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Friday's European Football: La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 preview

Italy's Serie A title race has turned into a tale of one city with AC Milan bidding to knock defending champions Inter Milan off their perch.

After 35 matches the Rossoneri are two points clear of their neighbours, but Inter have the chance to return to the top of the table with a home win over Empoli (17:45 KO) in a fixture that features on our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights.

Serie A: Inter expected to down Empoli

It would be a major shock if the Nerazzurri - 11/10 to be champions - failed to take maximum points as they are 1/7 to beat their visitors and Inter would also be expected to win their final two fixtures - away to Cagliari and at home to Sampdoria.

Coach Simone Inzaghi will not be taking anything for granted, however, as his side suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Bologna before bouncing back with a win at Udinese last weekend.

Both teams have scored in six of Inter's last eight Serie A matches and it is 10/11 that there are goals at both ends when Empoli - who have done the league double over Napoli and won away to Juventus this season - visit the San Siro.

Bologna's winning goal against Inter came from a glaring error by second-choice goalkeeper Andrei Radu, but the club's first-choice Samir Handanovic returned from injury for the victory over Udinese.

One interesting subplot to Friday's game is the presence of Andrea Pinamonti in the Empoli squad as the 22-year-old striker is on loan from Inter.

Serie A's loan rules mean he is permitted to play against his parent club and he has already made his mark in big games this term, scoring against AC Milan just before Christmas and bagging a late brace in the 3-2 win over Napoli last month.

Pinamonti is 16/1 to be the first goalscorer at San Siro and 4/1 to score at any time, while Inter fans will hope their attacking stars can fire them to the top of the table and keep the pressure on title rivals Milan, who travel to Verona on Sunday (19:45 KO).

Serie A: Gritty Genoa could frustrate Juve

Friday's other game in Italy sees relegation-threatened Genoa host a Juventus side who are assured of a top-four spot despite a slow start to the season (20:00 KO).

Juve are 10/11 for victory, but their forwards are unlikely to have an easy 90 minutes against a stingy Genoa defence and under 2.5 total goals is 4/5.

Since January's 6-0 loss to Fiorentina, Genoa have played 12 Serie A matches, 11 of which have ended with under 2.5 goals, including goalless draws with Udinese, Roma, Inter Milan, Empoli and Atalanta.

No goalscorer is a 9/1 chance and a 1-0 Genoa win - which has come in two of their last three home games - is priced up at 10/1.

Ligue 1: Monaco surge towards Champions League spot

PSG have wrapped up the title in Ligue 1, but the race for European places is going down to the wire and Monaco, one of Europe's most in-form teams, are 19/20 to extend their winning run to eight matches when they travel to Lille (20:00 KO).

A win would take Monaco into second place above Marseille - the team they beat 3-0 last weekend - and they have been playing with great confidence since the arrival of Belgian coach Philippe Clement in January.

This time last season, Lille were on course for a shock title triumph in France's top-flight, but they are marooned in mid-table this term and are 14/5 to upset a Monaco side whose recent successes include a 3-0 home win over PSG and a 3-2 away victory at third-placed Rennes.

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Primera Liga: Last-chance saloon for Levante

Levante are bottom of Spain's Primera Liga, six points from safety with four games remaining, but the fact that they have any hope at all of avoiding relegation is remarkable given their terrible start to the season.

They are 2/1 to beat 11/8 visitors Real Sociedad on Friday (20:00 KO), having been the only team in Europe's top divisions to start 2022 without a single league victory.

Levante also lost four of their first five matches this year, but February's 1-0 win away to Atletico Madrid sparked a spirited run of performances that included a 2-0 victory over Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal and 3-2 losses to high-flying Barcelona and Sevilla.

Skipper Jose Luis Morales has led from the front, scoring five times in his last five appearances, and he is 13/2 to be the first goalscorer in Friday's must-win game in Valencia.

Bundesliga: Arminia aim to bolster goal tally

Arminia Bielefeld are another team staring down the barrel of relegation and they need to sharpen up in front of goal when they travel to Bochum (19:30 KO).

The visitors are 11/5 to pick up a crucial three points, but they are the lowest scorers in the Bundesliga with just 25 goals in 32 matches.

Arminia's defensive record is respectable, as they have conceded 50 goals this season, the same number as second-placed Borussia Dortmund, and they are 5/1 to win to nil against mid-table Bochum.

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