MATCHDAY: Hard test for Liverpool versus resurgent Hammers
An appearance at what’s taking place in European soccer on Sunday:
Liverpool is seven points behind Premier League leader Manchester City heading into a tricky-looking away match versus West Ham, with the Hammers among the surprises of the season under David Moyes. Liverpool got its title defence back on track with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Thursday however the champs can not pay for a slipup if they are to communicate with City, which has actually won its last 8 league games. Liverpool begins in 4th location and two points ahead of West Ham, which has won its last four straight. Tottenham remains in 6th location and is set to lack striker Harry Kane, who was injured versus Liverpool, for its away match against Brighton. Thomas Tuchel organizes his 2nd match as Chelsea supervisor when Burnley check outs Stamford Bridge, and third-place Leicester hosts Leeds.
Spanish leader Atlético Madrid sees Cádiz aiming to maximize Real Madrid’s loss at home to Levante on Saturday. Coming off seven straight wins in the league, Diego Simeone’s side has a seven-point advantage over second-place Madrid and 2 matches in hand before the journey to southern Spain. Luis Suárez is the joint-leading scorer of the league with Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri with 12 goals. Suárez has scored three objectives in Atlético’s last two wins. Barcelona requires a victory at Camp Nou over a resurgent Athletic Bilbao to move level on points with Madrid. New coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has Bilbao on a five-game winning streak in all competitors. Likewise, Granada hosts Celta Vigo, while Alavés deals with Getafe requiring a win to leave the relegation zone.
Atalanta hosts Lazio for the second time in a week with the capital side trying to find vengeance following its Italian Cup defeat. Atalanta beat Lazio 3-2 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. It will be trying to find a similar outcome in the league to move into the top four in Serie A. However seventh-place Lazio is only two points behind Atalanta. Roma is fourth, a point above Atalanta, and hosts Hellas Verona. Verona won 3-0 by default previously in the season after Roma fielded a disqualified player. Sixth-place Napoli hosts Parma, which remains in the relegation zone together with Cagliari and Crotone. Cagliari welcomes Sassuolo while Crotone hosts Genoa. Also, Udinese gos to Spezia.
Cologne wishes to leave the Bundesliga’s relegation zone with a win in your home over Arminia Bielefeld. Bielefeld is simply 2 points ahead of Cologne, which increased its team with previous Schalke star Max Meyer. The club is hoping the now 25-year-old Meyer can live up to his potential after a frustrating spell at English group Crystal Palace. Perfume is yet to win a league game in the house this season, while Bielefeld has only won one of its eight away video games. Wolfsburg will aim to extend its four-game unbeaten run with a win over Freiburg in Sunday’s late game.
Protecting champion Paris Saint-Germain finds itself in the unusual position of being involved in a three-way title challenge, with Lille and Lyon. PSG and Lille are both routing Lyon by one point. PSG needs a win away to 19th-place Lorient to ensure reclaiming top area given that it has a much better objective distinction than Lille, which is expected to beat 18th-place Dijon in your home. PSG will be without midfielder Marco Verratti and main protector Abdou Diallo after both tested favorable for the coronavirus today. Elsewhere, fourth-place Monaco looks to make it seven games unbeaten when it travels to play former France coach Raymond Domenech’s struggling Nantes side.
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