Four football matches to watch this weekend

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Plateau seeks a win to take the NPFL lead

Plateau Utd v Akwa United @Jos International Stadium at 4pm on February 27

Former Heartland FC manager Fidelis Ilechukwu is performing wonders on the board as his side embark on an unbeaten run that has taken his side just above the Nigeria Professional Football League table.

But Sunday’s opponents Akwa United are also on a six-match unbeaten streak which saw them keep three clean sheets and concede three-two goals in their last home game against Dakkada.

United Plateau are one point behind the newspaper leaders, Rivers United, and five points better than their opponents on Sunday. On the final day, they went to Gombe and earned a credible draw which saw Gombe concede for the first time at home.

In Jos, Plateau has won the previous seven NPFL games at Jos Stadium, scoring 21 goals and conceding just three. It sounds like a daunting task for visitors to get anything, but that’s why we love football.

Current form: Utd Plateau [D-W-W-W-W]; Akwa United [W-W-D-D-D]

Face-to-face

04/07/21 NPF Plateau United 0 – 0 Akwa United

20/02/21 NPF Akwa United 1 – 0 Plateau United

01/12/20 NPF Plateau United 0 – 0 Akwa United

21/04/19 NPF Plateau United 3 – 0 Akwa United

23/01/19 NPF Akwa United 2 – 2 Plateau United

Prediction: Plateau United 1 – 0 Akwa United

Will Klopp get the better of a former protege on Sunday?

Chelsea v Liverpool at Wembley Stadium at 5.30pm on February 27

It is impossible that the history of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel is not intertwined. Both got their big breaks at Borussia Dortmund where they successfully challenged the might of Bundesliga juggernaut Bayern Munich. They are both Germans, known for their innovative training and management methods and for getting the best out of their players.

The only flaw in Klopp’s time at Anfield has been the lack of titles, especially local titles like the Carabao Cup, while Tuchel has been a title-winning machine over the past 13 months, having led Chelsea to four finals. , winning three.

This season has already seen two league draws and the Sunda story will dwell on the No.9s. Roberto Firmino is injured while Diogo Jota is touched and leaves for Liverpool but Chelsea, miss out and clearly lack confidence Romelu Lukaku, who might not even start on Sunday.

How are we going to answer these questions?

Current form: chelsea [W-W-W-W-W]; liverpool [W-W-W-W-W]

Face-to-face

02/01/22 PRL Chelsea 2 – 2 Liverpool

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28/08/21 PRL Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea

04/03/21 PRL Liverpool 0 – 1 Chelsea

20/09/20 PRL Chelsea 0 – 2 Liverpool

22/07/20 PRL Liverpool 5 – 3 Chelsea

Prediction: Chelsea 1 – 2 Liverpool

Can Napoli find their way back to winning ways?

Lazio v Napoli @Stadio Olimpico @8.45pm on February 27

Another matchday and Napoli have another chance to take the lead in Serie A. Last weekend, both Milan sides played and dropped points before Napoli faced Cagliari, but the Milan side Luciano Spalletti needed a late goal from substitute Victor Osimhen to get a point.

This weekend had evoked the same scenario as both Milan sides again dropped points, meaning the Partenopei are three points behind first-placed AC Milan. But as Napoli extended their Serie A unbeaten streak to seven against Cagliari, they lost outrageously to Barcelona 4-2 on Thursday in the Europa League.

Meanwhile, Lazio are running out of fixtures that will guarantee Champions League fixtures next season and will be ready for revenge for the 4-0 they secured last November at the Armando Maradona. They are just four points behind fourth-placed Juventus but need to start accumulating points to achieve a return to the UCL again.

Current form: Lazio [D-D-L-W-L]; Naples [L-D-D-D-W]

Face-to-face

28/11/21 SEA Napoli 4 – 0 Lazio

22/04/21 SEA Napoli 5 – 2 Lazio

20/12/20 SEA Lazio 2 – 0 Napoli

01/08/20 SEA Napoli 3 – 1 Lazio

21/01/20 COI Napoli 1 – 0 Lazio

Prediction: Lazio 1 – 0 Napoli

Xavi wants to keep the feeling of winning

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao @Camp Nou @9pm on February 27

Barcelona have gone six games unbeaten since Bilbao inflicted their last defeat, in the Copa del Rey. in their last five matches, Bilbao have gotten the better of Barcelona in two games, both cup matches.

Xavi appears to have the ideal No.9 in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his fluid attacking formation which sees Barcelona tweaking their multi-passing pattern for anyone looking for either a quick Aubameyang, Adama Traore or Ousmane Dembele and these have reached 15 goals in of their last five games. In the Marcelino de Bilbao, they face a savvy coach who will seek to frustrate and hit on the counter.

Barcelona have regained some form and will seek to retain their Champions League place while Bilbao are also seeking a place in Europe from their current eighth position, five points behind fourth-placed Barcelona.

Current form: Barcelona [W-W-D-D-W]; Bilbao [W-L-D-W-W]

Face-to-face

20/01/22 CDR Bilbao 3 – 2 Barcelona

21/08/21 LAL Bilbao 1 – 1 Barcelona

17/04/21 CDR Bilbao 0 – 4 Barcelona

31/01/21 LAL Barcelona 2 – 1 Bilbao

17/01/21 SUC Barcelona 2 – 3 Bilbao

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

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