Sunderland – Southampton
Southampton are very close to achieving that Europa League spot but a win here is a must for them. They’re one point behind Tottenham after drawing against them in the previous round. Sunderland moved back into the relegation zone but have one game less from the other relegation contenders. The Black Cats won only once in their last eleven games in all competitions but haven’t lost in any of their last five home fixtures against their opponents. Soton will be without key midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin for the rest of the season, meanwhile Victor Wanyama returns from suspension. Sunderland will have to deal with the absence of Steven Fletcher. It’s going to be a close game, but Southampton have the quality to win this one.
Tip: 2 @ 2.10
Schalke 04 – Stuttgart
Schalke need to secure at least the sixth spot if they want to participate in Europe next season. Roberto Di Matteo and his men are in desperate need of points but so are relegation candidates Stuttgart. The visitors were leading 2-0 but conceded two times and came out only with a point from that game. They are rock bottom and are three points away from safety. Schalke’s recent run hasn’t been impressive – they haven’t won in their last 6 Bundesliga games. The home team still has injury problems and won’t be able to use players like Marco Höger, Sidney Sam and Atsuto Uchida. Stuttgart will miss Adam Hlousek due to suspension and they are not very good when playing at home so in my eyes it’s a win for the home side.
Tip: 1 @ 1.91
Bayer Leverkusen – Bayern Munich
Bayern already won the title and considering that they have a match against Barcelona next week they’ll probably want to rest some of the key players. Leverkusen, on the other hand, have a chance to go in third place and qualify directly for the Champions League. Gonzalo Castro is injured and will be replaced by Simon Rolfes while centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos will also miss the game due to injury. The hosts haven’t lost in nine Bundesliga fixtures and will be motivated to prove themselves against the current champions who will be focused on the Champions League 1/2 final.
Tip: 1 @ 2.38
Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao
Atletico haven’t lost at home since December and are in great form at the moment, winning eight of their last nine games in the league. They have a great record against their opponents and won eight of the last nine meeting between two sides. Bilbao haven’t impressed away from home and six points away from the Europa League qualification. Atletico often draws in their first halves and more specifically in the five out of six last matches.
Tip: X/1 @ 3.60