For the second week running, Arsenal were forced to settle for a point after going ahead and a 1-1 home draw with Sheffield United means they have won only one of their last seven in the league. Their sole defeat in their last six came against Chelsea, however, yet their away form leaves little to the imagination with just two league wins on the road all season.
Chelsea– Frank Lampard lost Reece James to injury in the 1-0 loss at Newcastle and with Marcos Alonso out, Emerson should come into the side, a move that would see Cesar Azpilicueta move to right-back.
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Lampard could make a couple of further changes to his XI with Kurt Zouma and Mateo Kovacic among those who may come in, while Ross Barkley and Pedro are pushing for starts.
The eight-time reigning champions have a four-point cushion on Inter, who have won only two of their last six league games, and are now also under threat from Lazio, who are just two points behind with a game in hand after hammering Sampdoria 5-1 on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, both five points behind, are still in touch but playing catch-up.
Setien once said he would have given his little finger to play under Cruyff. Now, 34 years later, he has the chance to resuscitate those ideals after two years under Ernesto Valverde when pragmatism took a greater hold.
European soccer’s ruling body said in its annual Club Footballing Landscape report that the 712 top-flight clubs in Europe’s 55 leagues earned a record 21 billion euros of combined income in the 2018 financial year, a 20 percent increase on the year before.
But Mourinho still made five changes from last weekend’s defeat against Liverpool, with Christian Eriksen, linked with a January move to Inter Milan, starting despite the Dane’s form being affected by the transfer talk.
Real survived the remaining minutes as the game ended 0-0 and they scored all their spot-kicks to become the first side to win the Super Cup since it was turned into a four-team event and transported to Saudi Arabia.
“It was the most important moment of the match because if the play had continued it could possibly have led to a goal,” said Simeone, who consoled Valverde as he walked off the pitch following the red card.
It may be too late to salvage City’s defence of the Premier League title as they remain 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who also have a game in hand, but led by Aguero the champions showed they will not give up the chase.
Gabriel Jesus added a fourth before halftime and Aguero added two more in the second half to surpass Thierry Henry as the top scoring overseas player in Premier League history with 177 goals.
City boss Pep Guardiola could afford the luxury of recalling Jesus and Aguero among six changes to the side that also outclassed Manchester United in midweek to put one foot in the final of the League Cup. Start placing bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Villa could be their opponents at Wembley on March 1 as they held Leicester 1-1 in the first leg of their semifinal on Wednesday, but on this evidence they would be powerless to stop City lifting the trophy for a third straight season.
In stark contrast to the attacking options available to Guardiola, Dean Smith did not have a fit striker to choose from with Wesley ruled out for the remainder of the season, so midfielders Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish were forced to deputise as front men.
The Reds, meanwhile, are unbeaten in 37 league matches and have won 11 of their last 12 in all competitions, with the sole blip on the record coming in their Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa. Having kept a clean sheet in their last five league matches, Liverpool have the means to shut out a Tottenham side without star striker Harry Kane.
Tottenham- Moussa Sissoko has been ruled out until April following knee surgery and joins Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies and Tanguy Ndombele on the sidelines.
Jan Vertonghen could start at left-back here should Jose Mourinho elect to revert to a 4-2-3-1 system, though Ryan Sessegnon is an option for the Spurs boss. Danny Rose is also hopeful of coming into contention of facing the league leaders. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Erik Lamela is in contention for a first start since October with Son Heung-Min set to start in attack.
Liverpool– Nathaniel Clyne, Fabinho, James Milner and Naby Keita all miss the trip to Tottenham.
Goals from Messi and Antoine Griezmann turned the game on its head, only for Atletico to hit back with a late double, Alvaro Morata converting a penalty in the 81st minute before Angel Correa found a winner in the 86th.
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Manchester United- Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard missed Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie with Wolves through illness and both remain doubts here.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also revealed Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire are doubts. The latter played through the pain in Saturday’s draw with Wolves. Brandon Williams or Ashley Young are on standby to replace Shaw here.
“We want him back scoring goals and making assists. There’s no one who runs as much, he’s great trigger for us in the pressing, he’s a lively, bubbly character.”
Lingard recently said in an interview with the Daily Mail that he feared for his United future after posting a bizarre video on social media with teammate Marcus Rashford in the close season. Place bet on today’s SerieA games on NaijaBet
Solskjaer had reprimanded the midfielder for his conduct and said it was important to speak to players about how they portray themselves online.
The 34-year-old, included at the expense of the suspended Krystian Bielik in the only change made by Derby boss Phillip Cocu, played the full match, despite it being his first competitive game since October.
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Elliot Simoes had equalised for Barnsley, but struggling visitors couldn’t ruin Rooney’s return to English football.
Aguero gave City their finest moment – the spectacular last-gasp winner against Queens Park Rangers in 2012 that earned the club the most dramatic of Premier League titles – but their all-time top goalscorer cannot go on forever.