Tottenham – Aston Villa
Tim Sherwood faces his former employers on Saturday in which has a potential to be a great match. Aston Villa drew against QPR midweek and are only three points above the relegation zone. They need as many points as they can get until the end of the season in their relegation battle, but their record against Tottenham isn’t impressive. Spurs won the last six meetings between against their opponents and seeing as the Champions League is far from their sight at the moment, it’s doubtful if they want to play in Europa League next season. The hosts will be without Kyle Walker who picked up an injury against Burnley and Hugo Lloris. The visitor’s will hope that Aly Cissokho and Philipe Senderos will recover in time for the game. Villa’s away record is terrible – they’ve lost seven of their last eight away games in the league. Stats aren’t on their side, but Tim Sherwood will be motivated to prove himself against former team, meanwhile Tottenham’s season seems to be pretty much over.
Tip: X2 @ 2.30
Burnley – Arsenal
Arsenal extended their winning streak to seven games after they destroyed Liverpool and are currently second. Many of their injured players are starting to return to training and this could give them a huge advantage. Burnley salvaged a point against Tottenham and will try to snatch anything if they want to play in the Premier League in the next season. The Clarets couldn’t win nine of their last ten domestic fixtures and it’s unlikely that they’ll do it against Arsenal. The Gunners are in great form and were winners both in half and full time in six of their last seven games in the league. Arsene Wenger probably has some secret hopes of challenging Chelsea for the title but his main goal will be achieving a top four finish, thus three points here are a must.
Tip: 2 @ 1.57
Malaga – Atletico Madrid
Atletico’s season has been pretty interesting. When they were losing points this season it was against weaker sides, so this game against Malaga may favor Diego Simeone’s men. They need to be in shape before the 1/4 finals in the Champions League and their opponents on Saturday will provide a tough challenge. The visitors will be without key striker Mario Mandzukic, which means that Fernando Torres will start upfront. Atleti haven’t lost in their last seven meetings against Malaga and are three-game winning streak in the league. The hosts, however, are performing unconvincingly and even though I expect a tough game, the visitors should be able to edge it out.
Tip: 2 @ 2.00
Borussia Monchengladbach – Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund aren’t the favorites for this clash, which is surprising, considering their last seasons. But now things are different and Jurgen Klopp and his men are fighting for a spot in the Europa League. Gladbach haven’t lost in their last seven games in the Bundesliga and confidence is high for them before this clash. They haven’t lost in their previous five meetings against Dortmund when playing at home. Christoph Kramer is suspended for the hosts and Martin Stranzl is out because of an injury. Sven Bender is a doubt for the visitors and will probably miss this one out. This really hasn’t been Dortmund’s season and Gladbach are motivated to achieve a top three finish which will guarantee them a place in the Champions League, so my bet is on them.
Tip: 1 @ 2.80