On Wednesday, April 26, Orlando Pirates face off against Baroka FC in an ABSA Premiership league encounter. Bakgaga will be hoping to secure much needed three points, however, the Buccaneers are in a better form of late.
Arsenal take on Leicester City in a midweek premier league fixture. Arsene Wenger’s men are currently seventh on the log standings and will be seeking to take advantage of 15th placed Leicester City.
Tottenham travel away as they battle out against Crystal Palace. Spurs are seven points behind leaders Chelsea and need to salvage as many points as possible.
Deportivo La Coruna take on Real Madrid in a La Liga match. Madrid will be looking for a win to move back into the number one spot.
Paris St Germain take on Monaco in the Coupe De France. Both teams have had a successful stint in this competition which will make this tie a tough one.
Orlando Pirates v Baroka (Absa Premiership)
League rankings: Pirates 9th & Baroka 16th
Useful facts: Pirates have finally started to turn things around this season, with three wins and no defeats from their last four games in all competitions. They will now come up against a team that has won just three of their last 21 games in all competitions and against whom they have never lost.
Mike Mangena: Difficult game for Pirates at this time of the season… I think Baroka can get a point.
Arsenal v Leicester (Premier League)
League rankings: Arsenal 7th & Leicester 15th
Useful facts: The Foxes haven’t won any of their last six games against Arsenal and have conceded 18 goals in the last six games that they’ve played at the Emirates at an average of three per game. But, while Arsenal have won only two of their last six games in the league, Leicester have four wins in that timeframe and this may be the right time for them to overcome their struggles against Arsene Wenger’s men.
Mike Mangena: Arsenal will win.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham (Premier League)
League rankings: Crystal Palace 12th & Tottenham 2nd
Useful facts: Tottenham have won all of their last seven Premier League matches in a row and are seriously pushing for the title this season, but this will not be an easy test, because Sam Allardyce’s men have been in incredible form themselves, with only one loss from their last six games, including a win over Spurs’ fellow title contenders, Chelsea.
Mike Mangena: Tottenham
Deportivo Coruna v Real Madrid (La Liga)
League rankings: Deportivo 16th & Real Madrid 2nd
Useful facts: Real Madrid have won all of their last eight games against Deportivo, scoring 24 goals in the last six. But, even though you can expect a high scoring victory, the pressure is high on Zinedine Zidane’s men after their El Clasico defeat that has cost them their place at the top of the log. A slip-up would be disastrous for his team.
Mike Mangena: Real Madrid. After the Barcelona loss, they need every point.
Paris St Germain v Monaco (Coupe De France)
League rankings: PSG 2nd & Monaco 1st (Ligue 1)
Useful facts: PSG have won their last 17 Coupe De France games, while Monaco are undefeated in 25 of their last 28 in this competition. So it may come down to a case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. With PSG winning three and losing just two of their last six against Monaco, the historical record is in the reigning champions’ favour.
Mike Mangena: Monaco