Chelsea and Barcelona to win, ‘Over’ for Hannover vs Dortmund

PREMIERSHIPMan City vs FulhamThe beauty of sport is in the surprises it throws at you and so while I was pretty confident that Hull and Man City would produce at least three goals between them, I had not counted on Vincent Kompany getting sent off early, or Edin Dzeko and Fernandinho missing the gaping goal from four yards out. Still they managed two goals under those circumstances, and should put it right at home this time. ‘Over’

Cardiff vs LiverpoolPoor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the fixture list just won’t give him any breaks. Everton at Goodison Park looked like a mission impossible and although they almost snatched a point they couldn’t quite pull it off. At least they face Liverpool at home, but they would need the early season heroics against Man City and Man United to get anything against Brendan Rodgers’ rampant side. I doubt it. Away win

West Ham vs Man United Like I have said here for months, the only thing I find remotely predictable about Man United matches these days is that they will produce three or more goals. That is what I called for their last trip to West Brom and last home game with Liverpool. West Ham are in great form, and in the league United have proved they can score, as long as it is not against Chelsea or Liverpool. ‘Over’

Chelsea vs ArsenalIn the Premiership, Chelsea remain unbeaten at home under Mourinho since 2004, and against Arsene Wenger the Special Happy One is yet to lose after all these years. This would be a good time for Arsenal to change that, with the reward of putting the Gunners one point behind the league leaders with a game in hand. Yet I see Chelsea hitting Arsenal with a sucker punch, most likely on the break. Home win

SERIE A

Catania vs JuventusIt has been truly amazing watching Juventus maintain their focus every weekend all season, in the same way as other runaway league leaders Bayern Munich and PSG, or even Celtic. I thought they would finally switch off at Genoa last weekend, and they seemed to have done so until that Andrea Pirlo freekick at the death. Tough to bet against in such mood. Away win

Chievo vs RomaOld man Francesco Totti and youngster Matia Destro are drinking from the same cup, along with Gervinho and the rest of the crew. It has been good to watch really, and in another season this stuff should have been good enough to make champions, but for Juve’s methodical ruthlessness. And even more than Juve, Roma are the Serie A outfit I have had confidence in tipping for goals galore. ‘Over’

BUNDESLIGA

Mainz vs BayernAlready virtual champions, Bayern are nine games away from going the Bundesliga season unbeaten, a mission that has helped them keep their finger on the trigger without flinching. They are bound to feel the nerves as they edge towards the finish line though. This would have been one to worry about, but highly placed Mainz concede more than they score, a good sign for Pep’s men. ‘Over’

Hannover vs DortmundMarco Reus has joined Gundogan, Bender, Subotic and others on a long injury list that has robbed Dortmund of some big weapons and lent to the inconsistency of this season. Having won in Russia, Wednesday night’s Champions League wasn’t meant to be too demanding, but the chores and the result open up a window for Hannover to go at some tired legs. Goals on either side I see. ‘Over’

Leverkusen vs HoffenheimOnly Bayern and Dortmund have scored more goals than Hoffenheim who have netted an impressive 54 times, and yet they have conceded a Bundesliga-worst 56, which is 11 more than bottom placed Braunschweig! They attack and score, and yet leave themselves open at the back, an invitation Leverkusen will find too good to turn down. ‘Over’

LIGUE ONE

Lorient vs PSG Coach Laurent Blanc was furious that his charges were not at their best despite beating Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, and his perfectionist attitude explains why PSG have managed to keep their concentration throughout the season despite having a healthy lead in the league. Blanc will ensure it stays that way at Lorient. ‘Over’

Monaco vs LilleSecond versus third doesn’t look likely to produce too many goals, especially because of Lille’s meanness at the back. If there is a team in Ligue One that can open them up it is Monaco, especially in the principality, but even Claudio Ranieri’s men will find this one very tough. Hard to predict a scarcity of goals with scorers like Berbatov, Riviere, Rodriguez and Kalou in action, but I will. ‘Under’

Guingamp vs LyonThey must be wondering why they were not playing like this at the start of the season, because on current form they would have been PSG’s more experienced challengers, not newcomers Monaco. Better late than never all the same, and the goals are finally flying in for Lyon both domestically and in Europe. Momentum is a hard thing to gain, but hard to lose too. Away win

LA LIGA

Real Madrid vs BarcelonaI called here for Barcelona to win the first post-Mourinho El Clasico, and even if Real Madrid have been the more consistent side since that game at the Camp Nou months ago, I am still to be convinced that Carlo Ancelotti has imposed on them the attitude and desire they need to better their arch enemies. It is not as if Gerardo Martino is a better tactician (far from actually), it is just that I think the Catalans will want it more, and be more organised about how to go about it. And then there is Messi … Away win

Betis vs Atletico MadridIt is not too often that Atletico have a seven-day gap between matches this season, but having played their Champions League second leg last week they have finally managed a breather. Refreshed, they are hard to contend with as their collective work ethic is second to none in Europe. Betis will know about this already of course, but they will still find it hard to deal with. Away win

Bilbao vs GetafeHome win

Valencia vs Villarreal‘Over’

Osasuna vs SevillaDraw

Celta Vigo vs Malaga‘Over’

Espanyol vs LevanteHome win

SCOTLAND

Celtic vs St Mirren‘Over’

DUTCH EREDIVISIE

SV vs RodaHome win

Groningen vs VitesseAway win

Alkmaar vs ZwolleHome win

Heerenveen vs NEC NijmegenHome win

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR

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