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A successful strike partnership doesn’t come easy, a deadly duo can take any team to a great pinnacle, win laurels almost single-handedly with their goal-scoring exploits, and have a lasting imprint in the club’s history

Some have awed the footballing world with their goal scoring prowess, while others have utilized their physicality to propound their dominance over their adversaries.

We’ve seen a great partnership of Manchester United’s treble-winning duo of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, the invincible Arsenal’s Premier League-winning duo of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, and not to forget Raul and Morientes alliance.

A lot of pairings were extraordinary, but there have been some who were absolutely unplayable.

Here are Europe’s top 8 strike partnerships of the 2019/20 season that contributed significantly towards their clubs’ success

  • Sadio Mane & Mo Salah – (Liverpool, 45 Goals, 20 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

The two of the finest African stars have been carving defenses open for their team together for a while now. Last season was a fantastic campaign for them, as the duo combined together to help the Kop achieved their first English title success in 30 years.

The strike partnership between Mane and Salah was well established by the start of 2018-19, since then they’ve been an irresistible attacking duo for Jurgen Kloop led side. With their cohesion level and understanding offensive wise, Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League and finished runners-up in the Premier League.

As the 2020-21 season continues to mature, the Liverpool’s duo has continued to show signs of what to expect from them in the league and Europe with their scoring partnership.

Except for injury or loss of form, we should expect the duo to also have a wonderful season, and perhaps help the Anfield side win their second Premier League title, as well as go far in Europe.

  • Ciro Immobile & Joaquin Correa – (Lazio, 48 Goals, 12 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

Immobile’s career trajectory has been somewhat strange, although he was always judged with his torrid time at Sevilla and Dortmund where he failed to convince many. However, we can’t forget in a hurry how he’s been able to bounce back from those difficult periods and went on to be Seria A highest goalscorer with an amazing partnership with Joaquin Correa.

The Argentine forward has not only caught the eyes of many suitors in Seria A but also across Europe’s top leagues. The forward has taken his game to a new heights at Lazio since he joined from Sevilla in 2018, and he’s been able to form an amazing partnership with Ciro Immobile in front of goal.

Correa has been able to interpret the role of a second striker well and also link-up between the midfield to the attacking third with Immobile.

Although Immobile carries a huge burden of making sure he get the goals for the Rome-based team, which he was able to achieve through a brilliant partnership that got them a place in the group stage of the Champions League.

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  • Mason Greenwood & Marcus Rashford – (Manchester United, 33 Goals, 9 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

One unique thing about the two forward is that they both made their debut at age 18. Greenwood’s rise to prominence gathered a lot of positive thoughts from both the fans and the media. Having completed his transition from the academy to Manchester United first team and he has furthered been touted to be the next England’s striker.

Both Rashford and Greenwood wouldn’t have enjoyed a lot of positive thoughts and recognition from the fans if not for the amazing understanding they had last season. Rashford becomes United’s talisman in attack with 20 goals to his name in all competitions and Greenwood with 15 goals, 2 assists.

The English duo are last season one of the main beneficiaries of Solsjkaer’s faith in United’s youngsters, with the likes of Daniel James and McTominey.

The duo was very instrumental in making sure United’s chances of qualifying for the biggest European club competition didn’t come short.

  • Lionel Messi & Luis Suarez – (Barcelona, 49 Goals, 34 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

With 28 and 22 goals respectively, the Barcelona duo is arguably the best potent attacking pair in the history of the club. The former Liverpool forward and Messi formed a formidable partnership since he joined the club in 2014 both on and off the pitch.

It’s no news that since Neymar left for Paris Saint Germain, the synergy between Messi and Suarez on the pitch has been very monstrous in tearing teams apart. And behind the Argentine, Suarez has always been Barcelona’s most outstanding player, even when he’s out injured he comes back into the team with more goals.

The simple fact that he scored an impressive 198 goals in a total of 283 appearances before he left for the red side of Madrid is a testament to how great the Uruguayan forward ranks among the Catalan fans.

More so, his partnership with Messi is one of the reasons why Barcelona was able to stay at the top of its game for so long, although Messi may not have the luxury of partnering with his friend anymore, Suarez will always be his favorite partner.

  • Romelu Lukaku & Lautaro Martinez – (Inter Milan, 53 Goals, 10 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

Lukaku and Martinez have developed into one of Europe’s finest strike partnerships since the arrival of the Belgian in the summer of 2019 from United where he was under-appreciated by Solsjkaer.

One of the characteristics of their partnership has to do with their movement on a counter once their team gets the ball and press to attack the opponent.

With the understanding both possess on and off the pitch, it looks like Martinez and Lukaku have been playing together for a long time, whereas they’ve only started playing together just last summer. Both struck up a partnership in a 3-5-2 formation that’s seen them wreak havoc domestically.

The Belgian and Argentine combination was so good that it’s got them into the final of the UEFA Europa League last season, unfortunately, they lost to the king of the competition (Sevilla).

Perhaps we might get to see such a great partnership once again in Seria A and Europe this season.

  • Timo Werner & Marcel Sabitzer – (RB Leipzig, 45 Goals, 20 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

RB Leipzig has arguably been the most attractive and spectacular football club in the last decade since it was founded by the famous energy drink company ‘Red Bull’ in 2009. Surprisingly in less than ten years, they’ve been able to produce one of Europe’s finest strikers and the club’s highest goalscorer in the history of the club (Timo Werner).

For some football enthusiast who didn’t see the German play at RB Leipzig, at least with him now at Chelsea they should be able to come to term with how good the former RB Leipzig forward is, with the way he’s been growing into life at London and with the Chelsea squad.

Werner’s career at Leipzig may not have flourish awesomely if not for the energetic, young, and talented teammates that played with him.

Austria international Marcel Sabitzer formed a great partnership with him, scoring 45 goals and 20 assists together. The playmaker has always been an integral member of the German side, if Sabitzer plays well then you should expect the whole RB Leipzig team to follow suit because he makes the team tick in the middle of the park.

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  • Sergio Aguero & Raheem Sterling – (Manchester City, 44 Goals, 7 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

A lot might have been said about the lack of finishing skill of Sterling, but since he moved to the Etihad to team up with Pep Guardiola, his game has improved drastically, and his finishing skill came with a lot of goals for the Blue side of Manchester.

Sterling didn’t just play well, he has also formed an effective understanding with Aguero in the City team.

Without a doubt, Aguero’s brilliance has largely led the line at City since he moved in from Atletico Madrid. Fantastic players have come and gone in an attempt to partner the Argentine, unfortunately, it hasn’t really worked out well. However, in the case of Sterling, he has been able to form an astonishing strike partnership with Aguero.

The City all-time goalscorer has continued to prove that he can’t easily relinquish his striking role to any other forward as long as he is fit.

He’s been able to form a goal-getting partnership with Sterling which got them 44 goals and 7 assists combined.

  • Kylian Mbappe & Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, 40 Goals, 12 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

Mbappe’s prolific partnership with Icardi at Paris Saint Germain has no doubt been in semblance with the kind of partnership Mbappe and Falcao formed back at Monaco. Despite Icardi joining the Parisian on loan before he was later signed permanently, his understanding with the World Cup winner has looked more like they’ve been playing together for long.

The 20-year-old remarkable goalscoring record has seen him been compared to a lot of great players such as Ronaldo, Ronaldo De Lima because of his speed, eyes for a goal anytime he’s on the pitch.

And as it stands, if the duo of Mbappe and Icardi’s prolific partnership continues then we might see them wreak havoc on teams in Ligue 1 and in Europe.

Icardi made the high profile loan move from Inter, and he has since been improving and impressed the Parisian fans under Thomas Tuchel.

But on the other hand, it’s left to be seen if we would see the same kind of partnership from both players this season, especially with the form Moise Kean is currently in.

  • Robert Lewandowski & Serge Gnabry – (Bayern Munich, 68 Goals, 21 Assists)

Europe's Top 9 Strike Partnerships In 2019/20

The duo of Lewandowski and Gnabry didn’t just win the UEFA Champions League together, they also form an amazing strike partnership, a combined 24 goals to beat the record previously set by Ronaldo and Bale in 2013-14 most prolific pairing in a single Champions League season.

In the end, they ended up combining 68 goals in the Champions League and league altogether.

To see Gnabry shone out impeccable performances for the Bavarian giant, despite his torrid stint with Arsenal and perhaps West Bromwich Albion in England still surprises many football enthusiasts, however with his form at Bayern Munich Gnabry is definitely no doubt a fantastic lad full of talent.

With the kind of prolific partnership they formed last season, Bayern Munich fans would be expecting such an electrifying strike partnership again this season. Already the Polish goal-poacher is painting the Bundesliga with goal colors, but it left to be seen if Gnabry would give the fans something close to that of last season’s mouthwatering performances.

 

 

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Erling Haaland was always going to become the ultimate striker and probably the best number 9 on the planet. Also, there’s every possibility that one day, he may become a Ballon D’or winner. But, there’s still one mystery, how did he become the cyborg that he is today?

Haaland continues to be a goal machine, becoming the quickest player in history to reach 20 Champions League goals. His goal from the spot in the UCL round-16 second leg tie against Sevilla was his 20th goal in just 14 appearances in the competition, which broke Harry Kane’s previous record of 24 games.

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UCL- Round of 16 Second Leg – Borussia Dortmund v Sevilla – Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany – March 9, 2021 Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring.

“Of course he’s fast, powerful, good around the goal and he’s got real soccer sense. But it’s more of his energy, it’s his infectious personality that I think is like a magnet; it draws people to him, it makes people want to be around him.” Those are the words of Red Bull Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch.

Grab a handful of popcorn and sit back as we unfold the story behind the rise of this Norwegian beast, goal machine, and keeper’s nightmare, Erling Braut Haaland.

Haaland’s Salzburg Breakthrough

As at when Jesse Marsch was appointed as Salzburg manager, Haaland had been at the club for about six months and had only played one game. And then he went to the U-20 World Cup where he scored nine goals in one game.

From his Salzburg debut, Haaland, who had already impressed at the Norwegian league with Bryne and Molde left observers with no doubt about the quality he possesses.

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Erling Haaland (L) and Dominik Szoboszlai (R) both of FC Salzburg celebrate after the champions league group E match between FC Salzburg and KRC Genk at Salzburg Stadion on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Andreas Schaad/Bongarts/Getty Images)

He would become one of the best strikers on the planet because the talent in him was very obvious. In a chat with oh-my-goal, Jesse Marsch revealed that Haaland’s personality was the first thing he fell in love with about Haaland.

“The first couple of days I worked with him, what impressed me more than anything else was his personality on the pitch. He was just relentless! He worked harder than anyone.”

But beyond his raw talent in Salzburg, Erling Haaland left his mark on the locker room with his personality. He had a smile on his face and got along incredibly well with his teammates. Therefore, it wasn’t just his talent, it was his overall energy.

Erling in person had a really positive influence on his teammates. Erling the player, was a selfish assassin who scored 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Austrian club.

Meanwhile, he also always talked about making his teammates happy. “The best memory I Had of him was when we were getting penalties in just about every game, and he was giving them to all the other attacking players.

“And then, after a player missed a penalty, I said Ok, Erling has to take the penalties and I told him he would be taking the penalties”

It’s incredible to have such a talented player who loves to score goals, be the one that is giving the penalty responsibilities to the others because he wants them to feel the power of success, the power of scoring goals, and the power of confidence. That says a lot to me about the character of Erling.” Marsch revealed.

At 19, when most people think about personal glory, Haaland was already a perfect teammate and a future leader which was unprecedented for a player as good as he was and in his age range.

Without a doubt, Haaland’s personality was great enthusiastic and it did really have a big effect on a lot of people at Salzburg.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence

Erling Haaland may owe his incredible rise to his immense talent and his positive leadership qualities. But that’s not all, Cristiano Ronaldo also played a huge role in Haaland’s evolution.

People often say that Erling Haaland is the next Cristiano Ronaldo but is the CR7 comparison justified?

Certainly, Erling is more of a pure striker than Cristiano but from a power football perspective, his ability in the transition to affect games like the Portuguese ace makes the comparison justifiable.

Haaland himself admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo was his role model but if like Cristiano, Erling broke all the goalscoring records, it’s not really the part of football that CR7 has influenced.

Haaland is following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps in terms of leadership and he even is now a role model to many players just like Ronaldo was to him.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had positive effects on his teammates and in every team, he’s played in which really helped him overtime right from his days at Manchester United and Real Madrid. But for Erling, one could really see that right from his young age that it’s a natural quality he has.

It will be up to Haaland to continue to modify that aspect of himself and mold that in a way that he can become a really strong leader within his teams as he continues to grow older.

Above all, Haaland took inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo in one essential area, work ethic. Like CR7, he’s always hungry to improve. “He really worked hard a lot. After training, he would stick around to finish, to hit some crosses, to work on his heading.” – Jesse Marsch, RB Salzburg Coach.

Like CR7, Erling Haaland thinks every little detail counts. He would wear special glasses because he felt like when you look at your computer all day long or your cell phone, that your eyes would start to fade and so he had that special glasses he always wears.

And while he has his own personality, Erling is directly inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo especially when it comes to nutrition and work ethic by picking the most hardworking professional football player in history as his role model.

Perfect With BVB

Borussia Dortmund activated his €20 million (£17m/$22m) release clause, beating United and Leipzig to his signature after all three clubs held meetings with the player, his father, and agent Mino Raiola.

Borussia Dortmund already had forward Paco Alcacer on the books, but saw Haaland as such a generational talent, that they were willing to offload the Spain international to give the Norwegian teen an even better chance of success.

CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says that they had been looking for someone with Haaland’s particular skill set for a long time and could not pass up the opportunity to sign him.

“We always wanted to have a center-forward who has a different way of playing football,” Watzke told Goal and DAZN. “But this guy also had to come onto the market first.

There are not many who are 1.94 meters (6 ft 4 in) tall and that fast. Actually, nobody else comes to mind. It was just an opportunity that you don’t get very often. – Goal.com

Dortmund offered the striker the best chance of regular game time as they promised to make him their first-choice striker, something Alf-Inge Haaland admits is crucial to his development.

Haaland’s Dortmund story got off to the perfect start with the most incredible debut against Augsburg. Trailing 3-1, Lucien Favre sent on the teenager from the bench and was rewarded with a 22-minute hat-trick to help secure a 5-3 win.

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Erling Haaland Hits 23-Minute Debut Hat-Trick as Borussia Dortmund Beat Augsburg 5-3

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Haaland’s Future

Having revealed all the secrets that make Haaland an outstanding striker, in all honesty, the Norwegian striker has no limit because he keeps getting better at Dortmund.

He was incredible at Salzburg. “We were obviously so sad to lose him so quickly because we had a lot of fun and success with him, but we’re also very proud of him and we’re really excited to see him continue to push himself and move forward and show everybody in the world how good he is.”

And today, he’s showing just how good he is in Germany. He used to only be seen as a superpowered and superfast goalscorer. But at Dortmund? He’s also shown his technical advances and his in-game intelligence and influence.

He’s more and more capable of keeping the ball, playing in different positions, taking part in the game, in short, he’s become the ultimate striker.

Giving his unique skill-set and amazing personality, he will definitely sign for a bigger club in years to come. Yes, he may experience some difficulties, but his quality will help him manage whatever challenge that comes his way and in-turn become the best number 9 of not only his generation but in football history.

 

 

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Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea didn’t quite go as he would have hoped, and the German coach cut a frustrated figure on the sideline as the Blues limped to a largely uninspiring 0-0 draw at home to a determined Wolves team on Wednesday evening.

Tuchel had overseen just one training session with his new charges before their date with Wanderers however, and it will take time for his ideas and tactical philosophy to take hold.

Teething problems are to be expected as Tuchel finds his feet at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea could endure another nervous moment or two against Burnley on Sunday.

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Burnley meanwhile, warmed up for their trip to London with a smash and grab victory at home to Aston Villa in midweek.

The dogged Clarets twice overturned a deficit at Turf Moor to beat the Villains, and the manner of their triumph should add another dollop of self-belief to the confidence they would have gained from beating Liverpool at Anfield last week.

Chelsea ambled to a 3-0 win at Burnley in the teams’ reverse fixture back in October, though we don’t expect it to be similarly smooth sailing when the sides reconvene on Sunday.

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Buoyed by excellent results against Liverpool and Aston Villa, Burnley will arrive at Stamford Bridge ready to throw their weight about, and we see them notching against their nervous hosts.

Chelsea has beaten the Clarets in five of their last six league encounters, however, and with eager players hoping to impress their new, notoriously demanding coach, and Tuchel’s compatriots Werner and Havertz keen to make full use of their clean slates, we expect the Blues to eventually force a win.

Predictions: Chelsea Wins

 

Brighton – Tottenham 

Tottenham will be licking their wounds following their midweek chasing by Liverpool, and with Harry Kane out injured, they will have to work hard to bounce back with a win at Brighton on Sunday.

Spurs had been gearing up to launch a title challenge this season, though the manner of their 3-1 reverse at home to current champions Liverpool on Thursday would have been a real wake up call for their supporters.

Jose Mourinho’s troops were thoroughly outclassed in the capital, and their 0.10 xG (Expected Goals) figure for the evening highlights just how ineffective they were.

Tottenham will be licking their wounds following their midweek chasing by Liverpool, and with Harry Kane out injured, they will have to work hard to bounce back with a win at Brighton on Sunday. Spurs had been gearing up to launch a title challenge this season, though the manner of their 3-1 reverse at home to current champions Liverpool on Thursday would have been a real wake up call for their supporters. Jose Mourinho’s troops were thoroughly outclassed in the capital, and their 0.10 xG (Expected Goals) figure for the evening highlights just how ineffective they were. Brighton look blunt Brighton meanwhile, missed a huge chance to establish a buffer between themselves and the drop zone when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Fulham on Wednesday. That was the third time in six Premier League assignments where a toothless Albion failed to score, and following their stalemate against the Cottagers, Brighton remain the only team in the division yet to win a home game in 2020/21. Narrow victory for Spurs on the cards Harry Kane has provided an incredible 23 goal contributions (12 goals, 11 assists) in 19 Premier League starts for Tottenham this season, and his absence through injury makes Spurs a less lethal outfit ahead of their trip to Brighton. With Tottenham’s talisman missing and Brighton’s general lack of thrust in the final third also a factor, we expect goalmouth action to be sparse on Sunday, and the under 2.5 goals market is favoured as a result. Even with Kane in tow, Spurs away assignments have routinely been tight affairs this term, and under 2.5 goals backers were rewarded in five of their last seven Premier League games on the road since October, and we expect Sunday’s game to follow a similar pattern. However, our 1-0 correct score prediction backs Jose Mourinho’s men to just about edge out their hosts. Tottenham found the net exactly once in five of the seven away matches we mentioned above, and a single effort could be enough to gather the points against a Brighton t

Brighton meanwhile, missed a huge chance to establish a buffer between themselves and the drop zone when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Fulham on Wednesday.

That was the third time in six Premier League assignments where a toothless Albion failed to score, and following their stalemate against the Cottagers, Brighton remain the only team in the division yet to win a home game in 2020/21.

Harry Kane has provided an incredible 23 goal contributions (12 goals, 11 assists) in 19 Premier League starts for Tottenham this season, and his absence through injury makes Spurs a less-lethal outfit ahead of their trip to Brighton.

With Tottenham’s talisman missing and Brighton’s general lack of thrust in the final third also a factor, we expect goalmouth action to be sparse on Sunday, and the under 2.5 goals market is favoured as a result.

Predictions: AWEH

Westham – Liverpool

West Ham are trying to upset the established order in the Premier League this season, and the high-flying Hammers look capable of giving champions Liverpool are real run for their money in London on Sunday.

A four game-winning surge saw West Ham briefly move into the top four last week, before their weekend opponents Liverpool replace them following the Reds’ superb 3-1 win at Tottenham on Thursday.

David Moyes’s in-form Irons have only been beaten twice in 13 Premier League assignments since early November however, and with Tomas Soucek’s aerial prowess, Declan Rice’s bite in midfield and Michail Antionio’s pace up top, they can cause Liverpool a headache or two in the capital.

Tottenham will be licking their wounds following their midweek chasing by Liverpool, and with Harry Kane out injured, they will have to work hard to bounce back with a win at Brighton on Sunday. Spurs had been gearing up to launch a title challenge this season, though the manner of their 3-1 reverse at home to current champions Liverpool on Thursday would have been a real wake up call for their supporters. Jose Mourinho’s troops were thoroughly outclassed in the capital, and their 0.10 xG (Expected Goals) figure for the evening highlights just how ineffective they were. Brighton look blunt Brighton meanwhile, missed a huge chance to establish a buffer between themselves and the drop zone when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Fulham on Wednesday. That was the third time in six Premier League assignments where a toothless Albion failed to score, and following their stalemate against the Cottagers, Brighton remain the only team in the division yet to win a home game in 2020/21. Narrow victory for Spurs on the cards Harry Kane has provided an incredible 23 goal contributions (12 goals, 11 assists) in 19 Premier League starts for Tottenham this season, and his absence through injury makes Spurs a less lethal outfit ahead of their trip to Brighton. With Tottenham’s talisman missing and Brighton’s general lack of thrust in the final third also a factor, we expect goalmouth action to be sparse on Sunday, and the under 2.5 goals market is favoured as a result. Even with Kane in tow, Spurs away assignments have routinely been tight affairs this term, and under 2.5 goals backers were rewarded in five of their last seven Premier League games on the road since October, and we expect Sunday’s game to follow a similar pattern. However, our 1-0 correct score prediction backs Jose Mourinho’s men to just about edge out their hosts. Tottenham found the net exactly once in five of the seven away matches we mentioned above, and a single effort could be enough to gather the points against a Brighton t

Liverpool reminded their Premier League counterparts and challengers just how formidable an outfit they can be in midweek when the Reds ragdolled a strong Spurs side on Thursday.

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane allowed the reigning champions to stamp their authority on their hosts, and Liverpool’s dominant display felt like statement of intent and a return to their ominous best.

Injuries pre-game to Fabinho and in-game to Joel Matip took the edge off Liverpool’s high spirits in mid-week, and with options already thin on the ground, Jurgen Klopp could be forced to pair Nat Phillips and Jordan Henderson at center-half on Sunday.

Predictions: Liverpool Wins

 

Barcelona- Atlethic Bilbao

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have served up two five-goal thrillers already this month and the entertainment looks set to continue when the pair renew their rivalry at Camp Nou.

A Lionel Messi-inspired Barca ran out 3-2 winners in the Basque country in La Liga earlier this month before Bilbao exacted their revenge by prevailing by the same scoreline to win the Spanish Super Cup in extra-time in Seville.

Barca, ten points adrift of Atletico Madrid in La Liga having played one game more, can ill afford any more slip-ups and they may take some stopping in their pursuit of a fifth straight win.

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But with Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto still sidelined, Barcelona are weakened defensively and that offers hope to a Bilbao side that thrashed Getafe 5-1 at home last weekend.

Both teams have scored in six of Barcelona’s last eight home league matches, with their only two clean sheets coming against lowly pair Levante and Osasuna.

Ronald Koeman’s men have been held to consecutive score draws at Camp Nou by Valencia and Levante and Bilbao are another team with the attacking quality to give them a scare.

Despite their inconsistencies in La Liga this season, Bilbao have failed to score in only one of their last nine games and both teams have scored in each of their last five away league trips which include on their visit to Real Madrid.

Predictions: Barca Wins

Napoli – Parma

Parma are in terrible form having fallen to second-bottom in Serie A. The visitors have lost six of their last seven league games, while they’re rank outsiders for the points in Naples.

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Napoli won 4-2 against Spezia in a comfortable night in midweek, with that win making it three victories on the bounce at home. However. Napoli have seen both teams score in five of their last six in Serie A.

With Parma scoring in all but two of their games on the road, they should find the net here. We’re backing Napoli to win and both teams to score, while we’re going with a 3-1 win for the hosts, given they’ve scored 13 across their last three at home.

Predictions: Napoli Wins

Roma – Hellas Verona

A 3-1 victory over Napoli last weekend took Verona into eighth, which is bad news for Roma. The hosts have won all 11 meetings with sides from 10th and below, but they’ve won none against the top nine.

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Verona have already avoided defeat at Lazio, Atalanta, Juventus and Milan this season. They were also awarded a 3-0 win over Roma after the Giallorossi played an unregistered player in a 0-0 draw earlier this term.

We expect Verona to cause more headaches for Roma, especially considering how the hosts have struggled against any half-decent side so far.

Prediction: Home Wins Or Draw & U 4.5

Lorient – PSG

Lorient ended their winless run in midweek, beating fellow strugglers Dijon 3-2. PSG hit Montpellier for four last time out, making it three clean sheets on the run in Ligue 1. Lorient remains in the relegation places despite that win, while PSG held onto the top spot, but Lille are on the same points tally and continues to breathe down the necks of the title-favorites.

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Lorient have not played well against PSG for a long time now, losing each of the pair’s last 12 matches. Lorient have also failed to score in four of their last five games against PSG and will need the visitors to have an off day if they are to claim even a point on Sunday.

PSG are in great form right now, winning five of their last six matches, and have looked really strong at the back. The visitors have kept clean sheets in four of their last six fixtures and Lorient have failed to score in two of their last six matches, one of which was against PSG in December.

Prediction: PSG & O 1.5

AZ Alkmaar – Ajax

AZ Alkmaar pulled off a remarkable Eredivisie double over Ajax last season but Pascal Jansen’s men have their work cut out to topple the table-toppers this time around.

Ajax are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions, winning eight of those fixtures which includes a 1-0 away victory at Alkmaar in the KNVB Beker just 11 days ago.

Top Sure Predictions For This Weekend : Tips, Stats And Analysis

Four consecutive league wins have seen Ajax move four points clear of PSV at the Eredivisie summit and they have in a formidable form on their travels, dropping just two points across their last seven away games.

Erik ten Hag’s side have been scoring goals freely and we predict them to net at least twice on their trip to the Alkmaar.

Ajax have scored 63 goals in 19 league games, an average of 3.3 per game, and they have failed to score only once this season.

AZ Alkmaar have conceded in each of their last 14 matches in all competitions and, despite sitting fourth in the Eredivisie, their defense has been breached more than any other side in the division’s top-half with them leaking 28 goals across their 19 games.

Predictions: Ajax Wins Either Half

Lille – Dijon

A solitary goal proved enough for Lille to secure all 3pts away at fellow European hopefuls Rennes last week. Dijon played out a 5-goal thriller against Lorient in midweek but ended up coming out on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline. Those results mean that the gap between these two clubs has increased to 30pts and is expected to grow again on Sunday.

Top Sure Predictions For This Weekend : Tips, Stats And Analysis

Lille have a great record against Dijon, winning nine, drawing one and losing just two of the pair’s last 12 encounters in all competitions. Lille’s last three wins against Dijon have all arrived in Ligue 1 and have been accompanied by clean sheets.

The hosts not only have the home advantage, but they are also the form favourites heading into this weekend’s clash. Lille have won four of their last six league games, while Dijon have only managed to win once during that same period of matches. The fact that Lille have kept three clean sheets in their last six attempts and that Dijon have failed to score in three of their last six outings points towards a clean sheet for the home side this weekend.

Predictions: Lille Wins 

Cadiz- Athletico Madrid

It’s impossible to oppose leaders Atletico Madrid this weekend as they bid to rack up an eighth consecutive league victory, although hosts Cadiz could get themselves on the scoresheet to boost the returns for an away win.

Just three sides have taken points from Atleti this season, and despite their shock 2-1 success over Barcelona here in early December, we don’t envisage Cadiz causing Diego Simeone’s men too many problems here.

Top Sure Predictions For This Weekend : Tips, Stats And Analysis

The hosts have won just one of their last eight league matches (D3, L4), and their 3-0 hammering at Sevilla last time out epitomized the limitations of Alvaro Cervera’s side.

Nonetheless, the Yellow Submarine netted six goals in their three previous league games including five in their last two starts at Estadio Ramon de Carranza, so it’s quite possible that the hosts can register again this Sunday against an Atleti backline that has conceded in four of their last five outings in all competitions.

Backing Cadiz to net markedly increases the odds about another Atleti victory and while the 4/9 for an away win is perfectly reasonable for the weekend multiples, this looks the best value option for single wagers.

Predictions: Home To Score

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