Bordeaux vs Monaco

Monaco travel away to Bordeaux as one of the form teams in the division, not losing for 7 straight games now and that has helped them to 2nd spot in the table with just 3 points behind leaders Nice and 1 point ahead of defending champions PSG. Monaco great success has been due to a good defensive record, but more importantly because of a great offensive record. They have now scored 49 goals in 16 games, which is an average of 3 goals per game. They have just come out of a 5-0 rout of Bastia last weekend, and will be aiming to replicate the success after resting a lot of their key players in their mid-week Champions League loss to Leverkusen. Garillo and Falcao have smashed 7 goals, Lemar 6 goals, Gemain and Fabinho 5 and Boschilla 4 goals.
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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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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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