Weekly Marquee Matches for Apr. 8
The Manchester derby between City and United highlights the weekend matches, and while that is the only match between two of the top clubs some of the contenders have some tests.
Europa League aspirations are in the sights of both Everton and Swansea, and in Spain Barcelona is red hot and faces a tough Sevilla squad on the road.
In Italy AS Roma can solidify their Champions League play for next season with a win, and Napoli looks to stop the bleeding as they are reeling.
Swansea vs. Everton – Matchup Report
Swansea has been one of the surprises of the EPL season, as they sit in the top 10 in the league table and have a legitimate shot at a Europa League berth. Everton has been a disappointment this season sitting in the 12th spot in the league table, but they have won three matches in a row. While Everton has conceded more goals than they have scored this season in their three-match league winning streak their defense has played well keeping two clean sheets. Swansea has won two straight matches only conceding one goal.
Bet365 has Swansea as the slight EPL betting favorite at +150 with Everton at +190 and a draw line at +225.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City – Matchup Report
Another Manchester derby and one that has big implications. United is hot, winners of five straight league matches, and they are in third place in the league table one point clear of City. Man City is not in top form to say the least, as they have lost three league matches in their last five including their last one. Man U has only conceded two goals in their five match EPL winning streak, which is not good facing a City squad that has scored four goals in their last four matches with three coming at home in a win over West Bromwich.
Man U is the betting favorite in this EPL match with Bet365 having odds on them at +150 and City at +188 with a draw line of +230.
Sevilla vs. Barcelona
Barcelona is hot and with their recent La Liga winning streak they are now four points clear of second place Real Madrid. Their offense has not been dynamic in their last few matches, but their defense has been stellar with three clean sheets in their last four matches. Sevilla is hot, winners of five straight matches and they sit tied for fourth place in the league table. They have only given up one goal in their last four La Liga matches, but can they stop Lionel Messi and the Barca offense and maybe the more important question is can they crack their defense?
Big shock Barca is the favorite in this match at Bet365 with posted odds of -175 with Sevilla at +400 and a draw line of +333.
Torino vs. AS Roma – Matchup Report
AS Roma got over their recent slump by winning two straight, but second place is the best they can hope for since they are 14 points back of league-leading Juventus. However, they are not in the clear to finish in the top four for an automatic Champions League berth, as they are only one point clear of Lazio and six points clear of Fiorentina. A Scudetto is not in the cards for Torino, but in seventh in Serie A a Europa League berth is theirs if they can finish the season off well. Both clubs have won their last two matches and earlier this season in Roma AS Roma beat Verona 3-0.
On the road AS Roma is the betting favorite in this Serie A encounter at Bet365 with odds of +140 and Torino at +200 and a draw line at +220.
Napoli vs. Fiorentina – Matchup Report
Napoli has taken a nose dive in recent weeks, winless with three losses in their last five matches, and they have fallen down to sixth in the Serie A table. On the other side of the coin Fiorentina have climbed to fourth in the league table with only one loss in their last five league matches. Napoli’s attack only has two goals in their last five matches and they face a Fiorentina squad that, before their 3-0 loss to Juve in the Coppa Italia in their last match, had two clean sheets in their previous three matches.
Bet365 has Napoli as the betting favorite at home with odds of +100 with Fiorentina at +275 and a draw line at +240.