EPL, El Classico Football Weekend Predictions

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A host of games are set to be played this weekend, entertainment is therefore never in short supply. Get a beer at the local as The north London derby kicks off early and the el clasico features later on Saturday. On Sunday, the Merseyside derby highlights the day as Chelsea feature too.

Tottenham Hotspur host Arsenal at Wembley stadium on Saturday’s early kickoff. Spurs come to the match with back to back defeats to Burnley and more recently Chelsea. The return of Harry Kane in recent times may however prove a hopeful factor for their declining title challenge. Mauricio Pochettino gave a fitness update with Jan Vertoghen doubtful and may face late fitness test with consideration of midweek Champions league clash against Dortmund. Eric Dier and Dele Alli still out and will be unable to feature.

Arsenal on the hand come to the match with a recent purple patch of superb performances notably recently against Bournemouth. Arsenal Manager Unai Emery confirmed the availability of Captain Laurent Koscielny who certainly could add value to that ever suspicious Gunners backline. I’d hope for the three points to go the Gunners way thus closing down the gap to a point, but I’d be biased. This is always a tough one honestly speaking, so a draw may do here.

Both Manchester clubs play at six o’clock Kenya time. Expect goals in both games with City hoping to recover their killer instinct in front of goal as they travel away to a dull Bournemouth. United fans will also be excited with the news of a fully fit Marcus Rashford who has certainly been dependable for the past few months. They host Southampton at Old Trafford who sit seventeenth just two points from relegation. A win for both Manchester clubs looks likely with a lot of goals involved.

The El clasico features later on as Barcelona travel to the Spanish capital in the space of three days this time for a league match. Real Madrid were the downtrodden in the midweek clash as a Luis Suarez-inspired Barcelona ran riot at the Bernabeu to eliminate them from the Copa del rey. I’d go for another Barcelona win this time Messi featuring heavily.

On Sunday, Chelsea play just after five o’clock against a Fulham team that just sacked Claudio Ranieri. The fairy-tale coach found it tough on his return to the premier league. Chelsea will look to take all points back home. On another note, it will be interesting to see who starts between the posts for the Blues. Seems Kepa can’t decide that for himself.

The Merseyside derby is late on as Liverpool travel to Goodison Park to play direct City rivals Everton. Everton have struggled this campaign, but I see the scuffling a draw despite Liverpool’s form. This may just be a title-defining game and no Everton player or fan is willing to settle with Liverpool gaining points to win the league. City will be hoping for Liverpool to drop points in the derby. Firmino is out with ankle injury which could mean Origi or Salah upfront. A Liverpool win could not be surprising either.

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