The action gets underway in the Premier League with the Saturday lunchtime meeting of bitter North London rivals, Tottenham and Arsenal, at Wembley Stadium.
#ARSBOU – ✅
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 28, 2019
Spurs currently sit in third-place trying to stay in the title race. The return of Harry Kane last weekend will have been welcomed, but his reappearance has coincided with Tottenham suffering two defeats following a for game winning run. First, they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at Burnley, before losing 2-0 at Chelsea. That defeat at Stamford Bridge has surely ended their title aspirations with Liverpool and Man City both winning.
Arsenal come into the game in decent form having won three in a row, including their 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth in midweek. However, they know they remain in a battle with Manchester United and Chelsea for fourth-place, and that last Champions League qualifying spot. In fact, if they can win at Wembley, they will be just one-point behind Spurs.
A massive game for both clubs, and one we see ending in a nervy stalemate.
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The 1-1 draw is 11/2 with BetBright
On Sunday, there is the West London derby, as struggling Fulham welcome Chelsea to Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers have won just once in their last five games, losing their last four, to sit in 19th-place. They are beginning to get separated in the race for survival and need to find a win soon.
Their visitors, Chelsea, are in turmoil on and off the pitch with rumours of player unrest, the manager set to be replaced, and star players wanting away. Three defeats in four games, including a 4-0 loss at Bournemouth and a 6-0 defeat at Man City, saw them drop down to sixth, but a morale boosting 2-0 victory against Tottenham will have relieved some of the pressure surrounding the club, especially after their defeat on penalties in the Carabao Cup Final and the bizarre scenes that pre-empted the penalty shootout when goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, refused to be substituted.
Fulham simply have to start winning games if they want to be playing in the Premier League next season, and this could be a good time to face their close city rivals. However, that win against Spurs will have instilled a lot of confidence and Chelsea can eek out a narrow win.
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We also have the Merseyside derby to enjoy on Sunday afternoon, as title hunting Liverpool make the short trip across Stanley Park to face Everton.
3️⃣ days until the Merseyside derby…
— Everton (@Everton) February 28, 2019
The Premier League title race has taken many twists and turns, which has made it a fascinating one. Liverpool know they must keep winning in their neck-and-neck battle with Manchester City, and a win at Goodison Park would never taste sweeter for the Reds. They showed no sign of pressure in the week, brushing aside Watford 5-0, so will come into this derby brimming with confidence.
Everton enjoyed a first win in four games when winning at Cardiff City last time out, and come into this game safe in mid-table but knowing they can put a huge dent in their neighbours title aspirations. If Liverpool can come away with maximum points, it will put down another significant marker of their intent to win a first Premier League title.
It should be close, as the game at Anfield was, but we see Liverpool showing their strengths and coming away with a reasonably comfortable win.
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Saturday evening brings us one of the most anticipated fixtures in world football, El Clasico, as Real Madrid welcome Barcelona to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, for the second time this week. Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday to progress 4-1 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey, and strike a huge psychological blow.
💪 That winning feeling… pic.twitter.com/qre4SM0NvK
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 28, 2019
Barcelona currently enjoy a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga, having lost just two league games all season. After a slow start, Real Madrid have got themselves up to third-place, but can close the gap on Barca to just six-points with a win. They will also keep the pressure up on second-place Atletico Madrid with maximum points.
This game always has drama, great players, and goals. We don’t expect anything different and it should be another brilliant spectacle. We are predicting a close game than in midweek, but we still see Barcelona coming away with the win.
Barcelona to win 2-1 is 17/2 with Novibet
The top two teams in Italian football meet on Sunday, as Napoli host leaders Juventus at the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday.
Juventus remain unbeaten in the league this season, winning 22 of their 25 games to lead Serie A by an incredible 13-points. Their hosts, Napoli, enjoy a nine-point lead ahead of third-place Inter Milan, but they know if they have any chance of chasing down Juve, they have to win this one in front of their home crowd.
Napoli did enjoy a 4-0 win at Parma last week to end a run of two successive draws, so come into the game with a boost. Can they finally end the unbeaten run of Juventus? Unlikely, but we see them getting a draw.
The draw is 11/5 with NetBet
Elsewhere in Italy there is the fierce Rome derby to watch out for, as Lazio face AS Roma meet at the Stadio Olimpico.
🐺 #LazioRoma down the years…
📸 Vincenzo Montella
Just the four goals for him that day! 😍🛩🙌 pic.twitter.com/ALZiIYZwLG
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 28, 2019
The sides currently occupy the qualifying places for next season’s Europa League, but both will be desperate for the win to push for a place into the top four, which makes this a crucial game.
Roma come into the games off the back of three straight league wins, and they can beat their city rivals to close in on the top-four, despite being the ‘away’ team.
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