First official match between this two Catalan sides. Looking the form Girona is indeed in better form but i will go against them on this match because they will miss few very important players here, out are Espinosa, Muniesa, Kayone and Alcala. Without Espinosa, Muniesa and Alcala away coach have just two real centre back available so coach will be forced to play with other player on that position, and lets not forget that Ramalho one of two centre back available for this match played very little this season. Espanyol not in ideal form but they are playing at lot better when playing at home, only “new” missing player for this match is Garcia but i dont think that would be big handicap as Moreno and Baptistao as duo are more quality options for that centre forward positions.
Betis had all the chances to walk away with something last weekend away to Las Palmas, but the side simply failed to present themselves in a more positive way, as they suffered narrow 1:0 defeat without doing many concrete things in attack.
Only goal was scored back in 19th minute via Calleri, as the home team continued having more of the ball possession, but also much more chances created and generally looking more threatening in comparison to visiting side who simply looked too nervous as a team getting seven yellow cards for example in the progress (second yellow was given to Amat in second minute of additional time too). They are now without a victory in last four LaLiga rounds, but still stand in the middle of the table having eighteen points, six more than relegating placed Alaves.
Central defender Jordi Amat (8/0) is suspended for this one, while injured remains offensive Joel Campbell (3/1). Doubtful are defensive midfielder Javi Garcia (13/0) and forward Antonio Sanabria (12/7).
Wolves are still on top of the food chain ad are looking confident standing there. They defeated Birmingham last round without giving much effort and remained 4 points clear. The team has 6 victories in a row scoring 16 goals in the process and keeping 4 clean sheets. Nuno Espirito’s team is looking sharp and currently untouchable at the top. Apart from last game the team has won their previous 5 with at least 2 goals margin.
Sunderland may have changed their manager and took 3 points in a vital six pointer against Burton but their problems are not going to fade away so easily. The team failed to get a victory at home again last round losing to Reading. McManaman saw the red card which hindered their play and helped Reading get the points. They have just 2 victories on the road this season and conceded at least 2 goals in their 11 games on the road.
Wolves are heavy favourites here. The team should pile some more misery on Sunderland’s fans.
Another round of the Holland Juplier league.In a freezing weather one of the most scoring league all over the world would hardly be stopped.Open and entertaining football where a lot of talents were created through the years.
Telstar are one of the coolest surprises so far, they are enjoying a great season, especially at home, winning against favorites for promotion NEC with 3-2.Scoring goals is what Telstar can do best.7 out of 8 games at home went with over 2.5.
On the other side, Emmen has been always candidates for promotion.Usually, Emmen is a realiable strong side, most of their points come from home and this year is not so different.3-3-2 form on away with 7 out of 8 games with BTTS.Againt too hot side at the moment, I cannot see Emmen ending with a clean sheet.
Last 4 meeting at Telstar Stadium went with BTTS + Over 2.5 and I believe it will happen again.What do you need else at Friday night, when you can have a cup of tea and a high-scoring game.
Villareal are ranked 1st with 11 points in this group and mugs from Israel scored literally 0 goals. They are at the bottom of the group, meanwhile Villareal scored 2 goals minimum in last 6 home played games. First game between the two finished 0:0 in Israel but even there Villareal had 60 % possession. At home they are strong and obviously have no problem scoring goals. Should be a win this time around. Yeah Villareal are through in EL plus playing very tough game in La Liga next so maybe they won’t use the best possible squad, but even that should be enough for a win against a team that scored 0 goals in this competition and will play far away from home with no motivation.
First of all Feyenoord has nothing to play for anymore, they are bottom place with 0 points and there is no reason for them to defend in this match. I have watched them several times at home, and to me they are an attacking minded team especially at home like most of Dutch teams are. So I think they wanna score here couple goals, or at least try and wanna give good match for their fans.
Well Napoli, team to me that has also one of the best upfronts in hole Europe. Their attack has been for some time now very good in European level with that amazing trio Insigne- Mertens- Callejon. In Serie A they are use to score lot of goals against maybe same caliber opponents than what Feyenoord is. AND now they have to hope that City plays “for them” and tries their best to win Skahktar so Napoli has a chance. So its clear that Napoli has to win this match, and start scoring from first minute so I expect an open match cause home team has nothing to play for and isnt known from “parking the bus”. Milik is still out from Napoli, but thats no big deal cause he hasnt been in that important role in Napoli.
First meeting this year in CL Napoli won 3-1 at home.
Bet : Over 2.5 Goals
This match was postponed due to bad pitch and today will be play on neutral ground in Trencin. But weather conditions in this part of the year are terrible in Slovakia. Snow and cold are not good for football. In previous years rounds of football league were finished in november. It was better for football in Slovakia. Pitch are in bad condition so we can’t expect combination football in this match. It was good to see in matches yesterday. Nitra and Trnava have problems with scoring in last rounds. Trnava have lost with Slovan and Zilina and they will be happy that this part of the season will be over. I expect match with one or two goals.
Estoril continues with more than poor results at the moment, now having eleven matches without a victory in all competitions, as the side comes from a draw finally, away from home taking a point in a goalless game against Maritimo last weekend. This was their first draw after ten defeats, so it can be regarded as a positive outcome for a side that lost nine matches in a run.
Not only that, they looked better than the opponents, having a bit more of the ball possession and being generally pretty decent with the ball to their feet and chances created, but the goal never came. The side remained at the rock bottom position now, having three points less than safely placed Setubal and with plenty of chances to reach safe zone till the end – but some kind of reaction will be needed in case the side continues with a winless streak.
Home team will be playing in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Kleber as central striker, plus Aguilar, Claro and Andrade as offensive midfielders. Defender Thiago Cardoso is doubtful, but anyway without performing so far in the season due knee injury. Central defenders Goncalo Brandao (4/0), Lucao (5/0), left back Abner (4/0) and right back Mano (8/0) should all be sidelined with injuries.
Darmstadt surprised everyone last Friday evening when the team managed to get a point in a 3:3 draw away from home against much more favorited Union Berlin. It was very open game from both teams and even though the hosts had the lead twice, with visitors temporarily leveling up via Boyd in 51st minute.
However, heir point was completely deserved since they had great period of performance in the middle of the second when they managed to revert the scoreline thanks to another goal from Boyd in 61st and a goal from Kempe from penalty kick five minutes later – however hosts deservedly (too) reached the equalizer in fifth minute of additional time via an own goal. Still, this was ninth consecutive game without a victory for Darmstadt, as they continue to be in the second part of the table now having just a point more than play-out placed Dynamo Dresden and surely feel that they should have come up with something more from previous round.
Central defender Peter Niemeyer (1/0) is injured, same as forward Felix Platte (6/2).
I will play the over 2.5 goals in this match. Watford can score against anyone, anytime, anywhere. They have good attacking players and an attack minded great coach. They can also concede against anyone, anytime, anywhere. Even the defenders are attack minded with Kiko and Holebas(although Zeegelaar has been playing recently) coming very high up the pitch when attacking – this of course makes them more vulnerable at the back. All of this was proven in their last match against Man Utd. Ashley Young’s two great goals however saved the away side, otherwise I think Watford would have gotten something out of that game. even at 0:3 behind, they did not give up and scored twice against possibly the best defense in the league.