La Liga Match Preview : Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid

Villarreal have won just one of their last five La Liga matches, as Fran Escriba’s men go through a little bit of a rough patch of form.

Their confidence should be boosted by progressing to the next stage of the Europa League, however, as a delightful chip on Thursday from Manu Trigueros sealed the Yellow Submarine’s qualification from the group stage.

Atletico have lost two of their last three away trips in La Liga and whimpered their way to a disappointing 1-0 defeat in Bavaria during the week against Bayern.

Team News

Villarreal – Samu Castillejo is sidelined with a hamstring problem, which will see Jonathan Dos Santos and Denis Cheryshev battle it out to start on the right-hand side.

Mateo Musacchio also tweaked his hamstring on Thursday in the EuropaLeague and may not be risked as a result.

PL Match Preview : Liverpool vs West Ham

Liverpool were pegged back from 3-1 up to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth last week and Jurgen Klopp will demand a much-improved performance from his players on Sunday. The return of Joel Matip in defence is a huge boost for the Reds.

A 5-1 thumping at the hands of Arsenal last weekend means West Ham have failed to win their last five league games as pressure mounts on Slaven Bilic. They did, however, secure a 3-0 win in this fixture last season and Bilic would love nothing more than a repeat of the victory.

That is unlikely to happen, though, with Liverpool overwhelming favourites to secure the win.

Team News

Liverpool – Georginio Wijnaldum could come in for Emre Can, with the latter carrying a minor knock and may not be risked.

Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo are both available to Jurgen Klopp, though are unlikely to start.

PL Match Preview : Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United are playing well but are being punished for their inability to convert the chances they are creating. They are six points behind Tottenham and a defeat here would surely put an end to their chances of finishing in the top four let alone the title.

Tottenham have started to find some rhythm in recent weeks and also need a win to keep pace with the four teams in front of them. Mauricio Pochettino’s side start the weekend three points behind Manchester City, although that gap could be more by the time they kick off on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side haven’t won back-to-back games in all competitions since September but the need to beat Tottenham here is huge and Mourinho will ensure the players know that before the game.

This is a tough match to call, in which Tottenham should be very confident of getting a result. The way in which United are playing, they need to be at least two goals ahead with five minutes remaining to see out the win. Place your bet on

Team News

Manchester United – Eric Bailly marked his return to first-team action with a solid 90-minute showing against Zorya in the Europa League on Thursday and will partner Phil Jones at the heart of Manchester United’s defence on Sunday.

PL Match Preview : Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion

Chelsea continue to impress and are now three points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 3-1 win away to Manchester City last weekend. Eight league wins in a row is their best run of form in a single season since 2007, when they won nine in a row.

West Brom are also in top form and have even scored more goals (20) than Manchester United this season (19). From the start of November only Chelsea (12) have won more points in the league than the Baggies (10), so this is not an easy fixture for Conte’s men.

Chelsea have actually only won one of their last six against West Brom, and with the Baggies playing their best football in some time, may not extend their winning run here.

Team News

Chelsea – Chelsea come into Sunday’s home meeting against West Brom with fresh injury concerns. Nemanja Matic missed their 3-1 win overManchester City with a muscle problem sustained in training, while Pedro and Diego Costa were forced off during the match with knocks.

All three are expected to recover in time to start, although Cesc Fabregas and Willian are on standby. Oscar, however, is ill and will not feature.

La Liga Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna

Karim Benzema should be high on confidence after ending a poor run of goalscoring form by bagging a brace against Dortmund on Wednesday.

The hosts haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last five competitive matches, but are unbeaten in their last 26 La Liga outings, which is quite the record.

Deportivo have won just one of their last 19 away games in La Liga, but last match showed that the unexpected can happen due to the offensive talent they have on offer.

Team News

Real Madrid – Toni Kroos and Alvaro Morata only returned to first-team action in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund during the week, and may not be risked from the off.

Pepe could rotate in for Raphael Varane at centre-back, with Danilo doing the same at right-back in place of Dani Carvajal.

Mateo Kovacic will compete with Casemiro to provide a more defensive force in midfield, with Isco perhaps getting a chance from the start after sitting on the bench on Wednesday.

Deportivo La Coruna – No changes are expected from Garitano from earlier in the week, as Deportivo romped to a surprise 5-1 win over in-form Real Sociedad.

Florin Andone will lead the line after scoring twice last time out, with Ryan Babel providing a goal threat from out on the left-hand side for the hosts.

Carles Gil is expected to feature on the right, especially as Bruno Gama is still injured, with Fernando Navarro preferred to Luisinho at left-back.

Match Facts

Real Madrid have won 17 of their last 20 home matches in La Liga.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 20 of Real Madrid’s last 23 home games (La Liga).

Real Madrid have won their last 9 home matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 17 of their last 20 home matches (La Liga).

Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 6 home matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Deportivo in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Deportivo’s last 3 La Liga games .

Deportivo have failed to win their last 7 away matches (La Liga).

Deportivo have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches in La Liga.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Real Madrid 1.07 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Deportivo La Coruna has 21.87 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 10.93.

La Liga Match Preview : Osasuna vs Barcelona

Osasuna have lost their last four competitive games, even falling to defeats to the relegation-tipped likes of Sporting Gijon and Granada of late.

The hosts have scored just one goal across that period, and are yet to pick up a victory at El Sadar since returning to La Liga this season.

Barcelona have drawn their last three matches within the borders of Spain, dropping points in the league against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, and coming up short in Copa del Rey action against Hercules.

Team News

Osasuna – Osasuna have no more absentees to worry about, with Javier Flano and Didier Digard the only men on the treatment table for the hosts.

Oriol Riera should feature up top as a target man, but a usual partner for the ex-Wigan forward could be sacrificed in search of a more defensive system. Naija and Bet

PL Match Preview : Leicester vs Manchester City

Manchester City need a response after their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in which they completely lost their heads towards the end. They are four points adrift of the league leaders but come up against the perfection opposition to get back on track.

Leicester are winless in five league matches and even carried their poor domestic form into the Champions League in midweek after being thrashed 5-0 away to Porto. They have only lost one league game at home this season, but are now only two points above the bottom three.

City have won three of their last four away from home in the league and should have enough to overcome some key absences on Saturday. Just one clean sheet in their last 16 matches in all competitions does at least give Leicester a glimmer of hope.

Team News

Leicester – Claudio Ranieri made wholesale changes for Leicester’s final Champions League group stage match which they lost 5-0 to Porto. He will recall all of his usual starts for the reception of Manchester City on Saturday.

Danny Drinkwater featured in Leicester’s defeat to Porto in midweek, but completes his three-match ban here.

PL Match Preview : Arsenal vs Stoke

Arsenal are enjoying a good moment of form after scoring nine goals in their last two matches following their surprise 2-0 League Cup exit at home to Southampton.

They have the chance to go top of the Premier League if they can beat Stoke by a two-goal margin, although with Chelsea set to play on Sunday that may only prove temporary.

Stoke are also enjoying their football at the moment and their poor start to the season is well behind them. They have won four of their last six in the league to move into the top 10.

They are unbeaten in their last four matches but the idea Arsenal struggle against them has changed in recent years. The Potters have not scored in any of their last three matches against Arsenal and have lost each of the last six at the Emirates. Place your bet on

Team News

Arsenal – Arsene Wenger rotated his squad in the 4-1 win over Basel in the Champions League in midweek but could name a more familiar XI this weekend. Lucas Perez scored a hat-trick in the win and will be hoping to retain his place at home to Stoke on Saturday.

Europa Match Preview : Zorya vs Manchester United

Manchester United have not won successive games in all competitions since September and their failure to put a run of wins together is undermining all of their good performances.

They only need to avoid defeat here to qualify for the next stage of the competition and can even lose and go through if Feyenoord fail to beat Fenerbahce.

Zorya are fourth and cannot improve on their position. They have failed to win any of their last six in all competitions but have drawn each of their two home matches in the competitions thus far.

United are unbeaten in seven matches against Ukrainian opposition but this has all the hallmarks of a scrappy game. United have lost each of their last five away matches in the Europa League, which should give some hope to Zorya. Place you bet on

Team News

Zorya – Eduard Sobol is suspended after being sent off against Fenerbahce last time out in the Europa League. Grygory Yarmash or Artem Sukhotsky could deputise in his absence at left-back.

CL Match Preview : Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco

Bayer Leverkusen sit only three points ahead of third-placed Tottenham in the group but as a result of their superior head-to-head record with Spurs, have already secured their spot in the next round of the Champions League.

Monaco are four points ahead of Bayer 04 and have progressed as group winners. The Ligue 1 side are, however, unbeaten in their three Champions League meetings with their Bundesliga counterparts and will want to keep this run going.

These two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture and a similar result is on the cards.

Team News

Bayer Leverkusen – Roger Schmidt is without Karim Bellarabi, Lars Bender, Stefan Kießling, Joel Pohjanpalo and Kevin Kampl through injury.