Four matches to watch this weekend

Ndidi celebrates after scoring for Leicester City against Newcastle (Photo Credit: Reuters on Twitter)
File photo of Ndidi celebrates after scoring for Leicester City against Newcastle (Photo Credit: Reuters on Twitter)

Leicester City v Chelsea @King Power Stadium @4pm on June 28

Two draws from their league meetings this season shows how close the two teams are. At the moment, Leicester sit third in the English Premier League table with 55 points, just a point ahead of Chelsea, in fourth place. Thus, the FA Cup represents the only way for either of the sides to end the fractured 2019/20 season with a piece of silverware. While Leicester have not sparkled since the restart with two points from two matches; Chelsea have been excellent with two wins. The win over Manchester City last Thursday will have buoyed the Chelsea team and they will believe they can get an excellent result against the staggering Foxes.

Recent Form: Leicester [D-D-W-W-L]; Chelsea [W-W-W-W-D]

Head to head

01/02/20 PRL Leicester City 2 – 2 Chelsea

18/08/19 PRL Chelsea 1 – 1 Leicester City

12/05/19 PRL Leicester City 0 – 0 Chelsea

22/12/18 PRL Chelsea 0 – 1 Leicester City

18/03/18 FAC Leicester City 1 – 2 Chelsea

Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea

Getafe v Real Sociedad @Coliseum Alfonso Perez @9pm on June 29

The two teams, Getafe and Real Sociedad, are chasing a European berth but their forms have tailed off after the restart. In the four matches after the restart, Getafe have drawn three and lost one while Sociedad’s form is worse, with three losses and one draw. But both are hanging on to the coattails of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for a European place. Both Atletico and Sevilla have been better after the restart and have increased the gap, especially Atletico, who leapt all the way from seventh to third place. Getafe are two points ahead of Sociedad and need to find some momentum to keep Sociedad at bay, which makes this encounter is a six-pointer with great ramifications for both sides.

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Recent Form: Getafe [D-D-D-L-D]; Real Sociedad [L-L-L-D-W]

Head to head

06/10/19 LAL Real Sociedad 1 – 2 Getafe

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28/04/19 LAL Real Sociedad 2 – 1 Getafe

15/12/18 LAL Getafe 1 – 0 Real Sociedad

17/03/18 LAL Real Sociedad 1 – 2 Getafe

29/10/17 LAL Getafe 2 – 1 Real Sociedad

Prediction: Getafe 2-1 Real Sociedad

Augsburg v RB Leipzig @WWK Arena @2:30pm on June 27

Will Leipzig lose their Champions League slot on the last day of the league? That is an unlikely scenario because of their goals difference column, but they could be knocked to fourth place, which will mean an early start to the 2020/21 season. Against already-safe Augsburg, there is the motivation for the manager, Heiko Herrlich, as he seeks a home win to end the season, having not won at the WWK Arena in their last 13 home matches. But it is also Timo Werner’s last match for Leipzig, having secured a big-money move to Chelsea and having asked to be excused from the UEFA Champions League, that kicks off in August. Who will have the better farewell, Werner or Herrlich? Do not be surprised by a Werner hat-trick.

Recent Form: Getafe [D-L-W-D-L]; Real Sociedad [L-D-W-D-W]

Head to head

21/12/19 BUN RB Leipzig 3 – 1 Augsburg

02/04/19 DFP Augsburg 1 – 2 RB Leipzig

09/03/19 BUN RB Leipzig 0 – 0 Augsburg

20/10/18 BUN Augsburg 0 – 0 RB Leipzig

09/02/18 BUN RB Leipzig 2 – 0 Augsburg

Prediction: Augsburg 1- 4 RB Leipzig

AC Milan v AS Roma @San Siro @4:15pm on June 28

The battle for Europe continues for both Roma and Milan at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. With 11 matches left in the season, Roma have a nine-point gap, which can be made more comfortable with all three points on Sunday, but Milan have been good after the restart, forcing Juventus to a 0-0 result despite playing with 10 men and then dismantling Lecce, 4-1 away. They can also call on the returning Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender, Simon Kjaer. Roma beat Fiorentina in their only game so far but there is turmoil in-house with the suspension of the sporting director, Gianluca Petrachi while the club president, James Pallotta, is actively looking for a buyer. Will these play a part in Sunday’s match?

Recent Form: AS Roma [W-D-L-D-W]; AC Milan [W-W-D-W-W]

Head to head

27/10/19 SEA Roma 2 – 1 Milan

03/02/19 SEA Roma 1 – 1 Milan

31/08/18 SEA Milan 2 – 1 Roma

25/02/18 SEA Roma 0 – 2 Milan

01/10/17 SEA Milan 0 – 2 Roma

Prediction: Roma 2-2 AC Milan


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