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|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Rochdale||Recent Form|
Expert Verdict: Nottingham Forest and Leeds have both suffered humbling FA Cup exits at Spotland in the last two seasons and Rochdale could also give Stoke a fright. After a minor wobble, Dale have rediscovered their form, winning three successive matches, and they have the quality to get on the scoresheet which could be enough to force a replay.
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Espanyol||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Espanyol have won six of their last seven home matches
Expert Verdict: Espanyol ended Seville’s ten-match unbeaten run with a fine 3-1 victory in the Copa del Rey on Thursday to maintain their excellent home form. It would be a disappointment if they couldn’t follow up against relegation-threatened Almeria, who have lost three in a row.
REFEREE: Alberto Undiano Mallenco STADIUM: Power8 Stadium
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Fiorentina||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Seven of Roma’s last eight away matches have been under 2.5 goals
Expert Verdict: Roma are not playing with the same fluency as last season and Gervinho’s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations is a big blow with the Ivorian so key to their counter-attacking gameplan. However, the Wolves are decent defensively and a tight game looks likely against improving Fiorentina.
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Valencia||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Valencia have won eight of their ten home matches in La Liga
Expert Verdict: Seville have been a well-oiled winning machine this season but lost 3-1 to Espanyol on Thursday and have been no match for the top teams, losing 4-0 at Atletico and 5-1 at Barcelona. By contrast in-form Valencia have beaten both Madrid sides at the Mestalla and can leapfrog their opponents.
REFEREE: STADIUM: Mestalla, Valencia
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at St-Etienne||Recent Form|
Key Stat: PSG have lost one of their last 15 matches against St Etienne
Expert Verdict: Paris St-Germain have had their problems domestically this season, particularly with only four away wins, but they are generally better suited to big matches and this certainly falls into that category. PSG were victors at St Etienne in the cup earlier this month and can triumph again.
Recommendation: Paris St-Germain
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Empoli||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Udinese have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven Serie A away games
Expert Verdict: Empoli have drawn ten of their 19 league matches this season but can ease their relegation fears with a home victory over Udinese. All of Empoli's last three home games have finished goalless but they can find their shooting boots against the Zebras, who have not kept a Serie A clean sheet since October.
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