Port Vale are currently in the 19th place at League Two, having 7 points more than relegation zone. Their recent record has been not great as they have failed to win any of their previous 12 games but they are difficult to beat almost in their field as they haven’t lost any match in their last 8 home games with 3 wins and 5 draws. A major part of their troubles has been their inability to maintain their advantages in many games and to defend well as we have seen both teams to score in 8 from their last 10 games.
For team news, the home team will miss Adam Yates (9/0 d) and Antony Kay (31/2 d, suspended).
On the other side, Exeter sit currently in the 8th place and at least one point here would see them move to the play-off zone.
Irish champions Cork City welcome Bohemians to Turners Cross in round 7 of the Irish football season.
Cork have been Ireland’s best side now since the start of last season and they have continued their form into this season so far. Currently in 1st place by a point they will be looking to make it 3 from 3 on home soil after really good wins against strong sides in Waterford and Shamrock Rovers.
Dunleavy, Beattie and Bennett will be absent but Gary Buckley will be back in contention for a starting place. Sadlier and Cummins will be looking to add to their tally of 4 goals so far this season.
Bohemians started the season with an impressive 3-1 home win over Shamrock Rovers but are winless since picking up only 2 points against Limerick and Sligo.
Marseille’s safe progress to the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night, and Lyon’s failure to join.
to next round. That is huge blow as we know final will be played at The Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu. there is a few inside problems explain why the team suffer lately. They lack of chemistry, too many players with ego and independent on a pitch etc.allowed their egos to disrupt.
Lyon have the chance to proved that last defeat was just mistake at work. They have the ability within their ranks to go and win at Marseille. Given the recent performances and attitudes of the two sides, it is a scenario that appears more than unlikely that Lyon will overcome today. The end of last match took place under pressure as this intense explanation between Fernando Marçal who had just refused to shake the hand of his coach Bruno Genesio say a lot.
After four consecutive games away from home and not that impressive record, players of Sheffield United replied with much better performance and a 2:0 victory in front of own fans against Burton last Tuesday evening.
The game was more difficult than what the final result says, as the players of Burton looked threatening too, especially in the first halftime when they probably deserved to score more, but the hosts scored against the flow of the game via Stevens in 29th minute.
However, they outplayed the opponent in second as the guests looked like they stood without energy, with Sheffield United sealing the victory via Brooks in 64th minute. The team is now two points behind sixth placed Middlesbrough and surely needs to get a victory here only.
Home side should continue in 4-4-2 formation with Brooks and Sharp as forwards. Right back Kieron Freeman (8/0) and midfielder Paul Coutts (16/1) are injured, while doubtful is forward Leon Clarke (31/15) after a minor calf problem but could be involved if needed.
In past years duel of Lech and Lechia have been electric for Poznan fans at Bułgarskiej for many years. The clashes of both teams in recent years are very even and full of fireworks (card, red, penalties etc). This Friday might be different as Lechia can not win in the league from the beginning of December, they are on the way to the infamous record; not won since nine games in a row. Definitely is the shadow of the team fighting a year ago to the end in Ekstraklasa for a champion. Since Lechia Gdańsk is considered the biggest disappointment of this season Lech have big chance to grab three points. They came back from behind and smashed Jagiellonia 5:1 and recorded nice run of 11-2 corners. Besicaly Polish Ekstraklasa is very overish, exact 10 average total corners per game.
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.