It wasn’t nice to lose last week’s BTTS treble due to the goal shy Frogs but it was Nice-Toulouse who were the culprits as the away side failed to get on the scoresheet. However, there were still plenty of goals elsewhere across Europe which is an encouraging sign as we delve back in for our Sunday fix of BTTS action.
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Levante vs Barcelona 8.00pm
The surprise package of La Liga this season thus far welcome Barcelona to Valencia this Sunday evening as fourth placed Levante look to build on their impressive start. Barca will of course start as favourites but the home side will be confident of putting up a good fight. The Catalan giants have struggled to keep clean sheets of late (with just one in their last five games) with ‘keeper Victor Valdes up to his usual tricks in goal, he’s given David James a run for his money with some recent howlers. Levante narrowly lost 2-1 to Real Madrid here a fortnight ago, and i expect a similar outcome with BTTS.
Southampton vs Newcastle 1.30pm
The seemingly endless and forever growing list of absentees at St James’ Park this season probably makes the home side the favourites to grab a welcome win over the Magpies here. However, Southampton have seen both teams score in 9 of their last 10 league games and there’s not much to suggest that wont become 10 in 11 come 5pm on Sunday.
Despite the missing men for Newcastle, notably at the back, they still possess two of the most potent strikers in the league, and the Senegalese duo will be keen to add to their tally’s against one of the league’s leakiest defences!
Chelsea vs Man City 4.00pm
The home side, Rafa Benitez’s Chelsea now of course, haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league for over 2 months since a 1-0 win over Stoke on the 22nd September and will be up against it with a visit from the champions and league leaders.
City haven’t been water tight this year either and without captain Vincent Kompany and with the loss of form of Joe Hart, they could struggle defensively again. Neither side have failed to score or concede when playing the other “big teams” in the league this year and I don’t expect this clash of the heavyweights to buck that trend.