Manchester City welcomes Newcastle United

Manchester City welcomes Newcastle United

Manchester City welcomes Newcastle United at the Etihad in a fixture from the 34th week of the Premier League. Allow us to take some preview of this match on Wednesday.

Manchester City will play this game just few days after their 0-1 loss during the visit to Southampton at the St. Mary’s. For the Cityzens this was a third consecutive defeat away from home, although for them it doesn’t matter much at the moment. Pep Guardiola’s side remain second in the standings with 66 points.

Guardiola put some of his best players on the pitch against the Saints, but Man City are clearly not motivated enough at the moment. They are focusing now on the Champions League and the FA Cup, so we highly doubt they are going to finish the Premier League on a high speed. These games are going to be nothing more, but preparation for them.

Newcastle United faced West Ham United on Sunday, but only won a point with a 2-2 draw at home. Almiron and Shelvey scored for Steve Bruce’s team, but the Hammers showed some desire to get at least a point from the game and they really did it.

With this point Newcastle improved their position in the league, though. The Magpies are now 12th with 43 points, just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur and the Top 10. With a little bit of a luck, Newcastle could finish in the Top 10 which would be a great performance.

In our preview for this game between Manchester City and Newcastle United we expect a calm game without much pressure between these two teams. It’s not really that important for neither of the teams, so let’s see. Maybe Man City will try to do better after their defeat on Sunday, but the truth is for them this game does not matter that much.

Getafe hosts Espanyol

Getafe hosts Espanyol

Getafe hosts Espanyol at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in a game from the 29th round of La Liga. Are you ready to read a preview for this fixture? Let’s go.

Despite of restarting their season with a loss against Granada away from home, Getafe remain a contender for a Top 4 finish and a return to the Champions League. At this moment they are 5th with 46 points, so their chances of a first qualification to the Champions League are pretty much alive. It depends on them how they will do.

Most probably Getafe feel some regret for this result against Granada because they scored the first goal in the game. Timor opened the score for Getafe at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, but Dakonam scored himself an own goal. The hosts secured the win with a winning goal from Carlos Fernandez in the 79th minute.

The Serbian goalkeeper Filip Manojlovic is the only absentee for Getafe because of injury. But at the same time he hasn’t played any minutes for the club this season, so that’s not something to talk about very much.

On Saturday Espanyol ressurected their chances for survival. Los Perricos recorded their 5th win for the season when they hosted Deportivo Alaves. Alaves’ goalkeeper Pacheco was sent off after just 18 minutes of play and things got easier for the Catalans. Bernardo Espinosa and Wu Lei scored the two winning goals for Abelardo’s team.

With this win Espanyol remain at the bottom of the league, but they have 23 points which moved them a bit closer to the big goal – survival.

The French defender Sebastien Corchia is not avaliable for Espanyol because of an injury. He’s missing this game for the Los Perricos.

We can say that this game between Getafe and Espanyol is equally important for both sides. The hosts are trying to qualify for the Champions League while the Catalans are fighting for their survival in the league.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Freiburg

Eintracht Frankfurt – Freiburg

After both teams losing their last games in the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg will meet at the Commerzbank-Arena, trying to do better. For Eintracht this season is not going well, while Freiburg still have a realistic chance to qualify for Europe next season. Let’s take a look.

Eintracht Frankfurt continued to lose even after the COVID-19 quarantine break. Adi Hutter’s team lost twice against Borussia M’gladbach and Bayern Munich, which makes us think that Hutter won’t be the manager anymore after the end of the season. Eintracht are clearly underperforming, being 14th in the table with 28 points. Reaching the Europa League 1/2-finals last year, right now Eintracht are in a run of five consecutive losses in the Bundesliga.

Freiburg on the other hand are still in a pretty good position to qualify for Europa League next season. At this moment Freiburg are 7th in the table with 37 points, just two points behind the 6th Wolfsburg. They have won just one of their last five matches in the league, though.

On Saturday Freiburg had a great chance to win against struggling Werder Bremen, but instead of this suffered a 0-1 defeat. Leonardo Bittencourt’s goal in the 19th minute was enough for the visitors to take the win.

Freiburg obviously need some kind of shaking up in order to improve. During the season this team proved that it’s good enough to qualify for Europa League. But most likely Freiburg won’t do it, if they don’t improve their current performance. That’s pretty much for sure.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg both need to win this game to improve their hurt confidence. The hosts can’t use the energy of the fans, but they need to remind themselves how good they were last season. Maybe this could help them to win against Freiburg on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich – Eintracht Frankfurt

Bayern Munich – Eintracht Frankfurt

The champion and leader in the Bundesliga Bayern Munich aim to enjoy their 19th win for the season when they host Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. This is a match from the 27th round of the league and the Bavarians are clear favourites to clinch the win.

At this moment Bayern Munich enjoy four points lead in front of the second Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga standings. They must stay consistent, though, because this is not such of a big gap. Borussia Dortmund are showing great form and they could use every slump in Bayern Munich’s form.

Last week Bayern didn’t show any sign of slowing down. The champion visited Union Berlin in the capital and didn’t face much of a trouble to record a 2-0 win. There’s no surprise that Robert Lewandowski scored again for Bayern Munich, whie Benjamin Pavard scored the second one.

The decision to leave Hansi Flick as manager after Niko Kovac’ sacking seems brilliant so far. Flick found his way to deal with Bayern’s dressing room and so far his results are almost flawless.

We can’t say the same about Eintracht Frankfurt, though. Eintracht do not enjoy their best season, being 13th in the standings with just 28 points. Because of this dissapointing performance it’s very likely to see some major changes at Eintracht for the next season.

Last week Eintracht restarted their campaign after the COVID-19 pandemic with another loss. They hosted Borussia M’gladbach and got beaten with 1-3. This was their 4th consecutive loss in the league – a proof that nothing is right in Frankfurt at the moment.

In conclusion we can say that we’d be really surprised if Bayern Munich don’t take the three points against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The champions are much better at the moment, so we don’t see how Eintracht will have a good day at the Allianz Arena.

RB Leipzig faces Tottenham Hotspur

RB Leipzig faces Tottenham Hotspur

RB Leipzig faces Tottenham Hotspur at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig in a second leg from the Champions League 1/8-finals. The German team is in a better position after the result in the first game, but Spurs are not a team to be written off. We expect some dramatic moments on Tuesday. Let’s take a look.

Being hurt by too many injury problems, Tottenham Hotspur didn’t play their best Champions League game against RB Leipzig two weeks ago. The German side won the game with 1-0 after a penalty kick, scored by their star striker Timo Werner. After the game Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho likened his team to “a gun with no bullets”.

Tottenham are currently without their two best strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, which is a huge problem for the Portuguese manager. In the first leg against Leipzig he put Dele Alli and Lucas Moura upfront, but both of them are not really pure strikers. Mourinho was right – he really didn’t have much of a choice in attack.

RB Leipzig on the other hand did what they had to do – they defended well and scored a crucial away goal which guaranteed them the win. But on Tuesday they must be cautious – Tottenham are hurt, but they are still in the competition. Jose Mourinho is a tactician with a vast experience, so we won’t be surprised if he creates some unique plan to turn the tie in his team’s favour.

Except Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min who we already mentioned, Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth remain sidelined for Tottenham. In the same time RB Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann can’t use Kevin Kampl, Tyler Adams, Ibrahima Konate and Willi Orban who are all injured at the moment.

Can Tottenham Hotspur survive in the Champions League against RB Leipzig? That’s the pretty good question we must ask now. Spurs lost the first game at home, but they have 90 minutes to turn things in their favour.

Club Brugge hosts Manchester United

Club Brugge hosts Manchester United

Club Brugge hosts Manchester United at the Jan Breydelstadion in a match from the 1/16-finals of the Europa League. This is a first leg between these two teams. Let’s see what’s going on with them.

Club Brugge entered Europa League after a participation in the group stage of the Champions League. The Belgian team beat Galatasaray for the third place in Group A, which allowed them to reach the second best competition on the continent. They did it despite of the fact that they won just three points in the group – all of them from draws.

For Club Brugge this is a fine season so far. They progressed to Europa League and they are currently leaders in the Belgian First Division A, losing just one game in 26 played so far. Brugge are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competition. Few days ago they secured their 18th win in the First Division A, beating Waasland-Beveren with 2-1 at home.

Manchester United had a fairly calm campaign in the Europa League’s group stage. The Red Devils comfortably won their group with four wins, one draw and one loss, qualifying for the 1/16-finals. United will try to win the competition again after their triumph under Jose Mourinho in 2017. This could be their ticket towards a return to the Champions League and they know it very well.

The manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is usually mixing the team when it comes to Europa League, but let’s see how he will do during the knockout phase. He must be happy with his players right now after the 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.

Manchester United approach this game against Club Brugge in a role of a favourite, but the Belgians could give them some trouble. Even a draw would be a good result here for United before the second leg at the Old Trafford.

Liverpool hosts Southampton

Liverpool hosts Southampton

The leader in the Premier League Liverpool hosts Southampton in a match which is another step for the Reds towards the title. Let’s have a look at this game at the Anfield Road on Saturday.

Everyone is aware right now that for Liverpool winning the Premier League title is just a matter of time. The Reds are enjoying one of the best seasons in the history of the league, having won 22 of their 23 matches and still being unbeaten. They are 16 points ahead of the champion Manchester City and they even have a game in hand. That’s spectacular.

Last week Liverpool had a tough visit to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers, but everything went smoothly for the leaders. Liverpool conceded a goal against the Wolves, but also scored two. Jordan Henderson opened the score for Liverpool, while Roberto Firmino scored the winner just six minutes before the end.

Southampton are going to be more fresh for this game, because on Wednesday Liverpool will face West Ham in a postponed game from the Premier League. But will this actually help the Saints?

Southampton are a team which is doing very well since the Christmas holidays. Because of the good results which the Saints recorded, Southampton are now 9th in the league with 31 points. Not too while ago they were actually in the relegation zone and conceded 9 goals against Leicester City in one game. They were pretty bad, yes.

In the previous round Southampton enjoyed their 9th win for the season. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s boys visited Crystal Palace in the capital and scored a 2-0 win. Nathan Redmond opened the score for the visitors, while Stuart Armstrong doubled their lead. It was a pretty solid performance by the Saints.

Liverpool are looking so invincible right now that we can’t possibly say something else, but state the obvious – they are huge favourites against Southampton on Saturday. For them this is another step towards the title.

Arsenal hosts Sheffield United

Arsenal hosts Sheffield United

Arsenal hosts Sheffield United at the Emirates on Saturday in a match from the 23th week of the Premier League.

With just one win in their last five matches in the Premier League, Arsenal are probably aware that with this kind of performance they could hardly achieve anything this season. Right now the Gunners are 11 points behind Chelsea and the Top 4, so it’s now or never for them – they won’t qualify for the Champions League if they don’t start winning on a regular basis.

Mikel Arteta achieved his first win as a manager against Manchester United, but in the next round his team lost two points during the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal at the Selhurst Park was not enough for Arsenal to secure the win.

The bad news for Arteta is that Aubameyang got sent off in this game, so he won’t be avaliable against Sheffield United on Saturday. Meanwhile Hector Bellerin and Callum Chambers remain sidelined as well.

For Arsenal it won’t be easy on Saturday because Sheffield United are performing very well since their promotion from the Championship. Surprisingly for most of the people, the Blades are currently 6th in the league with 32 points, outperforming their next opponent. Only time will tell if Sheffield United will be one season wonder or not. But right now they are showing a lot of quality.

In the previous round United achieved another important win. Chris Wilder’s team hosted West Ham United and won the game with 1-0 at the Bramall Lane. Oliver McBurnie scored the only goal in the game in the beginning of the second half.

In most of the time we would say that Arsenal are clear favourite against Sheffield United, but right now we are not sure how true would be this. The visitors are better positioned in the league at the moment and there are reasons for this.

Lazio – Napoli

Lazio – Napoli

Lazio hosts Napoli in a derby match from the 19th week of the Serie A.

Despite of having a game in hand, Lazio are currently third in the league with 39 points, just 6 points behind the leaders Inter Milan and Juventus. This means that although some pundits don’t actually agree, we can call the Eagles a title contender at the moment. Because if they win their postponed game, they could be just three points behind the first place.

And just look at Lazio’s current form, because it’s impressive – five wins in their last five games in the Serie A. Few days ago Simone Inzaghi’s team visited Brescia at the Stadio Rigamonti and won a difficult, but important 2-1 win. Ciro Immobile was the hero of the day, scoring both goals for Lazio. Immobile is also leading the Serie A goalscoring chart with 19 goals scored so far.

Last summer Simone Inzaghi could have been sacked after a dissapointing season, but the board chose to keep him, which happened to be a great decision.

Napoli are living a new life now after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti and the appointment of Gennaro Gattuso. The problem is that with Gattuso Napoli lost two of their last three games in the league.

Few days ago the Azzurri hosted Inter MIlan at the San Paolo, but got beaten with 1-3. The Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik scored the hosts’ only goal in the match, but Napoli got outperformed on this day. Gattuso once again left the summer signing Hirving Lozano on the bench, which is looking like a strange decision to pundits and fans. Right now he prefers to use Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon on the wings.

Against a shaky Napoli, Lazio look like a favourite to win the three points. Inzaghi’s team is in a terrific form, while we can’t say the same about their next opponent.

Freiburg – Bayern Munich

Freiburg – Bayern Munich

Freiburg hosts the champion Bayern Munich at the Schwarzwald-Stadion in a game from the 16th round of the Bundesliga.

Freiburg are havina very positive season so far. They are currently 6th in the Bundesliga standings with 25 points and with a record of 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. In their last three games they suffered two defeats, which hurt them in terms of position in the table, but they are still in the Top 6 and this is absolutely great for them.

Few days ago Freiburg suffered their 4th loss for the season. Christian Streich’s boys visited the capital to face Hertha BSC and got beaten with 0-1. The Czech midfielder Vladimir Darida scored the only goal in the game in the beginning of the second half. Christian Streich picked Vincenzo Grifo and Kwon Chang-Hoon from the bench, but this didn’t hurt the hosts.

Bayern Munich reacted well after suffering two consecutive losses in the league. On Saturday the Bavarians hosted Werder Bremen and entertained their fans with a crushing 6-1 win. Philippe Coutinho was the man of the match, scoring a hattrick and giving two assists. This is a perfect performance by the Brazilian midfielder. Robert Lewandowski twice and Thomas Muller also scored for FC Hollywood.

Bayern Munich has some catching up to do. Right now the champions are 5th in the Bundesliga with 27 points, being 6 points behind the leader RB Leipzig. Against Freiburg they will aim to record their 9th win for the season, but it won’t be easy – Freiburg are pretty decent since the start of the campaign.

Because of Freiburg being pretty good this season, this game between them and Bayern Munich on Wednesday promises to be really entertaining. The champions scored six goals in their last game, but are very solid at home right now.