4 matches to watch | The El Clasico takes centre stage as Falcons seek ninth title

Ronaldo and Messi
Photo: EssentiallySports
Ronaldo and Messi Photo: EssentiallySports

Nigeria vs. Cameroon @Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo @3:30pm on Dec. 3

In 15 matches, the Falcons have lost just twice, winnings  on 11 occasions; but Saturday’s duel with the Lionesses of Cameroon would be their toughest yet because they would be stalking the Lioness inside her den.

For the 1-0 victory over Ghana in the first semi-final, the Cameroonians packed out the Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo and the Falcons can expect vociferous support for the hosts on Saturday. Though it is not the first time the Falcons have had to face hosts in the finals.

Coach Florence Omagbemi must harp it on her girls to eschew teamwork above individuality to be victorious at the end of the match.

Current Form: Cameroon [W-W-W-W]; Nigeria [W-D-W-W]

Head to head

Stats Cameroon Nigeria
Wins 2 11
Draws 2 2
Goals Scored 8 40
Goals conceded 40 8

Prediction: Cameroon 1-2 Nigeria

Napoli vs. Inter Milan @Stadio San Paolo @8:45pm on Dec.2

Napoli at the moment can’t buy a win while Inter’s season has been in sinusoidal mode though it seems like new manager, Stefano Pioli would be able to bring out the strength of this squad of players whilst helping them cover some of their weaknesses. Napoli are missing a traditional No.9 because of the injury to Arkadiusz Milik and are having to make do with Jose Callejon scoring the goals from his outside right position. Inter have goals in them but cannot keep a clean sheet despite the prowess of Samir Handanovic. There will be goals in this one for sure.

Current Form: Napoli [D-D-W-D-D]; Real Madrid [W-L-D-W-L]

Head to head

16/04/16 SEA Inter 2 – 0 Napoli
19/01/16 COI Napoli 0 – 2 Inter
30/11/15 SEA Napoli 2 – 1 Inter
08/03/15 SEA Napoli 2 – 2 Inter
04/02/15 COI Napoli 1 – 0 Inter

Prediction: Napoli 3-1 Inter

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid @Camp Nou @4:15pm on Dec.3

The biggest clash of the weekend and one Barcelona cannot afford a draw or a loss. Six points behind their eternal rivals, Luis Enrique and his players must just find a way to win. But Zinedine Zidane and his team are on a 32-match unbeaten run that has seen them show all the sides of a champion – getting results even when they are not playing well. Expect Zidane to restore Casemiro to the centre of his midfield and allow Luka Modric and Isco to dictate the pace. For Barcelona, they just need the trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to be on top of their game and in sync to win. An intriguing battle of wits awaits – don’t miss it.

Current Form: Barcelona [D-D-W-D-W]; Real Madrid [W-W-W-W-W]

Head to head

02/04/16 PRD Barcelona 1 – 2 Real Madrid
21/11/15 PRD Real Madrid 0 – 4 Barcelona
22/03/15 PRD Barcelona 2 – 1 Real Madrid
25/10/14 PRD Real Madrid 3 – 1 Barcelona
16/04/14 CDR Barcelona 1 – 2 Real Madrid

Prediction: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Man. City vs. Chelsea @Etihad Stadium @1:30pm on Dec.3

Another mouth-watering match awaits us at the Etihad Stadium. A draw between City and Chelsea and a win for Liverpool would mean the Reds go top of the table. It is so tight at the top of the table, which makes for interesting matches week in, week out. How would Pep line up his team? We know that the Spaniard always likes to be on the front foot and Antonio Conte would be ready to concede a majority of the possession so the question is really on which team would score more goals as they both boast in-form strikers in Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa? This tactical battle should be one to purr on.

Current Form: Man. City [W-D-W-D-W]; Chelsea [W-W-W-W-L]

Head to head

16/04/16 PRL Chelsea 0 – 3 Man. City
21/02/16 FAC Chelsea 5 – 1 Man. City
16/08/15 PRL Man. City 3 – 0 Chelsea
31/01/15 PRL Chelsea 1 – 1 Man. City
21/09/14 PRL Man. City 1 – 1 Chelsea

Prediction: Man. City 1-1 Chelsea


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