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Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg

RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool

Leipzig finished 2nd in their group and find themselves 2nd in the Bundesliga as they take on Liverpool who finished 1st in their group and find themselves 4th in the Premier League. Leipzig have won 9, drawn 2, and lost 2 of their games since the group stage finished. Liverpool have won 5, drawn 4, and lost 6 in the same period. In terms of form there is one team that is clearly ahead and that is Leipzig. Liverpool are struggling for a multitude of reasons but a big team should be able to get through them. Naglesmann vs. Klopp, I think Nagelsmann will win this win. 

Barcelona vs. Paris Saint Germain

Barcelona finished 2nd in their group and are 3rd in La Liga as they take on PSG who topped their group under Tuchel and sit now under Poch sit 2nd in Ligue 1. Barcelona have won 14, drawn 2, and lost 2 since then, while PSG have won 10, drawn 2, and lost 2. Two teams in similar form and similar positions in their season at the moment. PSG are under new management with Poch in charge and it will be his first taste of Champions League football as the French teams manager. Barcelona for all their struggles are still playing well mainly due to Messi, so this should be an interesting game. The result could go either way. 

Sevilla vs. Dortmund

Sevilla finished 2nd in their group and sit 4th in La Liga as they take on Dortmund who topped their group and sit 6th in the Bundesliga. Sevilla have won 15, drawn 2, and lost 1 since then while Dortmund have won 6, drawn 2, and lost 5. Dortmund are finding it tough at the moment and this season they have generally been lacklustre. Sevilla have continued on from under Lopetegui and looked a settled side but Dortmund still have top quality players to hurt any team. Sevilla should win but it will be tricky. 

FC Porto vs. Juventus

Porto finished 2nd in their group and sit 2nd in the Primera Liga while Juventus topped their group and sit 4th in Serie A. Porto have won 11, drawn 5, and lost 1 while Juventus have won 12, drawn 2, and lost 3. Porto seem to be doing well, and Juventus have not been great in the league but have been doing fine in the cups. Juventus should win this game but it will be tricky for them. 

Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg

Real Sociedad vs. Man United

When this fixture came out Sociedad were flying high, and United were struggling. United then went on a great run but have come back to struggling while Sociedad are struggling at the moment. Sociedad finished 2nd in their group and sit 5th in La Liga while United finished 3rd in their group (which meant dropping into Europa), and sit 2nd in the Premier League. Sociedad have won 4, drawn 4, and lost 6, while United have won 11, drawn 6, and lost 2. United regardless of the last 5 games are in way better form and should progress over the two legs but the away trip will be tricky. 

Wolfsberger vs. Tottenham

Wolfsberger finished 2nd in their group and sit 6th in the Austrian Bundesliga as they take on Tottenham who finished 3rd in their Champions League group and sit 9th in the Premier League. Wolfsberger have won 7, drawn 2, and lost 2 while Tottenham have won 7, drawn 3, and lost 7. For all of Tottenham’s problems in recent weeks I think the Europa League will be a good break for them and they should win this over the 2 legs. 

Slavia Praha vs. Leicester

Praha finished 2nd in their group and sit 1st in the Czech league as they take on Leicester who sit 3rd in the Premier League and topped their group. Praha have won 9, and drawn 1, while Leicester have won 10, drawn 4, and lost 2. Two teams in top form in their respective leagues and it will be a tough game for either team. 

Red Star vs. AC Milan

Red Star finished 2nd in their group and sit top of the Serbian League as they take on Milan who topped their group and sit 2nd in Serie A. Red Star have won 8 and drawn 1 while Milan have won 8, drawn 2, and lost 4. Milan aren’t in great form over the last 2-3 weeks while Red Star have been flying high albeit in a weaker league. It will be a tricky game but Milan should go through over two legs. 

Benfica vs. Arsenal

Benfica finished 2nd in their group and sit 4th in the Primera Liga while Arsenal topped their group and sit 10th in the Premier League. Benfica have won 9, drawn 5, and lost 3 while Arsenal have won 7, drawn 3, and lost 6. Arsenal have been inconsistent while Benfica haven’t been at their best but based on form this season Benfica should be the better team over two legs. Arsenal looked good against Leeds though so anything could happen. 

Premier League (Games in hand)

Everton vs. Man City

Everton sit 7th and lost to Fulham as they take on City who are flying high and sit top of the league. A win for City could take them 10 points clear at the top of the table while Everton could go level on points with Liverpool with one game still in hand after this game. City should win this if Everton play like they did against Fulham. 

Burnley vs. Fulham

16th vs. 18th with both teams coming off wins during the weekend. Fulham have looked good in recent weeks and finally managed a win while Burnley have been solid at the back. It should be a very interesting game, Burnley could pull away from the relegation zone with a win while Fulham could go within 4 points of safety if they win this game. 

La Liga (Game in hand)

Atletico play another of their games in hand as they travel to Levante. Atletico can go 8 points clear at the top of the table with a win and they should win this game. 

 

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