SCHALKE VS MONCHENGLADBACH
Monchengladbach have gone 9 competitive matches without a win.
Since the end of January, Monchengladbach have picked up 2 points in the German Bundesliga. They’ve been eliminated from the DFB-Pokal and from the UEFA Champions League. They’re running on a 7-game losing streak that includes 4 Bundesliga matches.
As bad as results have been for Monchengaldbach in recent weeks, their form can’t be compared to that of Schalke’s.
We are 25 rounds into the Bundesliga season and Schalke are bottom of the league with single win all season.
The win was at home against Hoffenheim (4-0) on January 9, 2021. It’s also been the only league win they’ve had in 41 league games.
Schalke being the prime relegation candidate should make it the perfect opportunity for Monchengladbach to get back on the winning track.
LYON VS PARIS ST. GERMAIN
French Ligue 1
Lille can benefit from this.
29 games played, 20 points each.
Lyon and Paris St. Germain are both three points from the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
Lyon too a 1-0 win in Paris from the reverse fixture.
It will be up to Paris St. Germain to make up for the points dropped.
ROMA VS NAPOLI
Italian Serie A
The reverse fixture was a 4-0 Napoli win. So Roma has a lot to be concerned about.
Napoli are coming into this match after a win at San Siro against AC Milan, while Roma are coming into this match after a shock ‘2-0’ defeat at Parma.
Napoli has a game in hand but are equal on points with Roma.
They go to Rome for a win that will give them a 3-point clearance and a game advantage.
ATLETICO MADRID VS ALAVÉS
Spanish La Liga
Atletico Madrid are left to chase the league title after being eliminated from all other tournaments.
After exiting the Champions League against Chelsea, it is up to Atletico to ensure they don’t lose their grip on the La Liga title race.
LA LIGA Standings Round 21 Atlético Madrid - 50 points Barcelona - 40 points Real Madrid -40 points Sevilla - 39 points ------------------------------------------ Round 27 Atlético Madrid - 63 points Barcelona -59 points Real Madrid - 57 points Sevilla - 54 points
In ‘Week 21’, the teams in the Champions League qualifying positions had a game in hand except for Atletico Madrid, who had 2 games in hand.
Atletcio were 10 points clear at the top of the Spanish La Liga standings with an extra game in hand.
Now that all the clubs have played out their games, Atletico Madrid’s lead has shrunk to 4 points.
Granted that Alaves managed to pick up an away win against Real Madrid earlier in the season, the bulk of Alaves wins in La Liga has been against the peers in the relegation battles.
Since Alaves won at Real Madrid, they’ve managed 2 wins from 16 league games. A 2-1 win at home to Eibar and a 1-0 win at home to Valladolid
Despite ending 4 successive defeats with a draw against Cadiz in the last round, Alaves will go into this match as a team without a win from their last 5 league games.
Unless Alaves have another evening in Madrid as they did against Real, we don’t see how Atletico Madrid should not get the needed three points from this tie.
FA CUP – quarterfinals
March 20, 2021
Bournemouth vs Southampton
Everton vs Manchester United
March 21, 2021
Chelsea vs Sheffield United
Leicester City vs Manchester United.
BOURNEMOUTH VS SOUTHAMPTON
Bournemouth are the only non-Premier League side left in the FA Cup. Bournemouth play as host to Southmapton; a side that last won the competition in 1976.
As in most cases, the Premier League club will be expected to have the advantage. But Bournemouth haven’t been out of the Premier League for that long. They were only relegated last season and are currently touching distance from a Championship play-off position to make a return to the Premier League.
EVERTON VS MANCHESTER CITY
Everton are going through a rough patch in the Premier League. Going against the league leaders is not expected to smoothen things out for them.
With Arsenal out of contention, Manchester City are the latest winners of the competition. Manchester City will be looking to get past Everton and get closer to their 7th FA Cup title. The last time Everton won the FA Cup was in 1995; and it would take a lot from the day to see them stay alive in the competition.
CHELSEA VS SHEFFIELD UNITED
Chelsea will be heavy favorites when they host Sheffield United. This fixture is arguably the easiest outcome to predict among the four.
Chelsea were FA Cup champions in 2018, while we’d have to go back 96 years to the last time Sheffield United won the tournament.
There is little chance of Sheffield United avoiding relegation from the Premier League so they might as well put everything in this competition.
LEICESTER CITY VS MANCHESTER UNITED
As things stand in the Premier League, these two teams are gunning for the silver medal.
Manchester United go to Leicester with a plan to eliminate Leicester City from the FA Cup.
Only Arsenal has more FA Cup titles won than Manchester United.
Manchester United were winners of the competition in 2016 (their 12th title).
Leicester City on the other hand are looking for their first ever FA Cup title.
Can Leicester City get past Manchester United? Or will the lack of FA Cup title winning experience cost them?