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Torino vs Sampdoria
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Three of the last six meetings between these two sides have finished 2-2, including the most recent encounter at the Emirates Stadium just three weeks ago.
Arsenal have won two of the other three matches in that run, while City have just the one victory in their last eight encounters with the Gunners overall.
That solitary triumph did come earlier this term, however, as Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling – both expected to start this latest clash – found the net to cancel out Theo Walcott’s earlier opener.
The Last 8 stage of the UEFA Champions League culminates this week with the second league, and one of the most tantalisingly close ties sees Leicester City host Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, with the Foxes eyeing a shock semifinal qualification.
Craig Shakespeare’s men come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday Christian Benteke and Yohan Cabaye cancelled out the goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy. The result kept Leicester in 12th place on 37 points, 3 adrift of a place in the Top half.
Meanwhile, the visitors extended their unbeaten run to 10 in all competitions thanks to a 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday, as goals from Yannick Carrasco (tw0) and Filipe Luis kept Atletico in third place in the La Liga table.
The reverse leg at the Vicente Calderon ended in a hard fought 1-0 win for Diego Simeone’s men as Antoine Griezmann’s penalty made the difference for Los Rojiblancos. The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the second leg at the King Power Stadium.
On Sunday at Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville, Real Betis will take on the brilliant Eibar. Both teams will be looking for a three points, but the guests will be very motivated to register another victory towards their Europa League dream.
Real Betis are in horrendous form and if they continue, they could be dragged into the relegation battle. However, only a few points would grant them a safe place in the middle of the table. They are on a three-game losing streak, with the most recent from the previous round against Las Palmas in Canary Islands 4-1. Their home form is in the decline, too, since they were beaten in three out of five games at Villamarin. This season, their overall home performance from 16 matches is 5 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses; Betis scored 18 and conceded 19 in the process.
SD Eibar are cruising toward a miracle. They are sitting in the seventh position with 50 points and in pretty solid form. In the last round they comfortably beat weakened Sevilla 0-2 in Vigo at Estadio de Balaidos. Eibar are on a five-game unbeaten streak and they will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games on Sunday. The guests snatched 5 victories and draws each, while they were also beaten five times in visits; they obviously prefer offensive approach as they scored 25 and allowed 23 goals. Eibar are led by Sergio Enrich as their main striker, managing to score at least two in the previous three domestic league fixtures.
Milan derby is on this weekend as AC Milan take on Inter Milan in a game that should be thrilling to watch. As it currently stands, both teams have new Chinese owners and as a result it is expected that in the near future, the money and the glory may return to the San Siro.
AC Milan are a team in great form the likes of Carlos Bacca, Suso, and Gerard Deulofeu are having huge impacts on the pitch. That along with a solid defence is making the Rosseneri a good team to watch and a good team to believe in. It is important to note that this team has been inconsistent at times and the players are quite young so it will be important to factor the pressure of a Milan derby and their age.
Those European ambitions, once seemingly solid since Stefano Pioli took over, now have taken a major hit. Inter come into this derby having lost two in a row and they will be loath to make it a third – especially not against bitter rivals Milan.