In the SPANISH LA LIGA – Round 25
SEVILLA vs BARCELONA
On the current La Liga table, Barcelona are 2 points and a position above Sevilla in the bottom half of the ‘top four’.
Sevilla will use a win to lead Barcelona by a point, while maintaining a game in hand.
Barcelona will use a win in this fixture to open a 5 point lead on Sevilla; on paper, a five point lead nullifies Sevilla’s game in hand.
VILLARREAL VS ATLETICO MADRID
After the dropping points in a defeat at home to Levante and a ‘home’ defeat on Tuesday in their Champions League fixture against Chelsea, Atletico Madrid will travel to Villarreal to get back on their right course.
Atletico Madrid still have a game in hand, but there are also some challenging fixtures coming up for them.
As things stands, Villarreal are gunning for a place in the Europa League (unless they win the Europa League).
REAL MADRID VS REAL SOCIEDAD
Atletico Madrid’s slump in recent matches has given Real Madrid additional hope in their quest to defend their league title. Real Madrid will host a newly-inspired Real Sociedad that are coming into the game on the back of a 4-0 win against Alaves in the last round to mark a third straight league win in a row.
In the ITALIAN SERIE A – Round 24
INTER MILAN VS GENOA
The top spot in the league was firmly secured by Inter Milan after last week’s success in the Milan derby.
Inter Milan’s will look for a win against Genoa to tighten their grip on their place in the Serie A title race.
ROMA VS AC MILAN
AC Milan will face another challenging game (after the defeat in the Milan derby). They travel to Rome to face a Roma.
With a win, Roma will cut the point gap between the two down to two.
AC Milan can’t afford a defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.
Apart from the opening up the chance for Inter Milan to run further away in the title race, AC Milan will be stretching their losing run in the league to 3 games; something they haven’t done all season.
In the GERMAN BUNDESLIGA – Round 23
BAYERN MUNICH VS FC KOLN
Bayern Munich’s objective will be to make up for their defeat at Frankfurt with a win at home against FC Koln.
It was a 2-1 win for Bayern in the reverse fixture; and we expect the same outcome with possibly more goals.
STUTTGART VS SCHALKE
Schalke are staring at relegation in the face.
Winning is the only option Schalke has to take advantage of the slim chance at survival in the top flight.
They travel to face Stuttgart. The earlier meeting between the two was ‘1-1’ draw. A second half penalty allowed Stuttgart to pick up a point.
RB LEIPZIG VS MONCHENGLADBACH
RB Leipzig take on a Monchengladbach side that have now gone 4 league games with no wins.
RB Leipzig’s task is to gather the three points from a win to keep up pace, or leap above Bayern Munich in the title race. Monchengladbach will simply wants to put an end to their mini streak of poor results with a win.
In the FRENCH LIGUE 1 – Round 27
DIJON VS PARIS ST. GERMAIN
Paris St. Germain will go to Dijon to find a win to bounce back from defeat in the last round to Monaco. Paris St. Germain are 4 points from the top of the top of the league standings. With Dijon being at the bottom of the league standings, we expect a comfortable win for the defending champions.
MONACO VS BREST
Monaco’s plan will be to continue their good run. They are unbeaten all year in a streak that started on December 20, 2020. 9 wins and 2 draws in 11 league games. Monaco will be playing host to a Brest side coming from a 3-2 defeat against Lyon.
LILLE VS STRASBOURG
It was a ‘3-0’ win on the road in the reverse leg. What will Lille do this time around? Lille host Strasbourg to find a win that will let them to improve or at the very least; keep their at the top of the standings.
MARSEILLE VS LYON
Lyon is three points from the top. Should Lille fail to win their game, Lyon will use a win at Marseille to make the title race tighter. Their game in the first part of the season ended a 1-1 draw. Marseille have gone three straight league games without a defeat. A win and two draws. The results before those three games have not been ideal for Marseille. Marseille are with a game in hand and 17 points behind Lyon.
In the ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE – Round 25
LEICESTER CITY VS ARSENAL
Leicester City are 10 points from the top and tied with second place.
Arsenal are coming from a defeat against Manchester City; and 1 win in their last 5 games.
Leicester has one defeat in their last 13 games.
A win for Leicester completes a league double.
(Make what you want of this)
Arsenal’s only win in their last 5 league games was against Leeds United.
Leicester City’s only defeat in their 13 games was against Leeds United.
TOTTENHAM VS BURNLEY
One league win in 6 matches for Tottenham; and it was at home against West Brom.
How will Tottenham fare against a Burnley side that have been unbeaten in their last four league games?
It was a narrow 1-0 win for Tottenham in Burnley when they met earlier this season.
CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITED
A Premier League classic.
Manchester United’s attempt to keep up pace in the title race will require a win at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea team that are unbeaten since the arrival of their manager; Thomas Tuchel.
The teams played out a goalless draw when they met earlier this season.
SHEFFIELD VS LIVERPOOL
An opportunity for Liverpool to put an end to four successive league defeats.
Bottom table Sheffield United will be Liverpool’s next opposition. The expectation is that Liverpool will bounce back from the Merseyside defeat and gather the three points.
EVERTON VS SOUTHAMPTON
We will see what Everton does to follow up their Merseyside victory.
Everton takes on a Southampton side that are 8 league games without a win.
MANCHESTER CITY VS WEST HAM
Manchester City are 10 points clear in the title race.
West Ham have done their bit over the past weeks to secure a place in the ‘top four’. A test for West ham to fight for their place in the ‘top 4’. Chelsea will be the team to take advantage of a West Ham defeat, if they can get over Manchester United.
After knocking PSV Eindhoven out of the Dutch Cup on February 10th,
Ajax with a game in hand can open a 9-point lead on PSV Eindhoven when they meet again on February 28th.
For the neutrals, there will be a boost in entertainment if PSV manages to half Ajax’s lead in the Dutch Eredivisie title race.
After the PSV vs Ajax is decided, AZ Alkmaar and Feynoord will battle it out for 3rd place in the Eredivisie standings.
Playing out a goalless draw against Groningen meant Feyenoord failed to put themselves in position to use a win against Feyenoord as a leap above in the standings.
February 28, 2021
PSV EINDHOVEN VS AJAX
AZ ALKMAAR VS FEYENOORD
PORTUGUESE PRIMEIRA LIGA
PORTO VS SPORTING CP
February 27, 2021
It’s been 19 years since Sporting CP were league champions.
Getting results against the defending champions over the weekend will push Sporting closer to ending the 19-year drought.
Porto are the closest challengers to Sporting CP in the race for the Portuguese title.
A win for Porto will cut Sporting CP’s lead down to 7 points, and protect Porto’s position in the league standings. Braga is a point away and can use a win ag
ainst Nacional to leap above Porto.
Porto are being asked to do what no other team has been able to do in the Primeira Liga this season; beat Sporting CP.
The earlier meeting in the league ended a 2-2 draw. Sporting saved themselves from a defeat at home through Luciano Vietto’s 87th minute equalizing goal.
TURKISH SUPER LIG
TRABZONSPOR VS FENERBAHCE
February 28, 2021
Fenerbahce from three goals in the second half to come from a goal worn to win at home against Trabzonspor. If finished 3-1. The two teams go at it once again. After 25 matches played, three points separate the two in the Super Lig standing. Fenerbahce are 3rd on 51 points and Trabzonspre are 4th on 48 points. With that said, Fenerbahce are three points from the top of the top of the league.
LEADING GOALSCORERS IN EUROPE’S TOP 5 LEAGUES
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich / German Bundesliga) – 26 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus / Italian Serie A) – 18 goals
André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt / German Bundesliga) – 18 goals
Lionel Messi (Barcelona / Spanish La Liga) – 18 goals
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan / Italian Serie A) – 17 goals
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool / English Premier League) – 17 goals
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund / German Bundesliga) – 17 goals
Luis Suárez (Atlético Madrid / Spanish La Liga) – 16 goals
Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain / French Ligue 1) – 16 goals
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United / English Premier League) – 15 goals
Zlatan Ibrahimović (AC Milan / Italian Serie A) – 14 goals
Ciro Immobile (Lazio / Italian Serie A) – 14 goals
Luis Muriel (Atalanta / Italian Serie A) – 14 goals
Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg / German Bundesliga) – 14 goals
Gerard Moreno (Villarreal / Spanish La Liga) – 14 goals
Memphis Depay (Lyon / French Ligue 1) – 14 goals
Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan / Italian Serie A) – 13 goals
Patrick Bamford (Leeds United / English Premier League) – 13 goals
Calvert-Lewin (Everton / English Premier League) – 13 goals
Harry Kane (Tottenham / English Premier League) – 13 goals
Heung-min Son (Tottenham / English Premier League) – 13 goals
Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim / German Bundesliga) – 13 goals
Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla / Spanish La Liga) – 13 goals
Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco / French Ligue 1) – 13 goals
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City / English Premier League) – 12 goals
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid / Spanish La Liga) – 12 goals
Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad / Spanish La Liga) – 12 goals
Boulaye Dia (Reims / French Ligue 1) – 12 goals
Kevin Volland (Monaco / French Ligue 1) – 12 goals