Napoli vs Sampdoria

Napoli come into this game after dominating in Serie A and are now on a 10 match unbeaten run in all competitions and undefeated in 7 straight in Serie A. Their form has taken an upswing after the great returns being provided by Dries Mertens who has scored 8 goals in his last 3 games and marched on to to be the 4th highest scorer in the division. Along with Mertens, there have been significant goal contributions from Callejon (7 goals, 7 assists), Hamsik (5 goals, 7 assists) and Insigne (5 goals, 5 assists) which has helped them pick up their form in the absence of Milik. Defensively, however Napoli have struggled with 6 out of their 9 home league games seeing both teams finding the back of the net and conceded in 9 out of 12 straight games in Serie A. Additionally, they will be missing some key defenders who are out on AFCON duty including Ghoulam and Koulibaly who have played almost every game this campaign; leaving others to stand in. Pepe Reina has conceded an average of 1 goal per game throughout this season, and that now has higher chances without better cover up front.
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West Ham vs Manchester City

West Ham are looking to home comforts to try and progress to the next stage of the competition as their primary way of progressing to Europe for next season, as they have already been knocked out of the League Cup and are sitting deep in 13th in the table. West Ham were battling with 10 men for 75 minutes in their last game against Manchester United losing 2-0 after keeping the game extremely tight for 63 minutes with that man short. The Hammers will now look now to their key players Payet, Antonio, Carroll and Ayew to help them get through a leaky Manchester City team who have been shipping goals for fun.
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Sociedad vs Villarreal

In the Copa del Rey, coming back from the winter break teams will be a bit lose considering that this competition is a 2-legged affair. Real Sociedad come into this encounter after a strong home record losing just 1 game from 8 played at home. Their strong home form has seen them net 15 goals while conceding 8; but even more impressive is victories against Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Las Palmas while keeping Barcelona to a 1-1 scoreline. In all their games played at home, we have seen a minimum of 2 goals scored in 7 out of those 8 games; so we can look forward to the likes of Vela, Willian Jose, Agirretxe, Prieto and Zurutza to continue their scoring form to take the home advantage heading into the second leg. Sociedad have only had one game under 2 goals in La Liga.
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Stoke City vs Watford

Stoke City put on a spirited performance for the first half of their games against Liverpool and Chelsea, and unfortunately then lost 1-4 and 2-4 respectively. But Mark Hughes side have shown true heart in their recent games, and have been unlucky not to have results their way. A couple of games ago they were 2-0 up against Leicester before struggling to draw 2-2. Stoke City have been shifting their forwards a lot but certain players have been holding the fort including Joe Allen, Shawcross, Adam, Shaqiri and Afellay who have been supporting whoever the forward has been in order to deliver results. Defensively is where Stoke still need to improve with them conceding 13 goals in their last 5 games alone.
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