RB Leipzig v Augsburg - Friday 19:30
Other than Bayern Munich, Leipzig have the best home form in the Bundesliga, winning six of their 10 games and scoring in all of them. Augsburg have picked up just one point from their last three away games and have failed to win away at a top-half side since the start of last season. Added to that they will have to play this game without their top scorer Alfred Finnbogason, who has 11 league goals this season. Leipzig meanwhile, should be able to welcome back key playmaker Emil Forsberg after a couple of months on the sidelines. His 19 assists last season was seven more than anyone else in the whole league so his return should give them a huge boost.
Athletic Bilbao v Las Palmas – Friday 20:00
Athletic Bilbao have only lost once in their last 11 matches and have won nine of their 13 unbeaten matches against bottom-half opposition at home since the start of last season, creating a fortress here at the San Mames. Las Palmas, in contrast, have been terrible on the road as they’ve lost eight of their last nine away games and against bottom-half teams this record is remarkably even worse – losing 10 out of their last 11 such trips. Las Palmas did manage to win their last game but that was at home against bottom of the table Malaga, who were also missing important players, and this looks a far harder proposition.
Malaga v Atletico Madrid – Saturday 15:15
Malaga have almost guaranteed their relegation following defeat at Las Palmas in midweek and it won’t get any easier for them here. They’ve lost five of their last seven winless games and have lost nine of their 12 games against the current top half this season while failing to score in nine of these. Atletico Madrid on the other hand have been in sublime form as they’ve won 14 out of their 22 games, only losing once to sit second behind Barcelona. Furthermore, Atletico have won 10 of 12 trips to the relegated sides in the past four seasons and have already won at the three teams immediately above Malaga this term while scoring 11 times in the process.
Angers v Monaco – Saturday 19:00
Angers have lost eight out of their last 15 matches and while they’ve won their last three matches at home these were all against poor bottom-half teams and it seems to have created some value in this fixture for Monaco. Leonardo Jardim’s men managed a fantastic win over fellow top-four side Lyon in their last game making their record W6-D3-L0 in their last nine league games and excluding the current top seven this season they’ve won 13 of 14 unbeaten games while scoring two or more goals in 11 and keeping eight clean sheets. With Thomas Lemar likely to return and Monaco winning all three head-to-head games between these two since the start of last season we’re going to back the Red and Whites for the win.