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After a few weeks with some odd results, it was back to a solid week of 3/4 correct predictions last week.
With 2 of this week's fixtures being played on Friday night, we will possibly be able to see the team sheets before the deadline for picking your result, which may give a slight advantage over those games later in the weekend.
So, let’s get down to business.
Napoli vs Juventus
In a bit of a role reversal from last season, first place Napoli are four points ahead of third place Juventus as the two sides meet in Naples in what will certainly be a very good game.
Hosts Napoli are in fine form, winning their last three games in all competitions, and have only lost to Manchester City in the Champions League in their past 10 home games. With just two points dropped in their last five games and still unbeaten in the league this season, they come into this game in great form and looking to extend their lead at the top of the table over both Inter Milan and Juventus.
Meanwhile, Juventus are in fairly average away form, with four wins and three losses in their last 10 away games. With two losses in the league, they are somewhat slacking down in third place in the league, but a win will see them jump back to up within touching distance to the top of the table.
Juventus have been the victors in 3 of the previous 5 fixtures between the two sides, but with Napoli being the more in form side, it makes this a very tough one to call.
Game time: Friday 1st December, 7:45 p.m. (GMT) / 2:45 p.m. (EST)
My prediction: Draw
Porto vs Benfica
Any game between the big three sides in Portugal is a big one, especially when it’s between the two most successful in recent years. Similar to Napoli v Juventus, the game takes place on Friday night and sees first place host third, with Porto sitting just three points ahead of their opponents.
Porto come into the game off of the back of a very disappointing 0-0 draw against 15th placed Aves, which saw them drop points for just the second time this season. Even with the most goals scored and fewest conceded, they are still just two points clear at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, Benfica come into the game with 13 goals in their last 4 league games, and a 6-0 thrashing of Setubal last weekend. Their slow start to the season saw them drop 7 points out of their first 12 available away from home, but they have recovered from that and haven’t dropped a point in two months.
Three of the past five counters between the sides have ended in draws, with Porto winning the other two by a single goal margin., and you need to go back almost three years to find the last time Benfica won this match - a 2-0 win in Porto.
Game time: Friday 1st December, 8:30 p.m. (GMT) / 3:30 p.m. (EST)
My prediction: Porto win
Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig
Two of last seasons surprise packages face off in the Bundesliga, with second placed Leipzig hoping for a win to keep their title challenge alive, while Hoffenheim aim to get a much needed win to push them into the European qualification spots, with Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen -- the teams occupying the two places directly above them -- facing off at the same time.
After picking up just six points from their last 21 -- three of them against winless FC Koln, Hoffenheim are in dire form and in desperate need of a victory. However, their defence just doesn’t seem to have gelled like it did last season after the loss of both Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy to Bayern Munich over the summer And with their main striker Sandro Wagner having scored just twice since the end of September, things are not looking good for them.
Leipzig pulled off a bit of a surprise result in the Champions League last week, as they completely tore apart Monaco in the first half. And with Dortmund in horrendous form, RBL look set to be Bayern’s main title challengers once again. With two just one loss in their last six games -- a 2-0 defeat by Bayern, Leipzig are in red hot form and are desperate to keep tabs on Bayern, while also staying ahead of Schalke and Monchengladbach who sit just two points behind them.
I can only see this game going one way, and that is with an away win.
Game time: Saturday 2nd December, 2:30 p.m. (GMT) / 9:30 a.m. (EST)
My prediction: Leipzig win
Besiktas vs Galatasaray
Not many people would have thought that Besiktas would be one of the most talked about clubs during the summer transfer window, but with some big name signings and an ... interesting way of announcing them, they certainly made some headlines. They face off against Turkish giants Galatasaray in what is always an interesting game.
Besiktas are currently fifth in the table, but are tied on points with third place Fenerbahce -- Gala’s eternal rivals -- and 6 points behind their opponents. They are in some poor ever since losing to bottom of the league Genclerbirligi over a month ago. With three wins and six draws in their last nine games in all competitions, they may be undefeated but they're by no means in good form.
The same could be said about Galatasaray, who have won two and lost two of their previous 4 league matches, including a 5-1 thrashing by second placed side Basaksehir.
In terms of H2H results, those completely favour the hosts, who have not lost this fixture since the 2014/15 season, with three wins and two draws since then.
Game time: Saturday 2nd December, 4:30 p.m. (GMT) / 11:30 a.m. (EST)
My prediction: Besiktas win
That's what I think will happen this week, which will hopefully let us get the 83 Overall ST Vincent Aboubakar. Let us know what you think will happen by commenting below or tweeting me @Darren_8196. Good luck and happy predicting!