Hull have suffered three consecutive defeats in Championship before the international break, as the side comes from a 4:1 defeat away from home against Sheffield United without being completely competitive in the second halftime.
They even took the lead, against the flow of the match in 29th minute via Grosicki, but it was obvious that the hosts had much more of the initiative and were a better side, something that they confirmed with four goals from Clarke in the second halftime, leaving no reasons for the players of Hull to hope for something. After three consecutive defeats, the Tigers have slipped down the table now being at 20th position, just four points above relegating placed Bolton.
Dicko should lead their attack in 4-2-3-1 formation with the support of Grosicki, Evandro and Bowen as offensive midfielders most likely. Forward Abel Hernandez (3/3) remains sidelined with injury, same as long term striker Will Keane (no performance so far), left back Stephen Kingsley (6/0), midfielder Jon Toral (7/0) and defensive midfielder Ryan Mason (no performance also). Striker Fraizer Campbell (13/3) is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.
Darmstadt was far away from a desired form before the international break, as the side had seven matches in a row without a single victory, gathering four draws and three defeats in the process. At least, they come from two straight draws most recently, at home against Holstein Kiel and on the road away to Braunschweig in the most recent game in a 2:2 draw.
The game itself wasn’t that attractive and must be said that the hoe team actually looked way better during the game, but it simply wasn’t their day. Hosts even took the lead via an own goal in eight minute, but the players of Darmstadt were very concrete and managed to revert the scoreline via goals from Mehlem and Kamavuaka out of rare chances they created, but still conceded the second goal during the additional time via Schonfeld. As a side that relegated from Bundesliga last season, they can’t be satisfied with current position (eleventh) and being just five points above the relegation zone nowhere close to the promotional battle.
Home team will miss goalkeeper Heuer (9/0), central back Niemeyer (1/0), midfielder Kempe (10/3) and forward Platte (6/2).
Brazil are coming to play here, that’s their goal for today. Even in their game against Japan, Brazil played with Neymar -Gabriel Jesus – Willian, Neymar also got booked, they were playing seriously. They did concede as well, Japan scored one goal but Brazil won 1:3 in the end and pretty much dominated the game. Now whatever England media or players might say about this, this game is very big for them, a huge one. It will be played at Wembley and I expect England to play with a serious line up, or at least the best one they can put with what they have right now. Last game for England was against Germany, that game finished 0:0. But neither side tried to win it really and looked like they care too much about it, it almost seemed like a training session and not a friendly. Brazil are coming strong and they are big favorites to win this at heart of England, odds are too low on Brazil for my taste so I’ll go with over. I reckon Brazil wll push for the win much more than Germans did.
After a run of five consecutive undefeated matches in LaLiga2, players of Sporting Gijon suffered narrow 1:0 defeat last weekend away to Reus Deportivo. However, it must be said that the visiting side looked better on the field, had more of the ball possession and looked more concrete overall.
Still, it wasn’t enough for them to walk away with something, since the guests stood behind in the score in 68th minute with a goal from Gustavo, but failed to respond later on during the game. After this defeat, the side slipped down the table to fifth position, being now three points behind second placed Osasuna and position that leads directly to LaLiga. As for their matches, the side has 4-2-0 record and surely aim another three pointer.
Sporting keeps missing defender Lora (5/0) and midfielder Alex Lopez (5/0).
windon is looking really well till now in the season and are awaiting this game being in a specially good form, as the side counts five consecutive victories in three different competitions recently. As for League Two, they are on a run of two victories without a goal conceded, winning over Wycombe 1:0 at home, but also showing class in their 3:0 victory away from home against Port Vale couple of weeks ago.
After this victory thanks to a great performance in the second halftime, the team climbed up to the table to fifth position having five points less than first placed Notts County and just three less than third placed and direct promotional placed Luton. As for the Checkatrade Trophy, they come from a 2:4 victory away from home against Bristol Rovers securing their progress further as well as they did for FA Cup competition last weekend demolishing Dartford 1:5 on the road.
Winger Donal McDermott is doubtful, but with chances to play after being forced off during the midweek’s game. Striker Harry Smith and defender Chris Hussey should both be in contention for this one.
Home team had progressed a lot recently as we can easily see in their positive results. They are staying 2nd place in their AFC qualification group with 5 points after 4 games, 5 points behind the 1st position Lebanon and 3 point ahead North Korea, that was a very big surprise in this group. After the 1st game when they lost 0-2 on the road against Lebanon, they got a draw 1-1 against North Korea at home, then draw Malaysia 1-1 on the road and won 2-0 at home in the 2nd leg. So now they are in 8 unbeaten games streak and have a lot of chances for the first time in history playing in AFC Cup.
This game against Bahrain will be their preparation for a crucial game against Lebanon 5 days later. Their composition is only the players who are playing in domestic league of Hong Kong, however they played together in national team from very long time and now become a phenomenon in Asia football.
Bristol Rovers comes from a bit unexpected defeat away from home against Notts County in 1/128 finals of the FA Cup last time out on Friday evening, even though the side was set as a slight favorite in this one. They even had the perfect start into the match and have taken the double lead thanks to goals from Sercombe and Sinclair in first twelve minutes, but the respond of the home team was more than great later on.
Players of Notts County managed to level up the result already in first halftime with goals from Yates in 30th and 31st minute, with Stead brought them into the lead in 58th and as the visiting side risked more towards the end, hosts sealed the victory in sixth minute of additional time via Grant. As for the Checkatrade Trophy they suffered 1:3 defeat at home against West Ham U23 team and now need to seek a positive outcome against Swindon, side that needs to get a victory one way or another in order to progress.
Shrewsbury had a very impressive game last time out, when the team welcomed Aldershot in 1/128 finals of English FA Cup and recorded a 5:0 victory on Saturday evening. They were favorites on the paper, but confirmed that with really convincing performance on the field, getting a deserved victory thanks to goals from Rodman, Whalley, Payne, Gnahoua and Morris, last three in second halftime.
As for the League One competition, the side comes from a narrow 1:0 defeat away to Peterborough, defeat that came with an early goal as the players of Shrewsbury failed to respond further on. That defeat was their first one in League One, as the side continues to lead the table with a point more than second placed Wigan, having 11-4-1 record at the moment and still being red hot favorites for the direct promotion. As for the Checkatrade Trophy, the side leads the table with two victories in comparison to second placed Walsall that has two points less.
St Truiden was in a really nice form as the team managed to get a point on the road to Lokeren and had two consecutive home victories, over Mouscron and Oostende, but the side failed to prove themselves more threatening and competitive in a 4:1 defeat away from home against Club Brugge last weekend.
However, nobody will be downhearted with such outcome, since the players of Club Brugge stood as huge favorites before the match and surely are way more superior in every aspect of the game. Still, Stu Truiden gave a good fight to them in the first halftime and despite being back in the scoreline from 18th minute, they got back and replied two minutes later via Legear, however as the game progressed it was obvious that they didn’t have enough energy to face up against their hosts. The team slipped down the table after this defeat, but are still at very high fourth position and surely aim to get a three pointer here in order to stay inside the play-off zone for as long as possible.
Korona are in great scoring form with 8 goals in their last 2 games, last round they thrashed Lechia 0-5 away from home.Korona are almost always solid at home too, they scored 2+ in 5 of their last 6 home matches. They are really one of the most inform teams in the league currently.Slask have been decent this season but inconsistent too, they have a very good strikeforce in Robak and Piech. Two proven goalscorers at this level, they have scored allot but conceded allot this season.
Slasks last 5 away games all saw btts come in, only 2/5 over with 3 1-1 draws, the 1-1 score may be worth covering here but I see more than 2 goals personally.
Korona are in great form but Slask are not an easy opponent with their attacking quality, I see goals at both ends here 1-2/2-1/2-2 is something what I expect.