Manchester City bounced back from their derby defeat to Manchester United with a 4-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the midweek Champions League action. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 matches in all competitions.
There are few tougher fixtures in the league than Barca’s away at free-flowing fourth-placed Real Sociedad on Saturday or Madrid’s trip on Sunday to a revived Valencia, who have won three games on the bounce and beat Ajax in Amsterdam to win their group in the Champions League.
Madrid, meanwhile, have won nine out of their last 12. If their own surge has been slightly less consistent than Barca’s in terms of results, their performances have been more convincing. In their last 10 games, they have scored 28 goals and conceded only five.
Liverpool are well placed to win their first Premier League title and complete a full season unbeaten after enjoying record-breaking start to the 2019-20 campaign, building on a Champions League triumph back in June by storming clear of their rivals in England.
The Red has won fifteen of their last sixteen matches in the Premier League this season, with deadly attacking trident Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane firing on all cylinders once again.
The so-called “Heavy Metal football” he inspired at Borussia Dortmund — intense, exciting, ‘in your face’ football — has been replicated at Anfield, but the joy and passion that the German manager exerts from the touchline helps explain why Liverpool play at such a high tempo. Bet Now
The Champions League winners are showing the kind of form that suggests they could go through the season unbeaten and emulate Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal Invincible of 2003-04, but can Liverpool maintain it forthe whole campaign?
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Click HERE to get that eye-catching offer.The Reds are top of the Premier League by eight points ahead of Leicester City after 16 fixtures, and already fourteen ahead of reigning champions Manchester City.
Tottenham, though, will be out to avenge the 7-2 home loss at the hands of Bayern they suffered earlier in the year as Jose Mourinho gears up for his first away Champions League match following his appointment.
“We drew the last game and after that game Napoli were for sure in a better mood than we were and Salzburg were in the best mood for sure, they won their away game and knew they could go to the next round by their own doing,” Klopp told the Liverpool website.
Barcelona– have already secured top spot in Group F and it remains to be seen what sort of team Ernesto Valverde will pick with their rescheduled match against Real Madrid on the horizon. It has already been confirmed Lionel Messi will not travel.
A week that started with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure after a below-par performance in a home draw against promoted Aston Villa ended with a second memorable victory in a matter of days.
Solskjaer’s side could have added to goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in a fine first half that laid the foundation for the 2-1 victory, which moved them to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea.
“That is the level we face, against Liverpool, United, Barcelona, Madrid, Juventus – they are the teams we have to face and the reality is maybe we are not able now to compete with them,” Guardiola said.
United are unbeaten against top-six opposition this season (W4, D2) but are not expected to get the better of Pep Guardiola’s side in Saturday’s derby.
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Look for John Stones and Benjamin Mendy to return to City’s back four but Kyle Walker could keep his place at right-back ahead of Joao Cancelo.
Injuries and off-field issues had prevented the two most expensive players on the planet from starting a game together this season until PSG’s 2-0 midweek win over Nantes which kept the reigning champions five points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
Led by Ciro Immobile, Serie A’s topscorer with 17 goals, Lazio have climbed to third after a run of six successive league wins and have already blasted 33 goals in 14 games.
Juventus, who are chasing their ninth successive title, had hoped that Sarri’s arrival would change the rather dour image the side had acquired under his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet.com
Yet, despite several players saying that they are having more fun under Sarri, Juventus have continued their habit of sneaking narrow wins.
Spurs came into the game on a three-match winning streak under new manager Jose Mourinho but failed to build on that momentum at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford put United ahead but a piece of technical brilliance from Alli brought Spurs level, only for a 49th-minute Rashford penalty to secure the three points for the hosts. Place bet on Virtual games 24/7 on NaijaBet
“We had to match their energy. We lost the game not by them outplaying us – just attitude,” Alli told reporters. “We weren’t hungry enough and we were slow to every second ball, losing 50-50s.
“Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and over-confidence. We’ve been playing well.
Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford to face his former employers for the first time since being sacked as Manchester United manager nearly 12 months ago. He has won his first three matches in charge of Tottenham but the north London outfit have conceded exactly two goals in each match.
“He was here for 22 years as the coach so he has a lot of experience. And he probably has some things that he thinks are important that he can share with me and make me a better coach. That’s what I wanted to ask.”
“Obviously the season we had was outstanding. We had even more players than that on the total shortlist so everyone can be proud of the achievement,” said Van Dijk after coming second behind Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in Paris on Monday.
“I think we could have even have had a couple more players in it, but we had a fantastic season last year and it should help motivate us to keep doing what we are doing, working even harder and try to achieve even more than we did last year,” added Van Dijk.
A sixth straight Premier League win sends Brendan Rodgers’s men three points clear of defending champions Manchester City in second.
Silva was reportedly on the verge of losing his job earlier in the week after a run of just two wins in 10 league games that has left the Toffees hovering just above the relegation zone. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on Naijabet
The Portuguese responded with a change of formation and his switch to a 3-5-2 worked to perfection for the opening goal.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis ordered the team to be confined to a week-long training camp earlier this month after a 2-1 league defeat to rivals Roma saw them slip to seventh in Serie A.
But as Ancelotti voiced his disagreement with the lockdown, the players all returned home after a 1-1 draw against Salzburg three days later, which stalled their bid to reach the Champions League last 16. For high odds, Bet now on NaijaBet
“The relationship between the president and I is excellent and nothing changes,” Ancelotti had insisted after saying he disagreed with the ‘ritiro’ or training camp.
PSG will secure top spot in the group by avoiding defeat in midweek. Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Madrid 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in September and that remains their standout performance of 2019/20.
This is a difficult match to call, as both teams have been difficult to read throughout the campaign. Home soil and history would favour Madrid but PSG defeated Madrid in emphatic fashion earlier this season.
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The Wales international will hope to start such an important game like this one but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case.