Midweek Mix: Desperate Dortmund, City title charge and Copa Libertadores

Man City, Bayern Munich and Inter could all take major steps towards domestic glory with wins this midweek. Plus, get ready for the start of one of the biggest club competitions in the world.

Here's what's coming up…

Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga - Tuesday 19:30 GMT)

Football pessimists say that the Bundesliga is boring. But how can you argue against that with Bayern Munich about to close in on their ninth straight title. Even poor old Hansi Flick has had enough.

With five games remaining, the Bavarians are seven points clear at the top of the table. Even though they're not firing on all cylinders, Bayern remain heavy favourites in their upcoming game with Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick says he wants to leave club at end of the season
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick says he wants to leave club at end of the season

But don't dismiss the visitors just yet. Hannes Wolf's men are coming into this game on the back of a derby win against FC Koln and are well priced to claim at least a point.

Betting: Draw at 17/4 (SkyBet)

Chelsea vs Brighton (Premier League - Tuesday 20:00 GMT)

Chelsea come into their game with Brighton still a point behind the top four. However, with the latest revelations about the European Super League, are the Blues still bothered about making Champions League football?

Hakim Ziyech looking for big finish as Chelsea hunt trophy double
Hakim Ziyech looking for big finish as Chelsea hunt trophy double

There's certainly been a lot of talk and not a lot of action. With that in mind, a top four finish and a place in the next season's Champions League will still be a massive target on Chelsea's radar.

Both teams are in decent form and this could be a lively affair. With that in mind, both teams to score is the way to go.

Betting: Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 3/1 (Betfair)

AC Milan vs Sassuolo (Serie A - Wednesday 17:30 GMT)

With AC Milan nine points behind Inter in the title race, have I Rossoneri thrown in the towel? Certainly not.

Stefano Pioli's men have won three of their last four league games; scoring nine goals in the process.

Can AC Milan finally keep a clean sheet?
Can AC Milan finally keep a clean sheet?

But while Milan are doing their best to keep pace with Inter, we must remember that this is a team that hasn't kept a clean sheet since early March.

Sassuolo are a good side and are more than capable of getting on the scoresheet this midweek.

A home victory is still the tip but it won't be to nil.

Betting: Correct Score AC Milan to win 2-1 at 15/2 (bet365)

Paris Saint-Germain vs Angers (Coupe de France - Wednesday 17:45 GMT)

Mauricio Pochettino often has his credibility questioned after failing to claim a single piece of silverware during his spell with Tottenham.

No, the Audi Cup doesn't count!

Mbappe and manager Pochettino on the sidelines for Paris Saint-Germain
Mbappe and manager Pochettino on the sidelines for Paris Saint-Germain

However, could the Argentine be about to win a quadruple with PSG? Pochettino already claimed the Trophee des Champions and the club is still involved in three other competitions.

One of those is the Coupe de France and the Parisians shouldn't endure too many dramas against an out-of-form Angers side in this upcoming quarter-final.

Betting: PSG -2 Handicap at 7/4 (Betfair)

Tottenham vs Southampton (Premier League - Wednesday 18:00 GMT)

After the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Tottenham will be looking to steady the waters and maintain their push for the top four with a win over Southampton.

Harry Kane is injured which puts more pressure on Heung-min Son to produce the goods. But with Southampton in poor form, the South Korean could very well add to his already impressive goal tally.

Tottenham's Harry Kane and Son Heung-min
Tottenham's Harry Kane and Son Heung-min

Saints have got the worst Premier League record this calendar year and there's little to suggest that an improvement is around the corner.

Betting: Tottenham to win by a one goal margin at 11/4 (SkyBet)

Borussia Dortmund vs Union Berlin (Bundesliga - Wednesday 19:30 GMT)

Borussia Dortmund won many plaudits from the football community by deciding to reject the rumored European Super League.

Unfortunately for Edin Terzic, plaudits don't win you any points and that's exactly what BVB need if they are to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Giovanni Reyna with BVB's top scorer, Erling Haaland
Giovanni Reyna with BVB's top scorer, Erling Haaland

Union Berlin have been the Bundesliga's overachievers this year and they could complicate Dortmund's situation even further.

The draw is the way to go in this one.

Betting: Draw at 7/2 (BetVictor)

Juventus vs Parma (Serie A - Wednesday 19:45 GMT)

No wonder Juventus want to play in a different competition. Clearly the Serie A is becoming too strenuous for them.

Juve have only managed two wins from their last five games - not exactly the sort of form you'd expect from a top four side.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates alongside Juventus teammate Alvaro Morata
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates alongside Juventus teammate Alvaro Morata

Recent defeats to Benevento and Atalanta have exposed their defensive vulnerabilities however, Andrea Pirlo's side should return to winning ways against second-bottom Parma.

Betting: Juventus to win by a two-goal margin at 3/1 (bet365)

Spezia vs Inter Milan (Serie A - Wednesday 19:45 GMT)

Inter's nine match winning run came to an end over the weekend after being held to a 1-1 draw with Napoli.

Antonio Conte's men haven't lost a game of football since February's Coppa Italia clash with Juventus. What's more, Inter are without a loss in Serie A since early January when they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Sampdoria.

Inter Milan's Antonio Conte
Inter Milan's Antonio Conte

While this is an impressive unbeaten run, nothing lasts forever.

Spezia come into this game with a strong home record; three wins and two draws from their last five games at the Stadio Alberto Picco. While they may not be a force of Italian football, Vincenzo Italiano's men can certainly give Inter a run for their money.

Betting: Double Chance Spezia/Draw at 21/10 (William Hill)

Aston Villa vs Manchester City (Premier League - Wednesday 20:15 GMT)

No Sergio Aguero. No Kevin De Bruyne. No Jack Grealish. Is anyone going to bother watching this?

One group of people who will certainly be tuning in are overzealous Man United fans who actually believe that the title race is on.

Man City can edge closer towards another Premier League title
Man City can edge closer towards another Premier League title

Man City have lost two of their last three games but it's unlikely that with six matches remaining, they would somehow blow their eight-point advantage over the Red Devils. Surely.

Villa aren't pulling up trees either, with their one solitary win from six.

Betting: Man City to win by a one goal margin at 5/2 (PaddyPower)

Cadiz vs Real Madrid (La Liga - Wednesday 21:00 GMT)

Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, recently said that football needed to be saved.

I presume he was referring to Real Madrid's recent results with Los Blancos failing to score a single goal in over 180 minutes football. Truly awful.

Can Real Madrid close the gap to city rivals Atletico?
Can Real Madrid close the gap to city rivals Atletico?

Their 0-0 draw with Getafe over the weekend prevented Zinedine Zidane's side from going top of the table.

Cadiz aren't exactly Barcelona but they are in good form and they could threaten to derail Real's title charge. Don't forget, they did beat Zidane's men earlier this season.

Betting: Correct score 1-1 at 8/1 (888Sport)

The Strongest vs Boca Juniors (Copa Libertadores - Wednesday 23:00 GMT)

A proper football tournament gets underway this week. I'm talking of course about Copa Libertadores.

Argentina's Boca Juniors travel to La Paz this Wednesday night as they take on Bolivia's The Strongest in the opening round of the competition.

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Boca are slight favourites but with both teams scoring bucket load of goals in recent weeks, the over 3.5 bet has to be the way to go in this one.

Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 11/4 (Betfred)

Atletico Madrid vs Huesca (La Liga - Thursday 18:00 GMT)

Atletico Madrid's lead at the top of the La Liga table has been evaporating faster than Vladimir Putin's political opponents.

Believe it or not, but the Madrid outfit haven't won consecutive games since late January - something that certainly doesn't bode well for their title ambitions.

It's crunch time for Diego Simeone's men
It's crunch time for Diego Simeone's men

Huesca are currently fighting to avoid relegation and they'll be desperate for points this Thursday night. That could spell bad news for a rattled Atletico side.

Betting: Correct score 1-1 at 13/2 (bet365)

Barcelona vs Getafe (La Liga - Thursday 21:00 GMT)

After claiming the Copa del Rey at the weekend, Ronald Koeman's side now turn their attention to La Liga and a possible double winning year.

When this season began, few would have imagined that the Catalonian giants would be in such healthy position come the end of the campaign.

Lionel Messi celebrating his goal at the Copa del Rey final
Lionel Messi celebrating his goal at the Copa del Rey final

Barca have eight games remaining to try and claim the league crown however, this Thursday they take on a side which held Real Madrid to a draw at the weekend.

Getafe don't concede many goals so expect a close encounter.

Betting: Barcelona to win by a one goal margin at 3/1 (bet365)

Fluminense vs River Plate (Copa Libertadores - Thursday 23:00 GMT)

We end this edition of the Midweek Mix with a mouthwatering Copa Libertadores clash between Brazil's Fluminense and River Plate.

Both clubs are in good form and we could be treated to an absolute classic at the Maracana.

River Plate last won the Copa Libertadores title in 2018
River Plate last won the Copa Libertadores title in 2018

It's fair to say that both teams have been rather goal happy in recent weeks and there's little to suggest why that shouldn't continue this midweek.

Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 14/5 (PaddyPower)