Barca, Bayern chase doubles

Mon 20 May by Mark Gleeson


Barcelona and Bayern Munich will both be odds on to complete the league and cup double in Spain and Germany respectively this season, when they complete the 2018-19 campaign with cup final games on Saturday.Barcelona finished the Spanish league 11 points clear of nearest rivals Atletico Madrid and now meet Valencia, who finished fourth to grab a last-gasp Champions League place, in the Copa del Rey final.The game is being played in neutral Sevilla as Barcelona seek to take the trophy for a fifth successive year in an unprecedented streak of success in the Spanish Cup.TAB soccer punters willing to bet bravely might suggest an upset in favour of Valencia, but all the statistics point to Lionel Messi and company keeping up the winning streak.In the last eight meetings between the two clubs, Barcelona have won five times with three draws. Valencia last beat them in the league, away in the Catalan city three years ago.Bayern Munich have won the DFB Pokal three times in the last six years and were runners-up last season, when Eintracht Frankfurt upset them in the final with two late goals. Final in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium is a first opportunity for RB Leipzig to win silverware.Leipzig have emerged over the last years as a credible challenger in German football and were runners-up in the Bundesliga two seasons ago. This campaign they finished third behind runners-up Borussia Dortmund.This weekend also sees the leagues in France and Italy end. In both the championship was settled early, but there are still Champions League places up for grabs and relegation issues to be settled.In Italy Inter Milan should come third by beating Empoli and thereby offering Genoa a chance to escape relegation at the same time. Atalanta should grab fourth place and the last Champions League spot.In France, the only question left to be decided is can Caen beat Bordeaux to jump above Amiens and avoid having to play in the end of season promotion-relegation play-off. Amiens have a home game too against already relegated Guingamp and should also escape.

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