Barcelona Take on Real Madrid in Picks of the Weekend

Martin Green

Thursday, May 3, 2018 3:22 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 3, 2018 3:22 PM UTC

Europe's top five leagues are back in action at the weekend and there are some exciting games to look forward to, including a title decider in Spain and a relegation battle in Germany.

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El Clasico takes place on Sunday and Barcelona are bidding to become the first team to go an entire La Liga season without losing a single game. They will still be disappointed by their Champions League exit, but they have already won the Copa del Rey and they can clinch the title with victory here. They beat Real Madrid 3-0 at the Bernebue earlier this season, with Dani Carvajal sent off in a heated affair that was decided by strikes from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal. These games are always eagerly anticipated, but Real Madrid could be forgiven for being distracted. They have a Champions League final to look forward to after inching past Bayern Munich in midweek. They will not want to risk injury to key players in this game, and Barcelona can capitalise. Ernesto Valverde’s men are -124 with Pinnacle to win this one and that looks like a solid bet.

Chelsea v Liverpool

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Liverpool will be physically spent after a gruelling 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night. They managed to scrape through 7-6 on aggregate in what proved to be a thrilling Champions League semi-final clash, but they were extremely sloppy at the back. They will be mentally exhausted as well as nursing tired legs following a bruising encounter with the Serie A outfit, and now they must recuperate in time for the biggest game of their lives: the Champions League final on May 26. That will be their number one priority. The Reds have drawn their last two Premiership games, against the two worst teams in the league in West Brom and Stoke, and Chelsea have won four in a row. They too have a cup final to look forward to, but they are in better form and physically fresher, while they enjoy home advantage, so the +126 available at BetOnline on a Chelsea win looks great.

Juventus v Bologna

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Massimiliano Allegri’s men stand on the brink of winning the Serie A title after their pulsating 3-2 win against Inter last time out. Rivals Napoli flopped at Fiorentina, leaving Juventus four points clear at the top of the table, with just three games left to play. They can pretty much wrap things up with victory over Bologna on Saturday, and they are the heavy favourites to do so. Juventus -2 on the handicap line at +225 with William Hill as they beat Bologna 3-0 last season and should destroy them this time around. It is a massive game for Juventus, while it is of little consequence for Bologna, who are mid-table with nothing left to play for.

Borussia Dortmund v Mainz

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Dortmund are without injured striker Michy Batshuayi, but they should still be far too good for a struggling Mainz team in this game. The visitors desperately need points as they are locked in a relegation battle, but Dortmund also need results as they are bidding to overhaul fierce rivals Schalke and win secure the runner-up spot in the Bundesliga table. They have a great recent record against Mainz and beat them 2-0 away from home earlier this season, so Dortmund -1 on the handicap lines looks appealing in this game at -137 with William Hill. Mainz have already lost nine times on the road this season and they have a -16 goal difference away from home, so Dortmund really should fancy their chances of winning this one by a decent margin.

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