Another big weekend!
Premier League MW 16
Brentford vs. Watford
Brentford sit 13th in the table with one win in their last five games while Watford sit 17th and have one win in their last five as well but the other results are four losses. This should be a high tempo and fun game to watch and it’s a London Derby so it adds some added spice.
Man City vs. Wolverhampton
League leaders City are looking to maintain their momentum as 8th placed Wolves come to town. Wolves have been playing well but have only won one of their last five games so there is pressure. The problem with Wolves is that they just can’t seem to finish the chances they create. City do come into this game with a loss during the week but this is the Premier League. This should be a good game to watch and Wolves are capable of getting something out of the game but Man City are the favourites as usual.
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
Another great game this weekend as Gerrard visits Liverpool for the first time with his Villa team. Liverpool sit 2nd and are looking to continue their winning streak against Villa who sit 10th in the table having won 3 of Gerrard’s 4 games. The only loss came to Man City but they did fight hard in that game. Liverpool did struggle to beat Wolves and that should give Villa hope and they did thrash Liverpool last year but Liverpool like they showed against Wolves will be favourites to pull through. Hopefully Gerrard can cause an upset at Anfield.
Arsenal vs. Southampton
7th placed Arsenal have now lost their last two games as they take on 16th placed Southampton who have won only one of their last five games but have drawn their last two. Southampton need a win and they know that Arsenal are in a slight dip of form but Arsenal need to bounce back before the narrative turns toxic again. An interesting game for sure.
Norwich vs. Man United
Bottom of the table Norwich lost last weekend but had been doing well before that. Man United sit 6th in the table and are 3 games unbeaten as they look to make it a 3rd successive win this season. Norwich are playing better against Dean Smith and they can cause Man United some problems. United rested a lot of players during the week against Young boys and they will be favourites.
Burnley vs. West Ham
18th placed Burnley have been doing well but lost last weekend while West Ham beat Chelsea last weekend and sit 4th in the table. West Ham are in brilliant form at the moment but were slightly fortunate to beat Chelsea. Burnley are hard to beat at the moment and could cause West Ham problems with their defensive crisis. Burnley could get something out of this game.
Leicester vs. Newcastle
Leicester sit 11th and have only won one of their last five games as they take on Newcastle who sit 19th and finally got their first win last weekend. Two teams that need to get the wins, its another interesting game, slight pressure on Brendan Rodgers maybe.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
14th placed Palace have lost their last three and again by very fine margins as they take on Everton who sit 12th in the table and finally managed to win against Arsenal. Both teams need a win and there will be more pressure on Benitez to continue the win. Palace have been playing good football and it will be interesting for sure.
La Liga MW 17
Valencia take on Elche, Sevilla travel to Bilbao, Villarreal take on Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona travel to Osasuna, Real Sociedad travel to Real Betis, and Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid. The big game this weekend is the Madrid Derby as Atletico try to play catch up with their local rivals. Barcelona having dropped down to the Europa League along with more losses has caused the optimism around Xavi to vanish. Another big weekend of Spanish football but Real Madrid are in cruise control at the moment.
Serie A MW 17
Juventus travel to Venezia, Milan travel to Udinese, Atalanta travel to Verona, Lazio travel to Sassuolo, Napoli take on Empoli, Inter take on Cagliari, and Roma take on Spezia. Straight forward games this weekend in Italy and it’s a week of these big teams slipping against weaker teams. Everyone will be favourites to get a win but if anyone slips it would create a gap for sure.
Bundesliga MW 15
Dortmund travel to Bochum, Bayern take on Mainz, Hoffenheim travel to Freiburg, Leipzig take on Monchengladbach, and Leverkusen travel to Frankfurt. Similar to Italy there are some easy fixtures in Germany this weekend. Bayern are looking to turn on the after burners and pull away having beaten Dortmund last weekend. The other teams need Bayern to falter and need to pick up form.
Ligue 1 MW 18
Lille take on Lyon, Rennes take on Nice, Marseille travel to Strasbourg, and PSG take on Monaco. It’s a big weekend in France with some massive games but the sad thing is that PSG sit 11 points clear at the moment. If Monaco can beat PSG then it can cut the gap to 8 and make things a bit more interesting but other than that there’s not much at stake other than the top four race.