Tue 6 Apr by Mark Gleeson
SOCCER 6 POOL OF THE WEEK
Wednesday 7 April S10 V2 P1
M1 Besiktas v Alanyaspor: Besiktas’ 2-1 defeat at Alanyaspor in December was the first time Besiktas had lost in nine overall meetings between the two Turkish clubs.
M2 PFC Sochi v Lokomotiv Moscow: Sochi lost 3-1 at Lokomotiv three weeks ago in the Russian league, but now host them in the cup quarter-finals.
M3 Juventus v Napoli: Juventus have won their past three home games against Napoli. Both clubs are on 56 points from 28 games, 12 points behind leaders Inter and fast running out of time to get back in the title race.
M4 Inter Milan v Sassuolo: Inter are looking for an eighth successive Serie A win as they edge closer to a first Scudetto since 2010.
M5 Bayern Munich v Paris St Germain: German giants Bayern square up again with the side they beat to win the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League final as PSG go to Germany for the first leg of their quarter-final.
M6 FC Porto v Chelsea: Chelsea have won five of the sides' eight previous meetings, all in the Champions League, although when the teams last met in the 2015-16 group stage, each recorded a home victory.
SOCCER 10 POOL OF THE WEEK
Saturday 10 April V1
M1 Cape Town City v SuperSport United: Cape Town City have won one of their past 10 games and sit tenuously in the top eight. This is third-placed SuperSport’s first game since 19 March.
M2 Spezia v Crotone: Spezia have a single victory from their last seven Serie A games. Three losses in a row keep Crotone bottom of the Italian Serie A.
M3 Liverpool v Aston Villa: This season Villa have hosted Liverpool twice, famously thrashing them 7-2 in the Premier League but then losing 4-1 in the FA Cup.
M4 Athletic Bilbao v Deportivo Alaves: Alaves, in desperate need of La Liga points as they battle against the possibility of relegation, have won their last two meetings against Bilbao, albeit both at home.
M5 TS Galaxy v Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila: TS Galaxy had won three in a row before losing their last home game to strugglers Maritzburg. TTM play a second match in four days as they battle against the possibility of relegation.
M6 FC Rostov v Rubin Kazan: Rostov are unbeaten in their last six clashes with Rubin Kazan. Rubin Kazan have won four of their last five games since returning from the winter break.
M7 Crystal Palace v Chelsea: Chelsea have won their last six meetings against Palace, including a 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier in this Premier League season.
M8 Eibar v Levante: Relegation-threatened Eibar are without a win in their past 13 games. Levante have lost four of their past five outings.
M9 Horoya AC v Kaizer Chiefs: Both sides have eight points in their African Champions League group, but the Guinea club have a better goal difference which effectively means Chiefs must win or get a score draw to advance to a Champions League quarter-final place on the head-to-head rule.
M10 Real Madrid v Barcelona: Real Madrid have won the last two clashes in El Classico, but it’s honours even on their last six meetings with two draws and two wins apiece.