Leicester vs Manchester City

Leicester City have qualified for the UEFA Champions League and now their only focus is to rise up the Premier League table. The defending Premier League champions are sitting in 16th spot in the table with just 2 victories all season, so that has to improve if they want to at least secure a European football spot for next season. Leicester have invested well with a great attacking lineup including Slimani, Vardy, Mahrez, Musa among their ranks, but have failed to deliver on a consistent basis of champions. While Leicester have managed to find the back of the net in 6 straight games in the league, their struggles on the defensive end are clear for all to view especially with the sale of Kante and the injury to Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester will lick their lips to attack a Man City defense who will be missing Otamendi, Kompany and Fernandinho as the defensive cover in this encounter.
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Real Madrid vs Dortmund

Real Madrid host Dortmund with the aim of securing a victory tonight in order to top their group especially since they drew their last game 3-3 with Legia Warsaw. Real Madrid know that should they not top the group, they face the prospect of facing teams like Arsenal, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Juventus among teams that are sitting at the top of the group. Real Madrid come into this game yet to lose a competitive game this season and being well led by Cristiano Ronaldo who has smashed in 12 goals so far this campaign. With Bale out of this fixture either Vasquez or Morata could take his place for this game, which will give Madrid enough firepower up front. Madrid’s achilles heel has been their defensive struggles. They have now conceded goals in 17 out of 21 games this season and in all 5 of their Champions League games this season.
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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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