Weekend Football Preview

The league draws to a close in England and Germany. 

Premier League

Burnley vs. Bournemouth

Burnley have nothing to fight for in their final game of the season other than finishing with a win at home. With 7th place theirs Burnley look likely to be playing in the Europa League next season. Bournemouth sit 12th and our one of the few teams that can achieve a 10th place finish with a win. The higher you finish the more money you get and so Bournemouth will want to end the season as high as they can. It should be a close game but Burnley might edge it. 

Crystal Palace vs. West Brom

Crystal Palace have done remarkably to reach 11th place after zero points or goals in their first seven games. A win could potentially move them to 10th and really boast Roy Hodgson’s chances for manager of the season. West Brom are sadly relegated even after their great form in recent weeks, they will however be striving for a win which could take them into 18th if Swansea lose. An 18th place finish is way better considering they were rock bottom a few weeks ago. Another close tie to watch. 

Huddersfield vs. Arsenal

Huddersfield have showed great form in getting a point at both Man City and Chelsea, the latter ensuring them a place in next seasons Premier League. A win against an Arsenal side still seeking a point away from home in 2018 would put David Wagner up as a contender for manager of the season. Wenger’s last game for Arsenal comes as a last chance to rectify their away form as a loss would add another unwanted annotation to his last years at Arsenal. 

Liverpool vs. Brighton

The only game along with the Chelsea one which holds any real consequences for the teams involved. A win or draw for Liverpool would secure them a place in the Champions League for next season although if they were to and Chelsea to win they could still make the Champions League by beating Real Madrid in this seasons final. Brighton sit 14th and have had mixed results in recent weeks but a win for them could move them upto 10th if results went their way. Brighton need to win and Chelsea need to win and then Liverpool can beat Real Madrid and we could once again have 5 english teams in the Champions League so… lets get it done. 

Man United vs. Watford

Mourinho having secured second place for United with the bore draw at West Ham will rotate his squad ahead of next weeks FA Cup final. Watford are amongst the teams that can reach 10th place and will want to finish the season on a high although United will also want to do the same after their performances have disappointed fans in recent weeks.

Southampton vs. Man City 

Southampton are all but mathematically clear of relegation going into the final game of the season. A win or draw would guarantee them top flight survival for next season, a loss would could also guarantee them of survival but they would have to restrict City to less a maximum of 2 or 3 goals. Anything more could potentially see them relegated depending on results elsewhere. Man City having broken more records will look to break their own records. 

Swansea vs. Stoke City

Swansea have to win by a considerable margin and hope that Southampton get thrashed by Man City to stand any chance of Premier League survival. After a series of good results under Carlos Carvalhal the inertia seems to have been lost in recent weeks and they will hope to at least end the season with a win at home. Stoke are relegated but will want to win and hope that results elsewhere mean that they do not finish at the bottom of the table. 

Bundesliga

Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund

Bayern and Schalke have will finish first and second respectively and so have guaranteed a place in next seasons Champions League. Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund are two of the four teams fighting for the last two place and this fixture is basically a six pointer. A win for Hoffenheim could take them to 55 points for the season on par with Dortmund but goal difference would decide the position of the teams and whether Hoffenheim qualify. A win for Dortmund would take them to 58 points and seal them a 3rd place finish and a spot in next seasons Champions League. A draw would also be enough for Dortmund but for Hoffenheim it would depend on results elsewhere. 

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hannover 96

A win or draw for Bayer would take them to 55 points and depending on the game above and below could be enough to ensure them a place in next seasons Champions League. 

Hertha Berlin vs. RB Leipzig

Leipzig have to win this game and hope that results above go their to potentially give them a top four finish in the Bundesliga. 

Serie A

AS Roma vs. Juventus

Juventus could seal Serie A for the seventh season straight with a win against AS Roma. A draw and a loss would also be enough as the goal difference between Juventus and Napoli is far too great. AS Roma have done well in recent weeks although Juventus have been strong in Serie A compared to their European form. A mouthwatering tie to look forward to. 

 

Weekend Football Review

The weekend does not disappoint. 

Premier League

Liverpool 0 vs. 0 Stoke City

A cagey game at Anfield that ended in draw. Liverpool started the game in their usual style by attacking the Stoke goal, and in the 6th minute Salah went through on goal but failed with a chipped effort to beat Butland. Stoke put in a resolute defensive performance and almost won the game in the end but Shawcross failed to poke the ball into goal. Stoke now have 30 points and remain 19th only 3 points behind Swansea but Swansea have a game in hand. Liverpool remain 3rd but the gap between them and United could increase depending on United’s result. 

Burnley 0 vs. 0 Brighton

Matt Ryan was the hero of the game as Brighton earned a draw at Burnley. The first half was dominated by Burnley and Ryan had to make several important saves. Brighton had a chance of their own towards the end but failed to Murray and Gross failed to convert it. Brighton are 14th and 5 points clear of the relegation zone while Burnley remain 7th. 

Crystal Palace 5 vs. 0 Leicester

In one of the outstanding results of the weekend Crystal Palace put 5 past Leicester at home. After a cagey start in which efforts by both teams were cleared off the line, Zaha gave Palace the lead in the 17th minute after some good play between McArthur and Loftus-Cheek. McArthur added the second in the 38th minute to give Palace a comfortable lead at half time. Albrighton was sent off after pulling back Zaha who was clear on goal and so left Leicester with ten men on the field. Crystal Palace added three more goals in the final 10 minutes via Loftus-Cheek, Van Aanholt, and Benteke. The win takes Palace to 11th and 6 points clear of the relegation zone while Leicester continue their bad form and remain 9th. 

Huddersfield 0 vs. 2 Everton

Tosun and Gueye scored in each half to get Everton all three points. Huddersfield needed to win this game as their final three games see them facing Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Everton remain 8th making the place their own while Huddersfield are 16th and just 3 points off the relegation zone. 

Newcastle 0 vs. 1 West Brom

West Brom continued their good form by getting all three points at Newcastle. Phillips scored in the 29th minute to give West Brom the lead while Kennedy hit the post for Newcastle soon after. The win takes West Brom to within 5 points of Swansea although Swansea have a game in hand. Newcastle remain 10th. 

Southampton 2 vs. 1 Bournemouth

Southampton won in emphatic fashion to keep their survival hopes intact. Tadic gave Southampton the lead in the 25th minute but King equalised for Bournemouth right before half time. Southampton did not collapse and Tadic gave them the lead again in the 54th minute. McCarthy made a couple of great saves towards the end of the game to insure that Southampton won the game. The win leaves Southampton just a point behind Swansea while Bournemouth are 12th. 

West Ham 1 vs. 4 Man City

Sané, Jesus, Fernandinho, and an own goal by Zabaleta gave Man City a dominant win in London. Sterling provided assists for 3 of the goals and his form has started to pick up again in time for the World Cup. City have now reached a 100 goals scored (the fastest by any team), they are tied with last year’s Chelsea campaign of 30 wins, and are just 2 points away from Chelsea’s points record of 95. West Ham find themselves 15th just 3 points above the relegation zone. 

Man United 2 vs. 1 Arsenal

In what was Wenger’s last game at Old Trafford as Arsenal manager there was pre game gift giving by Ferguson and an appreciation for what Wenger had done in 22 years. Wenger brought a depleted squad to Manchester as the Europa League semi final against Atletico has been given more priority. It was a balanced game as Pogba gave United the lead in the 16th minute. Arsenal had been playing well and responded in the 51st minute after Mkhitaryan netted against the club that had pushed him out in the winter. Football is a cruel sport and United scored the winner in stoppage time and to make even worse for Wenger the scorer was Fellaini. The win guarantee’s United a Champions League place for next season. Arsenal remain 6th. 

Serie A

Inter 2 vs. 3 Juventus

2 goals in the final five minutes of the game gave Juventus all three points in Milan. Costa opened the scoring for Juventus in the 12th minute while Vecino was sent off soon after for Inter. Juventus started the second half poorly and Inter capitalised as a Icardi header and Barzagli own goal gave Inter the lead. Juventus rallied towards the end scored two in the final 5 minutes via Skriniar own goal and Higuain winner. The three points for Juventus take them four clear of Napoli in second although that could be back to one depending on Napoli’s result. A win for Inter would have kept them in the running for a Champions League spot but they could be 4 points adrift of Lazio by the end of the weekend. 

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Proper weekend football is back!

Premier League

Liverpool vs. Stoke City

A defeat for Stoke at Anfield would be the final nail in their coffin. Liverpool having thrashed AS Roma 5-2 will want to rotate their squad ahead of their second leg. Stoke will have to have an amazing game to get anything out of the fixture and odds are that Liverpool will win comfortably even with a rotated squad. West Brom did manage to get a point against a rotated Liverpool side and so should have some hope going into the game. 

Burnley vs. Brighton

Last weekend both these teams drew against their respective opponents although Brighton’s point against Tottenham was most likely a better feat. Burnley have dropped off in recent weeks but a win at home could take them to within a point of Arsenal who are 6th. Brighton in most likelihood are safe for this season but a win would make that a certainty take them to 11th with 39 points. 

Crystal Palace vs. Leicester

Crystal Palace need the three points more than Leicester do and after drab nil nil draws last weekend both teams will be looking to bounce back with a win. Leicester have fallen down the table in recent weeks but a win could take them 8th while a win for Palace could take them up to 11th place if other fixtures go their way. 

Huddersfield vs. Everton

Huddersfield come of two weeks of rest and will be raring to go against Eveton who won against Newcastle last weekend. Huddersfield find themselves 16th at the moment and a win could take them up to 13th and closer to the 40 point mark of safety. Everton could solidify their position in 8th with a win although Huddersfield have been decent at home this season. 

Newcastle vs. West Brom

Newcastle lost to Everton last weekend while West Brom fought back to clinch a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at home. Rafa will be looking to bounce back with a win and 3 points could solidify their place in 10th. This is a do or die game for West Brom and anything less than a win would mean that they will be relegated to the Championship. 

Southampton vs. Bournemouth

A interesting game for both sides as Southampton need a win to keep their survival hopes alive while a win for Bournemouth would guarantee them safety for this season. Bournemouth lost at home to Man United last weekend and Southampton lost at Wembley to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final. Mark Hughes will be looking to put all his effort into not getting two teams relegated this season and so should be encouraged to get points against a suspect Bournemouth side. 

West Ham vs. Man City

West Ham similar to many other teams find themselves on the path to safety. Man City having won the Premier League are now chasing the records that are set by Chelsea. Playing Man City is never an easy option but West Ham could get something out of the game especially since they are at home. Moyes will be hoping that some malaise kicks into Pep’s side. 

Man United vs. Arsenal

A game of no real consequence as a win for both teams would not change their league position and in Arsenal’s case they will be focusing on the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Atletico. Arsenal in all likelihood will rotate the squad although Aubameyang will start but, United with a full strength team should have enough to win at Old Trafford. A slight twist is that this is Wenger’s last game against United as Arsenal manager and so he will want to get one over Mourinho. 

Tottenham vs. Watford

Anything other than a win for Tottenham would make the top four race very interesting and personally I am hoping that is the case. Watford are one win away from guaranteed safety for this season and will hope to attack a wounded Tottenham side. This fixture along with the Liverpool game should be interesting games to watch. 

Serie A

Inter vs. Juventus

In what is the only title race in Europe this season, this fixture comes with immense weight. Inter sit 5th but a win against Juventus could take them up to 3rd if results elsewhere go in their favour. Juventus need the three points as anything less than that could jeopardise their position as league leaders if Napoli were to win. An interesting and important game for both parties and Juventus will need to play better than they have in the last few games. 

 

Weekend Football Review

8 semi-final defeats in a row!

FA Cup Semi-Final

Man United 2 vs. 1 Tottenham

The pressure on Pochettino continues after yet again falling short at the last hurdle. In what was a mouth watering fixture, Dele Alli gave Tottenham the lead in the 11th minute after some brilliant play and a wonderful cross from Eriksen. After the goal though United rallied and as they have done on countless occasions this season they equalised in the 24th minute. A Pogba cross was met with a great header by Sanchez. The game was an open ended one as both teams attacked the opponents goal but United got the lead in the 62nd minute when Ander Herrera finished in the box. Following the goal United also gave a brilliant defensive display and nullified any threat from Tottenham. United now head into the final against either Chelsea or Southampton. Tottenham go another season without a trophy or a final and Pochettino now has real pressure to deliver something next season. 

Premier League

West Brom 2 vs. 2 Liverpool

An exciting game at the Hawthorns ended in a draw. Liverpool drew first blood as Danny Ings scored in the 4th minute, his first goal since 2015. Salah continues to reach records as he extended Liverpool’s lead in the 72nd minute, Salah’s 31st goal of the season equaling the record in a 38 game season. West Brom had not been fazed by the goals and threatened Liverpool whenever they could, the consistency paid off in the 79th minute as Livermore got the ball into the net. The comeback was completed in the 88th minute as Rondon scored a brilliant header. In all probability West Brom are still probably going to be relegated, but Liverpool drop points meaning that they could be 6 points behind United who have a game in hand, and could drop further down depending on results elsewhere. 

Watford 0 vs. 0 Crystal Palace

A game of two halfs as the first was dominated by Watford while the second was dominated by Crystal Palace. The draw means that Palace are now 6 points ahead of the relegation zone in 15th while Watford remain 12th. 

Arsenal 4 vs. 1 West Ham

A scintillating end 10 minutes gave Arsenal 3 points and a thumping win. After a dreary first half Arsenal went ahead in the 51st minute when Nacho Monreal volleyed in the goal. Arnautovic equalised in the 64th minute to bring West Ham back into the game. Ramsey’s cross drifted into the goal at the 82nd minute and Lacazette came of the bench to add two more. The win takes Arsenal 4 points ahead of Burnley to stay 6th while West Ham remain 15 with 35 points. 

Stoke City 1 vs. 1 Burnley

Ndiaye gave Stoke the lead in the 11th minute but they failed to capitalise and the Burnley came back in the second half via an Ashley Barnes goal. Burnley remain 7th while Stoke City sit 18th, 4 points behind Swansea who are 17th. 

Man City 5 vs. 0 Swansea

Man City celebrated their title success in emphatic fashion as they thumped Swansea at home. Sterling, De Bruyne, both Silva’s, and Jesus got on the score sheet through out the game while Sterling was involved in 3 of the 5 goals. City continue to chase the premier league records while Swansea remain 17th though only 4 ahead of Southampton. 

Everton 1 vs. 0 Newcastle

After a cagey first half Theo Walcott gave Everton all 3 points in the 51st minute. A win would have seen Newcastle leap frog Everton into 9th but Everton’s win means that they move into 8th. Leicester drop down to 9th and Newcastle remain 10th. 

Serie A

Juventus 0 vs. 1 Napoli

Koulibaly scored in the 89th minute to give Napoli an important win at title rivals Juventus. Napoli dominated the match in what was a cagey affair in Turin. A point now separates both teams with 4 games to be played. In what is the only real title race in Europe this season Napoli could end Juventus’s reign in Italy. 

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FA CUP!

FA Cup Semi final 

Man United vs. Tottenham

A win for both teams at home respectively means that this game is perfectly poised. While the game is at Wembley the fans will be evenly divided between the teams and so should not be seen as an advantage to Spurs. The pressure is on Spurs and Pochettino to reach their first final under his leadership while Mourinho has already been there and done that on numerous occasions. Spurs have been the better side in recent weeks while United have been all over the place. It is going to be a close game and it will be exciting to see whether Mourinho’s experience or Tottenham’s exuberance reach the final, one thing that is certain is that Tottenham need it the most. 

Premier League

West Brom vs. Liverpool

A shock win for West Brom and a routine win for Liverpool last weekend means that both teams head into the fixture high on confidence. West Brom seem to have decided to go down swinging and any points taken from Liverpool would make the top four race very interesting. Liverpool have a Champions League semi final to look forward to so Klopp might rotate his players giving the likes of Salah and Firmino a rest. The outcome of this game depends on the lineup that Liverpool put forward. 

Watford vs. Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace got a vital win against Brighton last weekend and 3 more points at Watford would take them up to 13th place level with Watford who are 12th. Watford are not in the best of form while Crystal Palace encouraged by Zaha and the return of Loftus Cheek seem like they are going to survive the drop. 3 more points for Crystal Palace is on the cards. 

Arsenal vs. West Ham

A London derby as West Ham visit the Emirates in what is a crucial game for the hammers. Wenger will most likely rest a few players ahead of their meeting against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League but Aubameyang will most likely start as he is cup tied. A win for West Ham would take them into 12th needing two more points to reach 40, while Arsenal are in danger of dropping into 7th if the fail to win at the weekend. West Ham could cause an upset but Arsenal have been strong at home this season. 

Stoke City vs. Burnley

Stoke need the win if they want to possess any hope of remaining in the Premier League. A draw last weekend at West Ham did little to create any momentum and Stoke will be looking to the fans to be the 12th man. Burnley come of a midweek loss to Chelsea and were far from brilliant in the game, they will be looking to continue their push for 6th with a win at Stoke. 

Man City vs. Swansea

This game should be a celebration for City fans as the team play at home for the first time since being confirmed champions. Swansea will try to ruin the party but face a massive up hill task as they push for their own safety. Having nothing to play for now City will most likely try to break a few records in their remaining games as well as give a few of the fringe players some game time. Most likely outcome is 3 more points for City. 

Everton vs. Newcastle

Newcastle will look to continue their revival with a win at Everton which would take them above the toffees into 9th. Everton have been poor in recent weeks and risk dropping into the bottom half of the table even though they have been guaranteed safety. Allardyce needs positive results for his job but Newcastle and Benitez should have enough to continue their winning streak. 

Serie A

Juventus vs. Napoli

A major game in the Serie A as a win for Juventus would take them 7 points clear of Napoli and all but guarantee them the title, while a win for Napoli would reduce the deficit to 1 point making the remaining weeks very interesting. Since the turn of the year Napoli have dropped off while Juventus have rallied on even while suffering European set back. Juventus will want to continue their domination while Napoli look to break it.  

 

Weekend Football Review

City are officially Premier League Champions.

Burnley 2 vs. 1 Leicester

Burnley continued their fine form with a 5th successive win. Wood and Long scored in the opening 10 minutes to give Burnley the lead. Burnley held on to the lead till the 72nd minute when Vardy scored to give Leicester a glimmer of hope. Burnley are known for their defensive solidity and were able to see out the game for 3 points. The win takes Burnley to within 2 points of Arsenal in 6th while they are 9 clear of Leicester in 8th. 

Crystal Palace 3 vs. 2 Brighton 

This was a crucial win for Palace as all 5 goals were scored in the first half of the game. Zaha and Tomkins gave Palace the lead in the opening 15 minutes, while Murray brought the seagulls back into the game soon after. Zaha restored the lead to 2 goals when he scored in the 24th minute, but Izquierdo made it 3-2 in the 34th minute. Brighton missed a few great opportunities during the rest of the game to equalise. Palace are now 6 points clear of the relegation zone sitting in 16th. Brighton remain 13th. 

Huddersfield 1 vs. 0 Watford

In what was a close game Huddersfield managed to claim all three points in the 91st minute via a Tom Ince goal. Watford were the better side in the first half and missed a few good chances while Huddersfield picked up their game in the second. Huddersfield are now up to 14th with 35 points while Watford remain 12th but winless in 5 games. 

Swansea 1 vs. 1 Everton

Ayew managed to get Swansea late in the second half after a Naughton own goal had given Everton the lead 2 minutes before half time. Everton had several chances to gain all three points but were not clinical enough. Everton remain 9th, within a point of Leicester in 8th, while Swansea fall to 17th but are 5 points clear of the relegation zone. 

Liverpool 3 vs. 0 Bournemouth

It was the front three of Liverpool who terrified Bournemouth at the weekend and got all 3 points for Liverpool. Mané opened the account with a goal in the 7th minute making him Senegal’s all time leading scorer in the Premier League. Salah scored in the 69th minute taking his tally to 30 goals domestically continuing to break records on his way to a potential golden boot. Firmino finished it off with a goal in the 90th minute to become the highest scoring Brazilian in a single season. The win moves Liverpool to within a point of Manchester United in second. Bournemouth remain 11th with 38 points. 

Tottenham 1 vs. 3 Man City 

City managed to break their winless streak by beating Spurs at Wembley. Jesus gave City the lead in the 22nd minute while Gündogan added a second from the spot 3 minutes later. Spurs managed to get a goal back before half time thanks to Eriksen. Tottenham continued to apply the pressure on City but City stood strong and Sterling sealed the 3 points in the 72nd minute. The win was crucial as events elsewhere meant that City are now officially Premier League champions for the 17/18 season. 

Newcastle 2 vs. 1 Arsenal

Newcastle ended an 8 year wait for a win against Arsenal by getting all 3 points at St.James’ Park. Arsenal started the game of well with a Aubameyang assisting Lacazette in the 14th minute to give Arsenal the lead. Newcastle grew into the game after a going a goal down and Pérez managed to equalise in the 29th minute after some very intricate passes. Richie completed the comeback in the 68th minute and Arsenal were not able to respond after having brought a very weak side to the game. Newcastle continue to climb the table sitting 10th, Arsenal are now 6 points behind Chelsea in 5th and are in danger of dropping further down the table. 

Man United 0 vs. 1 West Brom

Only in the Premier League can a side beat the team in first place one week and then lose to the last place team the next week. After an impressive win at the Etihad it looked like United would thrash West Brom at Old Trafford. Credit to West Brom they showed up for the game and were impressive through out, Rodriguez gave them all 3 points in the 73rd minute. A first win in 10 means that West Brom are still bottom but 9 points away from  safety. United are now just 1 point ahead of Liverpool. 

West Ham 1 vs. 1 Stoke City

In what was an evenly contested game both teams were able to get a point. After a stale first half, the second half brought a Peter Crouch goal in the 79th minute, his 44th for Stoke making him their leading goalscorer in the Premier League. Stoke looked like they would manage 3 points but West Ham kept knocking on the door, and in the 90th minute Andy Caroll managed to equalise. West Ham remain 14th while Stoke remain 18th and in the relegation zone. 

Rest Of Europe

AC Milan 0 vs. 0 Napoli

A stalemate at the San Siro, and a win for Juventus means that the Turin side are now 6 points ahead of Napoli with 6 games to play. Napoli’s upcoming game away to Juventus looks more and more crucial for the Neapolitan side. Ac Milan remain 6th. 

Schalke 2 vs. 0 Dortmund

The Ruhr derby ended in a win for Schalke after Konoplyanka and Naldo scored in the second half. The win takes Schalke 4 points of clear of Dortmund who drop down to 4th after Leverkusen won their game at the weekend. 

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Premier League MW 34

Burnley vs. Leicester

A 6 point fixture and potentially one that could seal 7th place. Burnley have been in top form in recent weeks and will be looking to increase the gap to 9 points. Leicester come of a defeat in Newcastle and will look to avoid one that would seal 8th place for them. Leicester will hope that Vardy and Mahrez turn up for this game. 

Crystal Palace vs. Brighton

This is a crucial home game for Palace as they need a win to give them hope of surviving the relegation zone. A win for Brighton would take them to 38 points needing 2 more to reach the 40 point mark of safety. Offensively Crystal Palace have shown plenty of potential in recent weeks with Zaha being their main man. Palace will have to put in a disciplined defensive performance to get all 3 points. 

Huddersfield vs. Watford

Huddersfield need 3 points to avoid to stay above the relegation zone, while Watford are 3 points away from certain safety this season. Neither teams won in their last game week and Huddersfield will hope to put in a solid performance at home. Watford seem to be ambling towards safety and have been leaky at the back recently. This could be a close fixture. 

Swansea vs. Everton

As is the case with most bottom half teams in this season Swansea will be looking to win to keep up their hope of survival. A win for Everton could potentially take them to 8th place depending on results elsewhere. Under Carvalhal, Swansea have been in good form at home and should challenge a suspect Everton team for 3 points. 

Liverpool vs. Bournemouth

Liverpool’s European expedition continued midweek after a win in Manchester, and they will hope to move to within a point of United with a win. A win for Bournemouth could take them into the top 10 but with Liverpool riding a wave of good form we should nothing less than a few goals for Salah, and a win for Liverpool. 

Tottenham vs. Man City 

The past two weeks have changed the taste of City’s season, while they will probably be crowned champions within the next few weeks, they failed to seal the title by losing to United in what was a once in a life time opportunity. Knocked out by Liverpool in the Champions League, City could now potentially lose a 4th successive game in all competitions with their visit to London. Tottenham have been in spectacular form in 2018 and could continue to maintain the 10 point gap from Chelsea with a win. This is a must win game for Pep and his players while Tottenham will be looking to spoil the mood in the blue half of Manchester for a further week. 

Newcastle vs. Arsenal

Newcastle and Arsenal are enjoying good form in recent weeks and both teams could potentially move higher in the table with wins. Aubameyang has been on fire for the gunners and will be looking to add to his tally in Newcastle but Newcastle are no push overs and the fans will be hoping that their team continue their good form against an Arsenal side that at times has collapsed. 

Man United vs. West Brom

After having halted City’s parade with a spectacular comeback win at the Etihad, United will be looking to continue their high by beating bottom of the table West Brom. West Brom edge towards relegation with every game week and this weekend could add another nail to their coffin. 

West Ham vs. Stoke City

Chicharito gave West Ham a much needed point at Stamford Bridge last weekend and they will be looking to add to their distance from the bottom 3 with a win against 19th place Stoke City. Stoke played well at home against Spurs but failed to add any points to their tally, they will be hoping to put in a good performance and will take encouragement from the fact that West Ham is still in a very toxic environment. 

Rest Of Europe

AC Milan vs. Napoli 

Napoli are 4 points adrift of league leaders Juventus and Sarri’s men will look to win a difficult game to reduce that gap to a point. Having extended Gattuso’s contract, Milan are now looking ahead to better times and will be hoping to add to that expectation with a win at home to a very good Napoli side. 

Schalke vs. Dortmund

A battle for 2nd place in the Bundesliga. A win for Schalke would extend the gap between them and Dortmund to 4 points while a win for Dortmund would take them above Schalke into second place. An exciting Ruhr derby awaits. 

Weekend Football Review

An interesting weekend fo results in the Premier League and across Europe. 

Premier League MW 32

Crystal Palace 1 vs. 2 Liverpool 

Crystal Palace had a good first half in which they restricted Liverpool to the odd chance, and managed to get a goal through a Luka Milivojevic penalty when Zaha had been brought down by Karius. The second half was played with a higher tempo and Sadio Mané scored via a James Milner corner in the 49th minute to get Liverpool back in the game. Though like I mentioned in the preview as long as Liverpool had Salah on the pitch they would be able to get 3 points and his goal came in the 84th minute through a Robertson cross and a composed finish in the penalty box. Crystal Palace have played well in the last few fixtures and have not deserved the results they have been dealt, that is why they should avoid relegation this season. Liverpool go 13 points clear of 5th place Chelsea and can concentrate on the champions league fixture against City. 

Brighton 0 vs. 2 Leicester 

Brighton lost only their 3rd home game of the season in what was very close game between the two sides. Brighton had the chance to take the lead in the 77th minute via a penalty when Izquierdo was fouled by Ndidi in the box. Murray missed the penalty and Iborra managed to give Leicester the lead in the 83rd minute following a Chilwell cross. Ndidi was send off for Leicester in the 87th minute due to a second yellow but, Leicester sealed the win in the 96th minute via a Vardy goal. Brighton dropped to 13th while Leicester maintained their position at 8th. 

Man United 2 vs. 0 Swansea 

Lukaku got is his 100th goal in the premier league in the 5th minute to give United the lead, and Sanchez added to the lead in the 20th minute to score is second goal for United. United dominated the first half and their star man was Jesse Lingard who has been in good form this season. Swansea fought back in the second half and De Gea (as he does so often) had to make two brilliant saves to deny Tammy Abraham. Swansea will be encouraged by their second half performance and should survive relegation. United stay second and can look forward to a certain Manchester Derby on Saturday. 

Newcastle 1 vs. 0  Huddersfield 

Ayoze Pérez got the winner for Newcastle in the 80th minute via Kennedy pass in what was a tightly contested fixture. Newcastle dominated the first half while Huddersfield had some chances in the second. Newcastle managed to keep their lead and now move to 12th while Huddersfield drop down to 16th. 

Watford 2 vs. 2 Bournemouth 

A close fixture between 11th and 10th, Femenía gave Watford the lead in the 13th minute while King equalised via a penalty in the 43rd minute when Holebas had handled the ball in the box. Pereyra scored for Watford in the 49th minute to restore the lead but Jermaine Defoe earned a point for bournemouth in the 92nd minute with a poachers finish. 

West Brom 1 vs 2 Burnley 

West Brom continued their dismal form by suffering a club record 8th successive loss. Barnes got Burnley the lead in the 22nd minute which was extended in the 73rd minute by Chris Wood. West Brom did have a better second half getting a goal back via Rondón in the 83rd minute. The goal had no real effect other than costing me a clean sheet in my Fantasy team. Burnley remain 7th 2 points off Arsenal while West Brom remain at the bottom. 

West Ham 3 vs. 0 Southampton 

Southampton looked to have gained some confidence from reaching the semi’s of the FA Cup but 2 weeks seems to have been enough for them to lose it. West Ham looked like they were in a downward spiral but Mário got them the lead in the 13th minute and Arnautovic got followed up by getting a brace in the first half to finish off a positive response by West Ham. West Ham moved to 14th 5 points off relegation while Southampton remain there. 

Everton 1 vs. 3 Man City 

Three first half goals from Sané, Jesus, and Sterling were enough to give City a win at Goodison Park. Bolasie managed to get Everton a consolation goal in the second half but thats pretty much it. City have a Champions League quarter final against Liverpool to look forward to while a win at home against United on Saturday would be an amazing way to seal the title. 

Arsenal 3 vs. 0 Stoke City 

Stoke City could not capitalise on what was a poor first half performance from Arsenal at the Emirates. Aubameyang gave Arsenal a lead through a penalty at the 75th minute and added to his tally in the 86th minute. Lacazette came off the bench to score a penalty in the 89th minute one which should give him some much needed confidence. Back to Back wins for Arsenal since November take them to within 5 points off Chelsea in 5th. Stoke remain in the relegation zone. 

Rest of Europe

Bayern Munich 6 vs. 0 Dortmund

Two goals from Lewandowski along with goals from Rodriguez, Müller, and Ribéry destroyed dortmund in the first half. Lewandowski managed to complete his hattrick in the second half in what was a resounding win for Bayern Munich showcasing why they are 17 points clear of Schalke in 2nd. 

Sevilla 2 vs. 2 Barcelona 

Vázquez and Muriel scored in the first and second half respectively to give Sevilla what looked like a comfortable lead against an underperforming Barca team. Barca though had a certain Lionel Messi on the bench who provided an assist for Suárez in the 88th minute and then scored himself in the 89th minute to gain a point for the Blaugrana. Barcelona still lead La Liga with a 9 point gap. 

Juventus 3 vs 1 AC Milan 

Dybala got Juventus the lead in the 8th minute while ex Juve defender Bonucci levelled for Milan in the 28th minute. A late push by Juventus saw Cuadrado and Khedira seal the victory, and as Napoli had earlier drawn to Sassuolo the lead at the top has been extended to 4 points. 

 

 

Weekend Football Preview

Premier League MW 32 

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool 

Liverpool are third in the table going into the gameweek, a win at Crystal Palace would take them to second and 10 points clear of 5th place Chelsea. Crystal Palace are in the midst of a relegation battle and while their start to the season was awful, under Roy Hodgson they have managed to regain some form. Playing at Selhurst Park is always tough but a certain Mo Salah should be enough to take 3 points for Liverpool. 

Brighton vs. Leicester 

Brighton were early relegation contenders though they sit 14th while Leicester are 8th. A win for Brighton would see them move to 10th, while a win for Leicester would move them to 7th and a potential Europa League place. Brighton have played well at home this season although a resurgent Vardy and Mahrez could cause them problems. 

Man United vs. Swansea 

United have had their fair share of problems recently both on and off the pitch. Swansea have been a different team under new manager Carlos Carvalhal. A win for United is on the cards but Swansea will make them work for it. 

Newcastle vs. Huddersfield 

Two teams very much in the battle for relegation. Newcastle have been in good form recently and should be able to get 3 points from the fixture. 

Watford vs. Bournemouth 

A fixture of no real importance although Watford fans will be seeking a response from the players after losing 5-0 to Liverpool. 

West Brom vs. Burnley 

WestBrom are most definetly going to be relgated come the end of the season and Burnley have been steadily progressing under Sean Dyche. Burnley should win to strenghen their claim for a place in the Europa Leaue next season. 

West Ham vs. Southampton 

Both teams desperately need a win if they are to avoid relegation. The environment at West Ham is toxic and with Southampton having appointed Mark Hughes along with having progressed to the FA Cup semi’s momentum should be on their side. 

Everton vs. Man City 

Hard to see anything but a win for Man City. Everton might make them fight for the 3 points with Tosun having picked up some form in recent weeks. A win for Man City would set them up to beat Man United to become Champions next week. 

Arsenal vs. Stoke City 

Stoke have been poor and Arsenal having nothing to fight for in the premier league can afford to rest players for their Europa League quarter final against CSKA Moscow. 

Rest Of Europe

Bayern Munich vs. Dortmund 

Bayern Munich have once again ran away with the Bundesliga sitting 17 points clear of second placed Schalke. Though this fixture does not disappoint and if Dortmund were to win they would move to second. 

Sevilla vs. Barcelona 

A close game that Barcelona should win to move 14 points clear of second placed Atletico. 

Juventus vs. AC Milan 

Juventus have not been able to run away with league this season mainly due to an amazing Napoli side managed by Maurizio Sarri. Milan have turned up under the management of former player Genaro Gattuso and could cause Juventus problems. This should be an interesting fixture.