First match starts at 10 am EDT
In the top leagues around Europe, the last month or two has been played on the edge of a knife for the teams battling for titles.
One slip could mean a trophy-less season, despite high high points’ totals, record wins, and all-around great football.
Liverpool has usually played first on the weekend, putting the pressure on the Cityzens to match its result. Saturday, even though that is the case, this could be advantage to City.
So Liverpool played late Wednesday in Spain, have to play Tuesday night at home, and have this tricky late Saturday match across England against a Rafa Benitez-led Newcastle United that have nothing to play for but pride.
In a week that saw Luis Suarez celebrate against his old club, could Rafa do the same Saturday?
Why is that important?
If Manchester City takes care of Watford in the F.A. Cup final, the seventh place team would go into the UEFA Europa League qualification places. For a team like Wolves to get into Europe in its first season back would be a major sign of intent. Expect Wolverhampton to take care of business today .
In Portugal, Benfica has the lead now after Porto slipped up last week. Both teams are in action today against lower half of the table opposition, and are heavy favorites.
In seven of Benfica’s last eight wins, it has scored three or more goals.
Finally, we go to Switzerland, where FC Basel is continuing its quest for UEFA Champions League qualification.
Basel is unbeaten in 24 matches (18-0-6) dating back to December 2, while Zurich has just three wins from 16 (3-3-10).
PORTUGAL PRIMEIRA LEAGUE
Benfica (-800) vs. Portimonense (+2000), draw (+750, 1 p.m. (GOL TV and )
Benfica -1 first half (+155)
Benfica -1.5 (-120)
Benfica -2 (+100)
Porto (-800) vs. Desportivo Aves (+2000), draw (+700), 3:30 p.m. (GOL TV and )
Porto half time/full time (-180)
Porto -1 first half (+180)
Porto -1.5 (-120)
Porto -2 (+100)
SWITZERLAND SUPER LEAGUE
FC Basel ( -250) vs. FC Zurich (+550), draw ( +360), 1 p.m.
FC Basel ML (-250)
FC Basel half time/full time (+115)
FC Basel -1 first half (+350)
FC Basel -1 (+105)