European football preview: Italian Cup final and Manchester clubs in league action

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Our football expert shares betting tips ahead of the Italian Cup final and the penultimate games in the Premier League season. With the league title all but over, teams will battle for the remaining European spots and pride with betting tips and insights on all the key games.




Inter v Fiorentina (Wednesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)

The reigning champions Inter played Juventus last year with the match ending 2-2 after ordinary time. Croatian attacker Ivan Perisic snagged two goals in extra time allowing the Nerrazzurri to lift the trophy. A year later the match is again between two trademark northern Serie A sides. Mirroring the difference in the table this year, there is also a marked difference in total and recent silverware. Viola will be keen to remedy this situation, with their last success being way back in 2001 when they won the Coppa. Currently 1×2 stands at 1.98 3.39 3.49.

Inter were humbled away at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Sunday, losing 3-1. Napoli showed why they were the Serie A champions, they were rarely threatened and dominated the field with 72% possession and 22 shots, nine being on target. Romelu Lukaku was the solitary goal scorer for the Blues, he’s at 2.78 to score anytime in this Cup final.

Fiorentina earned one point away at Turin over the weekend, 1-1 being the result. Luka Jovic put his side into the lead straight into the 2nd half, but ultimately it wasn’t enough at the game’s end. He will be one of the main dangers to Inters Coppa dreams, pipped to score anytime at 4.25, while his Brazilian strike partner Arthur Cabral leads at 3.80.

A difficult game to predict, with the initial preference towards Inter. However, it’s a cup final and anything can happen. Though it may be likely that goals could be bountiful at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with over 2.5 in ordinary time currently 1.92.

Brighton v Manchester City (Wednesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)

City travel south to the American Express Community Stadium champions at the top of the table. Arsenal lost their final slim chance to catch the Citizens losing 1-0 to Southampton, while Manchester earned three points. However, Brighton will be looking to achieve victory, even though there is no hope of reaching the top four now, this and the next game will decide their Europa League or Europa League Conference opportunities. 1×2 4.12 4.21 1.75.

A stalwart of Brighton’s defence, Lewis Dunk’s role will be even more pivotal in the coming bout. He’s concluded a remarkable 3,208 passes this season – the most among any player in the league. Brighton had an excellent weekend with a 3-1 victory over rivals Southampton. A brace from Evan Ferguson and a finishing goal from Pascal Groß allowed the Seagulls a solid result. To score anytime they are at 3.10 and 5.50 respectively.

The Blues were victorious over the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea. Julián Álvarez was the lone scorer and stands at 2.20, slightly behind Erling Haaland 1.62. The Citizens have put 93 past their opposition this season and with two games to go, they could potentially break into the 100s. The first side to do this in the league was Chelsea after beating Wigan Athletic 8-0 on the final day of the season in 2010, winning the title in style. 3.5 Over/Under in ordinary time stands at 2.31 while 4.50 is at 3.92.




Manchester United v Chelsea (Thursday 20:00 UTC+01:00)

The Devils continued their immaculate run of victories this month with another clean sheet away in Bournemouth. David de Gea can easily be touted as one of the club’s heroes this season with seventeen clean sheets in the Premier League alone, the most for his position. However, with only fifty-two goals to show in the division, questions can be asked about their attacking potential. To add perspective, Manchester City, who are three places higher in the table have ninety-three. Correct scores for 1-0 and 2-0 to United are at 9.50.

The solitary goal scorer for the Reds and Blues over the weekend was Brazilian international Casemiro, he’s at 5.00 for this game anytime. Front runners for the West Londoners are Raheem Sterling (3.60) and Joao Félix (3.70). Marcus Rashford heads up the Reds attacking potential with 1.80, no surprise as he stands sixth in the rankings for goals in the league.

The Blues have had a woeful season, The departure of Thomas Tuchel in September 2022 seemed to be the start of their calamity. Under his management, Chelsea garnered ten points. To picture how tenuous their situation is,  if they didn’t have those they would be 16th place in the table, on the verge of relegation. Altercations aside, Chelsea will be looking to prove a point, slipping up their Northern rivals at the final hurdle could provide the motivation. However, it seems unlikely, 1×2 1.62 4.31 4.96.

**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 12:00 UTC+01:00 Wednesday 24th May**

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