Malaga won the most recent meeting 4-2 on the Costa del Sol in May. However, they’ve lost on their last 3 trips to Sevilla. There have been 5 red cards in the last 5 meetings at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Chelsea vs Manchester City
Chelsea has won three, drawn one, and lost two of their last six meetings with Manchester City. Both teams have scored in four of these as well.
The West London team has averaged 2.78 goals per game this season, rising to 3.75 per game at Stamford Bridge. They have failed to score in just 11% of their competitive matches this season, whilst Manchester City has scored in 100% of their’s but have conceded in 50% of their league outings.
Benjamin Mendy looks like he could be out for a while with a knee injury, whilst captain Vincent Kompany is a major doubt too. Sergio Aguero could miss up to two months after sustaining injuries in a car accident on Thursday night. Ilkay Gundogan could potentially return to Premier League action though after coming off the bench in midweek.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United have won five and drawn one of their last six meetings with Crystal Palace. They have won their last ten hostings of Crystal Palace in the Premier League, with eight of them being by at least a two-goal margin.
Manchester United have won 89% of their last nine games in all competitions, with 78% of them being by at least a three-goal margin. 67% of their Premier League outings have seen three or more goals and they’ve kept a clean sheet in 83% of them, whilst Crystal Palace has failed to score in 100% of their league matches.
While Crystal Palace remains without Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham, whilst Christian Benteke is now sidelined for the struggling Eagles.
Prediction: Manchester Wins & Over 3.5
Arsenal vs Brighton
Arsenal have won three, drawn one, and lost two of their last six meetings with Brighton, with their last league meeting being in 1983. Arsenal have won five and drawn one of their six hostings of Brighton, keeping a clean sheet in five of them.
Alexandre Lacazette has scored in each of his three home appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 75% of their last eight Premier League home games by more than a single goal, keeping a clean sheet 75% of the time. Brighton have failed to score in 75% of their trips away this season.
Prediction: Arsenal win & over 2.5
Newcastle vs Liverpool
Newcastle’s return to the Premier League undoubtedly started in poor fashion as they lost their opening two matches without so much as posing a threat to Tottenham or Huddersfield, but they do seem to have found their feet a bit now.
Newcastle and Liverpool have each won two, drawn two, and lost two of their last six encounters with one another, with Newcastle avoiding defeat in five of their last six matches against them at St James’ Park.
Liverpool has won just 33% of their away games this season and have kept a clean sheet in 0% of them. Newcastle have avoided defeat in 75% of their home games this campaign and scored in 75% of them too.
Prediction: Liverpool win & over 1.5
Huddersfield vs Tottenham
Huddersfield have won two, drawn three, and lost one of their last six meetings with Tottenham, but the last of these came way back in 1972.
Tottenham have won 100% of their competitive away games this season, with 75% of them seeing at least three goals scored. A bit of concern for the Visiting Spurs who might be without Moussa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, and Danny Rose remain sidelined for Spurs. Christian Eriksen is hoping to return after missing the midweek clash with APOEL through illness.
Prediction: Tottenham wins & over 1.5
Celtic vs Hibernian
Having already won 3-2 at Ibrox this season, Hibs must have a little bit of confidence about their return to Glasgow this weekend. Neil Lennon won’t get the same fiery reception in this trip, but could he be the man to end Celtic’s incredible unbeaten run?
Celtic have won four of their last five meetings with Hibernian heading into this game. While Hibs have scored in every game so far this season. There were over 3.5 goals in 47% of Celtic’s matches last term in the league, while 12 of their 17 home victories last season came by a margin of at least two goals.
Prediction: Celtic wins & Under 4.5
Leganes vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico haven’t totally convinced this term and they will have to play this match just three days after the disappointment of a Champions League defeat to Chelsea, their first loss of the new campaign.
The only recent competitive meetings came last season with Atleti winning 2-0 at home following a 0-0 draw away. Prior to that, they hadn’t met since the 2001-02 Segunda Division, with both meetings producing away wins.
Diego Simeone side has only won 2 of their last 7 competitive away games. Leganes have a 67% clean sheet ratio in La Liga this term.
Prediction: HT under 2.5
PSV vs Willem II
As you might expect, PSV have a great record against Willem II with 60 wins, 12 draws, and 10 defeats from their 82 encounter over the years.
Three of PSV’s last six matches have produced wins with over 3.5 goals being scored, while three of Willem II’s last six games have also produced over 3.5 goals.
Prediction: Psv wins & over 3.5
PSG vs Bordeaux
PSG are still strongly tipped to win this game however despite Bordeaux’s impressive start to the campaign, in the last 44 games between the teams, PSGhase won 19, Bordeaux have won 15 and there have been 10 draws.
Bordeaux will, however, do well to come away from Saturday’s match without conceding at least a couple of goals, with PSG having already found the net 13 times at the ground so far in 2017/18. Bordeaux will surely be happy with getting close to a point from this one.
We see there being goals in this one and advise backing a PSG win and both teams to score
Prediction: PSG wins & GG
Sevilla vs Malaga
Sevilla look roughly at the same sort of level they have been in recent years and they responded well to their first defeat of the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Maribor in the Champions League in midweek.
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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1
Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.
As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.
Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1
- Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )
Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.
After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.
With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.
Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.
- Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)
As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.
The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.
His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.
However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.
- Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)
Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.
As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.
The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.
According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.
As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.
- Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)
Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.
Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.
The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.
- Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)
When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.
After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.
With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.
Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.
As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1
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- Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)
The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.
The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.
Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.
- Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)