Chelsea must beat Liverpool on Saturday or the dynasty that Jose Mourinho was talking about at Stamford Bridge will continue to be a dream as his continued stay as manager may become untenable. And in Akure, Sunshine need all three points on Sunday to stay in the hunt for a continental ticket with just three matches left in the season.
Chelsea v Liverpool @ Stamford Bridge @ 13:45 October 31
Statistics and history are not able to help Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team at the moment – what they really need is a little luck. Because whether they are playing well or otherwise, the ball just seems unable to enter the opponent’s goal. The millimetres against West Ham, balls cleared on the line and penalty missed by the team’s most proficient penalty taker, all paint a particularly despondent picture. Their clash with Liverpool on Saturday would normally point in just one direction – a win, because Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea in their last five confrontations but the Kop now have Jurgen Klopp, who got his first win as Liverpool manager against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Thursday. Will the Klopp of the Kop ensure that Mourinho continues to feel the blues?
Head to head
10/05/15 PRL Chelsea 1 – 1 Liverpool
27/01/15 LEC Chelsea 1 – 0 Liverpool
20/01/15 LEC Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea
08/11/14 PRL Liverpool 1 – 2 Chelsea
27/04/14 PRL Liverpool 0 – 2 Chelsea
Prediction: Chelsea 2 – 1 Liverpool
Inter v Roma @ San Siro @ 20:45 – October 31
If Roberto Mancini and his team have any designs on the Scudetto, then they must ensure that they beat rivals like Roma. In their last match at the San Siro, they were forced to a 0-0 result by Juventus, a match they played with the brakes on. Roma at the moment look like the strongest team in Italy and it will be a confidence booster if Mancini can get one over Rudi Garcia. In Roma’s case, they will be looking at the template of Fiorentina’s 4-1 bashing of Inter on match-day six where they used very fast counter attacks from the wings to dismember the Nerazzurri.
Head to head
25/04/15 SEA Inter Milan 2 – 1 Roma
30/11/14 SEA Roma 4 – 2 Inter Milan
02/08/14 ICC Inter Milan 2 – 0 Roma
01/03/14 SEA Roma 0 – 0 Inter Milan
05/10/13 SEA Inter Milan 0 – 3 Roma
Prediction: Inter 2 – 3 Roma
Wolfsburg v Leverkusen @Volkswagen Arena @18:30 – October 31
The season has not panned out the way Dieter Hecking would have wanted it at Wolfsburg but it was never going to be the same after the loss of the team’s maestro, Kevin De Bruyne, to Manchester City. The loss in the DFB Cup to Bayern on Wednesday would also have heightened the pressure coming up against a Leverkusen side, who have proven over their last five matches that they will score goals, even though they have also shown that they have the capacity to concede also. It is also fourth against sixth, the teams separated by a point. The race to make it into the Champions League for next season is already on!
Head to head
14/02/15 BUN Leverkusen 4 – 5 Wolfsburg
21/09/14 BUN Wolfsburg 4 – 1 Leverkusen
22/02/14 BUN Wolfsburg 3 – 1 Leverkusen
14/09/13 BUN Leverkusen 3 – 1 Wolfsburg
06/04/13 BUN Leverkusen 1 – 1 Wolfsburg
Prediction: Wolfsburg 2 – 1 Leverkusen
Sunshine v Lobi @ Akure Township Stadium @16:00 – November 1
A relegation scrap mixed with a bid to win a continental slot will play out at the Azure Township Stadium on Sunday when Sunshine, on 53 points do battle against visiting Lobi, who need all the points they can get to add to the measly 43 they currently boast of.
The Lobi team are in a desperate bid to beat the drop that now depends on all the minutes left of the season – all the 270 minutes of it, even though their escape also depends on the form of Sharks and Dolphins in the last three weeks.
Head to head
05/07/15 NPF Lobi Stars 1 – 1 Sunshine Stars
08/10/14 NPF Sunshine Stars 3 – 0 Lobi Stars
07/05/14 NPF Lobi Stars 1 – 1 Sunshine Stars
14/08/13 NPF Lobi Stars 1 – 0 Sunshine Stars
17/04/13 NPF Sunshine Stars 2 – 0 Lobi Stars
Prediction: Sunshine 2 – 0 Lobi
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