Derby vs. Brighton (06/12/2014)
Kick Off: 15:00
Competition: The Championship
Venue: iPro Stadium
If Derby keep playing the way they are, they should claim a place in the Premier League that they came so agonisingly close to claiming last season. They have Scotland international Chris Martin in good form with a goal record in the league better than a goal every other game this season, and have scored the third highest league goals in the Championship so far this season. This weekend they face a Brighton side languishing in the relegation zone and in need of points, however I don’t see them getting any this time out, Derby have beaten Brighton the last 4 times they’ve played them and Brighton haven’t won any of their last 3 in all competitions.
Prediction: Derby Win (2-0)
Elche vs. Athletico Madrid (06/12/2014)
Kick Off: 15:00
Competition: Liga BBVA
Venue: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero
This looks to be another game where Athletico carve out one of their solid, untroubled wins and just go rolling on without any fuss. They have won their last 4 all competitions against some side in decent form, and are away at a team second bottom in the table without a win in their last 4. The Madrid side also have a striker in red-hot form and fresh from his Champions League hat trick at home to Olympiakos in the form of Mario Mandzukic. Madrid should win this and keep pace with their fellow title rivals who should also win this weekend – meaning no slip-ups is vital a this juncture.
Prediction: Athletico Madrid Win (0-2)
AS Roma vs. Sassuolo (06/12/2014)
Kick Off: 17:00
Competition: Serie A
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Roma’s main competitors for the Scudetto this season will be Juventus, to whom Roma lost earlier this season. Due to this much of the subsequent games have been about trying to catch Juve and not make the gap any wider as Juventus rarely fail to win in Serie A. However this match day Roma not only have the chance to keep pace, but gain points of Juventus as the side from Turin has already drawn 0-0 away at Fiorentina in the Friday night game. This game against Sassuolo is now much win for Roma (as if it wasn’t already), and they will be expanding to do so. Roma have been in form at home this season, and a game against Bayern Munich aside, have generally won. This time they face a Sassuolo side who have been in decent form of late, but could come unstuck here due to Roma’s pace in wide areas, particularly that of Gervinho, who’s consistently good performances continue to keep Arsenal fans wondering what might have been.
Prediction: AS Roma Win (3-1)
Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo (06/12/2014)
Kick Off: 19:00
Competition: Liga BBVA
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
La Liga leaders Real Madrid will look to continue their sparkling form with a record-equalling 18th consecutive victory in all competitions as they host Celta Vigo on Saturday. Real surpassed their previous club record of 15 straight wins with victory over Malaga last weekend, and following a 5-0 Copa del Rey thrashing of Cornella in midweek, Madrid now have Barcelona’s Spanish record stretch of 18 victories from the 2005/06 season in their sights. Madrid have now scored 64 goals on their winning streak, conceding only nine, and have potential second time running Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo playing for them, and I would expect him to score even though against Malaga he failed to score, but we’ll forgive him as in the 13 games Madrid have played against this season, Ronaldo has faced 12 and scored against them all apart from Malaga, and even in that game ha was decisive in getting an assist for one of the goals. Madrid may struggle initially against a Celta side who won at the Nou Camp recently, but as fatigue sets in expect Madrid to exploit that, it’s just a matter of being ruthless with the chances they create.
Prediction: Real Madrid Win (3-1)
Dordrecht vs. PSV (06/12/2014)
Kick Off: 19:45
Venue: GN Bouw Stadion
It’s top vs. bottom in the Dutch top flight as leaders PSV visit struggling Dordrecht. On paper this looks a formality as PSV sit top with 31 points and 34 goals scored in 13 games, whereas Dordrecht have only 5 points and 9 goals from the same amount of games. Dordrecht sit 7 points adrift of the nearest team outside the relegation zone and are in a woeful run of form, losing their last 5 at home in all competition conceding 18 in the process. PSV’s catalyst Memphis Depay will be looking to add to his 7 goals so far this campaign in what looks as if it will be a comfortable PSV win.
Prediction: PSV Win (0-3)
Barcelona vs. Espanyol (07/12/2014)
Kick Off: 16:00
Competition: Liga BBVA
Venue: Camp Nou
In their last league fixture Barcelona overcame a major hurdle in picking up 3 points at the home of a bang in form Valencia side, with Sergio Busquests bagging the winner deep in injury time. That could be seen as a vital goal at the end of the season as it has meant that Barcelona have managed to keep pace with arch-rivals Real Madrid in the race for the title. In the aftermath of that goal star forward for Barcelona Lionel Messi got struck by an object from the crowd and subsequently got yellow carded for complaining about it – a yellow which has now been receded. He will look to put all that furore behind him when the Catalans face Espanyol at the weekend, where the Argentine will look to add to his La Liga goalscoring record.
Prediction: Barcelona Win (3-0)
Marseille vs. Metz (07/12/2014)
Kick Off: 20:00
Competition: Ligue 1
Venue: Stade Velodrome
The last game sees French leaders Marseille face Metz. Last time out Marseille struggled to break down a Lorient side and ended up daring the game, however a high point came in the form of Dimitri Payet, who’s midfield exertions were excellent and gave promise for the rest of the season. Marseille have also won all of their last 5 games at home, and opponents Metz have yet to score a goal in any of their last 4 away games in the league. Metz simply don’t have enough resources to even get close to Marseille’s penalty box, and in this game Marseille will be in in control from the beginning, till the end. Metz will be continuously cornered and in the end there will be only the question of how many will Marseille score, expect a few.
Prediction: Marseille Win (4-0)
Acca in full
Derby vs. Brighton (Home Win)
Elche vs. Athletico Madrid (Away Win)
AS Roma vs. Sassuolo (Home Win)
Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo (Home Win)
Dordrecht vs. PSV (Away Win)
Barcelona vs. Espanyol (Home Win)
Marseille vs. Metz (Home Win)