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|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Milan||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Milan have won just two of their last nine matches
Expert Verdict: Neither of Milan’s giants have impressed but despite a poor recent spell which led to the sacking of Inter manager Walter Mazzarri, the Nerazzurri have shown enough promise to suggest they’re value. New boss Roberto Mancini will find it hard to make a major long-term improvement but he has a talented enough squad to make a winning start.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Aston Villa||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Aston Villa have scored just five goals in 11 league games
Expert Verdict: Aston Villa’s run of six straight defeats ended with the 0-0 draw against West Ham, but that result means they’ve still scored just once in seven outings. Meanwhile, Southampton show no signs of slowing down after a fast start. Saints have won eight of their last nine league games and haven’t conceded in their last four.
REFEREE: Phil Dowd STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Marseille||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Marseille have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven matches
Expert Verdict: Marseille have been rocked by defeats in two of their last three league games and may suffer another reverse against fellow high-flyers Bordeaux. The visitors are on a three-match winning streak – two of them on their travels – and have a decent of winning at Stade Velodrome for the first time since 2008.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Granada||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Five of Almeria’s six defeats have been by a one-goal margin
Expert Verdict: Granada haven’t won since the opening day and look untrustworthy favourites against a side just a point below them in the standings. Injury problems have hampered Granada’s campaign and several of their returning players are not yet match-fit. Almeria are on a four-match losing streak but all have been narrow defeats, so don't write them off.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Genoa||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Juventus are the only team to have beaten Palermo in their last five games
Expert Verdict: Genoa’s six-match unbeaten streak has been down to more than just good fortune but the close-knit squad look no better than fairly priced. Dangerman Franco Vazquez hasn’t scored during Palermo’s recent run but he has been heavily involved up front. He already has three goals to his name from earlier this season and can get on the scoresheet.
Recommendation: F Vazquez first goalscorer
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Man City||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Man City have won two of their last nine Champions League home matches
Expert Verdict: It’s been another sorry Champions League campaign for Manchester City and Bayern Munich are unlikely to show them mercy despite having already qualified for the last 16. Bayern have won 11 of their last 12 matches, while City must try to cope without suspended duo Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.
Recommendation: Bayern Munich
REFEREE: Pavel Kralovec STADIUM:
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