualification next season. Sporting look to have the title sewn up but the other Champions League spot sees just three points between the two sides meeting this weekend and Porto.
Braga haven’t been beaten at home since the beginning of December and have been in great form in recent weeks going nine games unbeaten, winning seven of those. They are average just short of two goals a game this season but have conceded 23 times in 23 games as they struggle to keep clean sheets.
Benfica’s own unbeaten run extends to seven games with their last loss away from home coming at the beginning of February in a 1-0 defeat to champions elect, Sporting. Since then they have won four of their seven matches and closed the gap to their opponents this weekend to just two points.
With these two sides both trying to finish in the top two and both having unbeaten runs that they won’t be willing to lose, I think this could be a very tight game with neither looking to make the mistake that could cost them the three points. With that in mind, I am backing this game to end in a draw with a forecast of a 0-0 scoreline.
There should be plenty of goals this weekend as second travels to third in the race for Champions League qualification in Eredivisie.
Alkmaar have won five of their last six games with a disappointing loss to Vitesse being the only blotch on their copy book in recent weeks. They currently sit in third place, just three points behind their opponents this weekend and know a victory will increase their chances of finishing second and claiming the coveted Champions League qualification place.
PSV are on a six game unbeaten run that sees them occupy second place. They hold the advantage in the race for the top two and recent victories over Vitesse and Twente would’ve instilled a lot of belief in the squad as the season draw to a close.
One thing that looks likely this weekend is goals with these two sides scoring plenty this season. Alkmaar have averaged 2.34 goals per game this season with PSV averaging slightly lower at 2.26 goals on average. PSV’s defensive record is much better than with 10 less goals conceded by the visitors this season. For that reason I am backing on PSV to emerge with a slender win but one which should see both teams score. I am forecasting a 3-2 win for PSV in what should be an excellent game for the neutral.
Lyon had to settle for a share of the spoils in their last game against Reims, which ended in a 1-1 draw. PSG beat Lille in midweek when the pair clashed in the Coupe de France but lost their last league games 2-1 at home to Nantes.
A solitary strike from Kadewere proved enough to earn Lyon at win at the Parc des Princes when they last took on PSG in December. That victory coupled with Lyon’s current five-game unbeaten run in all competitions should give the hosts plenty of belief heading into a tricky home game this weekend.
PSG have failed to win two of their last three matches in league and cup, so by no means enter Sunday’s game in top form. Both teams have scored in five of Lyon’s last six matches, so there is a good chance we won’t see any clean sheets on Sunday.
I am confident that backing Lyon with a double chance bet is the right way to go this weekend. As far as a final scoreline is concerned, I am predicting a 1-1 draw between the two clubs but have left room for a possible home win.
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