Today’s match preview; Premier league resumes as West Ham, Fulham, Cardiff and Watford all battle for different positions. Elsewhere in Italy AC Milan would be looking to strengthen their top 4 bid as they play host to Empoli

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England – Premier league

West Ham – Fulham

The premier league makes a return to TV screens this Friday. In one of two fixtures, the Hammers play host to Fulham. The home team have been defeated just once in their previous 6 matches in the league. 3 of those matches ending in their favour and they also avoided defeat against the Gunners and Liverpool. Pellegrini’s men find themselves in 10th place just 4 points adrift of Wolves who hold 7th place.

The visitors seem to be having a very poor run of form away from home as they also have failed to win away game all season. Their 3nil loss to Manchester United made it 5 losses in 6 matches leaving them in 19th position.

The Cottagers have 2 points from a potential 39 thus 11 defeats in 13 outings. With West Ham’s current home form it’s unlikely Fulham can get a result here. At the London Stadium, the Hammers have recorded 2 wins, 2 draws and just 1 loss in their previous 5 matches.


Home win Draw No Bet

Cardiff – Watford

The Bluebirds did start off the season on a low as they picked up just 2 points from their first 8 matches. However they have been able to acquire some wins(7) and a number of draws. Desipite the above stats they are still far away from safety with regards to relegation.
They are on top of Southampton with just 1point separating them. A win over Watford would give them a a huge boost to 13th as the pressure grows amongst the other teams.

The Hornets are no easy opponents and they have shown that in previous outings. In middle of December they had a 4 match winning streak but things took a low turn alone the way. They come into this game with 2 defeats from 11 games alongside 5 draws and 4 victories.

Javi Garcia’s side are up in 8th position and are vying for a Europa league spot. Everton are also 4 points below them in 9th position. They sure seem destined for a finish in the top half of the premier league table.


Both teams To score / over 2.5 match goas

Italy – Serie A

AC Milan – Empoli

The home side could improve their chances of a top four finish with a win here. They play host to Employ as they kick off this weekends Serie A round of matches. Victory in this encounter would earn them a 4 point advantage over their closest rivals in their quest to secure a Champions League spot.

Empoli on the other hand come visiting with dreams on their own as they look to secure maximum points to help their ascension out of the drop zone. However, they visit a Milan team who just earned a crucial win against Atlanta in a tough away fixture.

AC Milan could easily go on to qualify for the biggest club competition in Europe as well as winning the copa Italia. This would obviously take the heat off Gennaro Gattuso and return the club to their glory days.

Both AC Milan and Empoli have found the back of the net in the last eight Serie A clashes between them. And AC Milan have been victoriousin clashes against teams in the bottom half while at home.


Home win or draw and over 1.5 goals

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