It is an exciting time in European football right now as we storm towards the halfway point of the season. The hectic Christmas and New Year fixtures are always exciting and non less so this year as we have some real battles to look forward to. Here are our picks.
Premier League Feature Game: Arsenal v Liverpool, Kick-Off 1945hrs 22nd December
What a cracker of a game to look forward to! With only one point between these 2 teams in the league table, both will be putting their all in as they battle for the fourth position in the Premier league over the Christmas period. Results from their previous 6 fixtures would put Liverpool as the slightly stronger team, with 4 wins and 2 draws versus Arsenals 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss. Whilst online bookmakers have Liverpool marked as the clear favourites; the history is fairly equal, with Liverpool having won 86 of their meetings and Arsenal winning 78. Recent encounters have seen plenty of goals and we should continue to see more as both teams carry little injury.
La Liga Feature Game: Real Madrid v FC Barcelona, Kick-Off 1200hrs 23rd December
When 2 of the best teams in the world are due to meet, it's always a great occasion. Add to that the fact that both teams are both in great form, each having won 4 out of their previous 5 games and you know there's going to be a great match ahead. It is Barcelona however that currently top the table and, with 11 points between them, Real Madrid are going to need to put up a fight. However, 2 things stand in favour of Real Madrid: the game is at home and Barcelona are without Paco Alcacer, who suffered a leg injury during last weekends game.
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Serie A Feature Game: Juventus v AS Roma, Kick-Off 1945hrs 23rd December
With only 3 points between them in the table and some convincing wins in their recent games, the upcoming match between Juventus and AS Roma looks set to be an exciting encounter. Online bookmakers are favouring a win for Juventus, currently second in the table. Whilst AS Roma may have beaten Juventus plenty of times at home, their away history is not so strong and they will need to up their game to be in with a chance of walking away the victors of this match.
Ligue 1 Feature Game: PSG v Caen, Kick-Off 1950hrs 20th December
Top of the table PSG take on 10th placed Caen in one of the tastier of the Ligue 1 pre-Christmas games. With PSG 9 points clear at the top and winning 4 out of their last 6 games, Caen are going to have their work cut out to walk away with any points. PSG are looking exceptionally strong and are enjoying playing an in-form Neymar who seems to score or set up goals with devastating accuracy match after match. Whatever the result, the game is going to be great to watch.
The Bundesliga has already stopped for a winter break, with Bayern convincingly at the top with an 11 point lead. The leaders will be back in action on 12 January, when the Bundesliga will resume, with an exciting game against Bayer Leverkusen.