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Well, last week couldn’t have gone any worse.
Late goals in three of the games, along with Boca Juniors not being able to win against nine men meant we managed a miserable 0/4 last week. At least this week things can’t get any worse this week as we try and predict another set of four fixtures being played this weekend.
Spurs v Arsenal
Spurs feature for the second week in a row as they face bitter rivals Arsenal in the North London derby.
Spurs were lucky to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games last week, with two controversial penalties -- one being saved and the other scored -- to help them to a 2-2 draw against Liverpool. They rested the majority of their key players for their midweek cup replay against Newport, clearly with this game in mind. Their recent away form may be what is costing them from challenging for the title, but at home they are still an almost unbeatable force with just two losses at home all season -- a 2-1 loss against Chelsea in the second week of the season and a half-team being defeated 3-2 by West Ham in the EFL Cup.
Arsenal’s away form hasn’t been much better than their opponents, having picked up just 13 points from 13 away games this season. However, three convincing wins, with a 3-1 defeat to Swansea in between, has seen their attacking flare come back to life. With the additions of the former Dortmund duo of Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, they are certainly not to be written off in away games now.
The past two times these sides have met, the home side has come out with the three points. Spurs should be well rested despite their midweek fixture, but with a game away to Juventus just three days later, they will need to be at their peak twice in quick succession if they wish to keep their unbeaten run going. Arsenal’s new attack may appear to have gelled quickly, but how they are able to cope against a good defence like Spurs remains to be seen.
Game played: Saturday 10th, 12:30 p.m. (GMT)/7:30 a.m. (EST)
My prediction: Draw
Napoli v Lazio
First meets third in Italy with both sides desperately needing a win.
Napoli have won eight of their last nine games, and their last seven in the league -- only losing when fielding a weakened team against Atalanta in the Coppa Italia. With 15 goals scored and just 4 conceded in those seven league games, they are in fine form and doing well to hold off Juventus, who are just one point behind them and are also on a seven game winning streak in the league.
Lazio managed to take third place away from Inter Milan a couple of weeks ago, but have since lost twice in a row to AC Milan and Genoa. They desperately need to turn around their form if they want to try and keep ahead of the chasing pack and in the Champions League qualification spots. Their away form this season has only been bettered by Napoli and Juventus, so they will be hoping they are able to find that form once again.
You have to go back to 2015 to find the last time Lazio beat Napoli, with Napoli being victorious in four of the latest five matches. I can’t see Napoli losing this game either, and with their form being as good as it is, a home win is looking fairly likely.
Game played: Saturday 10th, 7:45 p.m. (GMT)/ 2:45 p.m. (EST)
My prediction: Napoli win
Bayern Munich v Schalke
Runaway league leaders Bayern face up against a Schalke side dreaming of Champions League action for the first time since 2014/15.
Bayern are firm favourites going into the game, as they are for almost every game. One loss and one draw in their last 23 games shows just how unstoppable they have been, especially when you consider that Manuel Neuer has been out injured for that whole period. 20 goals scored and five conceded in their five games in 2018 makes it look like no one will be able to stop them from winning their eighth consecutive league title.
Schalke started 2018 in second place, 11 points behind their opponents. However a run of bad results has seen them drop to fifth in a very close battle between seven teams. As the second team in the chasing pack to play Bayern in Rückrunde, they will know that all of their rivals still have to play the Bavarian giants so this could be a chance to pick up some extra, unexpected points.
The last time Schalke managed to beat Bayern was back in 2011, so they will be hoping to end that seven year streak, but I can't see that happening this weekend.
Game played: Saturday 10th, 5:30 p.m. (GMT)/12:30 p.m. (EST)
My prediction: Bayern win
Tigres v Club America
First place in the apertura meets the current second place in the clausura in Liga MX in what should be a very good game.
Tigres edged out the league table toppers Monterrey 3-2 on aggregate to take home the Apertura crown, but not find themselves down in 8th place after five games. Although they have had a fairly poor start to the season, they can rely on their home form to help them pick up points, with two wins from two so far in the Clausura.
Club America are just one goal scored behind the league leaders Monterrey. With three wins and two draws so far, they are in good form, and will be very high in confidence after thrashing bottom side Lobos 5-1 last weekend. They will be hoping that new signing Jérémy Ménez can help them keep up their good form and add some more goals to their game.
With Tigres being at home, where they have been in fairly good form in recent months, and Club America not exactly being a strong force away from the Estadio Azteca, I can see this game being very close and a draw certainly wouldn’t be a surprising result.
Game played: Sunday 11th, 1:00 a.m. (GMT)/Saturday 10th, 8:00 p.m. (EST)
My prediction: Draw
That’s what I think will happen this week. Hopefully we can be a bit more successful than some other recent weeks and help you get your hands on the special Allan Matchups card, which will come in very handy for some of the future Brazilian Icons that we can hope will be released at some point soon. Instead of coins, training XP or Skill boosts this week, you can trade your tokens in for some gold or better Scouting players to help improve your team directly or as XP for boosting your current players. One token will give you three players, while four will give you 15, so there’s a much greater chance of getting the likes of Asensio, Rashford or a lower rated beast like Sarr.
As always, good luck and happy predicting!