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Premier League MW 31

Leicester vs. Brighton

Leicester drew against Watford during the weekend as they remain 3rd and entertain a Brighton side who sit 15th and beat Arsenal in the final minutes. Brighton defended well but provided no real attacking threat but a relegation threatened side is always dangerous. Leicester will want to win as well as more dropped points would all but drag them into a top four race. Leicester should win this game. Leicester won the reverse fixture 0-2. 

Tottenham vs. West Ham

A fiery London derby without fans as 8th placed Tottenham take on 17th placed West Ham. Tottenham are aiming for 5th but sit 4 points behind United while West Ham sit right above the relegation zone on goal difference having lost during the weekend. The two teams will seek to get 3 points for different reasons although I see Spurs winning this game. Tottenham won the reverse fixture 2-3. 

Norwich vs. Everton

Norwich lost to Southampton as they remain bottom of the table 6 points from safety while Everton drew against Liverpool but looked rusty at best currently sitting 12th. This should be a close game but Everton probably have enough to get the win. Norwich won the reverse fixture 0-2. 

Wolverhampton vs. Bournemouth

6th placed Wolves are looking at 5th as they are behind only on goal difference while Bournemouth lost during the weekend sitting 18th on goal difference. Wolves looked good and they should manage another win that could see them reach 5th during the week if results go their way. Wolves won the reverse fixture 1-2. 

Newcastle vs. Aston Villa

13th placed Newcastle take on 19th placed Villa with Newcastle having won in emphatic fashion during the weekend while Villa lost a lead to Chelsea. Villa’s hopes seem to rely on Grealish while Newcastle played well in their win and so I think that Newcastle could make it 2 in 2 post lockdown. Villa won the reverse fixture 2-0. 

Man United vs. Sheffield United

5th vs 7th in what is a massive game for both teams. United drew against Spurs and looked rusty while Sheffield have played two having drawn against Villa and losing in an shocking way to Newcastle. United looked sharp once Pogba had come on but Dean Wilder will not want to relinquish his top four race place that easily. This could be a close game although United should probably edge it. The reverse fixture was a 3-3 draw. 

Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace

Liverpool could have won the title with 3 points in this game but as they need a total of 6 and only managed a point against Everton the search is still on. Palace sit 9th and are in contention for a Europa League place as they sit 2 points behind 7th. Palace had a solid win during the weekend and have been a bogey side for Liverpool but the Reds will want to return to winning ways. An interesting game which Liverpool should edge out. Liverpool won the reverse fixture 1-2. 

Southampton vs. Arsenal

Southampton sit 14th but a win can take them level on points with 10th placed Arsenal with the Gunners in poor condition. Arteta lost Leno against Brighton and the internal situation looks poor at best. Southampton won comfortably during the weekend and all signs look like they should continue that against Arsenal. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw. 

Burnley vs. Watford

Burnley sit 11th as they take on 16th placed Watford who are looking to steer clear of the relegation zone. Burnley are just a point from the top 10 and are a strong defensive unit. Watford looked good against Leicester though and this should be an interesting game to watch. Burnley won the reverse fixture 0-3.

La Liga MW 31

Villarreal vs. Sevilla

6th vs. 4th as Villarreal can go within two of Sevilla if they beat the away team. Sevilla are still searching for a win post lockdown but Villarreal have come out roaring. A good game is expected and in current form Villarreal could edge it. Villarreal won the reverse fixture 1-2.

Leganes vs. Granada

10th placed Granada travel to 19th placed Leganes with Leganes needing the wins. Granada are 5 points from European football while Leganes are 5 points from safety. Leganes have been poor and Granada should win this game. Granada won the reverse fixture 1-0. 

Valladolid vs. Getafe

15th placed Valladolid take on 5th placed Getafe in a big game for Getafe. Valladolid are firmly mid table at the moment while Getafe are 4 points from Champions League football and have struggled to regain their pre lockdown form. Getafe do have the quality to take all three points though. Getafe beat Valladolid 2-0 in the reverse fixture. 

Levante vs. Atletico Madrid

Levante are 11th as they welcome 3rd placed Atletico. Atletico have been in great form since football resumed and find themselves 3rd on goal difference as they look to consolidate a Champions League spot. Levante are firmly mid table although a top 10 finish is not far off. Atletico should win this tricky game. Atletico won the reverse fixture 2-1. 

Barcelona vs. Bilbao

Barcelona have dropped down to 2nd as they take on 9th placed Bilbao in another tough game for the home team. Barcelona have the quality but Bilbao are decent opposition and could make life difficult for Messi and co. Still I do expect Barcelona to get a point or more. Bilbao won the reverse fixture 1-0. 

Alaves vs. Osasuna

13th vs. 12th in a strictly mid table battle. The only thing separating the two teams is goal difference as they sit level on points. This game could easily be a draw or go either way. Osasuna won the reverse fixture 4-2. 

Real Sociedad vs. Celta Vigo

6th vs. 16th with two teams on either end of the spectrum. Sociedad are 5 points from Champions League football while Celta 4 points above the relegation zone. A win for either team would give them a massive boost but it should be a tough game. Real Sociedad won the reverse fixture 0-1. 

Real Madrid vs. Mallorca

Top of the table Real take on 18th placed Mallorca. Real have been great since football returned and are looking to inch towards the title with Mallorca 3 points from safety. A big game for either team but Madrid should get 3 points. Mallorca won the reverse fixture 1-0. 

Eibar vs. Valencia

17th placed Eibar take on 8th placed Valencia with the away team just a point from the Europa League while Eibar sit 3 clear of the relegation zone. The two teams have different objectives although Valencia have the better quality in this game to nick 3 points. Valencia won the reverse fixture 1-0. 

Real Betis vs. Espanyol

14th vs 20th with mid table Betis taking on Espanyol who sit 5 points from safety. Betis have no real aim right now other than to keep clear of the relegation zone while Espanyol have it all to fight for. An interesting game. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw. 

Serie MW 27

SPAL vs. Cagliari

19th placed SPAL take on 11th placed Cagliari for what should be a straightforward away win. SPAL are 7 points from safety while Cagliari are 2 points from the top 10. An away win looks certain. Cagliari won the reverse fixture 2-0. 

Verona vs. Napoli

7th vs. 6th in a top 10 clash as Verona take on Napoli. With the target being European football Verona can move into 6th with a win but Napoli are arguably the stronger team and should keep their distance. Napoli won the reverse fixture 2-0. 

Torino vs. Udinese

15th vs. 14th as Udinese travel to Torino. Only goal difference separates the two sides as they sit 3 points above the relegation zone. A win is needed by both teams to maintain their distance and the result is too close to call. Udinese won the reverse fixture 1-0. 

Genoa vs. Parma

17th placed Genoa take on 9th placed Parma with Genoa above the relegation zone on goal difference. Parma are 3 points from Europe and will want to gain the three points in this game. I can only see Parma winning. Parma won the reverse fixture 5-1. 

Inter Milan vs. Sassuolo

3rd placed Inter take on 12th placed Sassuolo with Inter racing to keep in touch of the top two. A win would take them within two of 2nd but a loss would be dismal. Sassuolo are living a comfortable life at the moment and so Inter should be able to manage the win. Inter won the reverse fixture 3-4. 

Atalanta vs. Lazio

4th vs. 2nd as Atalanta entertain Lazio. Lazio can go top of the table with a win as they are surprise contenders for the title this season. Atalanta are comfortably 4th right now but that could change with a loss. The reverse fixture was a 3-3 draw. 

AS Roma vs. Sampdoria

5th vs. 16th as Roma take on Sampdoria. Roma are 6 points from a Champions League spot and need to do some winning while the same can be said for the away team who sit 1 point above the relegation zone. An interesting game with much to play for. The reverse fixture was a 0-0 draw. 

 

 

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