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Dec 2, 2019, 10:00:00 AM

Midweek football: Mourinho anticipates win on return to Old Trafford predicts the aftermath of the first midweek football schedule of December across Europe.

The past meets present at Old Trafford this Wednesday as the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho prepares for his homecoming to Manchester United. The Portuguese manager, relieved of his duties as the Red Devils boss in December 2018, is at the helm of Tottenham Hotspur and has won all his games across all competitions so far. Manchester United, on the other hand, are enduring their worst-ever start to a league campaign in 33 years and must avoid defeat to drop down further on the Premier League table. Considering his impressive start to life in north London, Mourinho anticipates a win against his former employers.

The other marquee fixture in England sees Liverpool entertain Everton in the latest edition of the ‘Merseyside Derby’. The Reds are eight points clear at the summit of the league standings and are well-placed to get the better of the Toffees, who are just two points above the relegation zone. Everton boss Marco Silva is on the brink of an eventual sacking, and a defeat at Anfield could all but seal his exit.

Second-placed Leicester City, who scripted a dramatic 2-1 win against Everton on Sunday, welcome a manager-less Watford to the King Power Stadium on Wednesday. The Foxes, three points ahead of champions Manchester City, cut Liverpool’s lead to eight points and could further reduce the gap by a convincing win against rock-bottom Watford. With eight points from 14 games, the Hornets sacked Quique Sanchez Flores in his second spell as head coach and are reportedly lining up Chris Hughton as a replacement. The former Brighton boss has been out of work since his dismissal at the end of last season, and his appointment could offer some stability to a beleaguered Watford team.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain take on sixth-placed Nantes at the Parc des Princes this week. The Ligue 1 champions saw their weekend fixture against Monaco postponed due to weather concerns, and aim to consolidate their lead in the title race with a win against Les Canaries. However, Les Parisiens won’t take Nantes lightly and will seek revenge for the shock 3-1 loss in April.

Nearest title challengers Marseille and Angers will square off at Stade Raymond Kopa, with a view at staying in proximity with table-toppers PSG. Les Phoceens, on a four-game winning streak, have played out four consecutive draws against Angers and are optimistic of escaping with a hard-fought win from their upcoming trip.

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Words: William Paul

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