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Midweek Football Preview

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Premier League MW 34

Watford vs. Norwich

17th vs. 20th as Watford take on Norwich. Watford sit just a point above the relegation zone but a win against Norwich who are dead bottom could be a massive boost for their survival hopes. A loss for Norwich in this game would all but mathematically insure that Norwich will get relegated this season. Big game neither team has been impressive so it could go either way. Watford won the reverse fixture 0-2. 

Arsenal vs. Leicester

A big game in the race for Europe as Arsenal take on Leicester. Arsenal sit 7th and 3 points behind Wolves as the Gunners look at consolidating a Europa League place. Leicester on the other hand sit 3rd a point above Chelsea and are looking to maintain their top four spot. If Arsenal lose they could drop down to 9th once all the games are done while if Leicester lose they could move to 4th and remain in the top four on goal difference. Much to lose for both teams and Arsenal are in slightly better form. A very interesting game. Leicester won the reverse fixture 2-0. 

West Ham vs. Burnley

16th vs. 10th as West Ham welcome Burnley. West Ham sit 4 points above the relegation zone as they take on a Burnley side who could go into 8th with the win and stand an outside chance at a Europa League spot. Both teams again have much to play for although Burnley are more solid at the back and have picked up strong wins. Burnley should win but it could be close. Burnley won the reverse fixture 3-0.

Man City vs. Newcastle

Man City cannot gain any consistency as following their loss to Southampton they welcome Newcastle to their home. Newcastle sit 12th and can go into 10th with a win, they have also played well in recent games although they did lose to City in the FA Cup. City should win but Newcastle won’t be discouraged. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw.

Sheffield United vs. Wolverhampton

Another massive game in the race for Europe as Sheffield United who sit 9th take on Wolves who sit 6th. Sheffield United were in a battle for the top four not too long ago but initial poor form saw them drop out. Now the blades are aiming for a Europa League place to start with. Wolves were in the race for top four as well but a set back during the weekend sees them 3 points adrift of United who sit 5th. The two teams need to win and while Wolves are in better form in general Sheffield have begun to regain some of their pre lockdown spirit. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

Brighton vs. Liverpool

15th placed Brighton sit 9 points clear of the relegation zone as safety is all but guaranteed while Liverpool are 23 points clear at the top. Liverpool have been lacklustre since football returned though and while the Reds should win this game Brighton could make it interesting. Liverpool won the reverse fixture 2-1. 

Everton vs. Southampton

11th vs. 13th in what is a bit of a nothing game. Everton have an outside chance at a Champions League place but need to win this game while Southampton could go above Everton with a win. The two teams have been in similar form and so this should be an entertaining game. Everton won the reverse fixture 1-2. 

Bournemouth vs. Tottenham

19th placed Bournemouth are a point from safety while Tottenham are just a point behind Arsenal as they sit 8th. A big game for both teams but Tottenham have been far from their highest level as they have barely been winning games. Bournemouth themselves have been extremely poor defensively. This could either be a big win for Spurs or a narrow win for Bournemouth. Tottenham won the reverse fixture 3-2.

Aston Villa vs. Man United

Another massive game on both ends of the table. Villa sit 18th and a point from safety as they take on United who sit 2 points outside the top four. By the time this game is played both teams will know what they have to do to in regard to the other games and so it will be added pressure. Villa need to win to stay close to safety and maybe exit the relegation zone and a loss or drop of points could be a set back for United. United have been ruthless and should win this game but hopefully Terry has something planned. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw. 

La Liga MW 35

Valencia vs. Valladolid

9th vs. 13th as Valladolid travel to Valencia. Valladolid don’t have much to fight for other than finishing as high as possible while Valencia have an outside chance at Europa League football but need to win this game. This result could go either way with neither team clearly better although Valencia have more quality. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid

16th placed Celta are 6 points clear of the relegation zone as they take on 3rd placed Atletico. A win for Celta would seal safety this season while a loss would probably just delay it. Atletico have been strong since the restart and I see them winning this game as well. The reverse fixture was a goalless draw. 

Getafe vs. Villarreal

6th vs. 5th in a race for Europe clash. A loss for Villarreal or Getafe could see them miss out on Champions League football and it would make bring their top 6 position into jeopardy as well. An interesting game although Villarreal are the team in form. Villarreal won the reverse fixture 1-0.

Real Betis vs. Osasuna

14th placed Betis take on 11th placed Osasuna. Betis have sealed safety for next season and Osasuna are caught in the middle of the table. Neither team has much to achieve so the result could go either way. The reverse fixture was a goalless draw. 

Barcelona vs. Espanyol

Derby time as Barcelona sit 2nd and take on Espanyol who sit bottom of the table. A loss for Espanyol in this game would seal their relegation for the season as they are 11 points from safety. Barcelona on the other can’t afford to lose more points as they 4 points behind Real Madrid. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw. 

Mallorca vs. Levante

18th placed Mallorca take on 12th placed Levante. Mallorca are 6 points from safety and another loss would put one nail into the home sides relegation coffin. Levante do not have much to play for but they have been decent in recent weeks. Mallorca need to win let’s see if they can. Levante won the reverse fixture 2-1.

Eibar vs. Leganes

17th placed Eibar take on 19th placed Leganes in a relegation battle. Eibar are 6 points clear of the relegation zone and a win would move them closer to safety. Leganes are 7 points from safety and need to win this game as well to stand a chance at safety. All to play for. Eibar won the reverse fixture 1-2. 

Bilbao vs. Sevilla

8th vs. 4th. Sevilla seem to have sealed their top four place but a win against Bilbao would make it almost official while Bilbao stand an outside chance at Europa League football. Sevilla are in better form and should win but Bilbao have a good team. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

Serie MW 31

Lecce vs. Lazio

18th placed Lecce are 2 points from safety as they take on 2nd placed Lazio who are 7 points behind Juventus. The title seems to be running away from Lazio and they cannot afford to lose any more games if they want to stand a chance of winning it. Lecce need to win as well to keep their survival hopes alive. Lazio won the reverse fixture 4-2.

AC Milan vs. Juventus

7th placed Milan take on leaders Juventus as teams like Lazio will be hoping that the home team can beat Sarri and co. Juventus have been dominant in recent weeks but Milan also managed a confident win against Lazio. This should be an interesting game. Juventus won the reverse fixture 1-0.

Genoa vs. Napoli

17th placed Genoa sit 2 points above the relegation zone as they take on 6th placed Napoli. Napoli are looking to maintain their Europa League position and need to win as Genoa also need to remain outside the relegation zone. Plenty to fight for. The reverse fixture was a 0-0 draw.

Fiorentina vs. Cagliari

13th placed Fiorentina take on 11th placed Cagliari in a mid table battle of no consequence. Cagliari won the reverse fixture 5-2. 

Atalanta vs. Sampdoria

4th placed Atalanta take on 14th placed Sampdoria as the home team look to continue their rampant winning streak. Atalanta could move 3rd if results are favourable while Sampdoria are looking to gain distance from the relegation zone. The reverse fixture was a goalless draw. 

Bologna vs. Sassuolo

9th vs. 10th in what is another game of no real consequence. Sassuolo won the reverse fixture 3-1.

Torino vs. Brescia

16th placed Torino take on 19th placed Brescia in a relegation battle of sorts. 10 points separate the two teams and Brescia need to win if they want to stand a chance at survival. Torino won the reverse fixture 0-4.

AS Roma vs. Parma

5th placed Roma are at risk of dropping out of the European spots as they take on 12th placed Parma. Parma are in slightly better form but Roma have plenty of quality and so this is an interesting game. Parma won the reverse fixture 2-0.

SPAL vs. Udinese

Bottom of the table SPAL are 8 points from the safety and need to pick up wins as they take on 15th placed Udinese. Udinese should win but SPAL have no choice but to fight for their lives. The reverse fixture was a goalless draw. 

Verona vs. Inter Milan

8th placed Verona take on 3rd placed Inter with the away team at risk of dropping into 4th. Conte and team will want to bounce back from their loss with a win but Verona are a strong team and will make it difficult. Inter won the reverse fixture 2-1. 

 

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