Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona

Atletico Madrid come to this game after a solid run of games without a loss that has seen them slowly building momentum to solidify 4th spot holding off the pressure from Sociedad behind them and chasing Barcelona who are 6 points ahead common into this critical fixture. Both teams know that victories are extremely critical for their respective targets and especially Atletico Madrid after struggling early on in the season. Atletico Madrid has now built an 8 game unbeaten run in La Liga while while losing just 1 in their last 11 games. A lot of that success has come due to their goal scorers getting back into form particularly of Gameiro who last week netted the 2nd fastest hat-trick in La Liga. Greizmann and Torres his partners up front have also picked up form, and a solid 4-2 win in mid-week against Leverkusen would have done their confidence a world of good. Atletico’s scoring form has been good, having being shut out just once in their last 17 games in all competitions. Madrid will have keeper Oblak return in goal after an injury layoff while Godin might return earlier than expected to help Savic in defense with Juanfran still out due to injury.
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Watford vs West Ham

Watford are looking to maintain their good home form where they have grabbed 18 out of their 30 points so far this season. After they have made some new signings including Niang and Cleverely, along with the attacking strengths of Deeney and Zarate; it has helped them grab 8 points out of a possible 15 in recent weeks. Watford will look to continue that success with their goal scoring especially when they take on a West Ham team who have been shipping goals in 76% of their games all season. Watford have been a bit short of scoring with goals in only 68% of their games; but that goes up to 83% when they play at Vicarage road.
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Man City vs Monaco

Monaco travel away to Manchester City with a good run of form, a 12 game unbeaten run has seen them march toward and maintain 1st spot in the French Ligue 1 with a 3 point margin ahead of PSG. Monaco will thank their great scoring form ahead of this game scoring 76 goals in 26 games in the Ligue 1, which has been showcased by players like Falcao, Germain, Bernard, Lemar, Moutinho among the great offensive talent that they have on display. On the defensive end however, its a completely different game where they have conceded in all 6 of their group stage games in the Champions League and in 16 out of 20 away games heading into this encounter.
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Valencia vs Bilbao

Valencia look to push on the miles as they take on Bilbao who will be a bit tired from their Europa League exploits and will know they have a chance to get 3 points here to distance them from the relegation zone. Despite not having found a victory in their last 3 games with a 0-0 against Betis, a 4-0 loss to Eibar and a 3-1 loss to las Palmas; they will have to turn to their home form to help them progress to the next stages of the competition. Defensively, Valencia have been very poor with 21 goals conceded in 9 games. Their games have been heavy scoring with an average of nearly 4 goals in their home games and 19 out of their 21 games have seen a minimum of 2 goals in their games. 78% of their home games have seen over 2.5 goals and 71% of their overall games have passed that mark.
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Marseille vs Rennes

There is just enough value on the home win here to justify backing it, at this odds. Marseille are very strong at home, where they have lost just once all season (to league leaders Monaco). They have recorded impressive home victories against teams around Rennes in the middle of the table.
In their most recent home game, Marseille comfortably beat Guingamp. In their previous home game, they thrashed Montpellier 5-1 just 3 weeks ago.
Rennes have won just one away game all season and have not won a league game since December 4th, a run of 9 consecutive games.
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Sevilla vs Eibar

Sevilla have been playing well and will be looking forward to pushing Barcelona and stretching Atletico Madrid towards the top of the table to stay within touching distance with the top 2 in the League. Sevilla to do that have been in good form in front of their own net with a lot of their games seeing goals with an average of 3.27 goals per game which involve Sevilla. Sevilla have particularly been strong at home winning 8 out of their last 10 games in front of their home fans, netting 21 goals in those 10 games while conceding 11 goals. Sevilla have beaten Real Madrid, Malaga, Atletico Madrid, Lyon, Las Palmas, Deportivo Alaves among side who have come to their home floor and that will come them lot of confidence when Eibar come to town.
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AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon

Lyon travel away to AZ Alkmaar with the worry that their form in the domestic league has struggled winning just 2 out of their last 7 games in all competitions. With a lot of pressure on their key striker Lacezette to find the back of the net; the supporting cast of Fekir, Depay and Valebuena haven’t delivered always upto expectations. While they have scored in 6 out of their last 7 games, but it hasn’t translated to any victories. They come into this competition after getting dumped out of the Champions League and with no chance of qualifying to the Champions League at this stage with a 13 point difference v 3rd place Nice; Lyon have to win this contest to get into Europe’s elite competition. Lyon have been conceding with relative ease as they have kept only one clean sheet in those last 7 games headed into this one.
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PSG vs Barcelona

PSG entertain Barcelona knowing that they have been in great form coming into this game but were unlucky as group winners to get Barcelona at this stage. PSG have made some good transfers in this season to replace the loss of Ibrahimovic. Along with Di Maria, Cavani and Lucas up front; they are able to call on Draxler and Ben Arfa to come and also create chances and score goals. Cavani (25 goals) in particular comes into this game in lethal form as he leads his team with 8 goals in a stretch of 13 games which PSG has gone unbeaten and drawn only 1 game in that stretch. Their defense has been with just 4 goals conceded in that stretch which will be something they will be proud off especially coming into this encounter against an extremely attacking Barcelona. However, when good teams have come to town, PSG have shown to struggle conceding against Monaco, Lille, Nice, Arsenal and Lyon so far this season.
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Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Manchester City are currently 5th in league standings with 49 points, just one points from the top four. They’ve fought hard against Swansea in the previous match to secure a valuable 3 points, thanks to Gabriel Jesus injury time strike. Another win here surely lift them up to 2nd on league table.
Bournemouth must be in low confidence coming into this match after failed to win in their last 6 competitive matches, and they could be sucked into the relegation zone if no change in their performance as they’re just 6 points above the zone. Bournemouth havefailed to win in their last 4 matches at home, scoring 6 and conceding 10 goals in the process.
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Leeds vs Cardiff

Leeds have lost only two games in the last 10 rounds, both away from home, they are just 7 points behind the second place.
Cardiff have obtained only one positive result in the last 4 rounds 2-0 at home against Preston, they are in a safe zone at this moment with 8 points above the relegation zone.
Should a normal victory for the hosts who are much more stronger and motivated, they won their last 5 home matches.
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