Atheltic Bilbao was convincingly defeated in the first leg with a 3:1 result in Marseille and now it seems that their chances of progressing further are very lowered – only options should be trying to attack from the first minute and see what happens since the side can’t afford to wait for much now.
Their opponents have opened the previous game in the best possible way, taking the double lead inside first fifteen minutes, while the Spaniards got back to life thanks to a goal from Aduriz from a penalty taken in third minute of additional time in the first halftime. However, once the second halftime has started, they stood even more passive on the field doing almost close to nothing in attack and just concede one more.
As for the domestic league, the side manage to get a 2:0 victory at home over Leganes, thanks to two early goals from Garcia and surely have improved their morale at least a bit after previous defeat away to Sevilla. The side now stands at 12th position in LaLiga, safe enough from the relegation zone but with nine points less than Europa League placed Villarreal making this competition probably their last chance to bring some joy to their fans this season.
Bilbao should be led by Aduriz in attack in 4-2-3-1 formation with the help of Susaeta, Vesga and Williams in offensive part of the game. Offensive midfielder Iker Muniain (6/1) remains long term absentee due injury, while suspended for this match are defensive midfielder Mikel San Jose (18/1) and offensive midfielder Raul Garcia (27/7) due accumulation of yellow cards.
There are several reasons why Young Boys are already 17 points ahead of FC Basel at the top of the table. One of them is fact that in the new year FC Basel scored only 2 goals in 5 games in the championship.
FCB falls even deeper into the crisis losing in Lucerne 0:1. The championship is over it’s obvious. Of course Basel will play for proud and try to the end find a new momentum. From opposite side every team in domestic league dreams to hammered Big Basel, top team, number one in the country for ages. In 23rd round of the Raiffeisen Super League on Wednesday Basel needs react, reaction should take place. I do not have a balls to take a win here but believe that long streak underish corners will by stopped that day. Lausanne easily allowed to top clubs like YB or Zurich to gain large amount of corners, wonder if we should consider FCB as a one of them nowadays? Motivation is a key here, that is why I see 10 corner kicks or more.
Nothing works for Barnsley recently, host boss Jose Morais could again fresh up his side for the visit of Norwich after made five changes for Saturday’s defeat at Middlesbrough and again let go points to fly away. Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship, struggling to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone in the coming weeks. They are just two points above the drop zone in the Championship, so three points here will be precious for the Tykes. Corners are also rare in their matches but what is interesting they drawn five of their last six. Only six teams in the league have drawn more games than Norwich so far and Norwich might be ideal candidate to share a point. Canaries once again have to face to Injury and illness sweeps through depleted first eleven. Championship in England is very overish and average 10 corners are pointed in random league tie but both teams record low total so laying line 10 seems like a good choice.
Championship action for me in a game that will be played at the City ground, Nottingham and will kick off at 14:30 UK time. The game will be between Nottingham Forest and Derby County.
The hosts head into the game in 15th in the table on 44 points, they don’t really have much to play for if I’m honest. They have no chance of making the play off places this season and they are also pretty much safe as far as i can see this season. Looking at the teams below them there is far more bad teams in this league that will go down. Forest do have a strong squad and should be around the top 10 come the end of the season.
Forest have managed to secure 13 wins from their 36 league games, they don’t draw many games, it’s either win or lose with forest. Their fortitude doesn’t seem to be great when they trail behind. Forest do have 43 goals to their name this season along with 54 conceded! they haven’t lost a game since 10th Feb and have an unbeaten run of 5 going at the moment with 3 draws and 2 wins.
Newcastle are currently 16th place in the Premier League table, having 2 points more than relegation zone. They have improved their form a bit lately as they are unbeaten in 4 Premier League games before their 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield. Before this game, they won a huge game against Manchester United in home with 1-0 and they have also draw against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth on travels. Rafa Benitez team are unbeaten in their last 5 home games in all competitions, conceding only 3 goals in those matches even if they played against big teams as Manchester City and Manchester United.
For team news, the home team will miss Jesus Gamez (3/0 d), Jonjo Shelvey (23/1 m) and the newcomer from Leicester Islam Slimani.
On the other side, Southampton sit in 17th place in the Premier League table, having just 1 point clear of relegation zone. They have won only 1 of their last 16 Premier League games which left them in this difficult position.
After four consecutive matches without a victory, three defeats and a draw, players of Palermo finally responded with far better performance as they took a convincing 4:1 victory at home over Ascoli ten days ago. However, neither that game started in a proper way for them, as they were down in the scoreline with a goal from Bianchi in 42nd minute, completely against the flow of the game as the home side deserved the lead already in the first half.
However, their response was great in the second half, reverting the scoreline with three goals in first ten minutes of the repetition, twice via Rispoli and with one from Coronado. They remained better till the end, netting once more, in 83rd minute via Nestorosvki.
It was an important three pointer for Palermo, not only to keep the table position but to improve the morale overall, as the side now stands at fourth position at the moment, having four points less than second placed Empoli and surely aims a victory here in order to get back to the race for the direct promotion as soon as possible.
Central defender Andrea Ingegneri (no performance so far anyway) and right back Michel Morganella (10/0) are both sidelined due injuries.
Orleans is having a really good path since late in January, as the team managed to imrpove significantly and get four victories and two draws in last six rounds, coming from a narrow 1:0 victory away from home against Valenciennes last Friday evening.
However, must be said that this was quite undeserved victory this time – since the home team looked as far more superior side on the field and simply deserved much more – they were better from the off, but the guests exploited one of their rare chances in the first halftime, in 39th minute via Le Tallec.
While they even missed a penalty kick at the start of second, while the rest of the match completely belonged to the home team who were missing chance after chance. Striker Hicham Benkaid (18/1) should be suspended serving his last game ban.
After five consecutive matches without a defeat, four victories and a draw, players of Sporting suffered 2:1 narrow defeat away from home against Porto last Friday evening in a game that probably pretty much decided their faith in the title race.
The truth is that the players of Sporting probably deserved more out of the game, as Porto took the lead in 28th minute via Marcano and even though Leao leveled up in last moments of the first halftime, hosts re-installed the lead in 49th minute already via Brahimi.
Home team had the lead for the most of the game, being satisfied with it, while the Lions were the ones who had more of the ball possession and overall chances created. It was only their second defeat in Primeira so far, but the side now stands at third position with eight points less than leaders from Porto and three less than second placed Benfica.
As for the Europa League, Sporting progressed over Astana in previous round by taking a 3:1 victory on the road in the first leg and having interesting 3:3 game in second at home, without many troubles regarding the progress as they conceded two late goals in that match.
Very interesting game on our hands here. Levski, who are currently third in the standings are visiting Cherno More who are 8th. The team from Sofia has been struggling since the winter-break, winning against Botev in the last minute at home, then beating 4:1 the weak team of Semtemvri and few days ago drawing at home against Beroe (in a match where for the most part of the game the team from Stara Zagora played better). Many new players joined the team and coach Delio Rossi is still trying to implement his philosophy. Levski is playing well in defence, but the attack is really struggling. Every match is unpredictable. You never know what face we are going to see, but so far in the considered “difficult” games the blues have not impressed at all.
Adding to the struggles the fact that the team historically has had hard time playing in Varna, things do not look good at all for them.
Round 36 of Englad Championship brings an interesting battle between Fulham and Sheffield Utd.Fulham are having a very good form,especially at home when they won last 8 games on championship league and scoring 2 or more goals in six of them.They are positioned fourth with 62 points after 35 weeks with 5 points far from the promotion spot,but they have 1 game more played.Sheffield utd are positioned in 8th with 55 points after 34 matches and they’re going in good way so far to reach a playoff spot to Promote in Premier League.
Last time when these teams met,Fulham won 4:5 after a very entertaining and dramatic match with a lot of goals.For Sheffield scored L.Clarke a hattrick and S.Carruthers scored one goal.For the visitors scored Sessegnon a hattrick and a goal from S.Ojo.
This game probably Fulham will miss defender Kalas due to injury.And for the visitors will miss only Scottish international midfielder Paul Coutts.