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|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Man City||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Man City have not led at half-time in any of their last 19 league meetings with Chelsea
Expert Verdict: Jose Mourinho outwitted the eventual champions last season and Chelsea have the ability to do it again. They have scored nine goals in their two away games and Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have settled in brilliantly. The Blues have far more potency in attack than last season but still possess the steel required to keep a check on City’s creative players.
REFEREE: Mike Dean STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Atl Madrid||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Atletico Madrid have won the last five meetings between these sides
Expert Verdict: Atletico Madrid slipped up in the Champions League in midweek, losing 3-2 at Olympiakos, and Diego Simeone will demand a response against Celta Vigo. The visitors have made an unbeaten start but Atletico’s home record last season was outstanding, and they can get in front early on.
REFEREE: Juan Martinez Munuera STADIUM: Vicente Calderon, Madrid
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Nantes||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Nantes have scored just one first-half goal this season
Expert Verdict: Defences look as if they might have the upper hand in this one. Nantes have scored more than one goal in just one of their last 16 league games while Nice have failed to notch in their last five away matches, so it would be no surprise if the teams finished level.
REFEREE: Clement Turpin STADIUM: La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Milan||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Juventus finished 45 points ahead of Milan last season
Expert Verdict: Milan won a crazy match 5-4 against Parma last week, but they won’t be able to adopt such a gung-ho approach against Juventus, who are the better organised outfit. The Old Lady beat Milan home and away last term, and three clean sheets from their opening three games suggest that it’s business as usual this season.
REFEREE: STADIUM: San Siro
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Espanyol||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Malaga have only scored one goal in their first three matches
Expert Verdict: Espanyol have had a tough run of opening fixtures but will be determined to register a first win and clean sheet at home to Malaga, who failed to break down Levante in their last match. The last two editions of this fixture have finished 0-0, and this could be another tight encounter featuring few goals.
REFEREE: STADIUM: Olimpico Montjuic, Barcelona
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Chievo||Recent Form|
Key Stat: None of Chievo's last 19 Serie A matches have been a draw
Expert Verdict: It is difficult to be confident about Chievo, who have failed to score in five of their last seven Serie A home matches. However, Parma have failed to win any of their last seven league matches on the road and this could prove a game where there are few oppoortunities.
Recommendation: No goalscorer
|Sleepy sides may struggle to rise to the occasion|