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Now for a look at this weekend, so let’s find those all important facts and stats in the build-up to some great games in England, Spain, France and Germany.
We’ll start with the Premier League...
- The Raul Merieles Derby (Chelsea vs. Liverpool) is this weekend’s stand-out match but all eyes will be on that man Fernando Torres. His form at Chelsea has been just a tad different to that of when he was at Liverpool: the Spainard had a goal for every 4.5 shots for the Reds but for the Blues he has a goal for every 10 shots.
- If I was Paul Lambert I’d certainly be encouraging Norwich to be taking shots from outside the box this weekend with the visit of Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s side have conceded a league-high 29% of goals from shots outside the box this season.
- Despite me backing a 0-0 draw for the clash of the commercial rights (also known as Man City vs. Newcastle) the result seems unlikely. City have won seven and lost none of their last nine Premier League matches against Newcastle.
Now for La Liga...
- Real Madrid look good at the moment and this week sees them head off to Valencia where I’m expecting them to repeat something like the 6-2 win at the Mestella last year with this current Madrid side scoring 39 goals after 11 games, the second-highest since 1950/51.
- Helder Postiga needs to replicate his international form for Real Zaragoza if they have any chance of pulling off a result away at the Nou Camp. The ex-Spurs striker has scored a goal every 105.2 minutes for Portugal but for Zaragoza has just netted a goal every 219.9 minutes.
Moving across the Spanish border to France for a look at Ligue 1...
- Marseille will hope to have Stephane M’Bia back for their trip to Montpellier. Without the centre-back they have picked up just 1.68 points a game compared to 1.95 when he is present in the side.
- Stade Rennes will be hoping striker Jires Kembo Ekoko can keep up his incredible goals to minutes ratio tonight against Lyon. The Zaire-born striker has scored a goal every 101 minutes – the best ratio in Ligue 1.
A short trip to Germany brings us onto the Bundesliga...
- Kaiserslautern will want to score a goal in their match at home to Bayer Leverksuen this evening. In each of their last 16 league games when they have scored at least once they have gained at least a point.
- The international break should not be a problem for Bayern Munich. The Bavarians are unbeaten in their last 13 Bundesliga games that have come after the international break. They’ll definitely be hoping for this to continue with a tricky home game against Borussia Dortmund.
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