Founded in 1992, the Premier League is the most popular and the most watched league among the European football leagues. Its season runs from August to May each year. The league is contested by 20 clubs from England and Wales. Most of its games are played on Saturday and Sunday. However, this weekend, 17 to 18 February 2018, the premier league will not have any action due to the FA Cup 5th round playing this weekend.
The FA Cup 5th round will start this Friday, 16th February 2018 with Chelsea taking on Hull City at the Stamford Bridge stadium, while Leicester City will go head to head with Sheffield United F.C at King Power Stadium.
SD Eibar v Barcelona FC, Kick-Off 1515hrs 17th February
This Saturday, 17th February 2018 Eibar will be battling it out with Barcelona at the Municipal de Ipurua stadium. The two teams current standing in the Spanish La Liga is Barcelona at the top, leading in the league while SD Eibar at position seven. The last time the two teams played was in May and September 2017 where Barcelona emerged the winner in the two matches.
Barcelona’s centre-back player Thomas Vermaelen, who had a muscle injury in January, is expected to join the team on 15th February. While SD Eibar’s centre-forward player Sergi Enrich had a meniscus tear, however, he is expected back in March. Barcelona’s top scorer Lionel Messi is expected to play in the Saturday match alongside Charles Dias de Oliveira, Eibar’s top scorer.
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Torino v Juventus, Kick-Off 1130hrs 18th February
The two all-time rivals will be playing this Sunday, 18th February 2018 at the Olimpico di Torino stadium, in a game no fan would miss watching. Their rivalry is dated back to the year 1906 when Torino was formed by Juventus dissidents; players and a few staff members. Since then, the two team have always been known as rivals.
Juventus are on top of the league’s table at number two while Torino follows at number nine. In their last match in January 2018, Juventus beat Torino 2-0. It’s going to be a tough match as Juventus’ top scorers Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are expected to play alongside Torino’s top scorers Iago Falque and Andrea Belotti.
Hertha Berlin v FSC Mainz 05, Kick-Off 1930hrs 16th February
6 players from Hertha Berlin team have sustained injuries in January 2018. However, Sidney Friede, Julius Kade and Ondrej Duda are expected back with the team before the Friday, 16th February 2018 match against Mainz. On the other hand, Mainz has three injuries, Levin Oztunali, Rene Adler and Gerrit Holtmann. There is no news yet as to when the three players will be back on the pitch.
With the many injuries, the match is expected to be a tough one as the two teams battle to be on top of the league’s table. Currently, Hertha Berlin is at position 11 and Mainz at 16 in the league’s table. However, Hertha Berlin’s top scorer Salomon Kalou and Mainz’ Yoshinori Muto are expected to play their best in the Saturday game. The last time the two teams played in 2017, Mainz emerged the winner in the last two matches.
Paris Saint-Germain v RC Strasbourg Alsace, Kick-Off 1600hrs 17th February
December 2017, was the last time the two teams had a match, and PSG beat Strasbourg 4.2. This weekend they will be battling it out at Parc des Princes in Paris.PSG is leading the league having lost only one match to Lyon since the season started, as Strasbourg is at position 13, struggling to climb to the top. Edinson Cavani and Neymar are PSG’s top scorers, while Strasbourg has Jean-Eudes Aholou and Joia Nuno Da Costa. PSG has only one injury from their last match in January. Strasbourg also has one injury.
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