Schalke opened the season with a bit surprising victory at home over Leipzig, but then suffered defeat away to Hannover with a narrow result, however bounced back in a positive way after international break. They firstly won at home over Stuttgart 3:1, but also recorded their first victory on the road, last Saturday afternoon when the side won over Werder Bremen 1:2.
Their opponents opened the game a bit better and took the lead in 20th minute with a goal from Sane, but the visitors were a bit lucky too since they managed to level up the result just two minutes later via an own goal. However, players of Schalke proved to be much more concrete in the second halftime and were willing to risk a bit more towards the end, scoring the precious goal via Goretzka in 83rd minute. The team is now sharing the third position with Bayern Munich, being just a point below first placed duo from Dortmund and Hannover.
Schalke should be playing in 3-4-2-1 formation with Burgstaller as central striker, plus Harit and Konoplyanka as his offensive support. Offensive midfielder Alessandro Schopf (3/1) is doubtful but with chances to play.
Leicester City have been struggling so far this campaign in the Premier League with 1 victory, 3 losses and a solitary draw from their 5 games played so far; while they romped to a 4-1 victory away to Sheffield United. Now with Champions League agenda not in their hand, they will aim to have a good cup run. Manager Shakespeare will be tempted to rotate the squad especially since they play Liverpool twice in a span of 4 days. Players like Slimani, Musa, Iheanacho, Ulloa, Amartey, Gray, King, Chilwell, Huth and Jakupovic should get a good run out in this encounter ahead of their game on the weekend. Leicester City managed to score in 5 out of the 6 competitive fixtures they have played which should mean they could find the back of the net with such talented attacking players at their disposal and in front of their home fans. The fact that they have conceded in 5 out of 6 games played; showcasing their vulnerability at the back for a team like Liverpool to attack.
Juventus have a lot of wrongs to right after their poor performance in mid-week against Barcelona that saw them lose by a score of 3-0. Juventus steel at the back hasn’t been the same since Bonucci had left the club with no solid re-enforcements to back up. The one solid start that Juventus have done so far is on the offensive end. Prior to the Barcelona game, they have managed to rack up an average of 3 goals per game to start of the campaign in Italy; and will be aiming to replicate that form tonight against Sassuolo in Serie A. Dybala, Higuaín and Manduzkic have gotten off to a good start netting 8 goals among them; Dybala in particular has already netted 5. Juventus have also strengthened with the likes of Bernadeschi, Matuidi and Costa being added to their midfield lineup to lend creativity up front.
Hibernian have started out the season well after returning to the Premiership with a good start in their 5 games, winning 2, drawing 2 and losing just 1 game. Hibernian have been in great scoring form to start the campaign netting a goal in 9 out of their 10 competitive fixtures to date including in the Scottish League Cup. Simon Murray (10 goals) and Anthony Stokes (6 goals) have been leading the line for Hibs to start out the campaign and their success in front of goal has actually helped them in their early season form. Defensively, they’ve shown signs of struggled leaking goals in all 5 of their Premier League encounters played until now.
Aue barely escaped the relegation last season in second tier of German football and looking at their results during the preparational period, it was obvious that the side will be having difficulties again. However start into the new season wasn’t that bad for now, as the team has seven points in five rounds which might be a bit above expectations.
Still, there is no room for excitement or anything like that, since everyone knows that the season is more than long. In the most recent game, players of Aue managed to surprise and come with a three pointer on the road to Ingolstadt, playing very smart and being very concrete with the ball to their feet. Kopke brought them into the lead in 15th minute, while the hosts had more of the ball possession and were searching for an equalizer, but the guests scored second at the start of repetition via Bertram, while the players of Ingolstadt only managed to reduce the deficit in 84th via Lezcano, being without enough time to respond further.
Home team continues to miss midfielder Adler who is long term absentee and without performing so far in the season. Defender Hertner (5/0) is doubtful for this one, same as midfielder Soukou (2/1).
Vitesse didn’t manage to get the title of Dutch Super Cup as they suffered defeat to Feyenoord only after penalty kicks series, however their start in the new season can be described as very good since the team has three victories and one defeat in first four rounds, standing currently at second position sharing with few more teams that position and being three points off from leaders from Feyenoord.
They have opened Eredivisie season with victories over Breda and Roda, then defeat in front of own fans against AZ Alkmaar came, but the side reacted perfectly well after the international break with a 3:0 victory over Excelsior. It was perfectly deserved victory for the players of Vitesse, who stood on the field as a way more mature side and took the lead in 45th minute via Castaignos. With a second goal added in 53rd from the penalty kick via Matavz, they played even more openly and secured the victory with a goal from Linssen in 74th minute, while their opponents did almost nothing in attack.
Defender Kruiswijk (3/0) is injured, same as midfielder Serero (3/0). Midfielder Ali is doubtful for this one.
Tottenham hadn’t enjoyed a great season at Wembley last season losing 2 out of their 3 games in their temporary home in football. This season in Wembley also didn’t start out too well either with Tottenham failing to get a victory in a single game so far this season. While Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have started out in good early season form with goals and assists to kick start their campaign off in good form. Tottenham’s solid 3-0 victory against Everton on this weekend, should give them plenty of confidence to find the back of the net in this game. Defensively, Tottenham have showed signs of cracks with the wider pitch at Wembley seeing the wingers of the oppositions get in behind them to put in crosses and score goals behind them much like Alonso, Brady and Moses did in their games against them.
Olympiakos made a decent start in the new season, as they progressed to Champions League group stage overcoming Partizan and Rijeka and started Greek Super League with two victories, over AEL Larissa and Lamia, but the side made a setback last weekend when they visited Xanthi and stood with just a point taken in a 1:1 draw on Saturday evening.
True, their performances weren’t in previous matches at the best possible level, but now the side paid the first price – they took the lead in 12th minute with a goal from Engels, but weren’t that effective in attack and didn’t move the ball well in the midfeild, as the hosts leveled up the result in 43rd via Lisgaras and conitnued being quite threatening on counter attacks mostly. They continued being first at the table together with AEK now, but some gaps in their play were obvious and they might pay the price in Europe later on.
Central defender Jagos Vukovic is injured for the Greek side, with Jacques-Alaixys Romao probably replacing him together with Bjorn Engels in defense. They should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Djurdjevic as lone striker, plus Seba, Marin and Pardo as offensive midfielders.
Lazio host Milan in the capital aiming to build on their early season start which saw them win the Italian Super Cup and also get a draw and 1 win from their 2 team in Serie A to start the campaign. A strong showing away from home to beat Chievo by a score of 2-1, will do wonders to build confidence back in the team as they search for a top 4 finish to qualify for the Champions League. Lazio will rely on their forwards Immobile and Cacicedo to hit on the goals against a strong Milan defense that last week leaked their first goal in Serie A. Midfielders Lulic, Lucas, Savic and possibly Nani will need to be on their A game in order to use the home crowd advantage to beat the Milan outfit.
One month ago, Eupen made a good match against Club Brugge.
Eupen missed the quality in scoring but in rest, played very well. Had a possesion of 47% to 53%, shots on goal 4-5 and about the same goal attempts that were 13-8 in favor for Brugge.
The difference of value was 63 millions to 13,90 millions in favor for Brugge and Eupen played away. Quite decent performances.
In rest, Eupen lacks goals scoring in general. They got only 4 goals scored so far and 14 received. They are the lowest scoring team of Jupiler and the weakest among Oostende on away averages. It doesnt seems that they will remain too long in this mood because both away legs were hard. Lokeren and Club Brugge.
Waasland Beveren instead does better on away side than on home field. Mechelen scored twice here and Lokeren scored 3 goals. In both matches Waasland scored twice and gained one point, from Mechelen.