Start of NBA playoffs. Football hits in England, Spain and Italy. Return of Formula One... There will be plenty of sport events to watch and bet on this weekend. OneHash traditionally prepared list with previews of the most interesting and bet-worthy events of upcoming days.
- Craziness of Seville derby
- Big anniversary of F1
- One little championship step of Paris Saint-Germain
NBA 2019 playoffs will start in The City of Brotherly Love. Game 1 of Eastern Conference 1st round series between Sixers and Nets could be treated as a mystery. Sixers of course seem to be a better team, not only due to better regular season record (51-31 vs 42-40) but also due to deeper potential and bigger experience (Sixers got promoted to postseason for the second year in a row, Nets comeback to playoffs after four years). Nevertheless first round won’t be a piece of cake for Phily’s players. They split regular season series with Nets 2-2. Team from Brooklyn has enthusiasm, great chemistry and a winning mentality of D'Angelo that grows every day. The Biggest issue for Sixers, however, comes from their own backyard. Joel Embiid’s injury status is still uncertain and time will tell if he is able to play on Saturday. With him Sixers were 43-21 in regular season, without him only 8-10.
OneHash prediction: Sixers
Two sides vying for next season’s Champions League spot, two sides with big problems, one crucial clash. Gennaro Gattuso's men are in alarming form, gaining only one point in their last four league matches. Even return of Krzysztof Piątek’s shotguns (two fired against both Juventus and Udinese) didn’t help Milan to win matches. “This game will be like a final for us” - Gattuso said ahead of of Lazio’s game. Romanians are in a similar, difficult situation. They have beaten Roma and Inter in March but in April they have slipped up against average teams as SPAL and Sassuolo.
OneHash prediction: Milan one goal difference
This game just had to be in our weekend preview. Seville derby, known as El Gran Derbi, are practically always passionate and heated. Saturday’s case shouldn’t be an exception. Both teams fight for top-six finish in LaLiga. Sevilla occupies with one point gap to Champions League place. Betis is ninth but only five points behind city neighbours. Saturday's guest know how to handle derby’s heat. They won two last games with the local rivals: 1:0 in September and 5:3 at Sanchez-Pizjuan in January of 2018.
OneHash prediction: Draw
This weekend’s Formula 1 race is 1,000th Grand Prix so we can expect something big planned in Shanghai to celebrate the historic milestone. Both off and on the circuit. Two weeks earlier there were some big emotions in Bahrain where Lewis Hamilton claimed a victory but mostly because of the power loss of Charles Leclerc’s car. 21 year-old Ferrari’s driver can soon overtake Sebastian Vettel as the team’s No 1 and take by storm whole F1 world. He has everything: talent, confidence, diligence. Australia belonged to Valtteri Bottas, Bahrain to Hamilton - maybe it’s time for someone else in China?
OneHash prediction: Charles Leclerc
Both Liverpool and Chelsea are in the middle of Premier League season's crucial moment in which any loss of points can be irreversible. Add to this European duties and you can make a lethal mixture. The Reds showed on Tuesday, during the game against FC Porto, that they still have fuel in the tank. Almost fully-healthy Juergen Klopp’s team should again show some energy on Sunday but will it be enough? Chelsea is the only team this season to win at Anfield. Maurizio Sarri’s boys defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the League Cup in September. Now they profit from Eden Hazard’s magnificent form. He has been directly involved in 28 Premier League goals (16 scored, 12 assists) this season. More than any other player in the competition.
OneHash prediction: Liverpool one goal difference
You didn’t expect that match in our preview, do you? Sunday’s game in Girona is at big stack. Hosts lost four of their last five league matches and are only four points above the relegation zone. Guest on the other hand are all of a sudden among teams that in this moment would be relegated to Segunda Division. Yellow Submarine could drown because of fighting on two fronts. Villarreal will play in LaLiga only three days after Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final against Valencia.
OneHas prediction: Girona one goal difference
Parisians, who are reportedly in serious talks with Ander Herrera, may think of the next season but they have to close the present one. As we mentioned on Monday, unexpected draw with Strasbourg put away in time PSG’s championship celebration. However, there is luck in leisure. Thomas Tuchel’s boys couldn’t ask for a better and more symbolic chance to defend Ligue 1 title. They play on Sunday against second-placed Lille, the only team in France that could spoil party of reigning champs. This party rather won’t be spoiled - PSG needs only one point to remain French champion.
OneHash prediction: PSG two goals difference
NBA playoffs at the beginning of this preview and NBA playoffs at the end. It’s probably the most interesting of Western Conference’s ties in first round. Firstable, those two teams have never met each other in the postseason series. Although Blazers had better regular season (53-29 vs 49-34), they don’t like and don’t know how to play against Thunder. OKC swept (!) Portland in four intense matches of regular season. “There’s something there. There’s something there” - Blazers' star Damian Lillard commented at the beginning of the week. Lillard briefly announced big tensions that we can expect from this series. Including Sunday’s game.
OneHash prediction: Thunder overtime.