On Sunday the focus of most Premier League fans will be on Old Trafford. Chelsea have been able to narrow the gap to just three points with leaders Manchester United and a Chelsea win will put the London club top of the table on goal difference.
With 8 wins, 2 draws and only one loss in their last 11 league games Chelsea have overhauled Spurs, Manchester City and Arsenal and they were the last side to leave Old Trafford with three points.
But in United’s favour is their intimidating home record. The only blemish in 17 Premier League home games is a draw to West Brom.
In addition United have only given up 9 goals at home – they have not trailed at Old Trafford neither have they given up a first half goal.
The other Sunday matches have Wolves in desperate need of a win hosting fellow Midland’s side West Brom and FA Cup finalists Stoke will be ready to launch another air campaign on the Arsenal defence at the Britannia Stadium.
On Monday Fulham is at home to a charging Liverpool side.
Udinese against Lazio is the pick of the Serie A matches along with the Genoa derby. Lazio is a point ahead of Udinese and the outcome of this one will have an impact on the final Champions League spot.
Genoa has the opportunity to kick local rival Sampdoria right where is hurts as Samp battle to avoid the drop. There are only one point out of the relegation zone and had to look to a 90th minute equalizer by Mannini against Brescia last weekend to salvage a 3-3 draw.
The others games has Bologna v Parma, Brescia v Catania, Cagliari v Cesena, Inter Milan v Fiorentina, and Lecce v Napoli.
Juventus is at home to Chievo on Monday.
Lyon v Marseille
Once of the most intriguing matches of the weekend in Europe has Lyon up against Marseille.
After losing 2-0 last weekend at Toulouse Lyon are now six points (56 to 62) behind Marseille and are only ahead of PSG (4th) only on goal difference.
Lyon knows that this match could be a season-changer, for good or for bad.
A win for Lyon could put them back in the race as they look to have a more straight forward finish to the season
Last weekend Marseille gave up the lead at the top of Ligue I after holding it for only a week. While Lille won 5-0 Marseilles could only draw 1-1 with Auxerre.
Last season these two sides played out a classic 5-5 draw – 4 goals in the last10 minutes including 2 in the 90th and Marseille winning 4-2 then losing 5-4 then equalizing
It is worth noting that 35% of games in Ligue 1 this season have finished as draws (24% away wins) and only four teams out of 20 have not hit double figures in draws.
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