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Today’s match preview; Chelsea host Tottenham as Manchester City play host to West Ham. Away in Spain, the El Clasico takes centre stage.

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England – Premier league

Chelsea – Tottenham

Chelsea put up a much improved performance on Sunday against the same Manchester City side they lost to 6 nil. The game however did not end in the favour as they lost on penalties in the Carabao Cup final.

Even though they put up a better show than the last time, Sarri’s stay at the club is clearly under threat. The Blues have lost 3 if their last 4 premier league encounters and are now sitting in 6th position. Clearly the issue wouldn’t be the losses but the manner in which they lost. On away games, they have conceded 12goals in just 3 games but back at the Stamford Bridge there are more positives.

Tottenham are being hosted by a side who have only lost know at home all season, and their game did no good. Their loss to Burnley was quite shocking and they now find themselves 6points adrift of Liverpool and Manchester City.
On a brighter note they have won 11 of their 13 away fixtures and are still yet to draw this season.

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Half time Draw

Manchester City – West Ham

Over the weekend, the Citizens retained a major trophy as they defeated Chelsea on penalties . Now, it’s time to continue the battle for who claims the premier league title.

Pep’s men had fallen behind in the race with that draw Liverpool had with Manchester United. The tide is clearly riding in City’s direction at moment and Pep’s men will be hoping to capitalise on it.

West Ham ‘s invasion of the market seem to be yielding returns, and just last weekend they quite easily put Fulham off by 3 goals to 1. Currently, they hold the 7th spot haven only seen defeat in 4 of their last 14 outings.

However in this game they come up against a City side who are in a hot pursuit for the league. It’s should be a goal scoring fest when one considers City’s scoring form at the Etihad.

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OVER 2.5 goals

Spain – Copa del Rey

Real Madrid – Barcelona

The giants of Spanish football are to face each other twice in the space of four days and both times at the Bernabeu. This match is the bigger of both fixtures though as a win here would take Barça alot closer to a 4th double in 5 years.

The debate continues as to who is more influential as a team as Real Madrid can also boast of 4 Champions League trophies in 5 years. Ernesto Valverde is due to stay much longer at the club, much to the dismay of the clubs supporters. However, since taking over as the manager has stamped his dominance in domestic competitions.

For Solari this is a chance that despite his great run he can also rumble with the big boys so as to convince the Real board to increase the duration of his stay. Real Madrid should have gotten the job done in the first leg as they were clearly in fine form. Messi had to sit out that one due fitness issues but would be available in this fixture. Both sides would be going all out for this one and I think I would be a case of who wants it more.

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Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

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