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Premier League MW 34

Southampton vs. Leicester

Southampton go into this game firmly mid table and sitting in 15th. There is no real threat of relegation but a win would ease those tensions going into the final few rounds of the season. Leicester sit 3rd 5 points behind Man United. United play Liverpool and if Liverpool win this is a good chance for Leicester to cut the gap to 2nd. A win for Leicester would take them a step close to Champions League football. Leicester won the reverse fixture 2-0. 

Crystal Palace vs. Man City

Palace sit 13th and have only won 1 of their last 5 games as they take on City who sit 10 points clear at the top of the table. The result of this game is of no real consequence to Palace but if City win and United lose then City could seal the Premier Leauge title by winning this game. Either way City should win this. Man City won the reverse fixture 4-0.

Brighton vs. Leeds

Brighton sit 17th and 7 points clear of the relegation zone as they take on Leeds who sit and have an outside chance at some form of European football. Leeds are unbeaten for a few games now and came through a run of Liverpool, Man City, and Man United without losing any of those games. This should be an entertaining game of football but Leeds are the team in better form. Both teams have something to gain from a win though. Brighton won the reverse fixture 0-1.

Everton vs. Aston Villa

Everton sit 8th as they take on 11th placed Villa. Villa might not stand a realistic chance at European football but they can still manage a top 10 finish. Everton are still within range of the Champions League but all they can do is get 3 points in this game. Villa have only 1 win in their last 5 while Everton also have 1 win in their last 5 but haven’t lost in 4 games. This should be a close one. The reverse fixture of this game still needs to be played.

Newcastle vs. Arsenal

Newcastle sit 16th and have only 1 loss in their last 5 games as they go through a decent patch of form. Arsenal sit 10th in the table with only 1 win in their last 5. Two teams with two contrasting run’s of form. Newcastle fought hard to get something at Liverpool and I think they can manage something against Arsenal as well. A loss for Arsenal in this game would rule of them out of a top four finish. 

Man United vs. Liverpool

United for the first time in several seasons go into this fixture as the better placed team. United are looking to seal a place in the top four with a win against Liverpool who sit 6th. Both teams are on unbeaten runs of form but United did play a semi-final against Roma during the week. This game can easily a draw and it probably will be but for Liverpool it’s a must win game for sure. A win for United would seal a place in the top four for them. The reverse fixture ended 0-0. 

Tottenham vs. Sheffield United

Tottenham sit 7th and are not out of the top four race as they still stand an outside chance. Sheffield United are relegated and are now just playing for pride as they prepare for a season in the Championship. Pressure on Tottenham especially after losing the Carabao Cup to Man City last weekend. Spurs won the reverse fixture 1-3.

West Brom vs. Wolverhampton

West Brom sit 19th as they take on Wolves who sit 12th. West Brom are running out of time to pull of a miracle and get out fo the relegation zone and Wolves will want to bounce back after the heavy loss to Burnley last weekend. This should be a cagey game with not much separating the two sides. West Brom won the reverse fixture 2-3.

Burnley vs. West Ham

5th placed West Ham sit 3 points outside the top four as they take on 14th placed Burnley who are looking to seal safety in the Premier League this season. Two teams with much to play for although West Ham have the bigger aims. Burnley had a good game last weekend while West Ham want to bounce back after the loss to Chelsea. A close affair that can go either way. West Ham won the reverse fixture 1-0.

La Liga MW 34

Atletico travel to Elche, Real Madrid entertain Osasuna, Sevilla take on Athletic Bilbao, and Barcelona travel to Valencia. Atletico remain two points clear of both Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of the table. Sevilla sit 4th in the table just a point behind Barcelona. The race for the league is as close as ever in Spain and it’s really anyone’s guess who comes out on top. Barcelona had a great chance to take advantage during the week but they lost to Granada. Real Madrid, and Atletico have favourable fixtures this weekend. 

Serie MW 34

Inter travel to Crotone, Milan entertain Benevento, Lazio take on Genoa, Napoli take on Cagliari, Atalanta travel to Sassuolo, Juventus travel to Udinese, and Roma travel to Sampdoria. Inter could win the Scudetto this weekend if results go their way as they sit 11 points clear at the top of the table. Atalanta sit 2nd 2 points clear of 3rd placed Napoli. Juventus and Milan along with Napoli are level on points up till 5th place. Lazio have an outside chance at top four while Roma are 7th and well behind everyone else. Mostly all teams have winnable games and it will be interesting to see who slips up. Inter will be the ones in a celebratory mood though if they win. 

DFB Pokal Semi-Finals

Werder Bremen take on Leipzig while Dortmund welcome Holstien Kiel who are 4th in Bundesliga 2. On paper Leipzig and Dormtund should reach the final but Holstien Kiel have taken some scalps on this run while Werder Bremen on their day are a threat. No easy games but there are favourites for sure. 

Ligue MW 35

PSG take on Lens, Lille welcome Nice, and Monaco take on Lyon. Tough games for all teams involved while a loss for Lyon would end any hopes of a title this season. It’s a very close race but Lille, PSG, and Monaco make it up with Lyon a bit behind.

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