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|Match date: 17.01.2020 | 21:00| Italy Serie B|
After two back to back defeats, players of Frosinone managed to take a point in a goalless game away to Pisa.
It’s far away from a satisfying result since they were set as a strong favorite but simply couldn’t find a way to break the opponents’ defense.
They were also more agile, have created more but further effectivity was needed back then. We can’t speak actually about a real decline in form since the team played decently well in previous two matches too and it’s just a matter of time when things start working again.
The team is now at the seventh position and really can’t afford to drop points in this one, already being just a point above the out of playoff zone placed teams.
Pordenone once again did really well in home clashes, coming from a 1:0 narrow victory over Cremonese last time out.
They simply did what was needed, entered the match in a really good tempo and got the lead already in the tenth minute thanks to a goal from Ciurria. Other than that, they didn’t create much and actually have left the ball possession to their opponents.
It was Cremonese who created more till the end of the clash, but somewhat Pordenone wasn’t tested that greatly at the back.
Thanks to this victory, the team kept the second position now having three points more than third-placed Crotone and are with four victories in the last five rounds.
Frosinone surely aims to get the victory in this one, but Pordenone is threatening a lot in their away matches too. Both teams to concede is my call here, since even though Pordenone isn’t always getting the right scores on the road, it’s almost always not due to their offensive approach.
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Pau vs Bordeaux
|Match date: 16.01.2020 | 20:55| French League Cup|
Pau comes from a 1:1 home match in the National League, even though the side was set as a slight favorite.
They even had the lead via Name in the 45th minute, but the visitors leveled up in the middle of the second without either of the teams risking a lot towards the end.
It was their third game without a victory in National, as the team dropped down from the first position to the fourth at the moment.
They are still just two points behind the league leaders from Dunkerque and will surely revert their attention to this competition since they remain very competitive.
Bordeaux was set as an underdog at their own home against Lyon and the side failed to resist in a better way suffering a 1:2 defeat.
They took the lead first back in the 15th minute via Briand but somewhat remained with a passive role being satisfied with the result.
It was Lyon who controlled the ball better and created more, getting the victory deservedly, in the end, thanks to quick goals at the start of the second halftime via Cornet and Dembele.
The team is now on an ugly run of four defeats but it has to be said that they didn’t have a naive schedule at all and need to react in this one, mostly in order to improve the atmosphere at least a little bit.
Pau, logically had a pretty easy draw in the Coupe de France, but this is where the path should stop for them. The side has decent momentum, but individual quality difference and experience of Bordeaux should prevail here.
Even if the rotate the squad a bit which is logical, I still expect the visitors to prevail in style being in a pretty decent offensive momentum.
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Manchester United vs Wolves
|Match date: 15.01.2020 | 20:45| England FA Cup|
Manchester United had no real problems winning over Norwich at home last Saturday afternoon with a 4:0 result.
Overall, it was almost all about them, as the side once again showed great confidence when playing in front of their own fans.
Only once they had the three goals lead after the first fifty-five minutes, they lowered down the tempo and allowed some offensive phases from the guests too, however once again scored in the last phase to seal their victory.
They now have three victories in the last four Premiership rounds, still not looking completely reliable but also still at the fifth position with five points less than Chelsea. Their full motivation is expected here, in order to keep trying to bring some joy to their fans at the end of the season.
Wolves made a setback last time out since the team took just a point in a 1:1 game at home against Newcastle.
They stood behind in the scoreline in the seventh minute with a goal from Almiron, however, Dendoncker scored the equalizer seven minutes later.
Almost the whole rest of the match ended as close to a one-sided game, but the players of Wolves simply failed to find a way and broke the visitors’ defense again.
The team is now with no victory in the last three Premiership matches, a bit more difficult schedule too, but they keep being quite high at the table – currently at the seventh position with just three points less than fifth-placed Manchester United.
Manchester United now comes into this match with far bigger chances, however, the guests are looking in recent away matches as effective as possible especially being threatening via counters. United should come up a bit stronger than in the previous game and it should open up the game entirely.
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Burton Albion vs Milton Keynes Dons
|Match date: 14.01.2020 | 20:45| England League One|
Burton comes from a narrow home victory against Fleetwood last Saturday evening, thanks to a goal from Edwards in the 89th minute.
The game itself was quite a balanced one, however, it was the home team that was willing to risk slightly more in the last phase of the game and were awarded for it.
The team is now in the first half of the table, but actually just two points behind the playoff zone and have a perfect chance to reach the sixth position in case of a victory here.
MK Dones took a point in their away match against Coventry in a 1:1 game. They stood behind in the scoreline already in the first minute and everything was pointing out that the home team will clinch the victory.
However, a little bit less reliable approach and lack of concentration cost them too much towards the end. It was Morris who leveled up the result in the 75th minute leaving no time for the home team to react back again.
The team now stands three points above the relegation zone, being in a decent four matches undefeated run.
Burton is looking really improved in their recent home matches and if the team repeats anything close to similar of their recent clashes, they are strong favorites to get the three-pointer here too. MK Dons are simply not even close to a really reliable and stable team on the road.
Rennes vs Marseille
|Match date: 10.01.2020 | 20:45| France Ligue 1|
Rennes had a difficult match last time out in Ligue 1, as they welcomed Bordeaux but managed to pull out a narrow 1:0 victory in the end.
The only goal was scored back in the 82nd minute via Niang, in a game where they simply showed more.
The ball possession was somewhat shared, however it was players of Rennes who have created far better chances overall.
This was their fifth consecutive victory in Ligue 1, as the side stands at a high third position and surely aims a positive result out of this one as well.
As for the Cup competition last weekend, they didn’t have an easy task considering the phase at home against Amiens, but still progressed after penalty kicks and a goalless game for 120 minutes.
Marseille overpowered Nimes in a 3:1 victory last time out in Ligue 1 at home.
They missed many good chances in the first halftime, but the goals came in second – at the very start of it via an own goal. Soon enough Bendetto doubled up, while Payet sealed their victory with the third goal in the 81st minute.
Since they were losing for the entire half, it was actually players of Nimes who had more of the ball possession and even chances created, however only could reduce the deficit in the first minute of added time.
The team stands out as the second at the table, having no realistic chance to compete with PSG for the title, and are currently five points above Rennes with a game more played too.
Marseille had quite a difficult experience away to amateur side Trelissac in the Cup competition, only managing to progress further after penalties and a 1:1 game – playing with a man less during the entire extra-time as well.
Marseille has a very good individual quality and can not be overwritten in this one, however, they often pulled out positive outcomes in the last moment of matches and generally did maybe overperformed recently.
On the other side, Rennes, with the support of their own fans, but also maybe slightly more creative and better ball movement, does stand out as a favorite in my eyes in this one.
Leicester vs Aston Villa
|Match date: 08.01.2020 | 21:00| England EFL Cup|
Leicester didn’t have a difficult task winning over Wigan Athletic at home with a 2:0 result in the FA Cup last Saturday afternoon.
They made a concrete and solid start into the match, taking the lead via an own goal in the 19th minute and have doubled up the lead in the 40th via Barnes.
The Foxes remained to be better despite lowering down the tempo a bit, however without further scoreline change.
The side also comes from two back to back victories in Premiership away to Newcastle and West Ham. They continue to fly high in the second position and enjoy the season completely for now.
Aston Villa couldn’t progress further in the FA Cup, even though the team visited Championship side Fulham and could have done more.
In the end, they have suffered a 2:1 defeat, pretty deservedly as the Villans played very passive in the first halftime. The match became more interesting in the second, but the tempo was brought by Fulham who took the lead first.
Even though the guests leveled up in the 63rd minute via El-Ghazi, they weren’t able to cope with the hosts who simply created more and also deserved more overall.
As for the Premier League, the come from a 1:2 victory away to Burnley, in a bit surprising but deserved manner since their hosts looked terribly passive all the match.
So deep into the competition, the full competitive motive is expected from both teams. Having that in mind, anything but an easy victory for the Foxes will be a surprise.
Not only they are much better individually, but the team is playing with much bigger fluidity all season long and should control the result all the way. Since it’s a knockout phase, it’s difficult to see the Villans remaining stable at the back once they start risking more.
Bologna vs Fiorentina
|Match date: 06.01.2020 | 12:30 | Italy Serie A|
Bologna reacted in a great manner away to Lecce before the break clinching a three-pointer in a 2:3 victory.
They were in a commanding lead for almost the entire clash, surely deserving to score more than once in the first halftime.
However, they anyway had three goals lead (thanks to two goals from Orsolini and one from Soriano) all the way till the last ten minutes of the match almost paying the price dearly this time.
Lecce tried to fight back and almost managed to do it completely, in the end only reducing their loss to a one-goal deficit.
Bologna is enjoying recent weeks, counting three victories in the last four rounds, as the side currently stands at high ninth position – eight points above the relegation zone.
Fiorentina welcomed Roma last time out and got completely outplayed in a 1:4 home loss.
They weren’t that outplayed with the team being competitive in some phases as well, however, the team from Rome simply looked far more effective scoring goals earlier.
Dzeko and Kolarov brought them into the two goals lead in the 19th and 21st minutes, while Badelj reduced in the 34th minute.
Viola tried to get back into the match completely, but the visitors remained bossy on the field in the second part too, scoring twice more – via Pellegrini and Zaniolo in the last twenty minutes of the match.
With this defeat Viola remained in quite an unimpressive run now, having seven matches without a victory run and surely being as concerned as possible.
Before the start of this round, they have just three points more than relegating worried Brescia.
No doubt that Viola possesses a decent individual quality, however with the way Bologna plays, it’s difficult to see out of form visiting team walking away with something.
Great fastball transition and counter-attacks have been a trademark of Bologna this season and I expect them to continue in the same way, being a slight favorite in this one.
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao
|Match date: 03.01.2020 | 21:00 | Spain Primera Liga|
Sevilla is pretty high at the table, at the third position just behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the overall impression is that the team could have played better till now.
That especially goes for their offensive part of the team within LaLiga matches. Most recently, they managed to bounce back from a home victory against Villarreal, celebrating a three-pointer on the road to Mallorca with a 2:0 result.
Diego Carlos brought the guests into the lead in the 20th minute, as Sevilla looked like a better side in both halftimes, especially in the second when the players of Mallorca looked like lacking energy to really stay competitive.
Athletic Bilbao didn’t get the victory in the most recent LaLiga match, however, nobody will be unhappy with a goalless game away to Real Madrid last time out.
Of course, the visitors from Bilbao were set to quite a passive role as Real bossed around the field but it simply wasn’t their day. Truth to be told, the home side would have probably scored on some other day and lock the narrow victory later on.
As for Bilbao the team has two consecutive draw matches, but are also without a victory in the last three rounds – being just below the European tickets at the seventh position – having four points less than Champions League placed Atletico Madrid and only two less than Europa League placed Getafe.
Sevilla is a favorite to get the three-pointer here, however with their creativity problems and actually unreliability and with defensive tightness from Bilbao, it’s very difficult to expect goals in this one.
The guests are surely gonna be satisfied with a goalless result and only an early goal can spoil quite an unattractive approach from both teams in this one.
Derby County vs Barnsley
|Match date: 02.01.2020 |20:45| England Championship|
After a run of seven matches without a victory, players of Derby managed to surprise a lot in a 2:1 home win over Charlton.
They were actually favorites before the game and have taken the lead in the tenth minute via Knight, however, once they stood playing with a man less when Bielik got red-carded in the 17th minute – nobody expected them to hold onto the lead.
They, however, remained quite threatening in the transition, with Knight scoring his second in the 77th minute. The guests had more of the ball possession, but it wasn’t as concrete as it should and only managed to reduce the deficit from the penalty kick converted later on.
The side is now nine points above the relegation zone and surely wants to build upon a positive momentum now.
At some point, chances of Barnsley to stay in the Championship were almost overwritten, however, the side improved their form and finally started playing better and getting positive results in December.
They are now on a run of five undefeated matches having a 2-3-0 record and are very close to walking away from the relegation zone. Most recently, they took a point in a goalless game away to Swansea last Sunday evening.
The game itself wasn’t very interesting, with Barnsley not showing a lot of concrete moves on the field and with the Swans definitely creating better opportunities.
In any way, the visitors were quite content with the result and didn’t struggle a lot at the back to hold onto it.
Thanks to their home ground Derby does stand out as a slight favorite in this one, however, with lack of players with defensive tasks and with Barnsley coming with an improved form, it should be a really difficult game for them.
On the other side, Barnsley certainly improved a lot and remains as competitive as possible here, but still with a quite unreliable defensive as well.
Millwall vs Luton
|Match date: 01.01.2020 |13:45| England Premier League|
Millwall was set as a slight underdog at home against Brentford last Monday afternoon and not many expected them to pull out something, but the team showed great fighting character.
They took the lead already in the eight-minute thanks to a goal from O’Brien, switching later on to a more passive role that paid off to them this time.
The game itself was quite passive and actually not interesting one, especially in the second halftime when the players of Brentford had more of the ball possession, but nothing more than that.
Under such circumstances, it was only natural for Millwall to approach the match a bit more passive and not to risk a lot.
They now stand just two points behind the playoff zone and surely aim to enter that race with a new three-pointer now against one of the worst travelers.
Luton got completely outplayed away from home against Bristol City on Monday, suffering a convincing 3:0 loss.
They stood behind in the scoreline already in the fourth minute, while the home side doubled up the lead just before the halftime whistle via a penalty kick.
The ball possession was actually somewhat shared, but there is no doubt that it was the home team that has created far more dangerous situations and actually probably deserved to score a couple of goals more.
Luton now has no victory in the last five rounds, getting only one point in these five. The side is inside the red zone, having just a point more than rock bottom placed Wigan but also a point less than safely placed Stoke.
The individual quality difference exists here and is sure of the home team. The players from Millwall are playing really good now and are looking much more confident on the field.
It’s something that Luton surely misses, especially when playing away from home. This really shouldn’t be the game to seek points for the visiting team with everything that they have shown so far on the road.
Wolverhampton vs Manchester City
|Match date: 27.12.2019 |20:45| England Premier League|
Wolves continued with their good form away to Norwich last Saturday evening when the team walked away with a three-pointer following a 1:2 victory.
The Canaries took the lead via Cantwell in the 17th minute, in a very passive first halftime for the visiting team. However, they showed more concrete moves in the second, gaining the lead via Saiss and Jimenez.
It must be said, that the game could have ended differently if the hosts exploited their chances better in the first halftime.
Even though the Wolves suffered defeat last time out in front of their own fans against Tottenham, we can’t speak about the drop in their form as the side broke a run of eleven matches with no loss.
The side is now just below the European positions and needs to get something out of this one to remain competitive for the European exit.
Manchester City didn’t have that easy task last time out at home against Leicester, but still, the team delivered what was expected in a 3:1 victory in the end.
They, however, stood back in the scoreline as Vardy brought the Foxes into the lead in the 22nd minute, but quickly the guests found out that they actually can’t cope with the Citizens’ attack.
Mahrez leveled up in the 30th, while Gundogan reverted with a goal from the penalty kick in the 43rd minute. Gabriel Jesus sealed the win in the 69th minute, in a second part where the Citizens limited the guests to almost nothing in the attack.
Title race seems somewhat lost for them, however, the second position remains a target so a victory is needed in this one.
As already said, Wolves are in a really good form now and we should expect as competitive as possible match out of these two sides now.
The Citizens are favorites to get the victory, no question about that, but the home side inspires with confidence as well. The guests aren’t as firm and reliable as in some previous seasons. This option seems like more than a solid option this time.
Brentford vs Swansea
|Match date: 26.12.2019 |16:00| England Championship|
After two consecutive victories at home, against solid teams like Cardiff and Fulham, players of Brentford managed to get quite a surprising point in a 1:1 game away to West Brom.
They took the lead in the 43rd minute thanks to a goal from Dalasgaard but didn’t manage to keep up the momentum and got leveled up just a couple of minutes later via Furlong.
The guests had a bigger number of concrete goalscoring opportunities in the first halftime, however, it was WBA that looked way sharper in the second part and looked like they will be able to score the goal till the end.
Anyhow, there is no doubt that the result itself represents a positive outcome, as the side stands at the sixth position and has the same number of points as Swansea, making this match as important as possible.
Swansea was set as a slight favorite away to Luton last time out, managing to pull out a three-pointer thanks to a goal from Ayew in the 82nd minute.
The game itself didn’t have many concrete chances overall, but without any doubt, it was the players of Swansea who have created much more – especially in the second halftime really trying to get the victory with a bit more riskier approach towards the end.
This was their second consecutive victory for them, as the Swans share the sixth position and simply can’t afford to lose here.
No doubt that they will be hoping to maintain a decent record on the road, having just one defeat out of eleven rounds away from home till now.
Brentford comes from a morale-boosting performance away to WBA and should try to continue with good momentum.
They definitely are slight favorites in this one, however I see the Swans as threatening as possible. Lack of pressure seems to be benefiting to the guests and it should be really surprising not to see them scoring as well.
Blackburn vs Wigan
|Match date: 23.12.2019 |20:45| England Championship|
Blackburn surprised quite a lot with their performance away from home against Bristol City last Sunday afternoon taking a 2:0 victory despite being an underdog.
However, needs to be said that the circumstances went in their favor. The guests took the lead already at the start, in the second minute via Johnson.
They remained more passive on the field since then but continued to threaten very well with the fastball transition.
The second halftime looked as much more peaceful on the field, as they managed to double up the lead thanks to a goal from Armstrong in the 77th minute in the halftime where the home side did almost nothing concrete in the attack.
With this victory, the Rovers have continued a really good run of six undefeated matches, counting five victories and a draw. The side is now only three points behind the playoff zone and surely aiming to get into the top six positions as soon as possible trying to continue their good momentum.
Wigan had a chance to break the winless record last time out when the team welcomed Huffersfield last Saturday, however, the game has ended as a 1:1 game.
Once again, the players of Wigan simply didn’t create enough in the offense, while it was Huddersfield who looked better at times and even more concrete overall.
The home side took the lead via Winass towards the end of the first halftime, however, the guests showed far more energy in the second and were even close to full revert the result.
This was tenth consecutive game without a victory for Wigan, as the side does have two consecutive draw matches, but it’s very little for a side that stands at the rock bottom position. Luckily for them, they are the last position but with just two points less than safely placed Luton.
The guests should continue missing goalkeeper Marshall (19/0), central back Fox (6/0) and defensive midfielder Williams (14/0) due to injury problems.
Blackburn is in great momentum now and this match comes as a perfect chance for them to get into the playoff zone finally.
Looking at the complete season so far, but also the last few weeks, there’s no doubt that they should be able to get a three-pointer tonight. Wigan is nowhere close to a side being able responding to them properly in the attack on the road.
Karlsruher SC vs Wehen SV
|Match date: 20.12.2019 |20:30| Germany Bundesliga|
Karlsruher SC suffered a very unexpected and heavy loss in a 1:5 home defeat against Greuther Furth last Saturday afternoon.
At first, it didn’t look like that even though it was Furth who had the lead twice in the first halftime, but it was the second halftime when the guests actually paid the price for all of their defensive errors back then.
The side is now sharing the eleventh position with a couple of more teams, being four points above the playout placed Nurnberg and surely awaiting this one fully motivated as it still does represent kind of a six-pointer game for them.
Wehen didn’t look that impressive away from home against St Pauli ina 3:1 loss. They stood behind in the scoreline in the first halftime, trying to get back into the match and managing to do so via Schaffler in the 70th minute, a bit against the flow of the match.
However, as soon as they equalized, the hosts upped the tempo and appeared far more concrete, getting the victory thanks to goals in the last few minutes of the match.
With this loss, the side remained inside the relegation zone, currently having just a point more than rock bottom-placed Dynamo Dresden and four points less than safely placed St Pauli, surely not being in a situation to afford a loss here against one of potential relegation battle strugglers.
Since they both are newly promoted teams, Karlsruher SC is showing more so far. Especially when we speak about their effectivity.
In front of their own fans, they shouldn’t have a lot of problems breaking the opponent and getting a three-pointer – most likely easier than what the odds suggest.
We should see quite a convincing respond from them after teh catastrophy they suffered the last time out unexpectedly.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Cologne
|Match date: 18.12.2019 |20:30| Germany Bundesliga|
Eintracht Frankfurt was set as an underdog away from home against Schalke last weekend, but there’s no doubt that the visitors aren’t satisfied with a narrow 1:0 loss in the end.
Their hosts have controlled the ball and looked like a superior side at the start of the match and even till they got the lead in the 53rd minute, but the things have changed from then on.
The guests appeared much more decisive and even had a player more from the 66th minute, having much more of the ball possession but were unable to exploit that till the end.
They simply weren’t concrete enough with the chances created. Combined with a bit unlucky draw at home against Hertha, the side is now without a victory in the last five Bundesliga matches being seven points behind the Europa League zone.
After six negative results and matches with no victory, Koln surprised their fans with a 2:0 three-pointer in a home clash against Leverkusen.
However, it needs to be said that the circumstances went in their favor a lot, since the players of Bayer looked better on the field and had the ball possession and superiority, but missed to create real goalscoring chances.
Everything changed upside down on the field in the 62nd minute when the guests stood to play with a man less and the hosts exploited it via Cordoba in the 73rd minute.
A bit more risking from the guests and a further man less, saw the home team doubling up the lead via Bornauw in the 84th minute.
Koln is now second from the bottom, having three points less than the safe zone placed Werder but with the defensive lineup remaining biggest worry with thirty goals conceded in fifteen matches.
Eintracht is underperforming this season and is nowhere close at the table in the same period of the previous season, but the side isn’t’ actually disappointing their fans in home clashes.
This match comes as a perfect chance for them to get back on the positive track and I’m quite convinced that they won’t blow it up this time. Koln doesn’t seem like a side capable of remaining competitive next to their offensive quality Frankfurt surely posses.
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Augsburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf
|Match date: 17.12.2019 |20:30| Germany Bundesliga|
Augsburg surprised everyone with a 2:4 victory away from home against Hoffenheim last Friday night being quite a strong underdog before the start of the game.
However, the team appeared very concrete with the ball to their feet, despite having very little of overall ball possession.
The hosts tried to dictate the tempo and controlled the ball more, however, were too vulnerable at the back with the guests punishing them for every little mistake.
The team is now on five matches undefeated streak, having four victories during these matches, being just five points behind the European zone.
It was simply too much for Duesseldorf to cope with the individual strength of RB Leipzig in a 0:3 home loss last Saturday afternoon.
The already conceded a goal in the second minute, being generally a passive side during the game and doing very little in attack.
The guests were simply as commanding as possible during the entire game. The side now has two consecutive losses, being winless in the last five rounds and with just one goal scored in the last four rounds.
Augsburg is looking better in recent matches and with a morale-boosting victory away to Hoffenheim, they are red hot favorites for another three-pointer in this one.
Especially since their offensive potential comes in the first place recently and there is very little what Fortuna can do, away from home.
Trabzonspor vs Denizlispor
|Match date: 16.12.2019 |18:00 | Turkey Super Lig|
Trabzonspor did well to get a victory over Antalyaspor away from home last weekend, taking it with a deserved 1:3 result.
All four goals were scored in the first halftime, with the guests looking really effective with the ball to their feet and always very threatening.
However, they logically opted for a more passive approach in the second halftime, with the hosts creating some dangerous moments, but without scoreline change.
The team is now just a point behind second-placed Besiktas and can get that position in case of a victory in this one.
Without competitive chances, players of Trabzonspor played in a rotated lineup away to Basel suffering a 2:0 defeat last Thursday night in the Europa League clash.
Denizlispor was set as quite an underdog last time out in the Super Lig, however, the side managed to get a point in a 1:1 game against much more favorited Basaksehir.
The guests definitely deserved to score at least one goal in the first halftime when they looked completely superior, but got it in the 54th minute via Visca.
Luckily for the home team, they managed to reply within minutes thanks to Barrow, opting for a defensive approach further on, without the guests creating real chances.
The side now has two victories and a draw, three undefeated games in a row and awaits this one with a boosted morale, but also knowing that their previous victories came a bit luckily in the last minutes of the game at both occassions.
Trabzonspor is doing better recently and further improvement, especially in home matches, is expected. Denizlispor isn’t a naive opponent, however they definitely had more luck in the previous round than what the final results are saying.
Chievo vs Juve Stabia
|Match date: 13.12.2019 |21:00 | Italy Serie B|
Chievo did what was needed last Saturday evening to get a three-pointer in a 1:0 victory at home over Cremonese.
The only goal came in the 48th minute via Di Noia in actually quite an open game from both teams. This time, it’s simply that the individual quality prevailed, as Chievo didn’t actually meet up the expectations on the field properly.
Still, the side does pretty well for now disregarding their recent under performances away from home, being just a point behind the second and direct promotion placed Pordenone.
Juve Stabia didn’t show much last time out, suffering a 0:2 defeat in front of their own fans against Frosinone last weekend.
The guests simply appeared far more concrete and as a side that seems to be much more experienced, simply knowing what they want with the ball to their feet in every moment.
They probably even missed a couple of more good chances to enlarge the lead earlier, but the game got sealed only in the third minute of additional time via a penalty kick.
This is now second consecutive defeat for Juve Stabia, as the team probably won’t have an easy staying into the Serie B – currently being four points behind the safe zone.
Away from home, they have scored only four goals so far and that’s why this game remains a huge challenge for them as it remains to be seen whether they can keep the opponent away from their net for too long.
As already said, Chievo isn’t playing perfect football but they do get by when needed in home matches. Against Juve Stabia, I expect them to be more concrete finally and easy or difficult, to get the three-pointer again. There is simply too big individual quality difference in their favor this time.
Standard Liege vs Arsenal
|Match date: 12.12.2019 |18:55 | Europa League|
Standard was set as an underdog in the previous Europa League round away to Guimaraes, but the side managed to walk away with a 1:1 game which was surely a positive outcome for them.
The Portuguese side created more and probably would have got the victory on some other day, as Standard now remained with a mathematical chance, but will need to get the victory over Arsenal to get the progress further.
As for the Jupiler League, they come from a 2:2 draw away to Mouscron, which is surely a positive outcome since they played with a man less in the second halftime and two men less in the last five minutes but still got the point thanks to a goal scored in the fourth minute of added time.
They remain at the high third position, with just a point less than second-placed Gent.
Arsenal had more of the ball possession and even the lead against Eintracht via Aubameyang in the previous Europa League round at home, but once again proved to be very unreliable at the back and suffered 1:2 defeat in the end.
They are now in a bit worse situation since the team can’t afford to lose in this one.
As for the Premier League, they finally got the victory last Monday night win over West Ham on the road 1:3, with a pretty improved performance into the second halftime after being a goal down from the first part of the game-sealing a victory within nine minutes into the second halftime (from 60th to 69th minute).
Standard needs to attack in this one and it’s something that promises quite an open game. Arsenal is already known for shaky defensive moves and very good attacking potential. The hosts already proved that they can be more than dangerous for the Gunners’ defense.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City
|Match date: 11.12.2019 |18:55 | Champions League|
In probably one of worse performances of Dinamo Zagreb in this season’s Champions League, they suffered 2:0 defeat away to Atalanta in the previous round.
Unlike the first game against the same opponent, this time the Croats were simply too defensive and were unable to make more than a couple of really concrete chances in front of opponents’ goal.
There’s no other option for them now, but to try to a victory in this one, not only for the sake of trying to reach the knockout phase, but also to remain with a chance of reaching the third position no matter of the outcome of the other game in this group.
As for the domestic league, they got the important 1:0 home victory over Varazdin last Friday night, in quite an unimpressive manner only in the last phase of the game reaching that winning goal.
The side continues however to be the red hot favorite for another domestic league having currently nine points more than second-placed Hajduk.
Manchester City made a slight setback in the previous Champions League game, as the side took just a point in a 1:1 home clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.
No doubt that the Citizens were the ones who controlled everything and simply created far more, but this time the result didn’t go into their favor.
However, they won’t be too disappointed with the result, simply since it already grants them the first position in this group having five points more than the second-placed Ukrainians before the last round.
This is a reason why they can approach this clash far more relaxed than their opponents. They come from a disappointing defeat in a local derby game at home against Manchester United last Saturday 1:2, so a victory here would definitely be used to lift some spirits at Etihad Stadium.
English side won’t rotate as much as possible here, according to the news, and if the players take the game anywhere close to seriously, they should come up victories easier than expected.
Dinamo seems to be in obvious downtrend of their form and will be very difficult for them to break the opponent without leaving huge defnesive gaps. individual quality can easily be exploited this time. The hosts do concede way too easy for this standard and they’ll have to be risking extra during the game.
Lyon vs RB Leipzig
|Match date: 10.12.2019 |21:00 | Champions League|
Lyon was set as an underdog away from home against Zenit int he previous round, but the things didn’t look exactly like that on the field.
Still, the Russians were the ones who were far more effective after all and simply used their chances better. A goal in each halftime towards the end of the halves was enough, with the French side surely feeling disappointed regarding the chances they had.
Lyon now needs to get the victory in order to progress further and any other result will exclude them and lead to the Europa League knockout phase.
As for the Ligue 1, they convincingly won on the road to Nimes 4:0 but also were played with a man more since the fifth minute already and with two men more since the end of the first halftime having relatively an easy game overall.
RB Leipzig had almost all the initiative in their game against Portuguese side Benfica, but int he nd had to be satisfied with a 2:2 draw last time out in the Champions League.
They stood behind int he scoreline with two goals conceded a bit against the flow of the game, working really hard till the end to reach the equalizer that came in the sixth minute of added time from a penalty spot.
On some other day, it would have probably been their victory, just if the game took the right course for them from the start.
As for the Bundesliga competition, they come from a 3:1 home victory over Hoffenheim last Saturday afternoon and is now just a point behind the leaders from Gladhacb.
Things are perfectly clear in this one, since Lyon needs to attack and seek a three-pointer in order to keep the chances of progressing into the knockout phase.
There’s no doubt that the German side wants a point at least, surely aiming that first position in the group. Knowing the reliability of the French side’s defense, it’s so easy to see the Germans making this match as interesting as possible.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hertha Berlin
|Match date: 06.12.2019 |20:30 | Germany Bundesliga|
Eintracht took the lead away to Mainz last Monday night, via Hinteregger in the 33rd minute, but stood to play with a man less right before the halftime’s whistle and it changed everything.
Even during the first halftime they had more of the ball possession but were dangerous with the fast transition, however, the team failed to cope with the offensive phases of the opponents in the second halftime.
They weren’t able to threaten further in the last twenty minutes of the game when they got already reverted. The side is now five points behind the European zone already, also having six more than the red zone placed Hertha and surely approach this match very seriously.
Hertha is going from bad to worse all season long, most recenly coming from a 1:2 loss at home against Dortmund.
Sancho and Hazard opened up the home side with goals already in the first twenty minutes, while the hosts replied via Darida in the 34th minute.
It would have been a usually fine result, however, Hertha had a man more for the entire second halftime as Hummels got excluded just before the halftime whistle. Even so, with exception of a bit more of the ball possession, team from Berlin really failed to do proper and concrete things in the attack.
Eintracht is doing decently in the new season, but their real reason for underperforming a bit was a lack of consecutively good results. Hertha is not even close to that this season and doesn’t look that reliable on the road.
The hosts have better potential in attack and if they remind of themselves in typical home matches, it should be their victory this time.
Arsenal vs Brighton
|Match date: 05.12.2019 | 21:15| England Premier League|
Arsenal continued their negative trend with a 2:2 draw on the road to Norwich, as the Gunners simply weren’t able to revert the situation into their own favor.
The Canaries were taking the lead twice, with Aubameyang responding twice, the second time in the 57th minute, but without proper and real pressure further on.
They are now winless in the last six Premiership rounds, being still just two points behind the Europa League zone although they stand ninth at the table. On the other side, the Champions League positions are seven points above them.
Brighton had a fairly fine game away to Liverpool but was simply with two goals behind in the scoreline thanks to two goals from van Dijk in the first thirty minutes.
The Reds lowered down the tempo but also got into trouble when their goalkeeper Alisson got red-carded in the 76th minute.
The guests reduced a couple of minutes later thanks to a goal from Dunk but weren’t able to revert the situation completely despite some good phases and chances.
The home side has no victory in the last eight competitive matches, but still of course, they remain a favorite thanks to their offensive quality the side surely has.
Brighton is an underdog, but far away from a naive side with the fastball transition and surely aiming to threaten via counters. It’s exactly where the Gunners are vulnerable.
Finally, a home victory is likely this time, but it should be once again with difficulties at the back.
Kilmarnock FC vs St Johnstone
|Match date: 04.12.2019 | 20:45| Scotland Premiership|
After the good performance and morale-boosting victory at home over Hearts, players of Kilmarnock managed to snatch a draw away from home against Hibernians in a 2:2 game as well.
They didn’t enter the game properly, were behind 2:0 with an early goal in the second halftime, showing close to nothing till that moment.
However, it was the guests who started playing in the last thirty minutes and looked better, reaching that point thanks to goals from Bruce in the 66th and Del Fabro in the third minute of added time.
Kilmarnock is now six points behind the third-placed Aberdeen and surely seeking a victory in this one.
Most recently, it was a 4:0 loss away to Motherwell last Saturday, as the guests actually had some decent phases in the first halftime, however after they have conceded the second goal at the start of the second halftime, it was all about the home side that knew how to punish the mistakes of the visitors costly this time.
With this defeat, the players of St Johnstone remain at the rock bottom place with two more teams, but their performances on the road surely making this game as challenging as possible as they have scored just five goals in six matches away, conceded eighteen in the process.
The hosts need to get the victory in this one to keep up their European positions race and with overall we’ve seen so far in the season, their three-pointer seems very likely.
St Johnstone is neither impressive away, neither in the defensive lineup overall. Kilmarnock should be having quite a perfect chance this time.
Bordeaux vs Nimes
|Match date: 03.12.2019 | 19:00| France Ligue 1|
Bordeaux was in a really great form all over November, finally getting some momentum especially in their home matches.
They were even really close to getting a victory away to Reims last weekend as well, but in the end, just took a point in a 1:1 game.
They took the lead via Maja in the 27th minute but played completely passively since then. It was simply too much and an unneeded defensive approach from them, not even changing something when they stood to play with a man more in the last twenty minutes of the match.
Of course, the price had to be paid – finally with an equalizer in the second minute of added time with a goal from Dia.
The side now sharing the fourth position with really good chances to start being more competitive in the Euro tickets race.
After two consecutive defeats, away to Strasbourg and Angers, players of Nimes managed to get only a point in a 1:1 game at home against Metz.
They were actually set as a favorite and were set to win, however that’s not how the game went.
In quite an even first halftime, the guests were the ones who got the lead, but a bit better approach from the hosts was seen in the repetition and the equalizer came pretty much deservedly via Ripart, with neither of the teams willing to risk much towards the end.
With this point, they now share the last position together with Toulouse but are also just three points behind the safe zone. On the road, they have a 0-4-4 record trying to preserve their sheet firstly with quite passive approach.
Nimes is showing some terrible form away from home and very little can be changed in this one either. Bordeaux had to react better against Reims having the lead, but playing now in front of their own fans, they should be eager to get another victory.
The guests simply don’t seem that active in attack when playing away, in order to match up against Bordeaux this time.
Mainz vs Eintracht Frankfurt
|Match date: 02.12.2019 | 20:30| Germany Bundesliga|
After two defeats and eleven goals conceded out of these two matches, the club has changed the coach and the players of Mainz reacted incredibly well in a 1:5 victory on the road to Hoffenheim.
It was simply a day where everything went in their favor, even though they were playing with a man less since the end of the first halftime.
This time they proved to be so deadly serious via counters and with the fastball transition, while it was the hosts who had much more of the ball possession and even chances created.
Mainz is now a point above the relegation zone and still being in need to improve further.
Eintracht Frankfurt was set as quite a favorite against Wolfsburg last weekend, but it was the visitors who took the 2:0 victory in the end.
It was despite the fact that the guests were playing with a man less since the end of the first halftime. Eintracht had more of the ball possession and chances created but failed to score a single goal out of numerous chances.
They, however, reacted really well and surprised away to Arsenal in Europa League on Thursday night, having an exactly reverted role from their game against Wolsfburg and succeding this time.
The new coach appointment did some magic at the start for Mainz and surely that the team will try to continue the momentum in this one.
Eintracht wasn’t showing much so far away from home having just one victory out of five matches, but they do remain very quality side in attack.
Cosenza vs Spezia
|Match date: 29.11.2019 | 21:00| Italy Serie B
Cosenza was set as an underdog away to Ascoli last Sunday afternoon, however, the team actually had all the chances to walk away with something.
After only twenty minutes of play, they had the double lead thanks to a goal from Riviere and Bruccini. However, little by little the home side managed to get back into the game and in the end, deservedly revert the scoreline.
Cosenza failed to compete with their individual quality during the latter stages of the game. The team is now four points below the safe zone and a victory here would mean a lot to them.
Spezia, on the other side, managed to get a three-pointer at home against Frosinone last Sunday night thanks to a 2:0 result.
A goal from Gudjohnsen in the 26th minute made all the difference, since the guests tried with the possession, but showed all of the lack of creativity.
The second goal from Bidaoui came in the last moments of the game and was just a perfect ending of the match for the hosts.
Cosenza is showing signs of life in their recent matches in front of their own fans, while Spezia doesn’t inspire with such reliability in back to back matches.
A draw may occur, but if any of the teams is to celebrate a victory, that would most likely be the hosts who had some really decent home appearances even when not winning.
Sporting vs PSV
|Match date: 28.11.2019 | 21:00| Europa League|
Sporting didn’t have many problems winning over Rosenborg on the road last time out in Europa League, getting that three-pointer quite easy thanks to goals from Coates and Fernandes in the first halftime.
They looked simply as a much sharper side and didn’t need a lot of the ball possession to create dangerous moments.
Two three-pointers over Norwegians give them the leading position now, however, nothing is finished for them and the side needs to get the victory here too, in order to clinch the ticket for the knockout phase.
PSV opened the Europa League bid with two victories, however soon the problems came and lack of good form is very obvious in the Eredivisie as well.
Most recently, they got crushed away to LASK conceding four goals in the second halftime as their game plan completely fall apart.
After a run of six matches without victory in all competitions, they finally got back to positive ways with a 2:1 victory at home over Heerenveen last weekend.
The team is now already eleven points behind the leaders from Ajax and it’s difficult to say whether Europa League comes as a priority at such a difficult situation.
Sporting seems to be in a much better moment now and it’s hardly anyone can argue about it. With the help of their own fans, they should be able to overpower the Dutches.
The visitors are simply not impressive in any aspect of the game and should have really difficult time staying competitive, while the odds look as juicy as possible.
Slavia Prague vs Inter Milan
|Match date: 27.11.2019 | 21:00| Champions League|
Slavia showed all of their competitive force in the previous two matches against Barcelona and has left more than fine impression.
The first game in Prague has ended as a 1:2 loss, however, it was Slavia that deserved far more. Back in Barcelona three weeks ago, the Spaniards did create more, however, the were missing the final touch and the game remained goalless.
As for the domestic 1. Liga, the side comes from a goalless game away to Sigma Olomouc, but were having a man less for the entire second half and still did more on the field.
Not a big shame, they continue to lead the table with eleven points more than second-placed Plzen.
Inter had all the chances to be a top favorite to progress further now, having the double lead away to Dortmund in the previous round, however, the Italians blow it up in the second part of the game.
They did try with the typical Italian style and got a bit lucky with two goals, but it was too much to cope with in the second part of the game.
With four points so far, the team can’t afford to drop points here. As for Serie A, they come from quite convincing and 3:0 victory away to Torino, continuing great domestic momentum as they have just a point less than leaders from Juventus.
Slavia surely showed much more than what their current record says and this is the last chance for them to show it once again in front of their own crowd.
Not only that they need to get the victory to stay competitive for the third position, but the overall feeling is that they don’t have much to lose either.
Attacking hosts are more than expected, while Inter still remains a favorite and is definitely set to score, at least once.
Real Madrid vs PSG
|Match date: 26.11.2019 | 21:00| Champions League|
Real Madrid will host PSG in a game from Group A at Santiago Bernabeu.
PSG are still undefeated in this group having 12 points(max) so far. Real Madrid is with 7 points(almost qualified), while Brugge and Galatasaray are looking like the teams which will decide in their direct game which will play in EL during the spring. It was fully expected PSG and Real to progress, the main question was in which way. After PSG outplayed Real in the 1st round with 3:0, it was pretty obvious they will be in the better position for the 1st place, but after Real drew at home against Brugge, everything is clear – even if Real wins the derby against PSG, they will need another PSG loss at home against Galata, which is a miracle to happen. But believe me, Thomas Tuchel will not go on a visit to Madrid with his team just for fun, they will be fully motivated to get another win against Zidane’s team.
Real Madrid is steadily finding the scoring form- 19 goals in the last 6 games is what their fans want to see. Equal points with Barcelona in La Liga sitting at the top of the table, but now they have to be ready for a huge test against PSG because all of the stars in the French club are available.
On the other side is PSG. The French team doesn’t have problems in Ligue 1 being 1st with a comfortable advantage in front of the 2nd in the table. I told about their performance in CL, but what’s more surprising is that their goal difference is 10:0- still without a conceded goal in this tournament. Well, Diagne is one of the guilty people that not to happen, because he missed a penalty in Paris for his Club Brugge. I strongly doubt PSG will stay without a conceded goal after the game in Madrid, but they have enough quality in attack to deal with a goal or even two in their net. PSG allowed four goals in their last three visits in Ligue 1, so their defensive performance is not brilliant at all, so Real has to use that.
So, this is a clash between two teams in better and better form and they can rely on everything best they have. Real Madrid will want to have a revenge for the tough loss in Paris, they also won their two previous matches against PSG in Madrid with 1:0 and 3:1, so they can enter the game positively. Yeah, Ronaldo is not part of the team, but even without him, they have players in form to score against PSG. I will not look for the possible winner in this game, but for the goals which are almost guaranteed in both nets. BTTS is extremely likely to happen, but I doubt this one will finish as a 1:1 draw, so my pick will be over 2.5 goals+ BTTS. I would be amazed if this not happen when the teams look like to be in a great scoring form and with squads without any big injury problems.
Ajax Reserves vs Helmond Sport
|Match date: 25.11.2019 | 20:00| Netherlands Eerste Divisie|
CL or not ( for the first team ), this Jong Ajax has a great squad. Super talent Brobbey, who played great with the Under 17 team, made his debut as a Pro and scored right away against NAC.
Herlmond sport on the other is 17th on the table. They are poor travellers as they won just game away from home and they come from a loss against NEC.
However, they lost more than just 3 points in that game since they lost a few players due to injuries as well. Indeed, Bodi Brusselers left the game because of a concussion and will miss this game. Also defenders Poelemans ( 15 games ) and de Louw ( 10 games ) got injured against NEC.
Hence backing Jong Ajax with this asian.
Levante vs Mallorca
|Match date: 22.11.2019 | 21:00| Spain LaLiga|
After two good performances and victories away to Sociedad and at home against Barcelona, players of Levante succumbed to a 2:1 defeat on the road to Athletic Bilbao.
They took the lead at the end of the first halftime via Postigo but weren’t able to keep up with the pressure later on.
Even that lead was completely against the flow of the first halftime, while the home team proved to be more concrete in the second and reached the deserved victory in the end.
They remain in the middle of the table far away from relegating problems for now earning more points at home, therefore surely aim a victory in this one.
Mallorca responded with a much better performance last time out before the international break, winning at home against Villarreal with a 3:1 result.
However, the home side had two penalty kicks in the first halftime which reverted the game completely into their favor, as they had the option to play more relaxed and via counters.
Besides that, the visitors were the ones who were trying more and had much more of the ball possession – however, they weren’t able to revert the difficult situation.
They are now five points above the red zone but remain the only team with no point earned on the road and this match surely remains a huge challenge for them.
Levante looked just fine in the previous home clashes and knowing that Mallorca doesn’t inspire with any kind of confidence on the road – it’s very difficult to see anything but a home victory.
Mallorca simply doesn’t seem creative enough actually for the levels of LaLiga, even when they do get fine results in front of their own crowd.
Antwerp vs Genk
|Match date: 21.11.2019 | 20:30| Belgium First Division A|
After a loss away to Mouscron, Antwerp put up a really nice display last time out winning at home against Club Brugge 2:1 before the international break.
They stood behind in the scoreline in the 25th minute via Schrijvers, but responded with far more concrete performances in the second halftime and managed to revert the result despite having less of the ball possession.
The team is now in the sixth position with just two points more than out of play zone placed Waregem and needs to get something in this one as well.
Gent entered really good form before the international break, winning three matches in a row – two in the domestic Jupiler League and on the road surprising Wolfsburg in big style.
Most recently, they won on the road to Genk 2:0, thanks to goals from Depoitre at the start of the match and a goal from David at the start of the second halftime.
Other than that, they could play a bit more reserved, but even so, they had a similar number of other chances than to their opponents and did deserve the victory completely this time.
The side is now just five points behind the leaders from Club Brugge and needs to get something here to keep up the race with them.
Antwerp is doing really fine in their home matches so far and surely has chances to obtain something here. However, Gent seems to be in a really decent moment now, not needing many chances to show their quality in attack.
It’s something that promises very open game, especially since the home side relies on outscoring the opponent generally and not by defending in their home clashes.
Wycombe vs Tranmere
|Match date: 20.11.2019 | 20:45| England FA Cup|
Wycombe didn’t have a really difficult task winning on the road to Tranmere 2:0 last weekend.
The match itself didn’t get too complicated for them, as they got the lead once they upped the tempo properly.
They have broken the opponent thanks to two goals from Akinfenwa and Jacobson, second one from the penalty kick towards the end of the first halftime.
The team now has three victories in a row in League One and remain at the top of the table with already seven points more than third-placed Coventry and are red hot favorites for the direct promotion.
As said, the players of Tranmere suffered defeat last weekend, without actually being able to participate more into the match and remind of a more competitive side.
It was their second consecutive defeat, as they previously got defeated at home to League Two side Salford 0:2, but still progressed further in EFL Trophy competition.
As for League One, the side remains three points above the red zone placed teams.
With two matches already played against each other this month, the teams now know their tasks and options very well for this night. Under such circumstances, it’s very difficult to see anything but a home win here.
Even with the rotated squad, Wycombe has more quality at the bench, plus the momentum is anyway completely with them now.
Wales vs Hungary
|Match date: 19.11.2019 | 20:45| Euro 2020 Qualifiers|
It’s really simple for Wales, if they win, they’re off to the Euros next year once again. That’s really cool if you’re Welsh.
They’re in good form too and come into this match on the back of a 2-0 away win in Baku against Azerbaijan. Goals from Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson secured the win.
Hungary also have something to play for and will be looking for a win to send them to the Euros next year. However, going to Cardiff and facing tens of thousands of passionate Welsh fans is going to make this a tough gig.
Ireland vs Denmark
|Match date: 18.11.2019 | 20:45| Euro 2020 Qualifiers|
Ireland had a perfect chance and do something more in October, maybe even seal the qualifying process but the team completely disappointed their fans not being able to score a single goal in two matches.
First, it was a goalless game away to Georgia, where they simply didn’t create enough and were unable to up the tempo.
The second match was away to Switzerland and they were deservedly defeated 2:0 against simply far more fluid side overall.
Denmark kept the chances high of qualifying further with a victory at home against Switzerland back in October narrowly 1:0.
They had quite an easy game against Gibraltar on Friday night at home, winning the match with six goals scored.
It was actually just a test for them before far more important match away to Ireland. No matter what, having in mind that Switzerland will win away to Gibraltar, the Danes can’t afford to lose this one.
It all comes down to this match for the Irish team. They didn’t have a brilliant run in this qualifying process, however in case they get a victory here, they’ll manage to seal the progress further.
The team didn’t look that well in attack all qualifiers long but will need to attack here and see what’s happening. They aren’t favorites, neither looking good in recent matches, but should be able to score one way or another in this one.
The guests, on the other side, can’t afford to only defend – neither should since they have better variety in attack anyway. Goals are likely and very tempting since the match simply needs to become very open one sooner or later.
Switzerland vs Georgia
|Match date: 15.11.2019 | 20:45| Euro 2020 Qualifiers|
Even though they are not at the top of the group sitting just third at the moment, the Swiss team goes into the last qualifying phase completely convinced that they will get the European ticket in the end and it can easily turn out to be from the leading position in Group D.
The reason is simple, they are awaiting Georgia at home firstly and then visiting Gibraltar and the mathematics is simple as well – they will need to win both matches in order to safely pass further.
The team had very difficult October firstly visiting Denmark and suffering a 1:0 loss but reacted in a good way to keep the chances high – with a 2:0 home victory over Ireland in the most recent match.
Georgia didn’t have real chances of doing something more in this group but simply gaining more knowledge and experience for the moment.
Still, two victories, two draw matches, and three defeats aren’t that little in a group with three really obviously stronger opponents.
Back in October, they did fine in a goalless game at home against Ireland, stopping the opponents from creating too many real chances.
The second match away to Gibraltar showed that they have many things to correct and improve, but still the team got the 2:3 wanted victory.
Even though Georgia managed to stop Ireland and Denmark at home in these qualifications, it’s difficult to speak about their quality matching up the opponents away from home.
The Swiss team already won against them back in March, breaking their defense with faster transition and this time, it should be only even easier in front of their own fans.
England vs Montenegro
|Match date: 14.11.2019 | 20:45| Euro 2020 Qualifiers|
English team made a setback back in October as they suffered defeat away in the Czech Republic, but the side now has a chance to erase it in case of a victory and to make it be without any consequence.
It was a bit unneeded loss after taking the lead, but the side seemed too not concrete in the attack back then. However, just three days later they have shown a much better face packing up six goals away to Bulgaria in their fifth victory out of six rounds.
They now have a perfect chance to seal the qualification further in case of a victory in this one.
Montenegro disappointed during the whole course of the qualifications and there aren’t any positive things to be said about either their tactics or performances on the field.
Three draws and three defeats are simply too little for the nations’ ambitions and some of the player’s quality they certainly have.
Three goals scored and fifteen conceded describe the best the quality of their performances as the side suffered 2:0 loss in Kosovo in the most recent match, showing no real desire against the fully motivated home side.
This game should be all about England and since the victory will qualify them to Euro, I expect impressive performance as well.
It’s a dead race between Bulgaria and Montenegro who disappointed more this time, so the task for the English side shouldn’t be more difficult than the one they had in Sofia in October.
Bristol Rovers vs Swindon
|Match date: 13.11.2019 | 20:45| England EFL Trophy|
Bristol Rovers finally got back on the right track with a 1:2 win on the road to Rochdale in the seventeenth round of League One.
They made a strong entrance into the match scoring two goals within the first eleven minutes, to secure the first three-pointer after just one point earned in the previous three rounds.
The side now stands just behind the playoff zone having a point less than sixth-placed Coventry.
They had a 1:1 game against Bromley in the FA Cup competition on Sunday night, using a rotated squad but didn’t manage to meet the expectations being a favorite before the start of the game.
They took a late lead via Leahy in the 76th minute but got leveled up just five minutes later.
Firstly it was victories over Stevenage at home and Crawley away, without a goal conceded, but the most recent game in a home game against Walsall 2:1.
The team is now just one point below the leaders from Forest Green and surely reverts all of their attention to the League One clashes.
Swindon didn’t have much luck at the draw for the FA Cup but got a positive outcome away to Cheltenham on Saturday afternoon in a 1:1 game.
The match wasn’t very interesting as the home side looking like having an initiative, however, the visitors took the lead via Yates in the first minute of added time.
Even though late, equalizer from the home team was more than deserved this time.
There is certain quality difference that speaks in favor of the home side, plus all of the competitive motives as Swindon has actually nothing to play for here.
Both teams will surely rotate their squads a bit, but I see the home team in a completely commanding role from the first till the last minute. Can’t see the weaker visiting team pulling out a surprise now when the League Two race heats up for them.
Larissa vs Lamia
|Match date: 11.11.2019 | 18:30| Greece Super League|
In one of the most interesting matches of the previous round, players of AEL Larissa managed to get a 3:2 home victory against OFI Crete.
It was an important and morale-boosting victory for them, even though they stood two goals back in the scoreline already from the fourth minute.
The team has also shown great fighting spirit and morale coming back from such a situation, as the reversal of the result started already in the fourteenth minute thanks to a goal from Moras.
Milosavljevic and Dauda scored in the last twenty-five minutes of the game for a comeback, as the guests were the only ones to be blamed for such a result.
AEL is now just inside the playoff zone before the start of this round and needs a victory to remain there and improve the chances of ending up within the top six clubs.
Lamia took an important three-pointer last weekend when they welcomed Volos in a 1:0 game.
The only goal came in the 80th minute via Thuram, but it needs to be said that the hosts completely deserved a victory in a match where the guests appeared too passive and did almost nothing in attack.
Lamia is now inside the second part of the table, but with seven points (all seven gathered in home matches), which is four more than second from the bottom Panteolikos.
Away from home, they’ve lost all matches scoring just once so far and surely that this game represents a great challenge for them now.
Lamia knows that they need to focus on their home matches and that’s where they are seeking a chance to get points and avoid relegation. On the road, the team seems unimpressive without any kind of confidence.
AEL Larissa simply seems to the fluid side for the level of Lamia. Especially in front of their own fans. There’s certain individual quality difference that can not be ignored, as well as the fact that the home side simply seems far more confident and effective.
Sassuolo vs Bologna
|Match date: 08.11.2019 | 20:45| Italy Serie A|
Sassuolo was set as a slight favorite away to Lecce and generally played like that, however, they couldn’t do more but to get a point in a 2:2 game.
The reason was simple, they remained vulnerable at the back and failed to break the opponent into their own favor, always being in a situation to chase the scoreline.
Finally, they got the point only thanks to a goal from Berardi in the 85th minute, after being a goal down from the 42nd minute in the first halftime.
The team now has just one victory in the last six matches in Serie A, being only two points away from the red zone placed Sampdoria.
Bologna, on the other side, appeared fine at home against Inter and looked competitive for the entire clash, but still stood defeated with a 1:2 result in the end.
Soriano brought the hosts into the lead in the 59th minute, a bit against the flow of the match. However, the guests had control over the game and the ball itself from that moment on, putting a lot of pressure on the home side.
Finally, thanks to goals from Lukaku in the last twenty minutes of the match, with the second one being scored from the penalty kick in the second minute of added time, they managed to snatch a three-pointer.
The team now has two defeats in a row, being at the thirteenth position at the table with four points more than relegating placed Sampdoria.
Both teams are in a situation where they need to respond with even better performances and positive outcomes in this one.
Additionally, they both do way better in attack than what their defensive reliability seems to be. Sassuolo is a highly attacking side in front of its own fans and now when they have three straight home defeats, we can expect them trying to score the goal from the first minute, while Bologna’s problems are definitely not within the attacking line either.
Braga vs Besiktas
|Match date: 07.11.2019 | 21:00| Europa League|
Braga simply looked more efficient, especially in the first halftime away to Besiktas in the third round. The Turkish team had more of the ball possession, but in a typical uncreative way without being able to concretely threaten.
The Portuguese knew how to exploit by taking the lead in the 38th minute via Horta, but were under pressure in the second halftime.
The home team got the equalizer and even missed a penalty, trying to open up too much and paid the price for it when Eduardo re-installed the lead for the Portuguese in the 80th minute.
Braga is now in a good situation with seven points earned, especially of another victory this night.
As for the domestic league, they made a slight setback coming from a 2:2 draw against Famalicao over the weekend, simply since the guests played with a man less since the 34th minute. The team is five points behind the Europa League placed Sporting.
Besiktas, as already described, probably had the chance to revert the previous match into their favor but it would be a bit underserved in some way.
They did exploit a good phase of themselves and a panic mode from the Portuguese side but Ljajic wasn’t able to convert that penalty kick into the goal.
They have improved the form within the domestic league on the road other side coming from two back to back victories. Firstly in a derby game over Galatasaray at home and most recently, away to Antalyaspor.
The side now has three victories in the last four matches and are on that undefeated streak, being just four points behind the leaders from Alanyaspor.
It doesn’t make much sense for Besiktas to get fully involved and motivated now into this match when their start into the Super Lig isn’t great – neither they have good chances of progressing further.
A bit rotated squad is what I expect, surely with the players wanting to impress – but the Portuguese side already proved to be very efficient and better in the transition. Now it might be only easier for them.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid
|Match date: 06.11.2019 | 21:00| Champions League|
Leverkusen was allowed to develop their game and had some space in the previous round away to Atletico Madrid, but that wasn’t enough for a positive outcome in a 1:0 loss.
Without a single point earned so far, Leverkusen simply needs to get a victory here to remain with any kind of chances even for the third spot, but after everything we seen from them this season, it doesn’t seem extremely likely.
Leverkusen quickly got back to bad habits in a 1:2 loss at home against Gladbach last weekend at home, not being able to make consecutive good performances and victories in Bundesliga.
They are now only at the tenth position with fifteen points earned -just three less than the Champions League positions but already seven less than the leaders from Gladbach.
Atletico left the ball possession to Leverkusen in the previous round, but even so, appeared more effective when needed and got an important three-pointer in a 1:0 game.
The only goal was scored back in the 76th minute via Morata, in a game that wasn’t a very interesting one, but the Spanish team simply took what they wanted in kind of an Atletico’s style.
With seven points on their record, the team is close to secure one of the top two positions and in some scenarios, can afford a draw here as well.
As for the LaLiga, they come from a 1:1 game away to Sevilla last Saturday afternoon, continuing to be just below the leading sides, currently having a point less than the leading Barca-Real-Sociedad trio.
Bayer is in a very ugly period now having just one victory out of seven recent matches and isn’t looking really to be a side capable of matching their biggest opponents.
With the Spanish team having much better transition and also defensive tightness, it’s really difficult to see the Germans being any kind of a favorite this time.
Valencia vs Lille
|Match date: 05.11.2019 | 21:00| Champions League|
Valencia had the lead thanks to a goal from Cheryshev in the 63rd minute away to Lille, but from that moment on, they switched to a bit more defensive role that didn’t pay off to them.
They stood playing with a man less in the last phase with defender Diakhaby being red-carded, while the hosts pushed and found a way to equalize in the fifth minute of added time.
Valencia is now third with four points and will only have realistic chances of fighting for the top two positions in case of a victory in this one.
Lille, on the other side, did create more in the third’s round game but happened to be more decisive and concrete only once they stood back in the scoreline.
As for the domestic league, they come from a 2:1 defeat away to Marseille having below-average start into the season with just a mediocre 5-3-4 record for now – but still just two points behind the second-placed Angers.
With just a point in the first three rounds, Lille is already in all sorts of problems. Most likely, the side actually needs a victory here and needs to risk, not only to remain competitive for the first two positions – but also to remain competitive for the third place and Europa League exit.
Valencia reverted the atmosphere inside the locker room in the best possible moment with that victory on the road to Espanyol and I expect a positive trend from them now.
They were already really close to getting the victory in the first match against Lille and this now seems to be a perfect chance for them. The French side doesn’t seem anywhere close to confident one when playing on the road, even for the standards of Ligue 1.
Stoke City vs West Brom
|Match date: 04.11.2019 | 21:00| England Championship|
Stoke City had the ball possession away to Millwall last weekend, but except that they didn’t create many chances in order to be more competitive against way more concrete opponent.
Not only that, players of Millwall appeared as much more experienced side and always knew what they wanted with the ball to their feet.
A goal from Thompson in the first half and a penalty kick converted by Wallace were enough for an easy three-pointer against harmless visitors.
This was a second consecutive defeat for Stoke, as the side now remains at the rock bottom position with just eight points earned out of fourteen rounds – six points less than the safe zone placed Luton.
West Brom had a pretty difficult home match last Saturday afternoon as they welcomed Charlton in a 2:2 draw game in the end.
They took the lead first and appeared like controlling the match int he first halftime, however, an equalizer came at the start of the second part and everything got changed in the 67th minute when they remained with a man less when Ferguson got red-carded.
Even so, the team showed great fighting spirit and had the 2:1 lead all the way till the third minute of added time when they conceded via a penalty kick.
Still, it was fourth consecutive game with no loss for WBA, as the side stands just a point below the leading trio at the table with one match less played too.
West Brom has simply shown so much more in the new season than their opponents. It’s simply something that can’t be neglected this time.
Neither they look improved on the field recently, neither their victories came as a strategic positive sign. There’s no doubt in my eyes that West Brom will be closer to the victory one way or another.
TSG Hoffenheim vs Paderborn
|Match date: 01.11.2019 | 20:30| Germany Bundesliga|
No doubt that Hoffenheim has improved their form drastically in the recent period, as the team boosted their morale a lot after surprising victory over Bayern Munich.
After that, they had convincing victory at home over Schalke, but also a 2:3 win on the road Hertha Berlin last weekend.
Even though they have created far more and had the double lead after the first halftime, the team needed a goal inside the last phase to seal the victory showing some unneeded poor reactions at the back.
With three victories in a row, Hoffenheim is now just below the European zone, actually having only five points less than the leaders from Gladbach.
Hoffenheim confirmed their good momentum with a 0:2 DFB Pokal victory away to Duisburg last Tuesday evening using a rotated squad.
After eight rounds and only one point earned, players of Paderborn finally managed to get the victory last time out when the team welcomed Dusseldorf winning the clash with a 2:0 result.
However, it needs to be said that the game was a bit more equal than what the final result says, with the visitors having their own chances too.
The hosts were the ones who reached the goal, int he 43rd minute via Sabiri and it was easier for them to play from that moment on, passive in the second half and leaving the possession to the guests, threatening with fast transitions.
Paderborn didn’t manage to make a surprise in the DFB Pokal’s game away to Leverkusen last Tuesday night, suffering a 1:0 defeat in a game that probably didn’t interest them much knowing their Bundesliga situation.
Even though Paderborn comes from a victory in front of their own fans, it’s difficult to speak about some planned and structural improvement.
Unlike Hoffenheim that is now looking far more convincing. Individual quality is also with the home team that should be able to exploit their advantages and continue their climb at the table – in a convincing way here.