Four matches to watch | Real can’t afford Malaga slip; MFM seek revenge

The Real Madrid players celebrate in front of their fans. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters
The Real Madrid players celebrate in front of their fans. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

MFM FC v Akwa United @Agege Stadium @4pm on May 21

Towards the end of the first stanza, MFM FC actually lost some momentum as they lost three away matches consecutively, which is why they are second on the table with 33 points, two off the league leaders, Plateau United. For the second round, MFM manager, Stephen Ilechukwu has added four new players to his roster. These are Zikiye Jonathan from Wikki Tourists; Lawal Abayomi fromYoung Strikers FC and two forwards, Nojeem Akinyemi and Abubarka Haruna. But Akwa will pose a great threat as they won their last three matches – one was against MFM 2-0.

Current Form: MFM FC [L-W-L-W-L]; Akwa Utd [W-W-W-L-D]

Head to head

19/04/17      NPF   Akwa Utd     2 – 0  MFM

04/09/16     NPF   Akwa Utd     3 – 1   MFM

30/04/16     NPF   MFM           3 – 0  Akwa Utd

Prediction: MFM 2-1 Akwa

Liverpool v Middlesbrough @Anfield @3pm on May 21

Will Jurgen Klopp and this Liverpool team slip up or will Arsenal find a way to make the top four again? Two questions that will be answered on Sunday as the Reds and Arsenal host relegated sides, Middlesbrough and Sunderland respectively. Liverpool have faltered at Anfield against sides in the bottom half of the league and with Middlesbrough having no further ambition – they could play without pressure. Gunners would be praying that the Reds falter so as to win their customary fourth place title.

Current Form: Liverpool [W-D-W-L-W]; Middlesbrough [L-L-D-W-L]

Head to head

14/12/16      PRL    Middlesbrough        0 – 3  Liverpool

23/09/14     LEC    Liverpool              2 – 2 Middlesbrough

28/02/09     PRL    Middlesbrough        2 – 0  Liverpool

23/08/08     PRL    Liverpool              2 – 1   Middlesbrough

23/02/08     PRL    Liverpool              3 – 2  Middlesbrough

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough

Malaga v Real Madrid @ Estadio La Rosaleda @7pm on May 21

Malaga are in very good form, four wins and a draw in their last five matches and they have already scalped Barcelona this season at the Rosaleda. Real Madrid won their outstanding match last Wednesday 4-1 and just one more point will crown them La Liga champions for the first time since 2012.

Zinedine Zidane will be unable to call on either Gareth Bale or Dani Carvajal for the final assault. Though Malaga manager, Michel, had earlier in the season said he preferred Real Madrid to win the league, many believe that Malaga will not be the same team that have won 12 out of the last 15 points. We have to wait till Sunday to judge whether Michel’s Malaga are going to be professional or not.

Current Form: Malaga [D-W-W-W-W]; Real Madrid [W-W-L-W-W]

Head to head

21/01/17      PRD    Real Madrid  2 – 1   Malaga

21/02/16      PRD    Malaga         1 – 1   Real Madrid

26/09/15     PRD    Real Madrid  0 – 0  Malaga

18/04/15      PRD    Real Madrid  3 – 1   Malaga

29/11/14      PRD    Malaga         1 – 2   Real Madrid

Prediction: Malaga 1-2 Real Madrid

Juventus v Crotone @ Juventus Stadium @2pm on May 21

Crotone are in good form – having not lost in their last seven matches, even though they sit 18t on the league table. Juventus lost their last league game – 3-1 away to Roma as some players were rested, but they then won the Coppa Italia on Wednesday by beating Lazio 2-0.

So which Juve side would Massimiliano Allegri pick for Sunday’s encounter? There would be no greater incentive than if Roma beat Chievo on Saturday. That would mean Roma would just be one point off the leaders with one game to play.

Current Form: Juventus [W-L-W-D-W]; Crotone [W-W-D-W-D]

Head to head

08/02/17     SEA   Crotone       0 – 2  Juventus

17/02/07     SEB   Juventus      5 – 0  Crotone

19/09/06     SEB   Crotone       0 – 3  Juventus

Prediction: Juventus 2-0 Crotone


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