Bristol City hosts Nottingham Forest in what looks like a promising Saturday encounter. Both teams are known this season for their scoring games and it will be interesting to see whether they continue the tendency or not.
Bristol are currently 3rd in the table chasing the direct promotion places. They are 4 points behind Cardiff and 8 behind leaders Wolves. The team got a victory last round but it wasn’t with ease. They won against another contestant for the top places Sheffield United. United were unlucky enough to hit 4 times the woodwork and then got a red card. Bristol took advantage and won the game with a late goal. This was their third victory in a row.
Nottingham are currently far from the drop zone contrary to last year. The team is comfortable in the top half of the table and with some luck could even look towards top 6. They still haven’t got a draw this season. Their main problem looks to be the performances away from The City Ground. They lost 3 games in a row and going back to their last 7 they have lost 6 and won 1. The team concedes too easily when put under heavy pressure away from home. They have conceded 19 goals in their last 7 games in all competitions.
Bourg Peronnas didn’t impress at all last time out, as the side suffered quite convincing 3:0 defeat away from home against Brest last Friday evening. They were completely outplayed in the first halftime and were lucky to walk away with just one goal conceded, back in 17th minute from the penalty kick taken by Pi.
However, they responded with more open approach in the second halftime, but this time had just ball possession, while the hosts remained being very concrete with the ball to their feet and took professional victory once the visitors opened up, scoring two more goals in last ten minutes – via Berthomier in 83rd and Sissoko in 86th minute.
The side now stands at play-out position with sixteen points earned, two less than safely placed Lens. Forward Fabien Tchenkoua (no performance so far) remains long term absentee.
Newcastle comes from yet another defeat and a negative result, as the side suffered narrow 2:3 loss in front of own fans against Leicester on Saturday afternoon. They however took the lead in fourth minute with a goal from Joselu and had decent number of chances created during the game.
However it was obvious that the players of Leicester were more superior on the field having much more of the ball possession and overall, being way threatening in attack and more concrete side. Mahrez brought the equalizer to visitors in 20th minute, with Gray bringing them into the lead in 60th minute and even though Gayle managed to level up in 73rd, more concrete visitors took all three points thanks to an own goal few minutes before the end of the game.
Even though the final result could have been different, overall impression is that the players of Leicester were scoring easier and that the hosts need to work on their defensive gaps. The side now has just two points more than relegating placed West Brom and the pressure is pilling up on them.
Hosts should be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Gayle as central striker, plus Atsu, Perez and Rithie as offensive midfielders. Left back Paul Dummett (1/0) is unfit coming from difficult injury.
Burnley made a great job last weekend when the side won narrowly at home over Watford 1:0 thanks to a goal from Arfield in 45th minute. Overall, they were better and deserved the three pointer, but the game was probably decided back in 39th minute when the visitors stood playing with a man less when Zeegelaar was red carded.
It was very important three pointer for them, since the team remained high at the table, now being at seventh position and having just two points less than fourth placed Liverpool for example as they continue to impress with 8-4-4 record for now.
Moreover, they are well above the relegation zone and for sure heading to a relaxed ending of the season. Hosts could be set playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Wood as central striker, plus Hendrick as offensive midfielder.
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