Real travel to Valencia; Milan host Lazio; City head to South Wales

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Another day, another problem for Real Madrid. Just when it seemed like Los Blancos had turned a corner following that rampant victory against Deportivo last weekend, they only got knocked out of the Spanish Cup after a home defeat to Leganes.

There’s little gain saying that manager Zinedine Zidane, who seemed on top of the world just over six months ago, is under pressure.

Their place in the top four in La Liga is currently not the most secure, and on Saturday they travel to the Mestalla to face Valencia, who are one place, but five points above them.

When it comes to managers being under pressure, Antonio Conte surely knows a thing or two.

With Chelsea already out of the title race in Premier League, and facing Barcelona in the next round of the UEFA Champions League, their European journey is as likely to result into triumph as it is likely to end in March.

Which meant the League Cup was a big chance of silverware for the Blues, but Wednesday’s elimination at Arsenal will have caused more than a stir or two.

Their biggest chance of a trophy this season now looks like the FA Cup, in which they play host to Newcastle this weekend. Falter in that one, and their tumultuous might just set course for a rocky end.

In Italy, Milan are still stuttering in Serie A, currently situated outside the top six. Their lacklustre form, alongside Napoli and Juventus going head-to-head for the title, is what’s making the headlines in the country, which means not many eyes have taken note of Lazio’s form.

The Biancocelesti’s good run since November has seen them climb from fifth to third place, and they have already beaten (and heavily) this season, the side they face this weekend.

Manchester City continued their course to win it all this season, progressing to the League Cup final after that Tuesday win over Bristol City. Pep Guardiola’s men aim to also move forward in the FA Cup, as they visit Cardiff City in the fourth round.

Elsewhere, Barcelona play host to Alaves in La Liga, Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are up against Hoffenheim, Monaco visit Marseille in France’s big game, while Inter, winless in Serie A since December, travel to SPAL.

Manchester United travel to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, at the end of a week which Alexis Sanchez was signed and Jose Mourinho extended his contract at club, Bordeaux begin their Gus Poyet era with a home game against Lyon in Ligue 1, Atletico Madrid play host to Las Palmas, and Koln seek to continue their run towards improbable survival at home to Augsburg.

Fixtures

La Liga: Valencia v Real Madrid; Athletic Bilbao v Eibar; Deportivo v Levante; Malaga v Girona; Sevilla v Getafe; Leganes v Espanyol; Barcelona v Alaves; Celta Vigo v Real Betis; Atletico Madrid v Las Palmas; Villarreal v Real Sociedad

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim; Frankfurt v Borussia Monchengladbach; RB Leipzig v Hamburg; Koln v Augsburg; Dortmund v Freiburg; Hannover v Wolfsburg; Werder Bremen v Hertha BSC; Stuttgart v Schalke; Leverkusen v Mainz

FA Cup: Yeovil v Manchester United; Huddersfield v Birmingham; Millwall v Rochdale; Liverpool v West Brom; Sheffield Wednesday v Reading; Peterborough v Leicester; Notts County v Swansea; Chelsea v Newcastle; Newport v Tottenham; Sheffield United v Preston; Middlesbrough v Brighton; Wigan v West Ham; Cardiff v Manchester City; MK Dons v Coventry; Southampton v Watford; Hull v Nottingham Forest

Serie A: Milan v Lazio; Sassuolo v Atalanta; Chievo v Juventus; SPAL v Inter; Torino v Benevento; Napoli v Bologna; Genoa v Udinese; Fiorentina v Hellas Verona; Crotone v Cagliari

Ligue 1: Marseille v Monaco; Dijon v Rennes; PSG v Montpellier; Angers v Amiens; Guingamp v Nantes; Metz v Nice; Bordeaux v Lyon; St. Etienne v Caen; Toulouse v Troyes; Lille v Strasbourg

About Olakunle Ajao 259 Articles
Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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