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Manchester City – Tottenham
After 13 matchdays in the Premier League, there is only a 3-point difference between Man City and Tottenham in the league table. The Citizens are in 2nd place, trailing the leader, Arsenal, by just 1 point. Following a 3-2 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League, where Guardiola’s team secured 5 victories in 5 matches, they will now come back to their domestic tasks. It’s worth mentioning that last week Erling Haaland set a new record by scoring 50 goals in 48 games — no player in EPL history has achieved such a result faster!
After an extremely successful initial stretch of 10 league matches without defeat, Spurs have entered a streak of three consecutive losses. First, Son and company suffered a 1-4 defeat at home to Chelsea, then a 1-2 loss away to Wolves, and in the latest round, they were defeated by Aston Villa, who beat them 1-2 and surpassed them in the league table. Visitors will probably encounter difficulties in the upcoming match against City.
Napoli – Inter
The current Serie A champion Napoli, after a 2-4 defeat to Real in Madrid, will try to bounce back against Inter. The return of Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen did not help the Neapolitans stop the Madrid giant. However, sitting in second place in their group, they have a good chance to continue their Champions League journey into the spring. In the upcoming game, the hosts are likely to face difficulties as Inter have not lost away from home in Serie A this season, while Napoli have only won 2 out of 6 matches on their home turf.
In a dramatic match against Benfica on Wednesday, Inter managed to secure a 3-3 draw despite being three goals down at the end of the first half. Simone Inzaghi’s team has already advanced to the Champions League playoffs and will now shift its focus to Serie A, where they currently top the table with 34 points. It’s worth noting that in the head-to-head clashes between the two teams, the visitors have not won in 8 consecutive matches. Therefore, Lautaro Martinez and his teammates will have to put in a solid effort to defeat Napoli at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Barcelona – Atletico M
Both Barcelona and Atlético have already fulfilled their objectives in the Champions League, and now the main focus for Spanish teams will shift to the domestic competition. The teams are neighbours in the league table, occupying the 3rd and 4th positions with 31 points each. In the last round, Xavi’s team in an away match couldn’t overcome the resistance of Rayo Vallecano, resulting in a 1-1 draw. However, the midweek European victory over Porto with a score of 2-1 offers hope and optimism for Barcelona fans.
Midweek, Atlético firmly defeated Feyenoord 3-1 in the Champions League, securing their place in the playoffs. Overall, under Simeone’s guidance, they have achieved 4 victories in their last 4 matches, scoring 13 goals and conceding only 2. However, in the upcoming game against Barcelona, things might not unfold smoothly, as the Catalans have won all their home matches in the league except one when they suffered a 1-2 defeat to Real Madrid.
Bayer 04 – Borussia D
The Bundesliga leader Bayer 04 in this round will face Borussia Dortmund, currently occupying the 4th position in the league table. Besides being a clash between two of the most solid teams in the league, this encounter adds another layer of interest as it could see a matchup between two of the strongest Nigerian footballers, Victor Boniface and Karim Adeyemi. Who will shine brighter? Overall, the upcoming encounter is likely to be challenging for visitors, as Xabi Alonso’s men have secured 11 victories in 12 league matches and have yet to suffer a defeat.
With that, Dortmund are also in excellent form. Under the guidance of Edin Terzić, the team has already resolved all questions regarding advancing from the “Group of Death” in the Champions League, playing with PSG, Milan, and Newcastle. In their latest match, the Yellow and Blacks convincingly beat 3-1 Milan away. Undoubtedly, Reus and Co will seek to harness this momentum in the future game with the league leader.
Newcastle – Manchester United
Newcastle couldn’t hold onto their victory away in Paris against PSG, as Kylian Mbappe converted a penalty in the last seconds of the match, bringing the final result to a 1-1 draw. This significantly diminished their chances of advancing from the “group of death“ in the Champions League. In the Premier League, Eddie Howe’s team is also facing challenges, currently occupying the 7th position in the standings and trailing Manchester United by one point. The hosts can find optimism in their home performance, having won 6 out of 7 league matches on their home turf. Additionally, in the last round, they secured a 4-1 victory against Chelsea at home.
Manchester United once again failed to win in the Champions League, drawing 3-3 against Galatasaray on Wednesday. Despite leading by two goals on two occasions during the match, the Red Devils couldn’t halt the determined effort of the Turkish team, and now they only have faint chances of continuing their European campaign. In the coming game against Newcastle, Erik ten Hag’s team will try to build on their success from a recent series of EPL victories – Bruno Fernandes and his teammates have won 5 out of their last 6 matches.