Guy Giles provides his football tips from Sunday’s action from across Europe.
Rayo Vallecano to beat Espanyol (13:00)
Rayo lost 3-1 at Real Betis last weekend, but return home having won three on the bounce and lost just one of their last eight at the Estadio de Vallecas.
They eased to a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture back in August, so this looks like great value against a side in serious danger of the drop.
Espanyol are four points from safety and have just one win and one draw in their last 11 games, with both of those results coming against relegation rivals.
Strasbourg to beat Troyes & BTTS (14:00)
Strasbourg have climbed out of relegation trouble, with four wins in their last five putting them five points above the drop zone with three games to play.
Troyes, meanwhile, are already down, having won just four games all season, with the last of those victories coming all the way back in January.
BTTS has landed in 24 of both Strasbourg’s and Troyes’ games this season – the joint-most in Ligue 1 – so it’s worth bolting on here.
Lois Openda (Lens) to score anytime v Lorient (16:05)
Lens have been one of the surprises of the season in Ligue 1, sitting second and in line for only the third Champions League berth in their history with three games remaining.
Openda has been one of the keys to their success, with the Belgian forward having scored 19 goals in 35 league matches.
His recent form has been particularly eye-catching, with 10 goals in his last nine matches, and he scored in the reverse fixture back in August.
Borussia Dortmund to beat Augsburg & BTTS (16:30)
Dortmund are pushing Bayern all the way for the Bundesliga title, sitting just a point behind with two games to play.
They are unbeaten in six in the league, winning four of those games, and are coming off 6-0 and 5-2 wins over Wolfsburg and Monchengladbach respectively.
Augsburg have won just one of their last nine matches but should get on the scoresheet here, having scored in eight straight at home. BTTS has landed in 21 of their 32 league games this year – the joint-third highest percentage in the Bundesliga.
Real Betis to win or draw v Sevilla & under 4.5 goals (20:00)
Betis come into the Seville derby having won two games on the bounce against decent opposition in Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano, and they can all but secure a Europa League spot with another victory here.
Sevilla come into this in good form themselves, having lost just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions, but were taken to extra-time as they beat Juventus in the Europa League semis on Thursday.
Betis have been the better team over the course of the season in La Liga, sitting eight points above their cross-city rivals, so this looks like a great opportunity and a decent price for them to get a result here.
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