Predictions 15 – 18.03.2024

Osasuna vs Real Madrid | La Liga

16/02/2024 15:15

Prediction: 1-2

Real Madrid continues to extend its lead in the league standings. However, Girona and Barcelona remain their main challengers for the title, especially after Barcelona’s qualification for the Champions League against Napoli. Real Madrid cannot afford to ease up yet, as they face a tough test against Osasuna away from home.

Osasuna comes into this match off a defeat against Girona in the last round of La Liga, losing 2-0.

Real Madrid is currently unbeaten in eleven games, with their last defeat coming against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey, where they lost 4-2 after extra time.

During this unbeaten streak, Real Madrid has recorded seven victories and four draws across both the league and Champions League.

Despite their impressive form, Real Madrid has experienced several draws in their recent matches, with three draws in their last five games.

Manchester City vs Newcastle United | FA Cup

17/02/2024 17:30

Prediction: 2-1

Manchester City and Newcastle United are set to clash in the FA Cup Quarterfinals at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, marking their fourth meeting this season. While City secured victories in both league encounters, Newcastle managed to eliminate City from the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 win at St James’ Park back in September. Since then, both teams’ fortunes have changed significantly.

Manchester City is currently on an impressive 21-game unbeaten run, during which they won the FIFA Club World Cup and solidified their position in 3rd place in the Premier League table, just a point behind Arsenal and Liverpool. Although they drew 1-1 at Anfield recently, they had a free week in midweek after already qualifying for the Champions League Quarter Finals.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle will be aiming to replicate their cup success against City this season. Despite losing their last two away games, Newcastle has shown resilience in their cup performances, winning all three away FA Cup matches so far this season. However, their league form has been inconsistent, with just three wins in their last 11 games.

In terms of statistics, both teams have been scoring consistently in recent matches, with both teams finding the net in six of Manchester City’s last eight games and in seven of Newcastle’s last eight matches. Additionally, Newcastle games have averaged more goals per game than any other team in the Premier League this season, with an average of 3.82 goals per game, while Manchester City matches have averaged 3.25 goals per game.

Given their recent encounters and current form, Manchester City enters the game as strong favorites, but Newcastle will be hoping to cause an upset and advance to the semi-finals.

Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona | La Liga

17/02/2024 20:00

Prediction: 2-1

In the closing fixture of this La Liga round, Atlético Madrid will host Barcelona at the Metropolitano Stadium. Both teams secured their spots in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, with Atlético edging past Inter Milan on penalties and Barcelona convincingly eliminating Napoli 4-2 on aggregate.

Atlético’s recent performances in other competitions have been mixed, with their elimination from the Copa del Rey and two draws in their last three La Liga matches. They suffered a 2-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Cádiz in their last league outing, highlighting their need to secure a top-four spot.

Facing Barcelona at home presents a significant challenge for Atlético, as they have lost each of their last four head-to-head meetings, with the last three ending in 1-0 defeats. Barcelona’s manager, Xavi, will be eager to secure another victory over Atlético before the end of the season, aiming to become the first Barcelona manager to win five consecutive La Liga matches against Atlético under Diego Simeone’s management.

Barcelona’s players will draw encouragement from their recent form, as they are unbeaten in their last nine games across all competitions. They have excelled defensively, currently enjoying the longest stretch of consecutive clean sheets in La Liga this season, with three clean sheets in a row.

Manchester United vs Liverpool | FA Cup

17/02/2024 15:30

Prediction: 1-2

In a highly anticipated FA Cup quarter-final clash, Manchester United will host Liverpool at Old Trafford, marking the first time in over 12 years that these fierce rivals meet on the FA Cup stage in front of a crowd. For Manchester United, this match could define their season, as they have little else to play for besides securing a top-six finish. Additionally, the outcome of this tie could be pivotal for United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, whose job security may hinge on the result of their meetings with Liverpool.

However, recent history does not bode well for Manchester United, as they have failed to score in four of their last five encounters with Liverpool. Despite this, United did secure their first victory under ten Hag against Liverpool at Old Trafford, and their unbeaten record in 90 minutes at home in the FA Cup since March 2015 could work in their favor. Moreover, Liverpool’s last FA Cup victory at Old Trafford dates back to January 1921.

On the other hand, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool arrive at Old Trafford with confidence riding high, following an impressive 6-1 victory over Sparta Prague in the Europa League. Liverpool have lost just one of their last 21 competitive matches, and their track record in FA Cup quarter-finals, having won each of their last six, suggests they are formidable opponents.

Despite losing to Manchester United last season, Liverpool have dominated this fixture in recent years, losing just three times since January 2016. Notably, all three losses came at Old Trafford, including a 3-2 defeat in the FA Cup in January 2021, played behind closed doors.