Predicting the Biggest EPL, Liga, Serie a Matches: Chelsea to Stretch Lead

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentMarch 7, 2014

Predicting the Biggest EPL, Liga, Serie a Matches: Chelsea to Stretch Lead

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    There's a mixture of Premier League and FA Cup games in England this weekend.

    Manchester United face a crucial game at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. David Moyes and his team will look to bounce back from a demoralising defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League last week.

    There's a scrap between two relegation-threatened teams in South Wales, where Fulham visit Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Chelsea can stretch their lead at the top of the table with a win over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

    In the FA Cup, Everton travel to Arsenal on Saturday, while holders Wigan Athletic visit favourites Manchester City on Sunday.

    In La Liga, Spain's three title chasers are all in action this weekend.

    Barcelona travel to Real Valladolid in Saturday's early game, while third-placed Atletico Madrid visit Celta Vigo in the evening.

    If Barcelona win, Real Madrid will have the chance to return to the top of La Liga on Sunday against Levante at the Bernabeu.

    Meanwhile, Juventus can further extend their lead at the top of Serie A when they play fourth-placed Fiorentina in Italy's early game on Sunday.

    Perhaps the bigger game is in Naples, though, where third-placed Napoli host second-placed Roma.

    Elsewhere, Milan visit Udinese on Saturday while neighbours Inter host Torino on Sunday.

England

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    Manchester United, and especially David Moyes, are in desperate need of a win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

    Defeat to Olympiacos ramped up the pressure on the United manager, and with Liverpool and the return leg with the Greek side to come in the next two games, a win at the Hawthorns in vital.

    West Brom won at Old Trafford earlier this season. Another defeat would raise more doubts about Moyes' ability to do the job. 

    Prediction: West Brom 1 Manchester United 3 

     

    Chelsea have a fantastic record against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge and another win would stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

    With Manchester City and Arsenal both playing in the FA Cup, Chelsea could be seven points clear by Saturday night.

    Tottenham under Tim Sherwood won at Old Trafford in January, but City are the only team to beat Chelsea in their last 19 matches.

    Prediction: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0 

Spain

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    Barcelona bounced back from their defeat to Real Sociedad with a 4-1 win over Almeria last time out. 

    There's a chance Gerardo Martino will be tempted to rest players for the trip to Real Valladolid on Saturday with the second leg of their Champions League tie against Manchester City at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

    However, a win will take them to the top of La Liga for 24 hours at least before Real Madrid play Levante on Sunday.

    Prediction: Real Valladolid 1 Barcelona 3

     

    Real Madrid could start their game with Levante second in La Liga. However, a win at the Bernabeu will see them leapfrog Barcelona to go back to the top.

    Real have the advantage of a free week after the game—unlike Barcelona—and Carlo Ancelotti is expected to have all his big guns on duty at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

    They haven't lost at home in any competition since September. Levante shouldn't trouble that record.

    Prediction: Real Madrid 3 Levante 0 

Italy

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    Fiorentina are fourth in Serie A, but they're struggling for form, having won just one of their last five games.

    Their last game in Serie A ended in a 1-0 defeat at home to Lazio.

    Meanwhile, leaders Juventus have won each of their last five games, including a 2-0 win at Milan last weekend to open up an 11-point lead at the top of the table.

    The game in Turin on Sunday is a dress rehearsal for the pair's date in the last 16 of the Europa League.

    Prediction: Juventus 2 Fiorentina 0

     

    Roma visit Napoli in another top-of-the-table clash in Naples on Sunday.

    Napoli are third in Serie A but haven't won in the league since a 2-0 victory over bottom club Sassuolo in mid-February.

    Roma were involved in a frustrating goalless draw with Inter last weekend but must beat Napoli if they are to have any hope of overhauling Juventus at the top by the end of the season.

    Roma's last visit to Napoli ended in a 3-0 defeat in the Coppa Italia in February.

    Prediction: Napoli 2 Roma 2