As the holiday season draws near, a clutch of teams have the opportunity to close in on the teams leading their respective title races. FIFA.com takes a look at some of Round 15’s big matches.
Fourth-placed Lyon have a chance to close in on reigning champions and current league leaders Bordeaux this weekend. A win for the former would close the gap between the two sides to just two points. Lyon’s form of late has been unusual and frustrating; despite scoring ten goals in the last four games, they have only claimed three points. Despite these struggles, Lyon will draw strength from the memory of last season’s 2-1 home win against Bordeaux. Lyon enter this matchday as favourites to win (59 per cent). Should Bordeaux win, backers would receive 80 points.
Central Coast Mariners-Melbourne Victory (Australia)
With ten fixtures left in the regular season, the Mariners trail Hyundai A-League leaders and reigning champions Melbourne Victory by seven points. Victory are undefeated away in the last six matches while Central Coast Mariners have shown a tendency to draw at home of late. The highest predictor yield would be a draw (76 points) while a win for either side would bank around 60 points.
Qormi FC-Birkirkara (Malta)
Qormi and Birkirkara forwards have been on fire in recent games as the title race in the BOV Premier League heats up. A Birkirkara win this matchday would leave the two sides on 19 points and also offers predictors high returns (84 points). Should Qormi hold on to first place, their backers will receive 38 points.
Boca Juniors-Banfield (Argentina)
Banfield are once again in the driver’s seat in Argentina’s Primera A. Banfield coach Julio Falcioni will want to keep things that way when they travel to Boca Juniors on Saturday. Banfield are undefeated in their last four away fixtures, but remain underdogs at La Bombonera. Back Banfield to win and you could receive 79 points.
Scottish giants Celtic have proved shaky on the road of late, recording two losses and one draw in their last four away fixtures. Fifth-placed Motherwell are their next opponents and have a decent home record (three wins, two draws and one loss in the last six home games). Will Celtic strengthen their grip on top spot with a victory (23 points) or can Motherwell manage a big upset (90 points)?