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Can City increase the gap?

Premier League MW 27

Burnley vs. Arsenal

15th placed Burnley have only 1 win in their last 5 but also have only 1 loss in their last 5 as they take on 10th placed Arsenal. This should be a tough game for the Gunners with Burnley a strong defensive side. Burnley could get a point or more out of this game. The reverse fixture was a 0-1 win for Burnley. 

Sheffield United vs. Southampton

Bottom of the table Sheffield United finally got a win as they take on 14th placed Southampton who haven’t won a game in a very long time and have lost 4 of their last 5. On current form Sheffield United should look at this game as winnable. Southampton have plummeted in recent weeks and if they might want to bounce back sometime soon. Southampton won the reverse fixture 3-0. 

Aston Villa vs. Wolverhampton

9th placed Villa take on 12th placed Wolves with both teams looking to bounce back from losses. Overall Wolves are in better form over their last 5 games but Villa have been solid this season. It’s a must win game for Villa if they have European ambitions. Villa won the reverse fixture 0-1. 

Brighton vs. Leicester

16th placed Brighton have only 1 win in their last 5 as they take on 3rd placed Leicester who have dropped points in their last 2. Leicester have a good opportunity to go 2nd this weekend if United drop points. If the foxes drop points they could find themselves drop into 4th if Chelsea win. Brighton will just want to stay above the relegation zone. Leicester won the reverse fixture 0-0. 

West Brom vs. Newcastle

19th placed West Brom take on 17th placed Newcastle as West Brom look to cut the gap to the top. A win would make it 6 points and put Newcastle under even more pressure. A win for Newcastle would make the gap 12 points and create a buffer from 19th at least. A big game at the bottom. Newcastle won the reverse fixture 2-1. 

Liverpool vs. Fulham

7th placed Liverpool have 1 win in 5 and just created history by losing their last 5 games at Anfield in a row for the first time ever. Can Fulham make it 6 with Scott Parker and co looking to go out of the relegation zone. Fulham are in good form, and it will be an interesting game for sure. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

Man City vs. Man United

A big Manchester derby between 1st and 2nd. The gap is 14 points. City can make it 17 points with a win while United can make it 11 with a win. The caveat is that United usually draw 0-0 with the top 6 teams. Ole will be hoping that he gets lucky once again and returns from the brink with a win against City but City will want to put any doubts out of the way of who the Champions elect are. The reverse fixture was a 0-0 draw, but I expect City to win this. 

Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace

A London derby as 8th placed Tottenham take on 13th placed Palace. Spurs have won their last 2 and looked decent while Palace are also on a good run of form albeit having only won 1 of their last 5. Tottenham should win this but Palace drew will make it tough and could get something. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw. 

West Ham vs. Leeds

6th placed West Ham take on 11th placed Leeds with both teams looking to bounce back from losses. West Ham are in solid form overall and should get the win but it depends on what Leeds side turn up. It should be an interesting game to watch. West Ham won the reverse fixture 1-2. 

La Liga MW 26

Villarreal travel to Valencia, Sevilla travel to Elche, Barcelona travel to Osasuna, and Real Madrid play local rivals Atletico in a massive game at the top. Atletico sit 5 points clear at the top with a game in hand. A win would take them 8 clear of Real Madrid while a loss would cut the gap down to 2. A big big game in terms of the title race in Spain. 

Serie MW 26

Juventus take on Lazio, Roma welcome Genoa, Milan travel to Verona, Napoli play Bologna, and Inter entertain Atalanta. Milan will want to return to winning ways this weekend with Inter playing Atalanta but Inter are in top form and could extend their gap at the top. For now Inter are riding comfortable at the top but Atalanta could make the race interesting once again. Juventus face a tricky game against Lazio. Roma should beat Genoa. 

Bundesliga MW 24

Frankfurt take on Stuttgart, Leipzig travel to Freiburg, Hoffenheim take on Wolfsburg, Monchengladbach take on Leverkusen, and Bayern welcome Dortmund. Massive games at the top of the table with the gap only 2 points. Any team can win their fixture this weekend and the weekend could end with a new leader at the top. 

Coupe De France

Lyon take on Sochaux, PSG travel to Brest, Lille travel to Ajaccio, Monaco take on Nice. Just some of the Round of 32 fixtures in France.  

 

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