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Mid-week fixtures across Europe - Points and new developments learnt.

Eleven_11 06/25/2020

Since football restarted from an abrupt stop in mid-March, leagues across Europe have fast-paced their fixtures to complete the season early after falling behind over 10 weeks. Across Europe top leagues, various fixtures ensued in the midweek with exciting results and new developments.

ENGLAND

The English Premier League restarted during the weekend since March after suffering a long break due to problems created by a pandemic-which-must-not be named. After playing their first round of matches during the weekend, more matches followed up in the mid-week.

Tottenham’s first win in eight matches

After a 1-1 draw with Manchester United during the weekend, Mourinho’s Tottenham won their first match since February 16. Harry Kane clinched his team’s winning goal after they enjoyed an early lead through an own goal. Mourinho certainly didn’t anticipate this season going off the rails as he would have preferred, with the London club 10 points away from clinching a champions league spot.

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Ole Gunnar’s United is on fire

Ole’s United team have had rough patches this season but they have been impressive in recent matches, even before the break. A hat-trick from Anthony Martial against Sheffield on Wednesday night enabled the Red Devils to continue their bid to secure a Champions League spot next year, lying just two points behind fourth place Chelsea. Albeit, the London club have a game on Thursday night against Manchester City. Paul Pogba returning from a long spell on the sidelines adds a boost to Ole’s plan, with the French icon impressing in his matches so far. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.


Just a win shy from glory

Liverpool is just a win shy from inevitably claiming the 2019 -20 league season, after going over 30 barren years since they last lifted the trophy. Goals from Salah, Trent-Alexander, Fabinho and Mané saw the Anfield reds romp a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. Liverpool travel to the Etihad in their next match, a thriller which Liverpool could emerge winners of the 2019-20 season, or Pep’s team could delay their celebrations for yet another week.

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Super showdown – Repeat or Revenge?

Manchester City travel to London tonight to face off against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. The Blues has failed to win against the Cityzens in the last three matches as they seek their first Premier League win against the sea-blue side since February 2019. Chelsea will need an urgent win to maintain their race for a spot in next year’s Champions League while a rampant City will want to keep their perfect 100% restart record.


SPAIN

Barca keep pressure on Real Madrid

Barca put on an unimpressive display against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday night as they narrowly secured a 1-0 win. Birthday boy Messi laid up an assist for Ivan Rakitic to secure a narrow win in the 76th minute for the Catalan club. Barcelona lost their top spot position to Real Madrid who are leading per the head-to-head rule after the Cules drew against Sevilla last Friday. Lionel Messi will have to wait until the next fixture before he could grab a long awaited 700 career goals with club and country.

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Real Madrid relentless in their quest for glory

Real Madrid may not be as lethal as it was years ago, but they are in the process of rediscovering their form after they sealed yet another win against Mallorca on Wednesday night. Goals from Vinicius Junior and Sergio Ramos secured a third straight win since the season restart as they continue to put pressure on champions Barcelona. Real Madrid are lying at the top of the log with 68 points, same as rival club Barcelona, the former leading by virtue of the head-to-head rule.

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ITALY

Lazio fail to keep pressure on Juventus

Lazio has come very close to challenging Juventus for this season’s Serie A as they closely trailed the Turin giants by a point when the season restarted. Juventus secured a 2-0 win against Bologna to take their points tally to 66. Lazio could have come close by getting 65 to keep the heat on Juventus but they failed after they suffered in a 3-2 grueling encounter with Atalanta. Goal king leader Ciro Immobile failed to make an impact as Atalanta established their dominance over Simone Inzaghi’s club. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.


Atalanta prove they are not a fluke

Bergamo based club Atalanta once again prove to the football world they are not a fluke after they established a resounding 3-2 win against Lazio. Atalanta has been impressive this season scoring goals freely. The underrated Italian club are through to the last 8 of the Champions League as well as stay 6 points above AS Roma in fourth place in the Serie A. Fluke, huh?

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