In a 36-round game in the Premier League, Everton takes Watford to his Goodison Park.
The hosts lost their place to European tournament, reducing the pace when they did not have to. They win only 1 point in the last 3 games. However, they ranked 8th with 53 points. The guests, on their turn survival and occupied 15 positions with 40 points. In a series of 3 consecutive losses. In the direct clash Watford wins by 3-2. Now I expect Everton to do the same despite his weak games lately.
Prediction: I expect a strong victory for Everton's team.
Juventus are strong favourites to advance to final after winning the first-leg against Monaco (2:0) on the road.
The best defense against one of the most scoring and talented attacks.
The Old Lady’s overall record against Ligue 1 opposition is 16 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses from 27 matches. At home, they are unbeaten in 11 matches with 8 wins and 3 draws. Moreover, Juve had won in all their previous 11 knockout ties against teams from France. Monaco managed just 1 win from the previous 7 visits in Italy, while losing in 6.
Monaco are like going to try and score an early goal to have any kind of chances. The team has a lot of pace up front and with Juventus defending deep I expect to see a lot of crossing opportunities.
Prediction: The match might gone into 2 possibilities: a goal for Monaco - and match will be interesting till the end and a goal for Juventus - match will be boring.
The battle for a Champions League qualification in the Italian Serie A continues.
On Saturday night AC Milan welcomes Napoli in an important clash between two of the strongest contenders for a place in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Napoli are currently 3rd in the Serie A with 41 points won, while Lazio and Milan follow with 40 and 37 points respectively. But we should note that Milan still have a game in hand, so they remain a very strong contender for a place among the first three teams in the league.
Napoli found their best form in the last few weeks. Maurizio Sarri’s boys won four of their last five games and didn’t lose neither once. The Azzurri are still in a position to attack the first place as well, because they falling just four points behind the leader Juventus.
Milan on the other hand lost two points against Torino in the last round of the Serie A. Enzo Montella’s team won just two of its last five games in the league, which is the reason why the Rossoneri need to start winning again on a consistent basis.
Milan will be without the services of the injured Ricardo Montolivo and Mattia De Sciglio, while Alessio Romagnoli and Manuel Locatelli are suspended for the clash at the Stadio San Siro. Andrea Poli is doubtful for the game, while the good news for Enzo Montella come from Matias Fernandez’ recovery from injury.
Napoli’s new star Arkadiusz Milik is training again after a three months lay-off, but he’s still not ready to play as he’d need some more time on the training pitch. Kalidou Koulibaly is also still recovering from his latest injury.
In August Napoli scored four times against Milan and took a spectacular 4-2 win against the Rossoneri. Now Enzo Montella’s team will have the chance to avenge the loss and get back closer to the Champions
Arsenal is the host against Manchester United in this very interesting and maybe decisive match in Premier League.
Mourinho said that his focus is on Europa League, but knowing Mourinho that shouldn`t mean anything. Wenger has never beaten him, and Mourinho will hardly sit back and let him this time. United are missing number of players, but even rotated squad for today looks impressive. Aside from Cech, Alexis and Ozil, Arsenal don`t have a world-class players, and this will be fair contest in terms of quality. United have been solid in defence lately, and they have been rarely losing this season. In fact, they have only three defeats in the league, which is the least of all teams.
This will only ramp up the pressure on Arsenal. Anything other than three points against United's reserve side would not go down well with the Arsenal fans that are already on edge about Wenger's future. Will United's unbeaten run in the Premier League finally come to an end?
Prediction: I'm expecting a lot of action in the 1st half and at least 1 goal for moneyback, 2 goals for full win.
After beating Milan at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday, Roma are now once again looking as the strongest contender to Juventus for the Serie A title.