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Manchester United have been such an up and down team this season, it has been hard to predict, but the fact remains that United have been in decent form beating some good teams recently like West Ham, Manchester City, Everton, Arsenal and even Liverpool which showcases their talent that is emerging through the young starlets in the squad. Last weekend, Man United held out Tottenham for for 69 minutes, until Tottenham ran riot with 3 goals in 6 minutes, but they really learnt their lesson playing out a strong win in mid-week 2-1 against the Hammers in the FA Cup.
Man United should be looking to welcome back Wayne Rooney back in the starting lineup which should mean that Martial plays on the left, Rooney plays behind Rashford and Mata plays on the right wing. Manchester United will have to continue rely on their back 4 to improve on their defensive work with Smalling, Blind, Rojo and Fosu-Mensah will be at the back to look and keep it tight to try and help Man Utd back into the top 4.
Aston Villa have been among the worst teams in the Premier League history with among the lowest points tally in many years. They have been really struggling with just 16 points in 33 games, and the biggest problem has been all over the pitch. There is rumblings going on in the back room, and they are now on their 2nd caretaker manager for the year after Sherwood and Garde been sacked so far. I truly believe the relegation will actually help the team especially the owners to wake up to see how much money, talent and securing a strong manager is needed in order to stay in this league.
Man United will be looking to romp to victory to keep the pressure on Man City who are just 4 points ahead of them and are facing Chelsea, and I am backing Man United to win on the Asian Handicap.
Manchester City will be absolutely buoyed by their strong performances over the last 2 weeks where they went away to Paris and draw with PSG and then beating them back at home in the league, which really will put their confidence in another stratosphere coming into this encounter. A win tonight will push them into 3rd spot ahead of Arsenal who play only tomorrow. De Bruyne and Aguero have been instrumental in the success of Manchester City in recent weeks, so everyone will have their eyes on them in this encounter when they take on Chelsea this weekend. City has improved their defence slightly with 2 clean sheets in their last 4 games and will hope that Otamendi and Mangala to keep it tight once again. The supporting cast of Bony, Toure, Navas and Nasri will be also looking to continue their good form to help the score and win this encounter. Silva, Sterling and Kompany are the major absences for Man City, who have been missing throughout the last few encounters as well.
Chelsea have been struggling in recent weeks with a lot of struggles coming through in some recent weeks, losing to Swansea 1-0 last weekend while drawing with West Ham, losing to Everton and PSG has seen confidence go a bit down at Stamford Bridge. The team have nothing to play for and that will have Diego Costa licking his lips as he aims to prove himself towards the end of the season in order to get a transfer out of Chelsea at the end of this campaign. Chelsea have still struggled defensively with Terry and Zouma out, while Cahill and Hazard are doubtful in this encounter.
Chelsea are far away from a European place for next season, while Man City would like to secure their spot for Champions League next season as the challenge to win the Champions League will be difficult, and the motivation & form is with them. I am backing Manchester City to win with a drawn no bet as insurance.
Real Madrid are coming into this encounter with some spanking form in their hand, and with Barcelona dropping 6 points over the last 2 game weeks, leaves Real Madrid with a minor shout in for the title with 4 points behind leaders Barcelona. Madrid playing first this weekend, can win and be within 1 point against Barcelona to put pressure on them.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez in particular are coming into this encounter in a rich vein of form that has seen Mardid win 6 games on the trot including beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Zidane has motivated his team to focus on delivering results, and that has been the case for them. The win in mid-week against Wolfsburg should really be a big boost of motivation for the entire squad and I expect Zidane’s men to continue on their merry way.
Getafe are struggling, they look like they will be relegated and sacked their manager last weekend, which showcases the bad struggles their are going through. In their last 10 meeting with Madrid, they have failed to win any of those encounters. They have only grabbed 2 points in their last 13 encounters, which will really bring down the motivation of the squad, which won’t bode well for them. Vasquez and Sarabia have bene their top scorers netting 9 out of the 28 goals that they have scored this season, which shows for the lack of consistency among the team on who will help them deliver the results.
The last few meeting between the 2 sides read as follows 4-1, 7-3, 3-0, 3-0, 4-1 and 4-0. This clearly shows how Madrid have dominated this fixtures over the seasons, and I expect them to even win cover the Asian Handicap tonight.
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