Southampton v Liverpool (EFL Cup)
A struggling Southampton side host Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi final and both Puel and Klopp will see this as a chance for their first piece of silverware. Both teams were held to draws in the FA Cup to lower league opposition and are likely to field a mixture of first team and squad players.
I can see Liverpool stealing a narrow win. 0-1.
Barcelona v Bilbao (Copa del Rey)
Barcelona are experiencing a rare blip in form, finding themselves 2-1 down from the first leg and drawing too many games. Bilbao will be missing Iturraspe and Raul Garcia. Having not won away since late September against Granada Barcelona will fancy their chances at home.
I can’t see a repeat of the first leg and Barcelona will be back to their best. 2-0.
Juventus v Atalanta (Coppa Italia)
The Old Lady face one of Serie A’s surprise packages in the Coppa Italia last 16. They bounced back from defeat in the Supercoppa Italiana against AC Milan by comfortably beating Bologna. The first league meeting between these two ended 3-1. Atalanta’s lack of an out-and-out goalscorer could prove the difference with midfielder Kessie leading the way on 7, whereas Higuain already has 15 in all competitions.
There’s no underdog fairytale here. 3-1.
Best of the Rest
Alaves v Deportivo : Alaves to progress
Villareal v Real Sociedad : Villareal to win by 2 goals or more
Fiorentina v Chievo : Both teams to score