The top five European leagues have provided intriguing entertainment since August. In England Manchester city lead the park, in the Spanish La Liga Barcelona are in pole position, and in the Italian Serie A Napoli are setting the pace at the top. PSG lead the French Ligue 1, and Bayern Munich is at the helm in the German Bundesliga.
Here are some top features to look forward to:
Liverpool v Manchester City, Kick-Off 1730hrs 14th January
Manchester City travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in what many believe is the match of the season judging by the recent encounters between the two. Manchester City hasn’t lost a match this season and lead the Premier League with 62 points out of a possible 66. Liverpool is fourth with 44 points having lost only two games this season.
The last time the two met, Manchester City came out on top trouncing the Reds 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool will be looking to make amends for this defeat and will look up to their top scorer Mohamed Salah for inspiration. Also in contention for a place in the starting eleven is new signing Van Dijk and Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.
Pep Guardiola is expected to start with former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling in attack. Manchester City all-time goalscorer Sergio Aguero will also fancy his chances to add up to his impressive tally when he lines up at Anfield.
Liverpool v Manchester City is always a much-anticipated fixture, and we can expect some breathtaking action on Sunday.
Real Madrid v Villareal, Kick-Off 1515hrs 13th January
Real Madrid will look to bring their season back on track when they welcome Villareal at the Estadio Bernabeu. Real sit fourth on the log with 32 points from 17 games while Villareal is sixth with 28 points.
Madrid has only won three of their last six matches with their last match ending in a draw against Celta Vigo. Villareal have won two of their last five games with their last match also ending in a draw against Deportivo.
Real Madrid will be without their talismanic defender Sergio Ramos who is sidelined due to an injury. French forward Karim Benzema will also sit this one out due to injury.
Villareal will be without Cedric Bakambu who is rumoured to be in transfer negotiations with several clubs over a possible move this winter.
Real will look to gain some momentum and make some ground at the top of the table. Villareal will look move closer to the champions league position in a bid to qualify for the competition next year
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Serie A: The Season So Far
Serie A is already living up to its expectations as it ends to its annual winter break. Napoli is on top of the league heading into the break with 51 points from twenty matches. Juventus are a close second with 50 points from a similar number of matches. Early season leaders Inter are third with 42 points with Lazio rounding up the top four with 40 points.
AC Milan have again struggled this season, and they find themselves in 11th place just 13 points above the relegation zone. At the bottom of the table is Benevento with 7 points, Veron are second last, and Crotone are third last. The three teams face relegation at the end of the season if their form doesn’t improve.
On the scoring charts, Lazio’s Ciro Immobile leads with twenty goals to his name. Inter’s Mauro Icardi is second with 18 goals and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is third best with 14 goals.
Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich, Kick-Off 1930hrs 12th January
Champions Bayern Munich will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they play Leverkusen. Last time the two met at the Allianz Arena Bayern beat their opponents 3-1 to go top of the league on that occasion.
Bayern Munich will be without top scorer Robert Lewandowski who is nursing a knee injury. Manuel Neuer will also sit this one out with a foot injury. Other notable absentees are defender Hummels and midfielder Thiago.
Leverkusen has everyone fit for this one. Bender is expected to captain the side with Volland leading the attack flanked by Bailey and Brandt.
Nantes v Paris Saint Germain, Kick-Off 2000hrs 14th January
PSG have been nothing short of spectacular this season, and they will look to continue their impressive form when they face Nantes over the weekend. PSG sit top of the Ligue 1 with 50 points from 19 games. Nantes are fifth with 33 points from the same number of games.
PSG will, however, be wary of Nantes who have the best home defensive record in the league this season. They will need to be at their best to break the Nantes back line. Nantes too will be up against the most potent attack in the division; PSG have scored an impressive 58 goals this season.
On the team news PSG will field their fantastic trio, Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani once again. The three have been inspirational for PSG this season, and they will be keen to continue their form against Nantes.
Claudio Ranieri is expected to name a similar lineup from the last time out, and will look up to Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala for goals upfront.
We can expect some spectacular action from the four leagues playing this weekend, and there will surely be amazing betting offers for every game above.
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