Dec 15

Saint-Etienne vs Monaco

Team News
Pierre-Gabriel will be unavailable after being sent off against Marseille on Sunday.
Bryan Dabo and Léo Lacroix are similarly absent after an accumulations of bookings.
Ole Selnaes will miss the final two matches of 2017 with an ankle injury, but Rémy Cabella and Assane Dioussé are available again.
Stévan Jovetic is Monaco’s only doubt aside from long-term absentees Tielemans and Boschilia.
Monaco played a rotated side in Tuesday’s Coupe de la Ligue win over Caen and should bring back in the likes of Danijel Subasic and Jemerson here.
Radamel Falcao and Thomas Lemar played in midweek, but only from the bench and will be in Leonardo Jardim’s XI here as he seeks to steal a march on fellow top sides Marseille and Lyon ahead of their match on Sunday.
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Dec 14

Ajax vs Excelsior

Team News
Marcel Keizer is expected to make one change from the side he deployed against PSV with midfielder Lasse Schöne suspended, though Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is pushing for a recall.
Alessandro Damenis is joined on the sidelines by Desevio Payne and Shane O’Neill.
Match Facts
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Ajax’s last 13 home games (Eredivisie). Over 2.5 goals 1.28
Ajax have won 13 of their last 15 home matches (Eredivisie). Ajax win 1.10
Ajax have scored at least 3 goals in 8 of their last 10 home matches (Eredivisie). Over 2.5 goals 1.28
Excelsior have lost their last 4 matches (Eredivisie). Excelsior lose 1.10
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Excelsior’s last 8 away games (Eredivisie). Over 2.5 goals 1.28
Excelsior have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Eredivisie). Over 1.5 goals 1.07
Ajax are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 matches against Excelsior in all competitions. Ajax win or draw 1.02
~ Ajax returned to winning ways with a convincing 3-0 victory over title rivals PSV at home.
~ Excelsior meanwhile visit Amsterdam on the back of a four-game losing streak.
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Dec 09

Tottenham vs Stoke

Team News
Davinson Sanchez serves the first of a three-match ban for the red card picked up in the 1-1 draw with Watford last weekend.
Juan Foyth is in line to start alongside Jan Vertonghen in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama still sidelined.
Danny Rose sustained a cut to the face on Wednesday night, but is available.
Bruno Martins Indi is expected to be out for about eight weeks with a groin injury, with former Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer expected to deputise.
Stephen Ireland is ruled out for the away side, while the Potters are keen to ease Geoff Cameron back into the team.
Jack Butland returned from injury earlied than expected and will keep his place between the sticks, but Jese is ruled out due for family reasons.
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Dec 08

VfB Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen

Team News
VfB Stuttgart
Benjamin Pavard could switch to the right, with Andreas Beck possibly getting a break and Marcin Kaminski filling in at centre-back.
Chadrac Akolo and Anastasiso Donis are fully fit again and could get their chances in attacking midfield.
The more physical target man Simon Terodde could get a chance from the start at home, with Takuma Asano possibly dropping to the bench.
Bayer Leverkusen
Panagiotis Retsos should replace the suspended Wendell in defence.
Domenik Kohr returns from suspension and is expected to replace the injured Charles Aránguiz in central midfield.
Julian Brandt could also start in Benjamin Henrichs’ spot on the right if manager Heiko Herrlich wants to make way for an additional striker in Lucas Alario.
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Dec 07

Atalanta vs Lyon

Team News
Jasmin Kurtic was forced off at half time in Atalanta’s 1-1 draw with Torino at the weekend and isn’t expected to feature here as a result. The home side can otherwise name their strongest possible XI.
Lyon are expected to be without Bertrand Traore and Jeremy Morel for the trip to Atalanta on Thursday.
Rafael and Kenny Tete compete for a spot at right-back, while Fernando Marcal and Ferland Mendy are vying for a place on the opposite flank.
Mouctar Diakhaby is expected to partner Marcelo at the heart of the defence with Morel poised to miss out again.
Maxwel Cornet will continue in attack with Traore sidelined.
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Dec 06

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund

Team News
Real Madrid
Gareth Bale is in contention to make his first Champions League appearance since September. Real Madrid have no other injury concerns, but Zinedine Zidane may shuffle his pack now everything is settled in Group H.
Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic, Nacho and Achraf Hakimi will look for game time on Wednesday night.
Borussia Dortmund
Jeremy Toljan is suspended for Borussia Dortmund’s final group game.
Maximilian Philipp and Gonzalo Castro both sustained injuries at the weekend and will miss out here.
Mario Gotze, Erik Durm, Sebastian Rode, Marco Reus and Lukasz Piszczek are also long-term absentees for the away side.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen through suspension this past weekend but will lead the line on Wednesday.
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Dec 05

Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint Germain

Team News
Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich look set to be without Thiago, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer on Tuesday, while Juan Bernat is a doubt for the home side.
A lack of wingers may force Bayern to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Thomas Muller out on the right.
Paris Saint Germain
Edinson Cavani and Marco Verratti were rested at the weekend and both will return to the starting XI on Tuesday night.
Julian Draxler is favourite to play in the midfield three with Thiago Motta sidelined
Match Facts
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSG’s last 12 games (UEFA Champions League). Over 2.5 goals 1.50
PSG have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League). Over 3.5 goals 2.20
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Bayern’s last 9 games (UEFA Champions League). Over 2.5 goals 1.50
PSG have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 5 matches (UEFA Champions League). PSG win/win 4.50
PSG have won their last 5 matches (UEFA Champions League). PSG win 2.89
Bayern have won 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League). Bayern win 2.37
Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League). Over 1.5 goals 1.14
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Dec 04

Crotone vs Udinese

Team News
Crotone rotated their team in the midweek Coppa Italia game at Genoa and will have a fresh and rested XI when they resume their league duties this weekend.
Ante Budimir is banned this weekend, which means Marcello Trotta and Akesandar Tonev should be safe to start.
Albano Bizzarri is available after suspension, but the new manager Maurizio Oddo is likely to confirm Simone Scuffet between the posts.
Oddo is also shaping up a 3-5-1-1 formation, which differs a lot from his predecessor’s 4-4-2 or 4-3-3
~ Crotone were eliminated from the Coppa Italia despite playing well at Genoa on Thursday. However, this will now allow them to focus on securing their future in Serie A.
~ Udinese have lost their last two matches in Serie A, which were both at home. However, they would have got some confidence from a thrilling 8-3 win over Perugia in the Coppa Italia in midweek.
~ These two sides are level on points in the league and may remain level at the end of this match.
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Dec 03

Bologna vs Cagliari

Teams News
The suspension of Vasilis Torosidis should grant Ibrahima Mbaye a start in defence.
Giancarlo Gonzalez will also miss out, possibly replaced by Domenico Maietta.
With Marco Sau expected to miss out, Leonardo Pavoletti will retain his spot up front. João Pedro and Diego Farias are battling for a spot in support of Pavoletti up front.
Match Facts
Bologna have won their last 4 home matches against Cagliari in all competitions. Bologna win 2.04
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Cagliari’s last 8 games (Serie A). Over 2.5 goals 2.07
Bologna have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Serie A). Over 1.5 goals 1.30
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Dec 02

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Team News
Alexandre Lacazette faces a long spell on the sidelines after injuring his groin on Wednesday night. Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud or Alexis Sanchez are expected to lead the line in his absence.
Alex Iwobi is a doubt for the home side after missing the midweek win over Huddersfield with a dead leg.
Aside from Lacazette’s absence, no further changes are expected from Arsene Wenger when they host Manchester United on Saturday.
Laurent Koscielny hasn’t played three games in a week since April due to on-going treatment on an Achilles problems, but he will surely play here.
Manchester United
Jose Mourinho is sweating on the fitness of Nemanja Matic with Marouane Fellaini sidelined for the second game in a row with a knee injury.
Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are also missing for the away team on Saturday, meaning the back three could remain the same from midweek.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been cast to the side after a downturn in form and will have to settle for a place on the bench here at best.
Marcus Rashford is expected to start at the expense of Anthony Martial here.
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