Serie A is back and Roma will try to keep the good momentum at home against shaky and newly promoted Spal. The Giallorossi are in good form at the Stadio Olimpico, and they’ll be aiming to build some form at their own ground to maintain their title challenge. Roma is averaging 1.85 goals per game in serie A, and they have scored 73% of their home goals within the first 45 minutes.
The visitors have lost 71% of their away trips, and have already conceded six times within the opening 30 minutes of their away games this season. That’s why this price looks value to us. SPAL have found themselves 1-0 down at the break on four occasions away from home this term. Roma have been in front after 45 minutes in five matches at home, only failing to get ahead early on against Napoli and Lazio. Roma should dominate early on here, so we’re backing Roma to be leading at the end of each half.
St Mirren comes from a very difficult game last Saturday afternoon away to Inverness and even though they were set as slight underdog, the team managed to take all three points in a 0:2 victory. The game itself wasn’t that interesting in the first halftime, while the guests opened the second half better and took the lead in 52nd minute with a goal from McShane.
Hosts tried to react and had some chances, however as the time progressed only run into troubles staying with a man less in last fifteen minutes of the game, as the players of St Mirren doubled up their lead in second minute of additional time via Reilly. After this victory, the team broke a mini run of three matches without victory and stays now at second position with just a point less than league leaders from Dundee United. They shouldn’t be rotating here nor resting their players, since the game is quite an important one against direct rival in a promotional battle.
Antalyaspor took just a point in a 1:1 draw away to Konyaspor last weekend away from home, even though the team had all the chances to walk away with something more, at least on the paper before the game has started.
Overall, it must be said that the home team had more chances created and looked more dangerous, even taking the lead in 75th minute with a goal from Fofana, but the guests were willing to risk more once they stood back in the scoreline and leveled up the result via Eto’o ten minutes later. The team is now at fourteenth position at the table with two points more than relegating placed Osmanlispor and surely want something more out of this clash.
Host should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Eto’o and Kadah as forwards. Injured are defensive midfielder Zeki Yildrim (2/0), central backs Salih Dursun (4/0), Johan Dhourou (6/1) and offensive midfielder Danilo (5/0).
Fenerbahce, on the other side, had relatively easy game last weekend on Sunday afternoon when the side welcomed Sivasspor and recorded a 4:1 victory. They took the lead first, in 31st minute via Dirar, while the guests leveled up at the start of the second halftime via Bifouma.
Crystal Palace come into this encounter on the back of a solid 2-2 draw against Everton, which would have definitely built confidence in the Hodgson’s men as they entertain Stoke City in this home encounter today. Playing at home at Selhurst Park has proved to be great for Palace where they have now scored 2 goals in each of their last 3 home games, including against the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Everton. The biggest contributor to that offensive threat has been Zaha who has netted 3 times already and will be looking to continue that along with creating chances for this team mates to try and find the back of the net in this encounter. Defensively, they have been really poor conceding goals in each of their 12 games played this Premier League season; and one could expect that run to continue today.
Hannover (8th) are coming off two road losses where they lost 4-0 at Werder Bremen (18th) and lost 2-1 at Leipzig (3rd). Prior to that they had won 4-2 at home over Borussia Dortmund (5th) and won 2-1 at Augsburg (10th). They have gone over in their last six matches as they had also lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt (7th) and lost 2-1 at Borussia Moechengladbach (4th), so that they have scored in five of these last six matches, but have conceded in each of these six games, and allowed at least two goals in five of them, so they can score but struggle to stop the opposition from doing so.
Stuttgart (11th) have gone over in five of their last six games, as they are coming off a 2-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund (5th). Prior to that they had lost 3-1 at Hamburg (15th), won 3-0 at home over Freiburg (17th), lost 1-0 at Leipzig (3rd), won 2-1 at home over Cologne (18th) and lost 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt (7th). So they have managed to score in five of these games, while conceding also in five of these games.
The Moscow team needs victory in the upcoming game, Locomotive Moscow has five points in the asset, the Russians in third place, lose to Sheriff and Copenhagen one point and in the sixth round will play on the road with Fastav. “Railwaymen” won only once in four games, it happened in a home match against the Czechs.
Copenhagen after four rounds in the European League managed to score 6 points, this team has never lost, once defeating Festav and having played three times in a draw with Locomotive Moscow, Sheriff and Czechs on the road. It is also important to note that in the Danish championship, Copenhagen lost the last two matches, failing to score even a goal in them. In general, to overestimate the Danish “lions” is not worth it, this team now looks much weaker than a year ago, when they managed to break into the group of the Champions League.
CSKA Moscow are second in their group, equal points with Basel and really need to win this game, as their next game is away to Manchester United, and if Basel win their game with them, then they will face a tough task having to win at Old Trafford to ensure they progress to the next stage. They have had some strange results in the Champions League as they have lost both home games, beaten 2-0 by Basel and 4-1 by Manchester United. However they have won both away games, as they beat Basel 2-1 and Benfica also 2-1 on the road. They get a boost for this game with Mario Fernandes training with the team this week and is likely to play, especially as he gives them a good option down the right flank.
Aston Villa managed to take a three pointer in quite a difficult game last weekend when the side visited QPR and celebrated a 1:2 victory on Saturday afternoon. However, the things didn’t start that well for them, since the team from London took the lead in 18th minute with a goal from Mackie, but the visitors leveled up in third minute of additional time via penalty kick taken by Adomah.
Same players brought them back into the lead in second halftime, even though the Villans actually deserved to take the lead in the first halftime already thanks to their efforts. The side now stands at fifth position, having seven points less than second placed Sheffield United and surely wanting to get a victory here in order to get back into the race for the promotional positions.
Home team should be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Davis as central striker, plus Onomah as offensive midfielder behind his back. Offensive midfielder Andre Green (5/1) is injured, same as central defender John Terry (16/1). Offensive players Scott Hogan (14/0) and Jonathan Kodjia (8/1) are both sidelined too.
Lens had a very difficult game last time out in Ligue 2, but still managed to walk away with a point away from home against Nancy. Their hosts looked better at the start and surely deserved the lead they got in 19th minute with a goal from Dembele, continuing to be better but the second goal never came.
Instead of it, visitors were more willing to risk towards the end of the game and got the equalizer in 84th minute via Hafez, leaving no time for their hosts to respond even though the players of Nancy surely deserved something more out of the match however didn’t have proper concentration at the end of the game. During the international break, they won over amateur side Noeux Mines 0:5 in Cup game, while they stand only at 18th position at the table of Ligue 2, surely being close to a must win situation here as they are two points behind safely placed Bourg Peronnas. Experienced goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez (8/0) is suspended for this one.
Lyon is having pretty fine season so far, at least in Ligue 1 as the team comes from a very important and impressive 5:0 victory taken away from home against St Etienne before the international break.
It was close to a one sided game from the beginnig, as the guests took the lead in tenth minute via Depay and doubled up the lead in 25th via Fekir, completely dominating the second halftime and managing to score three more goals till the end, via Diaz, Traore and Fekir again for their completely deserved and seventh victory in first twelve rounds of Ligue 1. The side now stands at third position having four points less than second placed Monaco and surely that a victory here remains their first target.
They should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Depay, Mariano and Traore as forwards. Midfielders Clement Grenier (1/0) and Pape Cheikh (no performance so far) are injured, while important forward Nabil Fekir (11/11) won’t be playing here due suspension.