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Midweek Football Preview

Big games in Europe!

Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg

Juventus (1) vs. (2) FC Porto

Porto have a goal advantage as they take on Juventus in Turin for the 2nd leg. Juventus did manage to get an away goal which should help them. Juventus would need to only score 1 goal to go through on away goals. If Porto get a goal though things could get complicated for the Italians. Juventus have won 3 and drawn 1 since the 1st leg while Porto have won 2, drawn 1, and lost 1. Juventus would still be favourites to go through and should over the 90 minutes. 

Dortmund (3) vs. (2) Sevilla

Dortmund managed to get 3 away goals against Sevilla but the Spaniards have 2 of their own. Sevilla need to score 2 goals minimum in Dortmund to go through. Dortmund can further complicate things if they also score goals. Dortmund have won 3, and lost 1 since the 1st leg while Sevilla have won 1, and lost 3. It’s going to be a tricky game but Sevilla have been in general poor form and Dortmund should go through. 

Paris Saint Germain (4) vs. (1) Barcelona

PSG head into this game with an advantage of 4 away goals. Barcelona would need to score a minimum of 4 goals in Paris without reply to stand a chance to reach the next round. PSG are firmly in the driving seat and while Barcelona have been playing well this year I really can’t see the Parisiens letting this go. PSG have won 3 and lost 1 while Barcelona have won 4 and drawn 1. Barcelona could win this game but I can’t see them reaching the next round. 

Liverpool (2) vs. (0) RB Leipzig

Liverpool got 2 away goals to bring back to Anfield but it is at home where they can’t manage to win. Liverpool have only managed 1 goal at home this year as they take on Leipzig. Leipzig need a minimum of 3 goals without reply to win this game. If Leipzig manage to score 3 and Liverpool get 1 Leipzig would still go through. Liverpool have won 1 and lost 3 while Leipzig have won all 4 of their fixtures. On any other day Liverpool would be favourites to go through but given their home form Leipzig will know they have a chance. 

Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg

Man United vs. AC Milan

United take on Milan for this Round of 16 fixtures with the first leg at Old Trafford. United have drawn 2 and won 1 since their last game while Milan have won 2 and drawn 1. Milan have gone through a small rough patch over the last few weeks but they seem to be coming out of it now. United managed to beat City at the weekend but overall they have been in dubious form. It’s an open game and the result could go either way.

Olympiacos vs. Arsenal

Arsenal play Olympiacos once again and this time Arsenal aren’t in great form either. Arsenal’s best hope is the Europa League but Olympiacos are good opposition. Olympiacos have won 2 and drawn 1 while Arsenal have won 1 and drawn 1. Arsenal have it all to play for and if they can get a couple of away goals it would setup a big advantage.

Tottenham vs. Dinamo Zagreb

Tottenham are hitting form at the right time as they take on Dinamo for this round of fixtures. Tottenham have won all 3 of their last games while Zagreb have also won all 3 of their fixtures. Bale, Son, and Kane have hit form in recent games with Bale especially scoring goals for fun. It should be an interesting game over two legs but Tottenham should reach the next round.

Premier League (Games in hand)

Man City vs. Southampton

City’s great 28 game unbeaten run came to an end as they lost to local rivals United on Sunday. They start from scratch now as they take on Southampton who sit 14th and finally managed to win a game during the weekend. This is going to be an interesting game because it will be intriguing to see how the leaders react to a loss. They sit 11 points clear at the top at the moment and a win in this game would just return matters to normal. A loss though would really open up some questions.

La Liga (Games in hand)

Leaders Atletico play their final game in hand as they take on Bilbao at home. Atletico have a 3 point gap at the top and they really are in the middle of a title race. Barcelona sit 3 points behind them while Real are 5 points behind them. A win would increase the gap once again but a loss would really encourage the likes of Barcelona and Real. 

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