Empoli vs Roma

Roma come into this encounter on a rich vein of form especially on the offensive end. They are currently the best offensive side in the division netting 26 goals in 10 games played so far. Their form has been due to the slick counter attacking football they have played through their forward line of Dzeko, Salah and El Sharaawy. Roma have been soo good offensively that it seems that they will score heavy against almost all opposition and have had some impressive results in recent weeks beating Napoli 3-1, Inter 2-1 and Sassuolo 2-1 in just their last 5 games. They have been vulnerable at the back also leaking an average of one goal per game and that has landed in every one of their last few games. There has only been one Roma game with less than 3 goals for the entire campaign; and one can expect similar the same.
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Nice vs Nantes

Nice who are the league leaders in France, come into this contest with a good 3 point lead and a game in hand against their rivals Monaco and PSG; and will be aiming to continue on their merry way in this game. Nice have been in superb form not losing a single game this season (8 Wins, 2 draws). Their goal scoring exploits have been exciting for all to see as they have netted 20 goals in the 10 games played so far. Their offensive efforts are led by Plea (6 goals), Balotelli (5 goals), Baysee & Cyprien (2 goals each). Balotelli has been in cracking form in front of the home fans netting 5 goals in 4 games started so far this campaign. Despite the strong offensive showing, they have focussed well on the defensive end as well only lets in 7 goals so far to be the best defensive team in the division. With that kind of form behind them, its hard to see how to not back them especially at home in front of their own fans.
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Juventus vs Napoli

Juventus have lost only twice this season against both the Milan sides; but now look back to playing on their home turf against a Napoli side. Juventus showcased their great form with a solid 4-1 victory in mid-week against Sampdoria with Chiellini, Mandzukic and Pjanic getting on the scoresheet. Juventus will look at star hit-man and record signing Gonzalo Higuain to showcase some great talent against the side where he came from in the summer window. Higuain hasn’t been in the goal as much as he would like but has been a constant threat in front of their opponents who have been leaking far more goals than they have last season. Defensively, Juventus have look vulnerable in recent times; but with just Benatia missing; we expect Juventus to get back to their strong defensive shape in this one.
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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Liverpool come into this game against Crystal Palace sitting jointly along with Man City and Arsenal with 20 points at the top of the table, and will look at this fixture against Crystal Palace in order to try and get a lead in the table. Liverpool have been in great scoring form coming into his encounter netting 20 goals in the 9 encounters that they have played in so far. In fact, barring a drab 0-0 against Manchester United; they have scored 2 goals and won those games in 7 games on the trot. The attacking front 4 of Mane, Firmino, Coutinho and Wjanldum has done the trick for them. Their games have seen full entertainment with Liverpool winning and at least 3 goals being scored in 9 out of 12 matches played so far for the Reds team. Additionally their defense has been shaky in many games, so that has seen 2-1 scoreline come across in a lot of matches, in fact 4 times this season and 3 times in their last 4 games. Liverpool have conceded goals in 8 out of the 9 games played so far this season.
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Inter vs Torino

Inter Milan have been really in the Serie A now with 3 straight losses by the exact 2-1 scoreline against Atalanta, Cagliari and Roma; which won’t bode any confidence for the team and Frank De Boer; who might find himself out of a job unless he is able to turn his fortunes around. Inter have managed to score and find the back of the net 11 out of 13 games played so far this campaign led by strong performances like Icardi, Perisic and Joventic. The struggles have really come for Inter on the defensive end, where they have leaked goals 8 out of the 9 games that they have played so far; which means their games tend to see a lot of goals with 23 in 9 games so far.
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Man Utd vs Man City

Manchester United host Manchester City after their biggest loss of the season to date, a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea. Manchester City themselves have been struggling after their 5 games winless streak. United will feel that in front of their home fans, they have a very good chance in order to find the back of the net against what should be a rotate squad from Manchester City. United should look to start Henrik Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial up front in lineup that can be extremely quick on the counter attack. With injuries to Bailly and Jones; Mourinho will look to start Smalling and Shaw at the centre with Shaw and Darmian playing at the full back positions as he aims to steal a victory from this game to fix the loss faced against City earlier in the season.
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Newcastle vs Preston

Newcastle United romped to a victory by a score of 3-0 on the weekend against Ipswich town, which along with other results has propelled their lead by 3 points now. Newcastle under Benitez are clearly the strongest team in the division and should look to get promoted back to the top flight in the first time of asking. Until such time a good cup run, should help build the motivation and enthusiasm among the fans. While they are expected to rotate, a few players such as Atsu, Anita, Diane, Mbemba and even Mitrovic; could make a start for the Magpies tonight. Newcastle’s impressive performances have come a lot due to strong defensive where they have only conceded 11 goals. There have been 41 goals in the 14 games played by Newcastle, almost 3 per game; and will look to continue adding goals in this encounter. Dwight Gayle has been in superb offensive form, and was unlucky not to find the back of the net on the weekend, but I would back him again to find the goal in this game, if he is given the starting nod.
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Genoa vs Milan

I will be the first to admit, I did not except Milan to put out such a strong defensive showing against Juventus on the weekend, but they managed to steal a 1-0 victory against the Old Lady; and now got themselves into 2nd spot in the league; something we never thought we would say for this Milan side this year. Montella has really bought this side together specifically defensively led by 17 year old Donnaroma. The young shot stopper has been outstanding so far this campaign that has seen Milan lose only 2 games. On the attacking front, players like Bacca, Niang and Susso up front; who are quick on the counter attack helps them snatch goals when opponents are not looking; which has now seen them score an average of almost 2 goals per game.
Genoa have been struggling off late with just 1 victory in their last 6 games so far. Their issues have been due to their focus on keeping things tight at the back, that has seen them keep 4 clean sheets in this 6 games; while also picking up numerous amount of bookings during this time. Their paltry return of 9 goals scored in 7 games; clearly showcases their struggles offensively, which will not enable them to get enough points to pick up victories.
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Chelsea vs Man Utd

Chelsea and Manchester United come into this encounter with both teams in great offensive nick. Chelsea just smashed 3 past champions Leicester City last weekend while Manchester United hit 4 past Fenerbahce in the Europa League; so this game has all the makings of an exciting encounter.
Chelsea under Conte have generally been quite good led by Diego Costa and Eden Hazard offensively, who have been on the ball so far this season. Costa is leading the league with 7 goals this campaign and will be aiming to add to his tally in this big encounter against the arch-rivals. Chelsea have seemed to improve defensively after the change to Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 formation; but goalkeeper Courtois, Cahill, Luiz and Matic very prone to making mistakes, it might lead them to be out of position and concede cheap goals as was seen in their game against Arsenal where they lost 3-0. Chelsea seemed to be struggling in the big games this season, aside from that Arsenal loss, they even lost 2-1 to Liverpool in front of their fans, so reputations will be out the window as the squad need to turn up a performance in this game.
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Villareal vs Las Palmas

Villareal come into this game after a great run of form behind them with their attacking force of Bakumbu, Sansone, Soriano and Pato all in scoring form. They came back in mid-week from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 while also smashing Celta Vigo by a score of 5-0 last week. The offensive showing from Villareal after their players have recovered from injuries and the coaching focused on more offense, is plain to see. They have netted 14 goals this campaign while maintaining a tight defensive line conceding just 4 goals, which is only bettered by Atletico Madrid.
Las Palmas are going through a dream spell which saw them jump to the top of the pile, before they tapered down, and are now 4 games without a victory to their name. The only helpful aspect of their recent run is their ability to score goals where they have netted 16 goals in 8 games played so far. They have a team effort contributing to their goals with Tana, Araujo, El Zhar, Livaja and Boateng all contributing at least 2 goals per game so far. Defensively, they have been leaky conceding 13 goals in the season so far with 8 conceded in their last 4 alone.
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