Everton vs Manchester City

Man City seem to have found some good form again, winning impressively at West Ham in the FA Cup last weekend, whereas Everton have some patchy form, with home defeats to Leicester and Liverpool recently.
Their head to head record against City is reasonable, but they do have players both missing and injured, and Man City win is probable, but they are capable of scoring against a side with just 2 clean sheets in 13 away games.
Really good chances to see at least 3 goals in this game.
Everton have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 premiership matches, they kept a clean sheet in only 2 of those 6 games.
7 of the last 10 premiership matches played by Man City have ended with over 2,5, they kept a clean sheet in only 2 of those 10 games.

Celta vs Valencia

Valencia come into this game after losing by a score of 4-1 in the first leg to Celta Vigo and also then following that with an exciting 3-3 draw with Osasuna on Monday night. While Valencia are in crisis after Prandelli left after 10 games, they have brought in Voro to cover up until the end of the season with a view to survival. Valencia have been finding the back of the net regularly with 25 goals in their last 15 games, an average of almost 2 per game, but ensured that in those 15 games they haven’t scored in only one game, and didn’t score in only 2 games all season. They have relied on a lot of scorers including Munir, Santi Mina, Nani, Rodrigo, Parejo, Suarez to chip in on a regular basis to keep those goals flowing for them. Defensively however, Valencia have conceded in every single game played this campaign which will be something that their opponents will look about it and especially today with his first choice centre back pair of Abdennour and Garay missing out.
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Sassuolo vs Torino

Torino have been the team who have had the games with the 2nd highest scoring games in the Serie A, with an average of 3.50 goals per game for the campaign. Torino have seen 13 out of 18 games having at least 3 goals in the game and a lot of that is due to their strong offense. They are the 3rd highest scorers in the league with 36 goals in 18 games, and are also the 2nd highest scorers on the road with 15 goals in 9 games. A lot of their scoring has relied on Belotti (9 goals), Falque (8 goals) and Ljajic (5 goals, 4 assists); and they have played well as a front 3 to deliver results for this Torino team who are now sitting in in 8th. Torino’s defensive record has been poor and that is what has costed them with 27 goals conceded leaving them bottom 6 in defense despite the signing of England no.1 keeper Joe Hart.
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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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Leicester vs West Ham

Leicester City have been struggling in their recent encounters and that doesn’t bode well for them as they try to qualify once again for Europe in the coming year. Leicester will come into this game with just 1 victory in their last 9 games and know that they have to turn around their performances if they need to show what champions they are. Last time they played against Everton in front of their home fans and were beaten by Everton by a score of 2-0; which has seen them slip further to 16th spot in the table, just 3 points ahead of the relegation zone. Leicester need to make their home games count and for that they will need to find the back of the net more consistently starting with this game against West Ham.
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Swansea vs West Ham

Swansea City have been extremely unpredictable in their performances this season, but one thing is definitely for sure, there have been a lot of goals. Their average goals per game is 3.35 with only 5 matches out of 17 going under 2.5 goals so far this campaign. Swansea sit in 19th spot because of the number of goals that they have been leaking, 37 goals leaked in 17 games, which is the worst defense in the entire league. They have somehow managed to find the back of the net 20 times in those games, due to performances from Sigurdsson, Llorente, Fer and Barrow who have been the fulcrum of the Swansea attack.
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Fiorentina vs Napoli

Napoli come into this game after an outstanding goal scoring display against Torino in their last outing winning by a solid 5-3 scoreline; which they should have kept a clean sheet, but the poor defensive record has gone against them this season. In fact Napoli have conceded goals in 65% of their matches this season and that primarily has to do with the poor defensive efforts of a chopped and change defense and a poor Pepe Reina in goal. Napoli despite losing Milik have been in great scoring form and have scored 2 goals in 5 out of their last 7 games and their last 4 games has seen them score 15 goals in total. Mertens, Hamsik, Callejon, Insigne has been covering up the goals in the recent games. Napoli games have seen 55 goals happen in 17 games, which is an average of over 3 goals per game.
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