Graham Ruthven: Weekend betting preview

May 20, 2022

Player to score – Ivan Perisic (Inter v Sampdoria) – 23/20

For the first time since 2008, the Serie A title race will go down to the final day of the season with AC Milan and Inter still hoping to be crowned Scudetto winners. The Rossoneri hold a two-point advantage at the top of the table, but face a tricky final day fixture against Sassuolo while Inter have a favourable game at home to Sampdoria.

Ivan Perisic has been in excellent form recently, scoring four and assisting two in his last six Inter appearances. The Croatian is out of contract at the end of the season and so this could be his final match for the San Siro club. His place and directness down the left is crucial to the way Luciano Spalletti’s team play.

Player to be carded – John McGinn (Manchester City v Aston Villa)

It’s all on the line for Manchester City this weekend as they aim to retain their Premier League title at home to Aston Villa. Pep Guardiola’s side will almost certainly dictate play in the centre of the pitch and control possession. It will be up to Villa to disrupt the home team as often as they can. That won’t be easy.

John McGinn is a good bet to pick up a ninth yellow card of the season with the Scotland international keen in the tackle. A yellow card might be an occupational hazard for the 27-year-old given he will be charged with stopping the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva from bursting through the midfield.

Match to be a draw – Brighton v West Ham (5/2)

Brighton have enjoyed an excellent 2021/22 season and can secure their place in the top half of the Premier League table with a positive result against West Ham on the final day. Meanwhile, West Ham also need points to stand a chance of clambering above Manchester United and into the Europa League again.

The last six matches in all competitions between these two teams have ended in a draw.
David Moyes’ side come into the match on the back of a draw against Manchester City while Brighton drew with Leeds United last weekend. All signs point to this being another draw which might not suit either team in terms of their ambitions.

Both teams to score – Real Madrid v Real Betis (21/50)

With the Champions League final around the corner, there’s a good chance Carlo Ancelotti will rest a number of key players for Real Madrid’s final league match of the 2021/22 season. Los Blancos have already been confirmed as champions while Real Betis can no longer finish in the top four due to their inferior head-to-head record against Sevilla.

Nonetheless, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in their last five La Liga matches away from home. They are also on a good scoring run of six goals in their last three outings and will carry a threat through the likes of Borja Iglesias, Nabil Fekir and Sergio Canales. Meanwhile, Real Madrid have scored two or more goals in five of their last six home matches.

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Liverpool can still win the Premier League title with a victory over Wolves and a Manchester City draw or defeat to Aston Villa. Wolves have lost the first half of their last three away matches against Liverpool while the Reds have won their last three matches against the Molineux team to nil.

Wolves have had over 2.5 corner kicks in their last five matches with set pieces likely their best chance of hurting Liverpool. Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six matches against Wolves in all competitions and stand a good chance of keeping it tight at the back again this weekend.