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Today’s match preview; Liverpool set to increase gap at the summit as an inform United side visit craven cottage. Elsewhere in Spain, it’s the Madrid Derby

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England – Premier league

Liverpool – Bournemouth

Just as Liverpool were held to a another draw away to West ham, Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Arsenal was enough to close the 3 points gap between them. This comes under a week after their 1-1 draw at Leicester. This loss of points at the summit has put Anfield in an awkward atmosphere of nervousness. The Reds have now won just 2 of their last 5 games and this is not a good stat for a title chasing team.

On a lighter note, it’s unlikely that they would drop points when they host the cherries on Saturday. The visitors did have a fairytale 1st half of the season which has gone into oblivion since the start of the second half.
The visitors lost 2 nil to Cardiff last weekend, a loss which brought them back to reality after that 4-0 Chelsea thrashing. The huge win against the blues did come at the vitality stadium though. Recent performances show that the cherries have now lost 10 of their last 15 encounters.

It’s worse when one considers that each of their recent successes have come in home matches. They have now lost 7 consecutive away fixtures conceeding 20 goals in the process. For Liverpool this should be a fairly easy win.

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1/1 Halftime/fulltime

Fulham – Manchester United

Fulham did give themselves a bite of the hope pie as they won in awesome style against Brighton as January came to a halt. They were however taken back to their bottom place at the foot of the league table. The cottagers are now 7 points away from the 17th place and with recent stats showing that the have lost 4 of their last 5 matches, the visit of an infirm united side spells nothing but doom.

The red part of Manchester have a completely changed squad since the appointment of Ole Gunner as interim coach. He has been in charge of every game since that poor display against Liverpool. In 10 matches he has gone on to win 9 drawing just once, this victories includes wins over Arsenal and Spurs. Thanks to the resurgence they are now back in the fight for a top 4 finish.

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Away win

Spain – LA liga

Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid

It’s been a series of huge encounters coming in for Real Madrid in recent weeks. They travel to city rivals just 3 days after facing Barcelona in a Copa Del Rey. That fixture saw them pickup a decent draw away from home. On the overall, Los Blancos have been impressive so far as they now have players getting back in form. With 4 straight wins prior to that El classic game they seem in pretty good shape for this game and another huge away fixture against Ajax in the champions league. The team are in good spirit as they seem to have finally found some kinda rhythm under Santi Solari.

The home team have had almost a week to prepare for this fixture thanks to their early exit from the cup. They however come into this game on the back of a loss at Real Betis which happens to be their 2nd loss this season. Barcelona stays ahead of Atletico with 6points and the host of this fixture can’t afford any more slip ups if they are to challenge for the title.

This encounter has produced under 2.5 goals in the past 6 of 7 fixtures and this suggests that this game would be pretty tight to call.

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Home under 1.5 goals

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