19:30 Thursday

Luzern vs Young Boys

Luzern are on one hell of a battle to survive the drop here and if they can make it four wins in a row on Thursday evening against Young Boys, they could well find themselves outside of the bottom two, something which looked pretty unlikely only a few weeks ago.

A 1-3 win over 8th placed Sion at the weekend followed back-to-back home wins over Servette and Lausanne and that run means they've now scored 10 goals in their last three games. They face their toughest survival challenge yet though on Thursday evening as Young Boys from Bern look to solidify their spot in the top three and claim their place in the Europa Conference League.

A win will guarantee them that spot and they are the league's joint best goalscorers with top side Zurich, so they can cause Luzern plenty of problems. They've leaked their fair share of goals as of late though and a 4-1 win over St Gallen at the weekend was the 10th consecutive game in which this bet has landed when Young Boys have been involved.

And when you consider that the last seven league meetings between the pair have ended 2-2, 1-1, 3-4, 5-2, 2-2, 2-3 and 2-1 - there's definitely a history of entertainment between the pair.

19:30 Thursday

Hertha Berlin vs Hamburg

Having bottled promotion from the 2.Bundesliga for three successive seasons, Hamburg finally have their chance to make it to the German top flight. They've finished 4th, 4th, 4th in their last three seasons since being relegated from the top flight in 2018 and have finally gone one better thanks to a stunning comeback at the weekend against Rostock to win 2-3.

It was four wins on the bounce which stopped them pulling off yet another bottle job, and in their first season without talisman Simon Terrode leading the line, they've done an incredible job this year to get up there and put themselves in the mix.

They proved however that defensively they leave a lot to be desired with that game against Rostock and with just one clean sheet in their last five 2.Bundesliga games, they will have their work cut out against a more than capable Hertha side, who are playing to retain their spot in the Bundesliga.

A 2-1 loss against Dortmund on the final day coupled with a Stuttgart win against Koln was enough to see Hertha face the playoff by virtue of a poorer goal difference, and the reason for that poorer goal difference is the fact that Hertha boast the second worst defence of any of the 18 top flight sides, shipping 71 goals in 34 games.

With that kind of record, second only to Furth, it's no wonder they're facing the drop, but they did find the net themselves in each of their last eight games, including away at both Dortmund and Leverkusen, and were able to find the net against most of the big sides across the course of the season. The home leg will be hugely important for them to get on the board here, as Hamburg is a tough place for anyone to go, so I'm banking on both teams finding the net in this one.

19:45 Thursday

Everton vs Crystal Palace

After having and blowing one chance to secure their Premier League status at the weekend, Everton come into this midweek fixture knowing that once again, a win will see them escape the drop.

They have to give this a go here as they face a difficult trip to Arsenal on the final day who will be fighting for fourth, and 1pt from their remaining games may not be enough to see them survive, as Burnley boast a better goal difference. So in the final game at Goodison this season, Everton need goals, and their spirited start against Brentford at the weekend leads me to believe they can get at least one.

But Frank Lampard must navigate a plethora of potential problems as Rondon and Branthwaite are both suspended, Mina, Townsend, Delph, Godfrey and van de Beek are all still injured and that makeshift back-line will be taking on a Palace side with plenty to play for.

Viera’s side are one of a tight group between 9th and 14th, and the difference between those positions, despite being minimal in terms of points could be the difference between this season being judged as a success or a failure.

A win for Palace here would see them leapfrog five sides to move into 9th in the Premier League and give them an opportunity to seal their best top-flight finish since Steve Coppell guided them to 3rd spot in 1990/91. Four of the last five meetings between the pair have seen both find the net, Everton have to go for the win and I just cannot see them keeping a clean sheet, so I have to go with goals at both ends in this one.