London comes alive again on Sunday when Chelsea make the short trip to the Emirates to face league leaders, Arsenal, while on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp, will want all three points against 16th placed Norwich, who also need the three points desperately.
Norwich City vs. Liverpool @Carrow Road @1:45pm on Jan.23
Jurgen Klopp has all sorts of problems right now. Injuries to key men, fluctuations in performances from key men and the club’s inability to give him the kind of players he wants. But he must get on with it, especially after last weekend’s loss to Manchester United – the Reds need all three points against a relegation-embattled Norwich side, that has lost its last three matches.
This match used to be a ‘banker’ for Liverpool, when they still had Luis Suarez, but Klopp’s team must find goals from elsewhere in this one.
Form Guide: Norwich [L-L-L-W-W]; Liverpool [W-L-D-D-W]
Head to head
20/09/15 PRL Liverpool 1 – 1 Norwich
20/04/14 PRL Norwich 2 – 3 Liverpool
04/12/13 PRL Liverpool 5 – 1 Norwich
19/01/13 PRL Liverpool 5 – 0 Norwich
29/09/12 PRL Norwich City 2 – 5 Liverpool
Prediction: Norwich 1-2 Liverpool
Atlético Madrid vs. Sevilla @Estadio Vicente Calderón @4pm on Jan.24
Sevilla are on a five-match winning streak, in which time they have scored 12 goals and conceded just one. When you say – a match will be intense, in the two coaches, Diego Simeone and Unai Emery; you won’t find more intense managers. Atletico are top of the table and have conceded just once also in their last five matches.
With a 15-point differential, Sevilla have it all to do as they continue to chase a Champions League place for next season. Do not take your eyes off this one!
Form Guide: Atletico [D-W-W-W-D]; Sevilla [W-W-W-W-W]
Head to head
30/08/15 PRD Sevilla 0 – 3 Atlético
01/03/15 PRD Sevilla 0 – 0 Atlético
27/09/14 PRD Atlético 4 – 0 Sevilla
19/01/14 PRD Atlético 1 – 1 Sevilla
18/08/13 PRD Sevilla 1 – 3 Atlético
Prediction: Atletico 1-1 Sevilla
Arsenal vs. Chelsea @The Emirates @5pm on Jan.24
The Gunners have scored nine and conceded four goals over their last five matches while the Blues need to start converting draws into wins. They have not lost under Guus Hiddink and when Hiddink picks Mikel Obi in the line-up. Chelsea have scored 10 and conceded five in their last five matches – a significant improvement from the start of the season.
Arsenal are now well protected by former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Tech, and one can be sure that he will be determined to keep a clean sheet against his former employers. Arsene Wenger will hope that his side shows ‘it has moved on’ by beating an opponent he has not beaten in the league since 2011!
Form Guide: Arsenal [W-W-W-D-D]; Chelsea [D-W-W-D-D]
Head to head
19/09/15 PRL Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal
02/08/15 COS Arsenal 1 – 0 Chelsea
26/04/15 PRL Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea
05/10/14 PRL Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal
22/03/14 PRL Chelsea 6 – 0 Arsenal
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea
Juventus vs. Roma @Juventus Stadium @8:45pm on Jan.24
Even with Juventus winning the last three titles, this is one match that is always closely fought and this even has added spice. The defending champions have won 11 of their last 12 matches – their last defeat coming in the Champions League against Sevilla on December 8, 2015.
In that time, they have scored 30 goals and conceded just six with Pablo Dybala, coming into his own as the replacement for the departed Carlos Tevez. Roma are wobbly – they have sacked Rudi Garcia and are on a three-match unbeaten run though they drew all three matches. if they are to get back into title contention, then they must find a way to down Juventus in their own stadium – a scenario that is close to impossible but football can be an unpredictable game.
Form Guide: Juventus [W-W-W-W-W]; Roma [D-D-D-W-L]
Head to head
30/08/15 SEA Roma 2 – 1 Juventus
02/03/15 SEA Roma 1 – 1 Juventus
05/10/14 SEA Juventus 3 – 2 Roma
11/05/14 SEA Roma 0 – 1 Juventus
21/01/14 COI Roma 1 – 0 Juventus
Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Roma