- Manchester United and Chelsea in square fixture as Pep faces Wenger in quest for the first Trophy of the season in England
- Barcelona at home to stubborn Girona as Real Madrid look to make easy work of Alaves
- Monday Night football continues in Germany as Dortmund host Augsburg
- AS Roma host AC Milan as the wait for a slip continues between Napoli and Juventus
- PSG in another ecstatic encounter with Marseille as Monaco keep close contact with visit to Toulouse.
EFL Cup Final – Arsenal v Manchester City – Sunday 25, Wembley
Pep Guardiola’s Man City take on Arsenal for England’s first piece of silverware, the EFL Cup, on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola will be aiming to avoid a clash with the odds that tip him to have a successful 2017/18 season, when he takes a shot at his first option. The Citizens were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan and they should be aware by now that a quadruple isn’t possible.
Meanwhile, the Gunners ejected London rivals Chelsea last month to reach their first League Cup final since the 2011 and like Guardiola, Arsene Wenger must be cautious enough to realise the grand opportunity this final presents. It is Arsenal’s only realistic chance to silverware this season.
Regardless of his more feat this season, Pep Guardiola is yet to win a title in England Sunday’s match marks the start of a long, successful period for the club.
Arsene Wenger could have Aaron Ramsey and Ozil back to the starting line-up while David Ospina is an obvious guard in between the sticks. Mkhitaryan remains cup-tied and the gunners could have Alex Iwobi drafted in.
Like Wenger, Guardiola has also confirmed Claudio Bravo to start in goal. Make shift left-back, Fabian Delph remains suspended following a sendoff during last week’s FA Cup defeat, meaning Danilo or Oleksandr Zinchenko could start at left-back.
Raheem Sterling continues to nurse his Calf problem and may need late fitness test but Gabriel Jesus could make it in time for the bench at Wembley.
City are in line to win the League Cup for the third time in five years but Arsenal have won three finals in their last four feats at the stage.
Guardiola has won six of the seven major finals he has been involved in as a manager but Arsenal’s feat at Wembley may have pause a problem for the Citizens.
Expect both sides to score, over 2.5 but you can also trust Arsenal to defeat Guardiola’s side despite the fact that they remain favorites going into Sunday’s game.
Manchester United v Chelsea – Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte meet in square fixture on Sunday in a one must fall for the second and fourth placed sides respectively.
Jose Mourinho could lose second place if his side lose and Liverpool make easy work of West Ham at Anfield, the same goes for Chelsea who may drop out of top four if Tottenham return victorious from Selhurst Park.
United have slumped just as the season reaches the season defining moments and have only won two of their last five games.
Conte appears to be finding his way out of the scandals that rocked his side remains unbeaten in three. Chelsea have recently lost only one of their last 14 encounters with the Manchester United. However, the Red Devils have only lost one league game at home all season.
Go for goals from both sides, plus, don’t trust either side to win.
Follow the Summarized Tips For A Guide To This Weekend’s Top Five Leagues
Leicester City v Stoke City – 1, GG.
Bournemouth v Newcastle United – X
Burnley v Southampton – 2
Liverpool v West Ham United – 1, OVER 2.5
Brighton and Hove Albion v Swansea City – 2, GG
West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town – 1
Watford v Everton – 2
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur – 2
SPANISH PRIMERA LIGA
Celta de Vigo v Eibar – 1
Real Madrid v Alavés – 1, OVER 2.5
Leganés v Las Palmas – X
Barcelona v Girona – 1, OVER 2.5
Villarreal v Getafe – 1
Athletic Club v Málaga – 1
Valencia CF v Real Sociedad – 1
Sevilla v Atlético de Madrid – 2
Hannover 96 v Borussia M’gladbach – 1, GG
Bayern Munich v Hertha BSC – 1, OVER 2.5
VfB Stuttgart v Eintracht Frankfurt – X
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Sport-Club Freiburg – 1
SV Werder Bremen v Hamburger SV – X
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Schalke 04 – X
RB Leipzig v 1. FC Köln – 1
ITALIAN SERIE A
Bologna v Genoa – X
Inter Milan v Benevento – 1, OVER 2.5
Crotone v S.P.A.L. 2013 – 1
Sassuolo v Lazio – 2
Sampdoria v Udinese – 1
Fiorentina v Chievo – 1
Hellas Verona v Torino – 2
Juventus v Atalanta – 1
Roma v AC Milan – 2
FRENCH SERIE A
Toulouse v Monaco – 2, OVER 2.5
Dijon v Caen – X, GG
Guingamp v Metz – 1
Nantes v Amiens – 1
Rennes v Troyes – X2
Lille v Angers – 1
Bordeaux v Nice – 1X
Lyon v St Etienne – 1
Paris Saint-Germain v Marseille – 1