SEVILA VS DORTMUND
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in 11 of Dortmund’s last 14 games in all competitions.
Dortmund have scored at least once in each of their last 28 assignments.
Sevilla have won each of their games
Continental specialists Sevilla carry a nine game winning streak into Champions League Last 16 first leg tussle with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening, though Los Nervionenses will have to work hard to maintain their surge at the German’s expense.
Sevilla qualified comfortably through the competition’s group stage, though their 4-0 reverse at home to section winners Chelsea on matchday five was worryingly abject.
Julen Lopetegui’s side have made considerable defensive improvements since then, though their run of seven clean sheets in a row could end against an attack minded Dortmund team at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez
Dortmund’s patchy domestic form means that there is a genuine chance they could miss out on Champions League qualification for next season, though Der BVB remain excellent value in the entertainment stakes.A mix of calamitous defending and sparkling attacking play has produced over 2.5 goals in each of their last six assignments and in 11 of their last 14 fixtures overall, and Dortmund’s cavalier style of play should deliver more drama on Wednesday.
FC PORTO VS JUVENTUS
Both Teams To Score @ 19/20
Draw 1-1 @ 5/1
Porto have scored at least once in 16 of their last 18 Champions League games.
Juventus have kept just one clean sheet in their last five away assignments.
Porto and Juventus have been beaten just once each in the competition so far.
Stubborn Porto to provide stiff test
Two clubs hoping to leave domestic troubles behind meet at the Estádio Do Dragão when FC Porto host Italian giants Juventus in a Champions League tussle where goals at both ends look possible.
Porto look like relinquishing their Portuguese title this term, and while success on the continent also looks unlikely, Sérgio Conceição’s side have the technical ability to cause Juve a problem or two this week.
The Dragons showed class and a clinical touch in the final third during the group stage of the competition, where they finished second behind Man City, and Liverpool (twice) are the only team to have beaten Porto on their own patch in the tournament proper since September 2017.
Juve hoping for more continental relief
Juventus have been off the pace in Serie A this season where a new champion looks set to be crowned for the first time since 2011, though Andrea Pirlo’s charges have looked the part in Europe.
With the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo central, Juve finished top of Group H ahead of Barcelona in the competition’s opening phase, pipping the Catalan giants to top spot on matchday six with a superb 3-0 win at the Camp Nou.
BARNLEY VS FULHAM
Both Teams To Score @ 1/1
Draw 1-1 @ 11/2
Both teams have scored in four of Burnley’s last seven Premier League home matches.
Both teams have notched in three of Fulham’s last five away assignments.
Fulham have lost just two of their last nine Premier League away games.
The Cottagers have drawn four times in their last five matches on the road.
Chance for Burnley to pull clear
Burnley gave their survival hopes a massive shot in the arm with a 3-0 triumph at Crystal Palace in their last test, and the Clarets could widen the buffer between themselves and the drop zone with a follow up victory against Fulham.
Sean Dyche’s charges rampaged their way to another 3-0 win when they last faced the Cottagers, though that January FA Cup clash between two much-changed teams should have little baring on the outcome of Wednesday’s rematch.
Burnley will face a stronger and more confident Fulham outfit at Turf Moor, where Scott Parker’s improving side look ready to go toe-to-toe with their hosts.
Fulham topple Toffees
Third from bottom Fulham warmed up for their trip to Lancashire with a superb display at Goodison Park against a shellshocked Everton.
Two second half strikes from Josh Maja fired Fulham to a deserved 2-0 triumph over the Toffees, pushing the Cottagers’ unbeaten surge on the road to five Premier League assignments in the process.
Manchester City To Win To Nil @ 6/4
Manchester City 2-0 @ 7/1
Man City have kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 league games.
Everton have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League home games.
Man City have won 16 games in a row in all competitions.
Man City have won each of their last five Premier League away fixtures.
Citizens can put one hand on the title
Manchester City can open up a huge ten-point gap at the top of the Premier League table and take a step closer to the title in the process with a victory in their catch-up fixture at Everton on Wednesday, and the relentless Citizens should prove hard to stop on Merseyside.
City blitzed their way to a 16th straight win in all competitions with a routine 3-0 triumph against Tottenham in their last assignment, where the increasingly prolific Ilkay Gundogan proved the difference maker again.
The Citizens’ latest success was also accompanied by a ninth clean sheets in 11 Premier League fixtures and Pep Guardiola’s robust champions elect look capable of shutting out Everton in similar fashion this week.
Everton shocked by Fulham
Everton meanwhile, were left red-faced by relegation favourites Fulham at Goodison Park on Sunday when the Cottagers played their way to a richly deserved 2-0 win over their lacklustre hosts.
The defeat, which was Everton’s third in four home tests, left the Toffees down in seventh place, though wins in both of the Blues’ games in hand would still launch them into fourth position at local rivals Liverpool’s expense.
City’s watertight defence key
Everton’s chances of claiming three points to aid their Champions League qualification push feel incredibly slim however, when a Man City team armed with buckets of momentum and class visit this week.
The only goal the Citizens have conceded in their last 720 minutes of Premier League football was a spot-kick at Anfield against defending champions Liverpool, and City will expect to claim another clean sheet en route to picking up three points on Wednesday.
Everton have failed to score in three of their last four league games at Goodison Park, and the Toffees should struggle to improve that record against the division’s meanest defence
As a result, backing City to win to nil for the 12th time this season is advised, while a 2-0 correct score prediction is also favoured. Everton lost by that scoreline in each of their last two runouts on Merseyside against Newcastle and Fulham respectively, and higher-calibre Man City outfit should have little trouble matching that result.
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