Another week another bunch of big games. One I wouldn’t consider a big game and some pretty obvious big games. So let’s take a look:
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
This is a must win for both teams. United have really fell behind the title race and are basically out of it. But top four is still a chance and Spurs are a team we need to beat to get there. Spurs need win this game too because all those draws really hurt them on the short term, and they need a win really bad to keep up with Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and City. It’s a game where I’m really not sure what to expect. United have a full fit team with Bailly back and players everyone thought would be sold have really stepped to the challenge. Players like Phil Jones and Rojo have been rediscovered under Mourinho, both of them finally proving their price tag, Valencia has turned from a player with no real position into one of the best right backs in the league, having one of the best work rates in the team. Zlatan is scoring again which is a huge boost for us, considering it takes him about 20 shots to score it might not make a big deal, but at the end of the day form is gonna be important. Speaking of form, Mkhitaryan is going to be very important during the game. This guy has been an inspiration for us, giving us someone who can run past people and can whip a ball in, something we’ve been lacking before he arrived on the scene. I just have to credit Mourinho so much for his man management. Him dropping Wayne Rooney got the best we’ve seen of the captain for a long time, giving him his aggression and improving his work rate. He’s turned so many players I thought wouldn’t have an involvement and has game them one. Phil Jones isn’t injured yet! Which must be a new record for him. Spurs on the other hand are in pretty good form themselves. Harry Kane is scoring again and Deli Alli is actually playing well. They are still definitely missing Alderweireld and players like Dier and Walker I don’t think have been performing. Erikson is player we need to neutralise. He’ll be causing a lot of problems. Their wide players are their biggest threat so if we deal with them, three points should be in the bag.
Prediction: Manchester United 2:1 Tottenham Hotspur
PSG vs Nice
This is easily one of the biggest games of the season in Ligue 1. Nice have turned into the Leicester of France, having surprised everyone by being top of the league. I guess the player they can thank the most for that is Balotelli, who is back to his usual antics, scoring plenty of goals while inflating his own ego. I think this definitely a must win for the champions. They haven’t been great this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if Unai Emery is under any sort of pressure. Having not even finished top of their group and aren’t even top of the league, which is what you expect from them considering the players they have. After the awful loss they suffered last weekend and how bad Cavani was, I just can’t see them winning this game, considering how good Nice have been this season.
Prediction: PSG 1-2 Nice
Borussia Dortmund vs FC Koln
It looks like another massive game this weekend. Dortmund have to win this game since they are really falling behind Ran Leipzig (damn seems strange not saying Bayern) and need to keep up. Koln on the other hand seem to be slowing down and they need to get back to winning ways. They need to get Modeste scoring again if they want anything this season. They’ve been very solid everywhere else on the pitch but they need they’re main man scoring again to get anything out of this game, but I don’t Koln have enough. Dortmund just finished above Madrid in the champions league group stage and have Reus back, which is a huge boost for them. Aubamayeng is scoring as well so I think Dortmund will edge this one.
Prediction Borussia Dortmund 3:1 FC Koln
Roma vs AC Milan
Juventus have began to fall behind so I’m hoping one of these two stay in the title race for a while. Roma just beat their biggest rivals easily last weekend and played very very well with their midfield dominating the game but there were question marks over their defence, which still seems like they’re waiting to give another lead away. Milan on the other hand have been great this season and have managed to keep with the likes of Napoli, Juventus and Roma, all teams who are fighting for those champions league places. This will be a close game, both teams play very good football and score goals. But I think they’ll split the points, mainly because of Roma. I just see them scoring and giving the lead away through bad defending.
Prediction Roma 2:2 AC Milan