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Cheltenham's done for another year, the FA Cup is out of the way - for now - and Matchweek 29 is upon us, with a huge SEVEN Premier

The second batch of Champions League fixtures return to our television screens this evening, and one of the two includes the tie of the round from the first leg matches - Monaco and Manchester City. Will we see another goalfest in the south of France? Will it be pragmatic? Will it heck!

There's a full Football League fixture list this midweek, which means one thing and one thing only - our Football League Hotpicks are back! We've plucked out five picks which could well come off. We've analysed the form book, the table and much, much more to find a fantastic five to make your midweek marvellous... if they come off! Have we missed an obvious pick? Put one in that definitely won't happen?

Two Champions League games on Tuesday evening, one with English interest, whilst the other could feature potential winners. It's really heating up now in the competition. Will we see another Barcelona-esque comeback, can Leicester do what many considered the impossible - not that they've done anything like that before - before a ball was kicked in their first leg against Sevilla. Answers to those questions and more, below...

Everybody's expecting three of the big heads (Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham) and one of Chelsea or Manchester United to battle it out for a place in the Final when the semis come around, but with this being the FA Cup and NO replays for this stage of the competition, perhaps this won't be all cut and dried. Can Lincoln City cause the upset of all upsets? Will Millwall get yet another penalty and knock Spurs out of the competition?

The fierce Glasgow derby is probably in the top three in world football, with history, hate and a hell of a lot of battling action to boot for the big one over the border. Scotland shut

Brighton vs. Derby County | Match Preview and Betting Tips

A Friday night feast is on order at the end of this week as Derby make the trip to Sussex to take on promotion hopefulls Brighton, who've had a bit of a wobble, recently. But compared to Derby, who have won just once in their last six games, and you could say the Rams have been like a bowl of jelly, judging their recent form. Who's Friday's winner? Read on to find out!

This week sees no journey to Russia, which already makes things an improvement, we guess. In fact, this #ContinentalBreakfast goes to the other end of the spectrum by chucking in a trip to the place where - as bizarre as this sounds - ex-Man City, Aston Villa and QPR defender Richard Dunne lives. That's right, it's Monaco first up. We then head east to Italy, then across to Spain for the Basque derby, before finishing things off in Rome.

The Europa League is finally starting to heat up. Manchester United are the last man standing for the English sides in the competition, and remain the favourites to triumph in the competition. However, there are also one or two potential winners thrown into the mix such as Roma and Lyon, who both meet on Thursday evening in France. Who will take the advantage into the second legs?

The fun continues on Wednesday evening as the second batch of this week's Champions League games kick off as Barcelona and Paris SG clash in Spain, whilst Borussia Dortmund will hope home advantage helps them overturn a 1-0 deficit against Portuguese side Benfica. Surely we won't see Barca suffer another humiliation, just like Arsenal did on Tuesday night, or will we?


 

The Champions League makes a welcome return to our screens this week, starting on Tuesday, when Arsenal try - and will likely fail - to overturn a 1-5 deficit against Bayern Munich at the Emirates. Anything's possible for the Gunners in front of their own fans though, you know, with all that noise they make.

Football | West Ham v Chelsea | Match Preview and Betting Tips

East meets West as one of London's louder derbies gets underway tonight. Can West Ham, if not derail, then dent Chelsea's seemigly unstoppable march to the Premier League title?

We finish off the weekend's football feast with a dreamy double on Sunday afternoon. Whilst it's not beer garden weather at the moment, as you'd expect in early March, nothing's stopping you from sitting in side with a few bevvies and enjoying the two shows we have!

Let's be honest here, who doesn't fancy a trip to Russia in early March?... Okay, come on, hands down, mainly because you don't have a choice, but, to be fair, it is a big game over there, otherwise why else would we include it in this week's Continental Breakfast? Still not convinced? How does a journey to Rome sound? Then Dortmund to get involved with the Yellow Wall, before finishing it off with a trip to Madrid?

Rightyo folks, the season's really starting to hot up now!

This midweek we will start off our Football League Hotpicks by sifting through the games remaining in the Football League in both Leagues One and Two and picking out some of the better options for those of you whose knowledge of the two lower divisions of the pyramid isn’t perhaps up to scratch.

This week sees us pluck out five home bankers – three in League One and two further in League Two.

Huddersfield Town head across the Pennines to take on moneybags Manchester City, probably knowing their best chance of causing an upset against Pep Guardiola’s side came and went at the John Smith’s Stadium a week or two ago, prior to the original game going to a replay after a 0-0 draw.

Three huge Championship games to come this midweek, and it's got to the time now where every point counts. There's a lot riding on our trio of clashes on Tuesday evening, none more so than the battle of the top two in Sussex. We've got play-off chasing Derby tackling Blackburn, whilst two sides struggling for form in Aston Villa and Bristol City meet at Villa Park.

This time last year everyone was behind Leicester City in their quest to win the Premier League. What a difference a year makes then for the Foxes, both on and off the pitch. Just a few days after sacking Claudio Ranieri they take on Liverpool, with everyone now keeping their fingers crossed that the Foxes suffer relegation following reports of Leicester players stabbing their Italian manager in the back.


 

The first trophy of the season is up for grabs on Sunday as Manchester United and Southampton tackle each other at Wembley for the EFL Cup Final in London, and both sides have pieces of fairly recent history at the national stadium There's a lot riding on this for both bosses as Mourinho loves silverware and Claude Puel still has to win over 100% of the Southampton fanbase...


 

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