Steve Bruce's Hull City are hosts to Jose Mourinho's Blues side at the KC Stadium for their BPL encounter tomorrow afternoon. The Stamford Bridge side will be eyeing top spot with a victory that will take them ahead of second-placed Manchester City who are only in action 24 hours later, while leaders Arsenal travel to Villa Park to face struggling Aston Villa on Monday.
Tim Sherwood's charges are looking to continue their impressive form since he took over when they welcome Tony Pulis' Eagles' side at White Hart Lane. The Lily Whites will be out to regroup themselves after suffering a 2-0 loss in the FA Cup in midweek to London rivals, Arsenal. Crystal Palace are still flirting with the relegation zone but have steadily pulled away since the appointment of Tony Pulis.
The Swans are looking for another upset when they travel to Old Trafford for their English Premiership clash against Manchester United. Michael Laudrup's side dumped United out of the FA Cup in midweek and will look to add to that scalp. The Red Devils have a had a horrendous start to the season and looks set to miss out on defending their premiership title. David Moyes is under fire to deliver the goods after his side lost three successive games in a row recently.
The biggest fixture of the weekend in the Spanish La Liga will be a top-of-the-table clash between Atletico De Madrid and Barcelona. The two sides are currently tied on 49 points with the Catalan side only leading by a goal difference of five points. It remains to be seen who will end the weekend on top the table even though Barca are favourites to clinch this one. However, one cannot rule out a victory for Diego Simeone's side who have played some really attractive football this season and could well go on and surprisingly lift the La Liga title.
Bafana Bafana are in action tomorrow afternoon in their opening Group A match against a little-known Mozambican side. Gordon Igesund's side are looking to open their account of the Chan tournament with a win with the national coach under pressure to win the tournament after encountering a difficult 2013 following failures to qualify for the 2014 World Cup showpiece in Brazil and also advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 AFCON.
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HULL CITY V CHELSEA
League position: Hull 10th and Chelsea 3rd
Useful facts: Hull are a solid outfit at home and Steve Bruce has done well to turn his rather underfunded side into a competitive unit in the English Premiership. However, Chelsea are slowly but surely mutating into the all-conquering juggernaut Jose Mourinho expects to see. This means the Blues should be favourites in this clash.
Roscoe Pietersen: I hate Chelsea so I’ll say a draw.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V CRYSTAL PALACE
League position: Spurs 6th and Palace 18th
Useful facts: Spurs are starting to show signs of life under new coach Tim Sherwood. However, his possible over-reliance on a 4-4-2 system seems a little old-fashioned in the modern game and this potential naivety could get found out in the end. Nonetheless, Spurs ought to be favourites when Palace visit White Hart Lane.
Roscoe Pietersen: Spurs win at home.
MANCHESTER UNITED V SWANSEA CITY
League position: United 7th and Swansea 13th
Useful facts: United are still in with a realistic shot of securing a Europa League spot, which ought to bring a rosy glow to David Moyes’ pale Scottish cheeks, as the bitter English winter kicks in and the Reds continue to struggle for results at Old Trafford. Nonetheless, Swansea beat United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford recently, meaning this could be a close battle.
Roscoe Pietersen: United to bounce back with a win. I’m a United fan.
ATLETICO MADRID V BARCELONA
League position: Madrid 2nd and Barcelona 1st
Useful facts: In this top of the table clash in Spain, an excellent Atletico Madrid outfit welcome the visit of tiki-taka enthusiasts Barcelona to the Vicente Calderon. This could be a real cracker as both sides are in superb form.
Roscoe Pietersen: I’m going to say Atletico take a shock win.
SOUTH AFRICA V MOZAMBIQUE
Fifa ranking: Bafana Bafana 62nd and Mozambique 118th
Useful facts: In a CHAN tournament which could potentially turn out to be a farcical affair, Bafana open the event with a game against African minnows, Mozambique, at Cape Town Stadium. Gordon Igesund’s charges ought to be favourites against the 118th ranked side. Nevertheless, with preparation time for the first game short and with much of Igesund’s squad only confirmed at the very last minute, the Mambas may feel they’re at least in with a fighting chance.
Roscoe Pietersen: Bafana win at home.