Weekly Marquee Matches for May 13
Spain in the only big league in Europe that has not crowned a champion, but that may change this week.
However, there are still several big matches on tap for this week with teams looking to secure Champions League and Europa League berths for next season.
Sampdoria vs. Lazio - Matchup Report
Neither of these teams will catch Juventus, but Lazio and Sampdoria still have a lot for which to play. Lazio is the betting favorite in this match even on the road, but they are winless in their last two matches and only have a three-point lead over Napoli for a Champions League berth for next season. Sampdoria has been one of the surprises in Serie A this season, and they snapped their winless streak in their last match and can stay in the race for the Europa League berth with a draw and especially a win.
Bet365 has Sampdoria posted at +200 with Lazio at +130 and a draw line of +220.
Inter Milan vs. Juventus - Matchup Report
Does Juve have anything to play for? They have the Scudetto wrapped up as well as a spot in the Champions League final. It would not be a shock if they rested some key players in this road match. Inter has to finish the season well to qualify for the Europa League next season and they are unbeaten in their last five matches with three wins and two draws.
Inter is posted at +120 at Bet365 with Juventus at +225 and a draw line at +230.
Manchester United vs. Arsenal - Matchup Report
Manchester United stopped the bleeding of their three-match losing streak in their last match and can almost assure themselves a Champions League berth for next season with a win over the Gunners. Arsenal sits in third place in the Premier League table two points clear of Man U. Arsenal saw their four match unbeaten streak snapped in their last match, which was a shocking home loss to Swansea City. Man U beat Arsenal earlier this season on the road 2-1, but in the most recent matchup the Gunners won on the road in the FA Cup.
At home Bet365 has Man U as the EPL betting favorite at +140 with Arsenal at +200 and a draw line of +280.
Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona - Matchup Report
It is pretty easy for Barcelona, as if they win they will win the La Liga title. The same scenario happened last season facing Atletico Madrid, but that was in the last match of the season and there are two more left this season. Atletico won the league title last season and they are unbeaten in their last five matches. Still, they face a hot Barcelona squad that had their winning streak snapped in their last match, in a loss to Bayern Munich, but is riding a long La Liga win streak and recently advanced to the Champions League final.
Even on the road Barcelona is the big Bet365 favorite with odds of -150 with Atletico at +400 and a draw line at +275.
Espanyol vs. Real Madrid - Matchup Report
Things are not looking good for Real Madrid, as they are not only four points back of Barcelona with two matches to play, but they were recently bounced from the Champions League with Juventus moving on to the final. Earlier this season on the road Real beat Espanyol 3-0. Espanyol only has one loss in their last five matches, but if they end the season well they have a legitimate shot at a Europa League berth.
Bet365 has Real Madrid at -225 with Espanyol at +550 and a draw line of +375.