- Focus turns to the Spanish Primera liga as leaders FC Barcelona’s chances of winning this season’s title hang in balance ahead of their weekend game against second placed Atletico Madrid.
- Run-away leaders City begin the count down to the Premier League title five decider with Chelsea on Sunday.
- No Monday football in Germany, so, expect no protests but RB Dortmund’s trip to the Red Bull Arena will mean more than just a clash of the egos.
- This weekend decides who stays top as both leaders Napoli and second placed Juventus face tricky opponents in the Italian Serie A as Milan decides for the second time.
- Decaying PSG are away to Troyes in the French Ligue 1
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PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW
Manchester City v Chelsea
Manchester City need to win their next five games to clinch this year’s Premier League title, their second of the season after clinching the EFL Cup last week. The count down starts with this Sunday when they host Chelsea.
It is a difficult encounter for the two sides as Chelsea will need nothing less than three points if they are to force a chance into next year’s Champions League.
After too many disappointments and without a clear idea of what the future holds for Conte, Chelsea face another uphill task, the search for points away at a tricky Manchester City side. Chelsea lost their last Premier League game, allowing Tottenham to leapfrog them into the top four after hanging onto the spot for a long period.
My beloved Antonio Conte faces a hungry Sergio Aguero who is looking for his 200th for the Club after missing out Thursday during their win over 3-0, Arsenal.
Raheem Sterling returned to training ahead of their Arsenal game but was not be risked and could return here against a pathetic Chelsea defense line that has seemingly failed to learn from their mistakes.
This game serves as a motivating factor to Guardiola’s five-game challenge that should hand him the title before May.
Should Conte risk a defense line with Christensen-Antonio Rudiger-and Azpilicutta unless something goes wrong with City on the day.
It’s hard to start imagining this Chelsea side stopping City here, even though they won 3-1 on their last game at the Etihad.
Expect a goal galore, (over 2.5) and trust City to win this encounter. Also look-out for Sergio Aguero to score in this particular game, while, a tip for Chelsea to score first could be another way to go.
Liverpool v Newcastle
Liverpool could go second if they can beat Newcastle today. They are yet to lose at home this season and haven’t suffered defeat at home to Newcastle since 1995.
However, Opta stats reveal Rafa Benitez has never lost in five previous matches against former club Liverpool and indeed ‘it would be a real shock if they got a point at Anfield’.
Expect both teams to score but place a win for Liverpool.
Follow the guide and Summarized tips for the Top five leagues
Burnley v Everton – 1
Southampton v Stoke City – X, GG
Swansea City v West Ham United – 1, GG
Leicester City v Bournemouth – 1X
Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town – 1
Watford v West Bromwich Albion – X
Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal – 1X, GG
SPANISH PRIMERA LIGA
Villarreal v Girona – 2
Sevilla v Athletic Club – X, GG
Deportivo de La Coruña v Eibar – 1, GG
Leganés v Málaga – 1
Real Madrid v Getafe – 1, Over 2.5
Levante v Espanyol – 2
Barcelona v Atlético de Madrid – 1, GG, Over 2.5
Real Sociedad v Alavés – 1
Valencia CF v Real Betis – 1, GG
FC Schalke 04 v Hertha BSC – 1
FC Augsburg v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – 1
Hamburger SV v 1. FSV Mainz 05 – X
VfL Wolfsburg v Bayer 04 Leverkusen – X
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hannover 96 – 1
RB Leipzig v Borussia Dortmund – 1X, GG
- FC Köln v VfB Stuttgart – 1
Sport-Club Freiburg v Bayern Munich – 2, GG
ITALIAN SERIE A
S.P.A.L. 2013 v Bologna – 1
Lazio v Juventus – X, GG
Napoli v Roma – 1
Genoa v Cagliari – 1
Udinese v Fiorentina – 2
Chievo v Sassuolo – 2
Atalanta v Sampdoria – 2
Torino v Crotone -1
Benevento v Hellas Verona – 1
AC Milan v Inter Milan – 1, GG
FRENCH LIGUE 1
Troyes v Paris Saint-Germain – 1
Angers v Guingamp – 2
Amiens v Rennes – X
Metz v Toulouse – 1X, 2.5
St Etienne v Dijo – 1
Caen v Strasbourg – 2
Montpellier v Lyon – 1X
Marseille v Nantes – 1