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HAT TIP "It’s weird. It’s like it’s changed completely for ever but it’s also like my life’s sort of the same. I am comfortable. I’ve always sort of spoken fast and loose and I’ve always been a soccer player, so those things are normal. It’s just all … amplified. Megan Rapinoe speaks to the Guardian’s Suzy Wrack about how life has changed this year after, well, you know, everything that’s happened to her this year. COMING UP There will be no Warm-Up on New Year’s Day, as our staff contemplates what the year ahead may bring and perhaps more pertinently contemplates what an error staying up for that extra hour was and that everything now hurts. Anyway, ahead there is a full Premier League slate, as our insatiable lust for football and for flogging these highly-paid but still undeniably human athletes continues apace. Lincoln City vs Peterborough predictions for Wednesday's League One clash at Sincil Bank. Peterborough hope to push into the automatic promotion spots in League One when they visit Lincoln City on New Year's Day. Read on for all our free League One predictions and betting tips. And then, there was this penalty. What do you mean ‘what penalty?’ THIS penalty. RETRO CORNER A very happy birthday to Steve Bruce, so as well as enjoying his literary oeuvre, here’s that time he won Manchester United the title (sort of) and caused Brian Kidd to put holes straight through the knees of his strides. The Imps have now won three of their last five League One games, pushing them away from the relegation zone and into 17th in the table. There are now six points between them and the bottom three, but given their recent improvements they will be confident that they can avoid the looming relegation battle. That 5-3 win on Sunday was something of an anomaly though. While they have been decent at home, winning six of their nine league matches at Sincil Bank, this success has largely been built on maintaining a tight back line. Lincoln City have kept six clean sheets on home soil, with the majority of their 10 goals conceded coming from a quite absurd 6-0 drubbing against Oxford United in September. Peterborough haven’t had quite such a cheery festive fixture list. They were hammered 4-0 at Rotherham on Sunday to follow on from a 3-0 Boxing Day drubbing against Doncaster. Still, they sit in a promising 6th position and lie just two points adrift of 2nd placed Oxford United, so there is plenty of reason for optimism. Speaking of Ronaldo, perhaps the Warm-Up is being thick here but can anyone enlighten us as to what he’s actually sitting in here? Is it a weird private plane? A super deluxe caravan? A massive stretch Hummer or something? And speaking of egos, you can’t tell us you didn’t also enjoy Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue getting the nose removed from it not long after it was erected. Peterborough have failed to score in three of their last four on the road too, which doesn’t bode well when coming up against a Lincoln City defence that can be fiercely protective of their clean sheet. Indeed, that anomaly against Ipswich is the first time this season that both teams have scored at Sincil Bank, and with Peterborough only seeing both teams find the net in five of their 12 away games, we like the look of Both Teams to Score: No for this one....

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The two sides go to this game separated by 30 points; Granada on 50 in 9th place and Real on 80 and top of the league. Granada are seven points behind fifth placed Villarreal and after their win over Real Sociedad, they will have reason to believe they can push for a high finish. Targeting at least a seventh placed finish sounds realistic though. Real Madrid have eight straight wins in La Liga Granada are winless in three home matches. Real Madrid have kept five straight clean sheets. Granada have failed to score in just three of their 17 home league matches Granada have scored in each of their last four matches. Real Madrid are on course for the La Liga title and will pay a visit to Granada in this quest, on Match Day 36. Real Madrid are the form team in La Liga at the moment and with the league title in sight, they will want to give all for another win here. Being four points ahead of Barcelona and needing six points from the remaining three matches, they cannot afford to lose focus. They have a fine run, not just in attack but also defensively and will be getting key defenders back from suspension, which makes them even stronger. As for Granada, it has not been an easy run at home after the resumption; they are on three winless matches at home and trying to break that against Real Madrid is going to be tough. The hosts have also not been keeping many clean sheets in recent home matches and this may haunt them here. Though they have scored in most of their home matches, facing the league’s best defence will call for a lot. We are backing Real Madrid for a 2-0 win here. Home form has seen them earn just a single point from their last five at Villa Park. They have Palace and Arsenal to play at home and trips to Everton and West Ham remaining as they try to somewhow escape the bottom three. Their main target must be to be within reach of West Ham before playing them on the final day of the Premier League season. The worst case scenario is wins for both of their rivals and starting this match seven points from safety. Whatever the deficit, Villa need to win this match and end a run of ten league games without a win. They have lost four of their last five games with only a couple of draws from the six league games played since re-start. Aston Villa suffered a 3-0 home loss to Manchester United on Thursday and dropped to 19th in the Premier League. They host 14th placed Crystal Palace who have lost each of their last four league fixtures. Villa begin the weekend four points from safety with four games remaining. They will be hoping and praying that West Ham and Watford have bad results the day before this match. They have won two and drawn one in their last three matches and the momentum is there, though with Real Madrid’s ambitions, they know this is going to be tough. Granada started well when the league resumed, beating Getafe, but thereafter went on a four match winless run and their current run of three unbeaten matches should give them the needed motivation for the remaining three games. Aston Villa have failed to score in their last three games. Crystal Palace have only scored in one of their last four games. Four of the last six Aston Villa league games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. Aston Villa have only scored in one of their last four home league fixtures. Only one of the last seven games played between these two sides have had over 2.5 goals scored. SubstitutionPosted at 69' Substitution, Alavés. José Luis Rodríguez replaces Joselu. SubstitutionPosted at 68' Substitution, Alavés. Borja Sainz replaces Edgar Méndez. Posted at 68' Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.