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CSKA Moscow
5
1
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Manchester City
1
0
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Ajax Amsterdam
Paris Saint-Germain
1
1
FT
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Barcelona
Apoel Nicosia
1
0
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Chelsea
Schalke 04
1
1
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NK Maribor
Sporting Lisbon
1
1
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Athletic Bilbao
Shakhtar Donetsk
0
0
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FC Porto
BATE Borisov
6
0
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Blackburn Rovers
Derby County
2
3
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Nottingham Forest
Fulham
5
3
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Fleetwood Town
Barnsley
0
0
FT
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FC Magna Wr. Neustadt
Rapid Vienna
1
5
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SV Grodig
SC Rheindorf Altach
3
3
FT
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Montreal Impact
New York Red Bulls
1
0
FT
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Bayamon FC
America
1
10
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Municipal
Real Espana
3
0
FT
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Huachipato
U. Católica
2
0
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Universitario de Sucre
César Vallejo
2
2
FT
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River Plate
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
2
0
FT
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Libertad
Barcelona
2
0
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Defensa y Justicia
1
2
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Nueva Chicago
Boca Unidos
0
0
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Crucero del Norte
0
2
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Aldosivi
Douglas Haig
1
1
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Guarini A. Franco
Ferro Carril Oeste
1
1
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Patronato
Atlético Tucumán
1
1
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Sarmiento de Junín
Santamarina
2
2
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Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy
Instituto de Córdoba
1
2
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Independiente Rivadavia
All Boys
0
0
FT
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Correcaminos
4
0
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Irapuato
Altamira
0
1
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Lobos BUAP
1
1
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Veracruz
3
2
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Queretaro
U.A.N.L
0
1
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U. de G.
Atlas
1
2
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Cruzeiro
Atletico Paranaense
2
0
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EC Vitória
Fluminense FC
3
1
FT
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Figueirense FC
Criciúma
1
1
FT
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Sport
Internacional
0
0
FT
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Botafogo
Bahia
2
3
FT
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Coritiba FBC
São Paulo
3
1
FT
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Palmeiras
Flamengo
2
2
FT
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Alianza Lima
Inti Gas Deportes
2
1
FT
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12 de Octubre
Nacional
1
1
FT
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Western Sydney Wanderers
0
0
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Mamelodi Sundowns
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Orlando Pirates
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Moroka Swallows
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Ajax Cape Town
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Pretoria Univ
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Bloem Celtic
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Belen
2
2
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La Equidad
(4) 2
(3) 2
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Atlético Junior
Llaneros
(4) 1
(2) 1
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Boyacá Chicó FC
Once Caldas
0
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 3
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Deportes Tolima
Independiente Medellín
4
2
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 2
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Independiente Santa Fe
Cucuta
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 1
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Quiniela - Week 29 - Strike averted

Only one week ago, the combined odds of Spain playing in Lithuania on Tuesday and La Liga enjoying its 30th set of fixtures this upcoming weekend were sky high. However, on Sunday, I predicted on Twitter that both events would indeed take place.

How did I spot that when I struggle to correctly predict 50% of La Liga matches? Simple: a scarcity of options. The football calendar, including domestic and international competitions, is such a mess that there's no space for lock-outs, strikes or replays. Can you imagine a football world with some logical planning and room for manoeuvre? Me neither. Let's start. As usual, it's '1' for a home win, 'X' for a draw and '2' for an away win.

Real Madrid (2nd) - Sporting de Gijon (15th): 1.

If this were an away Real Madrid match, the temptation to go for an 'X' would be overwhelming. Even considering La Liga's interval for the international matches, and the subsequent lack of Merengue football action, this past week was packed with an overload of futile Real Madrid news, even by their own standards.

'Shakira's music won't sound again in the Bernabeu', 'CR7's girlfriend moves from bikinis to jeans', 'Sergio Ramos celebrates his birthday with his brothers and sisters' ... all of this points to the well-known Fatal Distraction Syndrome probably making an appearance on Saturday in La Castellana. On top of the lack of focus, there is no Karim Benzema, no Marcelo, no Xabi Alonso and no Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday.

But then you have to remember that this match reunites the best home side (with a perfect record of 14 wins) with the third worst away side. On top of that, Saturday's match has all the makings of yet another 'We Don't Stand A [Expletive] Chance, So Why Try At All' encounter between one of the top two sides and one of the bottom ten. I am secretly rooting for Manuel Preciado, Sporting's coach, to play a clearly weakened side so that the Catalan journos can ask Jose Mourinho 250 hostile questions about it.

Note: during an interview for Veo TV in Spain, Mou stated that "I don't like it when the Bernabeu chants my name", although eyewitnesses said off the record that he was crossing his fingers on both hands and feet as he was uttering these words.

Getafe (13th) - Valencia (4th): 2.

Two teams undergoing a tough phase meet in a high-stakes match. Both of them need all three points to stave off trouble, as Getafe's seven-game winless streak has left them close to the relegation zone, and Valencia's two consecutive defeats have put their third-place hopes at stake.

Valencia get the nod because of their impressive away record - 26 points in 14 matches - plus Juan Manuel Mata's recent excellent form, and Getafe's defensive structure, which is too slow to stop the Che's deadly counter-attacks.

Villarreal (3rd) - Barcelona (1st): 1.

Before you start screaming 'What are you on, Ed?' at your computer screen, looking like a complete lunatic to the rest of your office colleagues, remember Barcelona's UEFA virus. Only in mid-February, for instance, they had to give their all to earn a draw at Gijon after another international football break, while they lost to Hercules at home and struggled mightily to beat Valencia 2-1 at the beginning of the season in matches also played after national team matches.

In this case, not only did some of their Spain internationals, such as Xavi and David Villa, have to play twice - once in freezing weather conditions in a potato field, as explained by Phil Ball on Monday - but adding injury to insult, Lionel Messi came back hurt from Argentina's ill-advised American tour.

Expect an ultra-motivated Villarreal team on Saturday, as they are desperate to secure third place, and pay special attention to Nilmar as the Brazilian forward knows this is his chance to impress potential employers for next season, getting a handsome new contract in the process. Finally, in three weeks, also remember President Sandro Rosell's words on Wednesday ("We'll win the Copa del Rey final 5-0"). The Karma Gods do punish certain statements.

Real Sociedad (12th) - Hercules (20th): X.

Can Miroslav Djukic, Hercules' new boss, save the club from relegation? Djukic, an enviably classy defender in his playing days, is unfairly remembered only for his penalty miss in the final match of the 1993-94 Liga season, which effectively handed the title to Johan Cruyff's Barcelona. Amazingly enough, Jose Luis Gonzalez, the goalie who saved Djukic's dismal effort at the Riazor, was a member of the Hercules staff until last week, but left when the previous coach was fired. A small world indeed.

The tactically gifted Serbian will at least bring some discipline to Hercules. And talking about discipline, this column would gladly devote two full paragraphs to Royston Drenthe's tardiness since the arrival of Djukic (he was late four times in seven training sessions, which earned him a public reprimand and a fine), but you'd probably think that I am obsessed...

Real Sociedad have lost their punch in the last month: suffering four defeats and one draw. Even though Hercules haven't scored away from home since 1492, an 'X' seems feasible to welcome their new coach.

Levante (10th) - Malaga (18th): 1.

Are Levante really this good? Well, yes. Their second half of the season (W6-D2-L2) has been impressive. They excel in most disciplines that a small club needs to in order to survive: they play as a unit, with closed lines, put in effort for 90 minutes, have a synchronised defence, tackle hard and they have even had a little bit of luck, while Malaga...

To make it simple, Levante are the hard-working ant, while cash-rich Malaga are the hedonistic grasshopper. Can you remember how that fable ended?

Espanyol (5th) - Racing de Santander (14th): 2.

This column had been warning about Espanyol's lack of depth even before they sold half of their back four and the other half got injured. So what now? If, as expected, Racing's boss Marcelino makes neutral fans happy by playing Giovani dos Santos and Pedro Munitis together from the start, Espanyol are in for a shocking home defeat.

Deportivo de La Coruna (16th) - Mallorca (9th): X.

Not the most exciting of matches, methinks. While Miguel Angel Lotina, Depor's boss, keeps tinkering with his formations and line-ups, his squad's situation deteriorates further. Their fans would boo the team if they could manage to stay awake during matches.

In the opposite corner, Mallorca only have one real offensive threat, Webo, but their hard-working midfield should deal with this depressing Depor side easily. A '2' is out of the question, as Depor's 15-man back four should be able to stop Webo, in theory...

Sevilla (7th) - Zaragoza (17th): 1.

After three quarters of a rollercoaster of a season, Sevilla find themselves with a decent chance of getting back into Europe when all is said and done. Coach Gregorio Manzano decided to give striker Alvaro Negredo a leading role, which is starting to pay off, while Ivan Rakitic, the umpteenth masterful signing by general manager Monchi, has been making the difference since he joined the club.

Even though rumours about replacements for Mr Manzano have started to leak to the press (Marcelo Bielsa? Joaquin Caparros?), Zaragoza, the second worst travelling side in La Liga, can hardly threaten the Sevillistas on Sunday.

Osasuna (11th) - Atletico de Madrid (8th): 1.

You have got to love Osasuna for this one, don't you? With three consecutive wins, a new fighting attitude since coach Jose Luis Mendilibar took over, home-field advantage, five Atletico players coming back from international matches, Kun Aguero suspended, controversy over boss Quique Sanchez Flores' future ... what is not to like?

And if you believe this column is now going to shrewdly sell you on Atleti's case, well, you're wrong. What is not to like about Osasuna, really?

Almeria (19th) - Athletic de Bilbao (6th): X.

For the first time since 1999, three Athletic players started for the national team. This game would be a fantastic chance for Almeria to take advantage of the excessive travel that Fernando Llorente, Javier Martinez and Andoni Iraola have experienced, but the truth is the Andalusian team are falling apart. With fights during training sessions and suspensions after mobbing referees, Almeria smell like the Segunda Division, but neither team look like a potential winner on Monday night.

PS. A quick reminder: you can follow me on Twitter! (@Papamoskis).

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Real Madrid (2nd) - Sporting de Gijon (15th): 1.
Getafe (13th) - Valencia (4th): 2.
Villarreal (3rd) - Barcelona (1st): 1.
Real Sociedad (12th) - Hercules (20th): X.
Levante (10th) - Malaga (18th): 1.
Espanyol (5th) - Racing de Santander (14th): 2.
Deportivo de La Coruna (16th) - Mallorca (9th): X.
Sevilla (7th) - Zaragoza (17th): 1.
Osasuna (11th) - Atletico de Madrid (8th): 1.
Almería (19th) - Athletic de Bilbao (6th): X.

Last week: 6/10 (60%)
Season: 133/260 (51%)

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