France host Holland in a round of World Cup qualifying with the aim of securing a spot on the plane to Russia. To start of this campaign they have won 4 and draw 1 out of their 6 games with 13 points; level with Sweden at this stage. France will come into this game with a strong team that should start this encounter against Holland with the likes of Greizmann, Lacazette, Pogba, Matuidi, Kante among their attacking lineup that should start this game. In the 6 games so far, France have scored 11 goals, with just one match against Belarus seeing them draw 0-0. In their last qualifying match, they were upset 2-1 by Sweden; and will be looking to improve on their performance especially on the 1-0 win against Holland earlier in the campaign.
Trelleborg come into this encounter with some superb form behind them, that has helped them to march to 4th place the table, just 2 points behind the 3rd place position which will battle for promotion playoff. They come into this game winning 7 out of their last 8 matches and that has translated to their great position so far. They are lead up front by striker Camara-Jonsson who has scored 14 goals in 18 appearances so far (2nd highest scorer in the league). They have managed to find the net in 7 out of their last 8 games while also conceding in 9 straight games coming into this encounter tonight.
Zwolle opened the new season with a victory over Roda 4:2 at home, but also made a positive appearance last time out, as the team took a point in a 1:1 draw previous weekend away to Sparta Rotterdam. A point taken is a positive result for them, however the truth is that they were closer to obtain a three pointer and have nothing to be embarrassed about the performance.
They entered the game better and took the lead in 13th minute vi Mokhtar, however hosts reacted quickly and leveled up the result just ten minutes later via Muhren. Till the end of the match, the players of Zwolle looked a bit more concrete and maybe deserved something more, however lacked more passion and to be more concrete in last phase of the match. As for now, they are inside the play-off positions being currently sixth at the table and surely want another home victory. Home side will only be missing midfielder Wouter Marinus.
Villarreal come into this encounter against Real Sociedad hoping for a turn around in form after a poor start to the season after losing by a 1-0 scoreline late on to Levante despite dominating periods of the game. Villarreal wsold some of their key players from last season with the likes of Muchassio, Johnathon Dos Santos and Roberto Soldado being transferred out. Coming in they have signed some decent players like Fornals, Barca, Semedo, Unal and these players will take some time to adjust themselves in order to settle in. Villarreal will have to forget last week’s game and focus on their travels now against Real Sociedad.
Liverpool will know that the tie against Hoffenheim is far from over especially since they managed to net one goal back late on in the counter to still keep them in the hunt of this tie. Liverpool were pretty ordering on the weekend unable to find the finishing touch against Crystal Palace in the league and just stole a narrow 1-0 victory. Part of the problem was they high amount of rotation that Klopp managed leaving out players like Salah, Loveren, Can, Arnold among the few key starters who are essential for their success. Liverpool will go back to the front 3 tonight of Mane, Firmino and Salah in the aim of play counter attack, much like they did at every opportunity in the first leg, which helped them find the back of the net twice. Defensively, Liverpool faced a Palace side who have been pretty ordinary up front and struggle to score; but other than that Liverpool come into the game leaking goals in their 4 encounters prior to that including the first leg against Hoffenheim.
Leicester City have gotten off their campaign to great attacking start where they have been in good goal scoring form with 5 goals netted in their 2 games so far. Leicester have seen Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okzazki shining brightly for them to kick off the campaign. Leicester will look to rotate some of their squad as they aim to build fitness and form for their team ahead of a tough game against Manchester United on the weekend. The likes of Slimani, Gray, Amartey, Ulloa, King, Chilwell, Jakupovic, Mendy, will all look for the opportunity to start and make their mark for the former Premier League winners in this encounter. While Leicester will want to ensure to get back to the top half of the table and potentially some European spots; silverware with the nature of this competition will not be ignored by manager Shakespeare who has also included Jamie Vardy in this squad to face Sheffield United. Leicester have shown in their opening few games to play extremely well on the counter attack and the likes of Gray, Amartey and Mahrez could provide that injection of pace needed in order to break.
Milan have started off the season in flying form after a solid 6-0 home victory in the Europa League on Thursday night which should give them some good confidence coming into this encounter especially since they are taking on a lower table team in Crotone. Milan have signed up 9 players for this campaign which is almost the entire squad. While they are happy to be back in Europe; the investment in players like Andre Silva, Leonardo Bonucci, Mateo Mussachio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti and Ricardo Rodriguez shows how serious the new Chinese owners are to get back Milan to the glory days and start their campaign off with a victory. They have won their 3 Europa League games scoring 9 goals and not conceding a single one, which will give them confidence heading into this game against Crotone.
Napoli come into this season after having coming in 3rd in the Serie A last season. They have already faced Espanyol, Atletico Madrid, Bayern, Bournemouth and Chievo in their preparations which has given them quite a bit of competitive edge coming into this encounter. While they have not lost any players, they have added a few like Adam Ounas as their major transfer of the season. The large core of the team has remained in tact and have a great understanding with each other which saw them be the highest scorers in Serie A with 94 goals in 38 games, and that form has continued this pre-season already with 7 goals in their last 3 games. They also successfully negotiated a strong 2-0 win in mid-week over Nice and that will stand them in good stead as they travel away to take on Verona.
Monaco have resumed their title defense exactly in the same way that they snatched the title from the dominance of PSG scoring lots of goals and trying to outscore their opponents in every game. Monaco have already put 7 goals past their opponents and are only 3rd in the table because of goal difference. Despite losing several key players like Bernardo, Mendy, Germain and Bakoyoko the rest of the squad has been in tact. Falcao has started where he left off last season already netting 4 goals in the 2 games played so far. He has been well supported by the likes of Jemerson, Moutinho and Diakhaby in his pursuit for attacking opposition and plundering goals past them. Defensively, they have been leaking in both their games so tonight new signing Terence Kongolo should partner Kamil Glik in the heart of defense to try and sure it up for Monaco.
Newcastle disappointed many fans two season ago when they relegated to Championship, however the team managed to fight back well and earn instant promotion back to Premier League last season despite many setbacks and ups and downs, they even managed to win the Championship title in the end thanks to three consecutive victories in last rounds.
They ended up with a point more than Brighton, while their direct promotion wasn’t doubtful is last few weeks of the season ending with nine points more than third placed Reading. During the pre-season friendlies they lost only to Mainz, winning over Hearts, Bradford, Wolfsburg and in most recent game, winning over Verona 2:0.
Newcaslte brought in central defender Florian Lejeune from Eibar, right back Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid, defensive midfielder Mikel Merino from Dortmund, offensive players Jacor Murphy (Norwich) and Crhstian Atsu (Chelsea) spending over 36 Million GBP for now. On the other side, only important transfer out was offensive Florian Thauvin who went to Marseille.
Mitrovic should be leading their attack as central striker in 4-2-3-1 formation with the help of offensive midfielders: Atsu, Perez and Ritchie. Only Javier Manquillo should be starting today out of their recent signings. Injured is DeAndre Yedlin, right back, while serious doubt for this one represents offensive Dwight Gayle.