Lazio vs Roma

Lazio are separates by just one point from Roma and will be looking for victory in order to push themselves to second spot in the table. Lazio’s strong offensive showing of 27 goals in 14 games so far has been well led by Ciro Immobile, Keita, Anderson, Lulic, Milinkovic-Savic who have contributed to their goal scoring efforts. Lazio’s scoring form has helped them now remain undefeated in 9 games on the trot, and finding the back of the net in each of the games. Lazio’s have been struggling to keep clean sheets against the good teams like Napoli, Sassuolo, Genoa, Torino, Milan, Juventus.
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RB Leipzig vs Schalke

RP Leipzig have been the surprise team of the season and come into this game chasing their 8th straight victory which has seen them go level with Bayern on points with a game in hand. A lot of their success has to do with their offensive showing with 27 goals in just 12 games so far. Their attacking strength has been led by Werner (7 goals), Forsberg (5 goals), Keita (4 goals) and Sabitzer (4 goals). They have beaten some strong teams this season including Leverkusen, Dortmund and Wolfsburg, who are among the top teams in the Bundesliga. With their form in front of goal and failing to lose a single game this season, one can expect another strong showing from them when Schalke come to town.
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Crystal Palace vs Southampton

Crystal Palace come into this game in a good run of scoring form, finding the back of the net in 11 out of their last 13 games. Make no mistake that Alan Pardew has established a good squad capable of attacking the top 7 of the Premier League. With young talent like Puncheon, Zaha, Benteke, Townsend. Their last 4 games have seen them hit at least 2 goals per game, including a thrilling 5-4 loss to Swansea last weekend. The biggest problem for Crystal Palace has been their atrocious defending as they conceded goals in 14 out of 15 games played this season, the one anomaly against Blackpool in the League Cup. Unless Pardew can sort out his defensive mistakes, it will be hard to see how this team makes it towards the top half to of the table.
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Dijon vs Monaco

Monaco travel to Dijon as the 2nd best form team presently, and will be aiming to win and take a temporary lead in Ligue 1 putting pressure on rivals Nice and PSG. Monaco have relied a lot on their offense this season after manager Jardem has changed their system of play. The team has a lot of firepower up front with the likes of Falcao (5 goals), Lemar (5 goals), Germain (5 goals) and Carillo (5 goals) and Boschilla 5 goals, showcasing the efforts from all over the pitch seeing them net 43 goals in 14 games, which is the best in the division by some distance. The team showcased on Saturday a superb showing against Marseille where they smashed their rivals by a score of 4-0 in a particularly dominant match up. Monaco will rely on their strong offensive showing to outscore their opponents that has seen them only lose 2 games in the whole season.
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Southampton vs Everton

Southampton host an Everton side with both teams sitting in mid-table looking for a win in order to push themselves up the table to try and fight for those European competition spots. Southampton are going through a mini-crisis as they have failed to win a game in their last 4 attempts in the Premier League. The numerous injuries to key starters including Fonte, Targett, Tadic has seen them struggle while Shane Long has only recently recovered back from his injuries. A lot of emphasis on this team will now be on Rodriguez, Austin, Boufal and Redmond to deliver on the offensive end for this team especially since Everton have been struggling defensively, conceding in goals in 8 out of their last 9 games.
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Chelsea vs Tottenham

Chelsea have been in good form coming up to this game with strong performances especially on the defensive end which has helped them become solid at the back with 6 clean sheets on the trot in the Premier League. Chelsea solidity has also been helped by Kante and Matic finally getting a great understanding between each other helping them to win games by keep it tight and scoring on the counter attack. Chelsea have been extremely strong in on the offensive end as has been seen in their recent performance led by Diego Costa (1o goals) and Eden Hazard (7 goals). Costa in particular has been in great form netting in 5 out of his last 6 Premier League games and will be aiming to continue that in this encounter. Aside from that Pedro, Willian, Moses and Oscar have been providing some great support from midfield. Chelsea look like genuine title contenders as Conte has set them up perfectly in his style and they have been playing some superb football, and it will be difficult to see how Tottenham can beat them.
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Monaco vs Marseille

Monaco have been the among the best home sides in Ligue 1 with 5 wins out of 6 games played so far, with the other game just being a draw. The team has improved dramatically offensively as compared to last season under Jardem. The team has a lot of firepower up front with the likes of Falcao (5 goals), Lemar (5 goals), Germain (3 goals) and Carillo (4 goals), showcasing the efforts from all over the pitch seeing them net 39 goals in 13 games, which is the best in the division by some distance. Monaco will rely on their strong offensive showing to outscore their opponents that has seen them only lose 2 games in the whole season.
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Arsenal vs Tottenham

Arsenal come into this encounter with a lot of form behind them having gone completely undefeated this season other than their opening encounter against Liverpool. Barring the one clean sheet against Middlesbrough; they have averaged 2 goals per game scored over their last 10 games. With the likes of Giroud, Ozil and Walcott coming into form for the Gunners other than the ever present Sanchez, it gives Arsenal a lot of lethal options up front in order to score. The down side for Arsenal coming into this encounter are some injuries that they face with Monreal, Cazorla, Perez missing out along with long term absentees in Mertersacker and Welbeck. Arsenal will feel this is the best time as ever to take on a Tottenham side out of form and with injuries.
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Torino vs Cagliari

Torino have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch this season, as they have been goals galore in their games so far. 37 goals have been scored in the 11 games so far; with the Turin outfit hitting 22 goals; which is the fourth highest in the Italian top flight this campaign. The likes of Belotti, Falque, Ljacic and Baselli have been contributing the goals. Defensively they have been struggling despite the signing of Joe Hart conceding goals in 9 out of the 11 games played so far (which were both 0-0 encounters). Their last 6 games have seen 24 goals in total, and this looks set for more goals to flow in this game.
Cagliari have really let the taps loose on the offensive end scoring 19 goals in 11 games played so far. They have been extremely attacking in scoring their goals against some good sides like Inter, Fiorentina, Lazio, Roma and Atalanta which will bode a lot of confidence in the side even though they travel away to Turin. Cagiliari have been weak defensively conceding 24 goals in their 11 games, as some sides look to take advantage of them. They have only kept 1 clean sheet this season and with an offensive Torino coming to town, you can expect some goals to flow. Their lats 6 games have seen 25 goals in total, and like Torino’s encounters goals look to flow.
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Austria Vienna vs Roma

Austria Vienna will feel extremely confident coming into this game after they held Roma to a 3-3 draw away at the Stadio Olympic. Since then Vienna have won 3 straight games and are now within 1 point of 2nd place in the table. Austria have been in good goal scoring form this season, finding the back of the net in 23 out of 25 games played so far this campaign led by some strong goal scoring efforts by Grunwald, Tajouri, Kayode, Venuto and Holzhauser who have netted 20 goals among them so far. Defensively they have been shaky conceding now in 15 out of their last 18 games across all competitions. They will feel the pressure might get to them in this big game as the winner will all likely top this group.
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