The season is at its business where teams reach their goals, which means the consequences of matches take on an additional dimension.
From England to Italy, there are important matches and decisive three points at stake.
West Ham v Chelsea @London Stadium @5:30pm on April 24
The battle of London continues for the Hammers and the Blues for Champions League next season, and the race could not be tighter with just six matches left in the season and the teams from fourth to seventh separated by two points.
A loss on Saturday for either West Ham or Chelsea could be telling body blow in the race to finish in the top four.
A draw doesn’t help either. David Moyes has some crucial absences with Declan Rice and Craig Dawson missing while the duo of left-backs- Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku doubtful.
Mateo Kovacic is the only player missing for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Who will be up for this one?
Current Form: West Ham [L-W-W-D-L]; Chelsea [D-W-L-W-W]
21/12/20 PRL Chelsea 3 – 0 West Ham
01/07/20 PRL West Ham 3 – 2 Chelsea
30/11/19 PRL Chelsea 0 – 1 West Ham
08/04/19 PRL Chelsea 2 – 0 West Ham
23/09/18 PRL West Ham 0 – 0 Chelsea
Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Chelsea
Man. City v Tottenham @Wembley Stadium @4:30pm on April 25
City have had a solid grip on the Carabao Cup for the last three seasons and the last title Spurs won was this Cup in 2008, but their circumstances are very different.
While City can still win three titles this season, it is a do-or-die situation for Spurs, under the new management of Ryan Mason, who could become the manager with the shortest tenure to win a title.
John Stones is suspended for City but there are positives on the Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero but Tottenham’s talisman- Harry Kane is doubtful. Who will want it more on Sunday?
Current Form: Man. City [W-L-W-L-W]; Tottenham [W-D-L-D-W]
13/02/21 PRL Man. City 3 – 0 Tottenham
21/11/20 PRL Tottenham 2 – 0 Man. City
02/02/20 PRL Tottenham 2 – 0 Man. City
17/08/19 PRL Man. City 2 – 2 Tottenham
20/04/19 PRL Man. City 1 – 0 Tottenham
Prediction: Man. City 1-2 Tottenham
SS Lazio v AC Milan @Stadio Olimpico @7:45 on April 26
The prize both teams are chasing is a spot in next season’s Champions League, and both are coming off damaging defeats with AC Milan’s hold on second place on the table tenuous.
Lazio are chasing a 10th consecutive victory at the Stadio Olimpico, a run last achieved 47 years ago.
Eight points separate second from sixth with six games left in the season, and Lazio has a hand game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Theo Hernandez are doubtful for the encounter, but midfield tyro, Ismael Bennacer is back in the squad.
Lazio director Igli Tare has stated the importance of being in the UCL saying, “Qualifying for the Champions League is certainly important for our future, especially in the current times we live in. Unfortunately, it’s not in our hands.”
They can bring it closer with a win over AC Milan on Monday.
Current Form: SS Lazio [L-W-W-W-W]; AC Milan [L-W-W-D-W]
23/12/20 SEA AC Milan 3 – 2 SS Lazio
04/07/20 SEA SS Lazio 0 – 3 AC Milan
03/11/19 SEA AC Milan 1 – 2 SS Lazio
24/04/19 COI AC Milan 0 – 1 SS Lazio
13/04/19 SEA AC Milan 1 – 0 SS Lazio
Prediction: Lazio 1-2 AC Milan
Villarreal v Barcelona @Estadio de la Ceramica @3:15pm on April 25
After snagging the Copa del Rey, Lionel Messi looks revitalised as he leads his team to a successful end to a tumultuous campaign. Ousmane Dembele is doubtful, while there seemed to be a tense relationship between Ronald Koeman and Oscar Mingueza.
For Villarreal, Pau Torres and Sergio Asenjo are set to return to shore up the Yellow Submarine defense after their 2-1 midweek loss away to Alaves. Who will have recovered the better of these two teams?
Current Form: Villarreal [L-W-W-L-W]; Barcelona [W-W-L-W-W]
27/09/20 LAL Barcelona 4 – 0 Villarreal
05/07/20 LAL Villarreal 1 – 4 Barcelona
24/09/19 LAL Barcelona 2 – 1 Villarreal
02/04/19 LAL Villarreal 4 – 4 Barcelona
02/12/18 LAL Barcelona 2 – 0 Villarreal
Prediction: Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona
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