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|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: Villa Park
|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 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 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:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Schalke||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Chelsea are unbeaten in 18 matches this season
Expert Verdict: Schalke boss Roberto Di Matteo faces his former club but it’s unlikely to be a happy ending for the Italian. Chelsea barely got out of first gear when beating West Brom 2-0 and can enjoy themselves against a shaky Schalke defence which has conceded seven goals in the last two Champions League matches.
REFEREE: Jonas Eriksson STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Arsenal||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Arsenal have kept two clean sheets in their last 11 fixtures
Expert Verdict: Two teams who are close to a crisis domestically meet in the Champions League and backing goals looks to be the best bet. Arsenal’s defence continues to leak far too many goals, including 2-0 in Dortmund on matchday one, but the Germans have been shocking in the Bundesliga and will struggle to keep a clean sheet.
Recommendation: Both teams to score
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