Arsenal has won five and lost one of their last six meetings with Everton, but both teams found the net in four of them.
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Chelsea vs Watford
Chelsea Fc played out an absolute thriller at Stamford Bridge in midweek as they drew 3-3 with AS Roma in the Champions League, although Antonio Conte is unlikely to be as happy as the neutrals to have witnessed such a game.
Chelsea has lost just one of the previous eight Premier League meetings with Watford (W5 D2 L1); this coming in a 1-0 win for the Hornets at Vicarage Road back in September 1999 – Allan Smart scoring the only goal of the game.
Watford hasn’t won a competitive game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since May 5th, 1986. The Hornets enjoyed a 5-1 victory in their final top-flight game of the 1985-86 season, thanks to goals from David Bardsley (2), Brian Talbot (2) and Colin West.
Predictions: Chelsea wins & Over 2.5
Manchester City vs Burnley
Manchester City has conceded in four of their last six home Premier League games, and they’re facing a Burnley side who have found the net in each of their last seven trips away, including five goals in three matches against three of last season’s top four.
Manchester City has won three, drawn two, and lost one of their last six meetings with Burnley, with five of these games seeing both teams get on the scoresheet.
Despite losing only one of their six Premier League meetings with Burnley (W3 D2 L1), the Citizens have failed to keep a clean sheet against the Clarets. Indeed, no side has faced Burnley more in the competition without keeping a clean sheet against them (Hull City also six).
Prediction: Man City Wins & Over 2.5
Everton vs Arsenal
Everton’s torrid start to the season is showing no signs of coming to an end at the moment. They put up a brief fight in midweek as they drew level with Lyon in a hotly contested second half, but they were instantly pegged back again and ended up losing 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Arsenal has undeniably suffered some shocking results this season, notably their 4-0 loss at Liverpool and the defeat at Watford last weekend. However, they bounced back with a 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on Thursday to maintain their perfect Europa League record, and the fact they have won seven of their last nine in all competitions shows their form.
Everton has won two of their last four Premier League home games against Arsenal (D1 L1), having failed to win any of the previous six against them at Goodison Park. While Arsenal has won 11 Premier League away games against Everton – only at West Ham and Aston Villa (12 each) have they won more.
Prediction: Arsenal Wins & Over 1.5
Tottenham vs Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur produced a fantastic performance on Tuesday as they continue their good run in the Champions League, with their 1-1 draw at The Bernabeu resigning Champions League holders Real Madrid to a rare draw at home.
Liverpool will be buoyed by this form, and they will enter the match on the back of an emphatic 7-0 thrashing away to Maribor in midweek. That extends their own unbeaten streak to five matches, which includes four away games in total and their home draw with Manchester United last weekend.
Both of these sides possess enormous attacking talent, but we’re not expecting a high scoring game here. Tottenham have seen just six goals in their four home league games this season and only one of them has seen more than three goals scored.
Liverpool has won three and drawn three of their last six meetings with Tottenham, and haven’t lost to them in any of their last ten meetings, a run which stretches back to 2013.
After a run of four wins and a draw between 2010 and 2012, Spurs are winless in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool (W0 D3 L6).
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four away league games against Spurs (W2 D2), conceding just one goal in that time and netting nine themselves.
Real Madrid vs Eibar
This game should be a home banker but we’ve said that a few times already this season with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and they’ve come up short. Eibar aren’t having a great season and are unlikely to offer as much as some of their recent visitors but Los Blancos aren’t playing well enough to suggest it will be a massacre so a low-scoring Real Madrid win could be on the cards.
The Basque minnows stopped the rot last time out with a 0-0 draw to end a 3 game losing streak. They’ve looked very short on goal threats this term though which is a concern as they were quite enterprising at times last season if a little dependent on getting crosses into the box. Eibar have netted just 0.38 goals per game in La Liga this season, which is the joint worst record in the division.
Real Madrid has won 5 of the 6 meetings between the sides in La Liga. Eibar did pick up a point at the Bernabeu last season though.
The Whites have scored in each of their eight games against Eibar in all competitions (W6 D2), keeping a clean sheet in five of them (three goals conceded).
Real Madrid has only won one game at home in La Liga 2017/18, their worst performance at home after their first four games since 1999/2000 (W1).
Prediction: Madrid Wins & Over 2.5
Swansea vs Leicester City
Swansea fans had a dreadful fear of relegation at the start of the season, with their narrow escape last season being followed by the loss of their two-star players in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente. Despite this, the South Wales outfit have actually performed pretty well this season.
Leicester parted ways with Craig Shakespear this week just four months after he signed a three-year deal and saved the former Premier League champions from a relegation battle. This came after their last-ditch 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Monday, which made it six league games without a win.
Leicester have won four and lost two of their last six meetings with Swansea. The 11 meetings between these teams has seen the home side on the day win ten times.
While Swansea have won two of their three home Premier League games against Leicester (L1) – their first such meeting in October 2014 and last meeting in February 2017 (both 2-0).
Prediction: Leicester Win
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace
Newcastle’s torrid start to their return to the Premier League seems to be well and truly over now, with the Tyneside club looking a lot more confident going forward now and picking up the results to go with it.
Newcastle’s defence isn’t up to much either. They have managed just two clean sheets in all competitions this season and have conceded seven goals in five games at St James’ Park. With Crystal Palace’s new found confidence flowing I expect The Eagles to get a goal, but the fact they haven’t kept a clean sheet all season is a worry for their backline so backing Both Teams to Score looks a great choice here.
Newcastle have scored in 11 of their 12 previous Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace, with the exception being a goalless draw at St James’ Park in April 2005.
The Eagles have won only one of their last 12 league visits to St James’ Park (2-1 in March 1998), failing to score in eight of those games (W1 D3 L8). While the Magpies have lost only one of their last nine Premier League games on home soil (W5 D3 L1), losing to Spurs earlier this season.
Predictions: Newcastle wins
Hibernian vs Celtic
These two have racked up 30 goals between them on their way to the final of this competition. The Bhoys have cruised through the opening two rounds, while Hibs edged past Livingston in the quarter-finals. There’s 10 points separating the two in the table ahead of this one.
However, Hibs did manage a 2-2 draw at Celtic park last month. They were unlucky not to end Celtic’s unbeaten run then. While Celtic should be a little more focused for a cup clash, they still have defensive issues. Hibs have scored in eight of their nine league games since returning to the top flight, and we expect them to get a goal here.
Celtic have won four of their previous six meetings with Hibernian.
Hamburg vs Bayern Munich
Hamburg’s strong start to the season has taken a drastic turn for the worse. Hamburg has been put through their paces against tougher opponents, losing to nil against RB Leipzig, Hannover, Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen, while also only managing a 0-0 draw at home to Bremen in the “North Derby” and another 3-2 defeat on the road to Mainz 05 (D1 L5). Any chance of making amends on this poor run might have to wait another week.
From a betting perspective, Bayern are huge favourites here, and the reigning champions look to be worth backing in one way or another. In terms of goals, one or more from the Bavarians is never really a question. What was lacking before Ancelotti packed his bags was the Bavarians’ ability to maintain defensive consistency, particularly in the absence of star keeper Manuel Neuer. Now, Bayern looks back to their best and against a Hamburg side that has failed to score in 75% of their outings at the Volksparkstadion this term, another shutout should be on the cards.
Bayern Munich won 8-0 at home to Hamburg when the two sides last met in February. Bayern Munich has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between them.
Hamburg has failed to score in 75% of their home outings this term. Bayern Munich has kept clean sheets in both of their matches under new-boss Josef Heynckes.
Prediction: Bayern wins & over 2.5
Barcelona vs Malaga
On paper, there should only be one result here. Barcelona are looking supreme at the top of La Liga having only dropped points once in 8 matches this season. Meanwhile, Malaga has been pretty hopeless having only collected a point on one occasion and they currently prop up the table.
It’s hard to see their quality not telling eventually though and the visitors are likely to offer little to no attacking threat whatsoever. Malaga has lost all of their four away games this term to nil and has failed to score in 75% of their outings in La Liga so far. Perhaps surprisingly their coach Michel remains in a job but they’ve not really shown any signs that they are about to turn things around.
Malaga are a real bogey side for Barcelona. The Catalans only took 1 point from their two games with Malaga the last term and almost unbelievably failed to score in either game as 9 man Malaga earnt a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou. They’ve avoided defeat on 3 of their last 6 visits to Barcelona.
Barcelona has won their last 16 games at home in La Liga, the longest current run of any team in the competition.
Predictions: Barca wins & Over 2.5
Eintracht Frankfurt VS Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund may have begun the season in commanding fashion, setting a Bundesliga record under a new coach (Peter Bosz) with clean sheets in their opening five matches, but the last few weeks have been less kind to them. Dortmund came out on the wrong end of an exciting but hot-tempered match at home to RB Leipzig last weekend (a 3-2 defeat) before failing to get the job done in the Champions League against Cyprian champions APOEL on Tuesday (a 1-1 draw).
Dortmund won 2-1 against Eintracht when the two sides last met in the DFB Pokal final in May. Eintracht has won the last three meetings at home to Borussia Dortmund.
Both teams have scored in four of Eintracht’s and all of the Dortmund’s last five competitive matches. Aubameyang has scored 10 goals in 8 Bundesliga outings this season
Predictions: Under 4.5
Napoli vs Inter Milan
The biggest Serie A match of the weekend pits together the current top two at the San Paolo. Napoli are the only team in Europe’s six major leagues to have a 100% record at this stage of the season, which shows just how great their start has been. They’re already looking at letting the Champions League slide to fully focus on domestic glory, but just how far can this side go?
However, Napoli has already won at Roma and Lazio, two of the current top five. The leaders’ 100% start has simply carried on their form in the run-in last season, which means they have now won their last 13 matches in the league. While they’ve not been up to scratch in the Champions League quite yet, it’s hard not to be impressed with how well the home side are playing.
Napoli has won three of the last five meetings between these two sides.
Napoli has scored at least three goals in their last six at home and in all but one of their league games this season. All of Napoli’s home wins this term have come by at least two goals.
Prediction: Napoli win either half
Monaco vs Caen
Monaco has lost serious ground on Ligue 1 leaders and title favourites PSG and unless they sort out their stuttering form they will have next to no chance of retaining the crown which they won in 2016/17. Last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Lyon means Leonardo Jardim’s team are now six points behind PSG after nine games.
Caen meanwhile has had an excellent start to the season and sit 8th after nine matches having won five and lost four so far. The side’s defensive record has been sensational, having conceded just six times, but less impressive is their goals scored column, with Caen having found the net only seven times.
In 16 previous meetings, each side has won four times while eight of the matches have been drawn.
Monaco are the second highest scorers in Ligue 1 so far, scoring 24 goals in nine games.
Prediction: Monaco wins
Marseille vs PSG
PSG’s visit to Marseille this weekend promises to be an exciting encounter between two in-form Ligue 1 sides who like to attack. The hosts currently sit in 4th position in the table having won five, drawn two and lost two of their opening nine encounters. They also go into the match on the back of a good 2-1 win over Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on Thursday
PSG continue to beat all challengers and swept aside Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday. They have scored an incredible 29 goals in their first nine matches and it is expected that they will at least go close to breaking the 100-goal barrier with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar firing on all cylinders.
In 44 previous matches, PSG have won 24, Marseille have won 12 and eight have been drawn.
PSG are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive games against Marseille (W12, D2). Their last defeat came on 27 November 2011 (3-0 at the Vélodrome). This is their longest unbeaten run against Marseille.
Marseille have only lost 3 of their last 26 home Ligue 1 games (W16 D7), including one against Paris on 26 February 2017 (1-5).
Prediction: over 2.5
FC Porto vs Pacos de Ferreira
Porto may have lost their 100% record in the league last time out, but they remain unbeaten after that 0-0 draw with Sporting. They’ve looked like the team to beat this season, with Benfica seemingly combusting and falling out of the title race early. Holding Sporting at bay only boosts Porto’s strong start, which looks set to continue against Pacos de Ferreira.
Not only have Porto been winning at home, but their last five home matches have seen them win by a margin of three goals or greater. That run is likely to continue when they host Pacos de Ferreira this weekend, as Porto have scored 19 times in the last six meetings between these two at this ground.
Porto have won 14 of their last 16 home meetings with Pacos de Ferreira.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Porto’s last 15 home matches. The hosts won to nil in 59% of their home matches last term.
Prediction: Porto wins & over 1.5
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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)