Leeds host Southampton on Tuesday night in the only Premier League fixture to feature in this week’s Super 6 picks.
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s men are enduring a miserable run of form and will look to bounce back at Elland Road after picking up just four points in 2021.
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid lock horns in the Champions League last 16 on the same night, with Bayern Munich in European action against Lazio.
In the pick of the Championship match-ups, leaders Norwich visit out-of-form Birmingham chasing another three points.
Here, we pick through Sky Sports’ chosen matches and offer you tips and predictions based on the latest Opta data.
Leeds 1-2 Southampton
Southampton are without a win in seven (losing six) and now face four straight away fixtures. Saints have scored just three goals from open play across those seven games, missing 10 big chances. That points to a lack of confidence in front of goal in recent weeks, but a trip to the second-leakiest defence in the league could be the pick-me-up they need.
Birmingham 1-3 Norwich
Aitor Karanka’s side have picked up just one point at home since November 28 and are now without a win in 11 fixtures at St. Andrew’s. High-flying Championship leaders Norwich have bounced back from a recent wobble with three straight wins and will be licking their lips ahead of a trip to Birmingham. The Canaries have a perfect record (P5 W5) against sides currently in the bottom four.
Middlesbrough 2-0 Bristol City
Boro have closed the gap to the play-offs with successive wins and will fancy their chances of another three points against a Bristol City team in miserable form. The Robins, who were sixth after 17 matches, have fallen away after 11 defeats in 14 since. They are currently on a run of six straight defeats – scoring just two goals in that sequence – and have failed to keep a clean sheet on the road in nine matches.
Rotherham 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Forest have pulled themselves away from relegation trouble with just two defeats in 11 Championship fixtures. Chris Hughton’s men have only suffered one loss against the sides currently below them in the table and visit a Rotherham team smarting from three straight defeats. The Millers have only failed to score in three (of 14) home fixtures this season.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Chelsea
Atleti will be keen to make a statement in Europe after their domestic title tilt hit a minor roadbump this week. Diego Simeone’s men dropped four points in back-to-back matches against Levante in the space of four days, losing at the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time in La Liga this season. Indeed, Atleti have made their home a fortress in La Liga this term (P12 W9 D2 L1) but welcome a Chelsea side who are still unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel. Expect a tight affair.
Lazio 1-2 Bayern Munich
Lazio have been in fine form in Serie A in recent weeks (P8 W7) but their record against title rivals perhaps offers a better indication of how things will go against Bayern. They have picked up just one win from five fixtures against the current top five this season, however Simone Inzaghi’s men have scored in 22 of their 23 league matches. Bayern suffered their first Bundesliga loss in seven on Saturday and Hansi Flick’s side simply don’t string together successive defeats.
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