FA Cup/Spanish league : Match Preview

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England – FA Cup

Manchester city – Rotherham

The citizens have been able to keep their title chase alive as they ended Liverpool’s unbeaten run thus reducing the gap at the summit. They league leaders are just sitting in 1st with just 4 points cushion. Pep’s team is still oozing with confidence after that very important win and the pendulum of who wins the league could swing in their favour.

City still find themselves competing in many other competitions, one of such is the Carabao cup in a weeks time. The champions leagues knockout stages are also around the corner. With these in mind Pep is expected to rotate his starting 11 and keep his keys players fit. That being said the host still have enough in their arsenal to win this game.

This encounter is very much a nightmare for the visitors who managed a win over Preston some days back. With just 3points keeping them away from the relegation zone in the championship. Even as they fight to stay up a game against undoubtedly the one of the best teams isn’t on their wishlist.


Over 2.5 goals

Fulham – Oldham

Fulham’s return to England’s top flight league has been laced with such difficulty. The host of Sundays FA cup tie have already let go of their former manager. And the new man is yet to provide a lasting solution. Its not news anymore that the Cottagers have found their return to the league very difficult. Its a must win for them if they are to stay relevant.

This fa cup 3rd round match has them going up against a league two side in the 4th tier in England. Oldham have some impressive defensive performances away from home in the league 2 and would be hoping to repeat the feat.


Home win and over 1.5 goals

Spain – La Liga

Sevilla – Atletico Madrid

This game happens to be the game where all eyes would be fixed this weekend in Spain, as both sides are geniune title contenders. Its just 2 points that keep these teams apart and a win to either side would considerably increase their chances.

The visitors stats shows they have struggled in away encounters, they have just 2 wins from 8 outings. You can’t have such a record and be considered as title contenders. Its also worthy of mentioning that they still head into this game with a list of injury concerns.

Sevilla could bank on home form to see themselves grab something off this game. Its very difficult to seetge visitors surviving this encounter. The hosts will draw confidence from their easy win over Real Madrid at home as they look to overwhelm Atletico.


Home Draw No Bet

Getafe – Barcelona

Here two teams with totally different approach to the game meet and the home side would be looking to create an upset. Their direct, physical and currently good form would be put into real test here as they host the league leaders. With just 1 defeat in 11 matches across all competitions, Barcelona are in for a real fight here. They have added a few names to their squad to give them more creativity.

The spanish giants have looked very shaky in away fixture so far this season but their most recent win was outstanding. 2018 came to an end with them putting just 2 past Celta Vigo despite winning convincingly prior to that. With 2 very winnable home matches to come after this encounter, they could stake their claim in the coming weeks.


Both teams to score

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