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Today’s match preview; Manchester City to close gap at the top and in Spain, it’s clash of the giants as Barça host Real Madrid in Copa Del Rey.

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England – Premier League

Everton – Manchester City

The toffees poor run of form continued over the weekend as an impressive wolves’ side beat them at their own backyard. That loss to the newly promoted side saw them take a spot as the 9th team on the league table. This result puts Manager Marco Silva under immense pressure. His arrival in the summer did bring about the signing of some players for the team. Silva has shown his worth as a manager since arriving at Goodison park.

Everton in recent results have just 3 wins from their last 12 games from the start of December. They have also drawn twice and lost on 7 different occasions. Their victories did come against relegation threatened teams while also defeating Bournemouth who happened to be in very poor state as at the time. The home team would be devastated to host Manchester city at a time when the trophy is all they got on their minds.

Manchester City managed to stay in the race for the title with their win over Arsenal at the Etihad. With Aguero grabbing a hat trick he would be hoping to reduce the competition in terms of game play time with Gabriel Jesus. The citizens now have 5 wins from their last 6 games even though the stats before then were major cause for concern. They have been defeated by Leicester, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and most recently Newcastle. They have also conceded 36times in 25 appearances, if there is any market that should stand out in this game, it’s definitely the goals market.

PICK

Over 2.5 goals

Spain – Copa Del Rey

Barcelona – Real Madrid

It’s the Copa del rey and the two giants of Spanish football meet to begin a series of encounters between them that would see them go against each other 3 times within a month. Los blancos do have a poor record when it comes to this competition. Between 1993 and 2011, they didn’t win they competition until Mourinho was employed. With 8 points between themselves and Barcelona after Sunday’s win they is pressure on the team to lift this trophy.

Barcelona dropped points as they fought to draw after going 2 goals down in the first half of the encounter. Valencia hit Barca with 2 swift counter attacking moves that left Valverde’s men all over the place. Prior to getting drawn with Madrid, there had been talks to sacrifice the Copa Del Rey title in an attempt to acclaim league honor. However, with their opponents being Real Madrid, they would be coming all out as they try to secure the double.

This game looks set to be a much tighter affair unlike the last time these two met. The players making the first team cut is enough to suggest the depth of this Madrid squad. Barcelona on the other hand have struggled in matches they have had to rotate their squad. The visitors have 5 wins from their last 5 games and 7 wins from another 8 games across all competitions. Meanwhile Barcelona haven’t hit the form we saw late last year and more often than not need Messi’s magic to pull through when the going gets tough. Messi’s involvement in this game is under probability due to a knock but all Barcelona faithful’s would be praying he features.

PICK

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

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