Fulham welcome Reading to Craven Cottage with automatic promotion starting to become a real possibility.
There is no doubt Fulham have been the best side in the league in recent weeks. They have played all of the top teams recently and beat them all. Wolves, Derby, Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough have all given 3 points to the London outfit. Out of their 5 remaining games they have 3 at home and every opposition is outside of the top 9 places.
They also have a side that looks ready for Premier League football and they also boast the hottest property in the league in Ryan Sessegnon. The 17 year old has bagged 14 goals from his 41 league games this season.
Jokanovic really has he side on top form at the crucial part of the season.
Reading still have some work to do to stay in the Championship. They currently lie 5 points above the drop zone after their narrow 1-0 victory over Preston last time out. 2018 hasn’t been kind to the Royals, they have only picked up 3 wins this calendar year and that could cost the come the end of the season.
Mouscron will face Sunday night on Kortrijk on their own pitch. n a match where the hosts will try to put some order in their game. Which has not been looking very good for a while. The last round brought some optimism to their team after the 3-0 victory over Lierse. Especially when it was taken away, without the goal received, which has not happened many times this season.
Mouscron’s arena has so far been quite friendly with guests. Even if it seemed like Mouscron was able to make a solid season after the first 7-8 games played, the reality was quite different. At home, Mouscron conceded at least one goal in almost all matches. Only Oostende did not score here.
The guests seem to have overcome the disappointing failure of the 6th place. For whom they fight until the last stage of the regular season. Last round they managed a clear victory in front of Beveren with 4-1. No regrets, new objectives, this seems to be the philosophy of the guests.
Yeovil had probably their best performance this season last weekend when the team won over Coventry 6:2 away from home last Monday evening. They were set as complete underdogs, however entered great into the match and managed to hurt the opponent much in first fifteen minutes.
It was 3:0 for them already after first fifteen minutes, thanks to two goals from Fisher and one from Zoko, while the home team tried to respond in second. And they actually did correct to attack, reducing the deficit with two goals from Biamou, but conceded in between again from Zoko.
Overall, home side was trying and had more of the ball possession however stood very vulnerable in defense. Just when they risked the most, they conceded twice again in last fifteen minutes with two goals from Surridge. It was second consecutive victory as the side previously won on the road to Colchester and are now eleven points above relegating Chesterfield.
Zoko and Fisher could lead the attack of the home side in typical 4-4-2 formation. Midfielder and team captain James Bailey (24/1) is still injured and out. Same as goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (31/0), defenders Daniel Alfei (2/0), Nathan Smith (30/1) and midfielder Jake Gray (26/3).
It seems that Quevilly Rouen have found some decent form just when it matter the most. The side comes from two consecutive wins and are now just two points behind safely placed Bourg Peronnas.
In the most recent game the side managed to beat all the odds and get a 2:0 victory away from home against Le Havre last Friday evening. They have entered the game in the best possible way, taking the lead in third minute via Gakpa and continued being better in first halftime.
It looks like the players of Le Havre got confused with early setback never being able to re-group themselves and be really threatening while the guests scored second when the players of Le Havre risked the most – in 85th minute via Mamilonne.
With two points behind the safe zone, the side needs to get something here too and in case they continue performing last in previous couple of weeks they might be able to avoid relegation.
Nimes, on the other side, is now looking like a side close to a perfect form as they have five consecutive victories in a row. In the most recent game, they managed to get a win over Valenciennes at home with a narrow 1:0 result last Friday.
Leipzig managed to walk away with a three pointer last weekend as the side visited Hannover and have celebrated a 3:2 victory. Only goal in the first halftime came in sixteenth minute via Forsberg.
However, the second halftime got much more open but with the visiting side once again finding themselves in control. They doubled up the lead in 54th via Orban, while the hosts replied via Sane and Fullkrug, but Poulsen make it easier for Leipzig in between.
Overall, it was a deserved victory for Leipzig who need to be thankful to their efficient in that clash. The side is now at fourth position with just a point more than out of Champions League placed Leverkusen and will still long way to go.
Home side should be playing in a version of 4-4-2 formation with Poulsen and Werner as forwards. Central defender Willi Orban (22/3) is suspended for this clash, while left back Marcel Halstenberg (15/2) and defensive midfielder Stefan Ilsanker (16/0) remain injured. Forward Ademola Lookman (5/1) is not available to play here.
After so many ups and downs during the season, players of Rennes are now in much better form since the middle of February. Since then they have four victories and two draws, now again really close to get the Europa League ticket in the end of the season.
In the most recent game played, they managed to surprise and get all three points away from home against Bordeaux with a 0:2 result. First halftime wasn’t interesting at all, with neither of the teams creating something. Howoever, second got much more interesting once Sarr brought Rennes into the lead in 49th minute.
From that moment on, Bordeaux had more of the ball possession but the teams were equal in chances. Still, the guests were the ones who struck again – this time in 86th minute thanks to Gourcuff. It was their third victory in last four rounds before the international break and the side now stands at fifth position together with Montpellier and Nice, making this important game for them if they are to compete for the European exit.
Rennes are set to play in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Sakho as central striker, plus Sarr, Khazri and Bourgeaud as offensive midfielders. Right back Hamari Traore will be back after suspension. Left back Ludovic Ball is doubtful, while left back Medhi Zeffane (9/0) and forward Brandon (10/1) should not be playing.
Udinese didn’t have much chances to stay undefeated last time out, as the side visited Atalanta and suffered 2:0 defeat last Sunday afternoon. Their opponents were better from the start but the goals came only in second part.
Home team upped the tempo in last thirty minuted but deserved the lead even before that, sealing it finally via Petagna in 68th and Masiello in 74th minute. Visiting side was limited to a very defensive role and did close to nothing in attack.
The team now stands at 12th position for the moment, having nine points more than relegating placed Crotone and are still not in danger despite six consecutive defeats.
Midfielders Valon Behrami (17/1), Seko Fofana (23/2) and forward Kevin Lasagna (21/7) are all three doubtful with little chance to play here. Central back Gabriele Angella (12/0) and offensive Emil Halfredsson (15/0) are also injured and out. Hosts should be playing with Lopez as central striker and Paul as offensive support in 3-5-1-1 formation.
Darmstadt didn’t manage to get the victory last time out and the result aren’t helping them much in relegation battle, however the side still came up from positive 1:1 result away from home against Nurnberg.
They entered the game better and took the lead in eighteenth minute via Boyd, while their much more favorited opponents only started playing in the second part of the game. They were far better in second but created just few really good chances, getting the equalizer in 78th minute via Behrens while the players of Darmstadt defended well for the most of the time.
It was fourth game without defeat for them, as the team now stands at the rock bottom position together with Kaiserslautern, six points behind play-out placed Heidenheim and they are in a must win situation.
Home side will miss midfielder Niemeyer (3/0). Doubtful and probably out are midfielder Lacazette (3/0) and forward Platte (16/3).
Atletico Madrid are currently second in the LaLiga table, having 12 points less than the leader Barcelona and they need a miracle to win the titile this season even if Barcelona have lost 2 points in their last game against Sevilla. They have this game in hand and if they will win they can reduce the gap to 9 points but with only 9 games to go, they now appear to fight for the second spot with their rival Real Madrid and also for Europa League title.
Their home form has been impressive as they have won their previous 7 home games and they have only lost 2 games in their last 22 games in their field in all competitions. This is largely thanks to their strong defence that conceded only 14 goals in their last 29 goals, with 0.29 goals per games conceded on average at home in LaLiga and with 71% of thoses games have seen them keeping clean sheet.
Zwolle have entered now a run of poor results, as the side comes from their sixth consecutive game without a single victory. In the most recent game, they have suffered 3:4 defeat in front of own fans against Feyenoord in the preivous Eredivisie round.
Their guests have entered the game better and have took the double lead with two goals from van Persie in first fifteen minutes of the clash, however the hosts have responded in more than good manner.
Second halftime completely belonged to the players of AZ Alkmaar, but they were again the first one to concede in 51st minute with a goal from El Ahmadi. Rest of the game have belonged to them, as reduced via Saymak but Vilhena re-installed three goals lead in 78th minute.
Only towards the end of the game they have managed to reduce the deficit again, thanks to goals two from Parzysek in a match that could have ended with some other outcome on a different day. Zwolle now stands at seventh position only with a point more than out of play-off placed Den Haag and needs points here in order to stay fully competitive.
Zwolle is set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Marinus as central striker, plus Mokhtar, Saymak and Namli as offensive midfielders. Right back Kingsley Ehizibue (27/1) is suspended for this clash, while injured remain left back Dico Koppers (2/0), central back Dirk Marcellis (23/1) and forward Stef Nijland (16/1).