Hull vs Ipswich

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.
Continue reading

Darmstadt vs Sandhausen

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).
Continue reading

England vs Brazil

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.
Continue reading

Gijon vs Valladolid

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).
Continue reading

Swindon vs Chesterfield

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.
Continue reading

Hong Kong vs Bahrain

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.
Continue reading

Bristol Rovers vs Swindon

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.
Continue reading

Valladolid vs Alcorcon

Valladolid is surely one of the favorites for the promotion this season as the side lost the play-off position in last rounds of previous season, while they improved the squad decently and look solid for the moment. However, they have suffered two defeats in last two matches away from home and it seems that they will need to imrpove and act here accordingly.
Bit more difficult that expected was their defeat last weekend as the side visited Rayo Vallecano and got outplayed with a 4:1 result. Hosts simply entered way better into the match, had the double lead already after fifteen minutes (via Embarba and Trejo), in a game where the guests struggled to make some more positive things. Hosts scored from the penalty once more in 41st minute via De Tomas and even though guests reduced at the start of second via Plano and had much more of the ball possession, revert of the scoreline didn’t come, on contrary, hosts sealed the victory with fourth goal in 85th again via Embarba. Valladolis is now sharing the fifth position but close to the top of the table and surely that only a victory is their target.
Continue reading

Portugal vs Switzerland

One of this nations are playing in the World Cup for sure, the other gets in the playoffs. I think the direct qualification goes to Cristiano Ronaldo&Co.
Portugal are standing with 8-0-1 and a goal difference of 30-4. They only lost the away match vs Switzerland in September 2016, ending 2-0. Portugal are coming from the win 0-2 away vs Andorra (6) on Saturday. Ronaldo were resting in the first half, but came in after the break and scored the 0-1 goal. Both Ronaldo and Carvalho will probably start tonight.
Switzerland are standing with 9-0-0 and 23-5 goal difference. Because of the weaker goal difference, Portugal will qualify if they win tonight. Switzerland are coming from 5-2 at home vs Hungary (3) on Saturday. This was the first match Switzerland conceded goals in a year, last time was back in October 2016. It is expected to see Ricardo Rodriguez back tonight.
Continue reading

Rublev vs Dzumhur

Andrey Rublev and Damir Dzumhur have both played a lot of good tennis of late on the major stage and the Bosnian in particular . Still he has a negative record of 0:2 against the Russian who is a better player than he is in my mind , has far more firepower on both of his wings and when he is sharp he is very deadly . Dzumhur is more clever of the two players and plays more tactical style of tennis but dont think that it will mean for too much in this kind of a match . Of the 6 sets that they have played against each other the Russian has won 5 of them and I expekt for him to win yet another match against the Bosnian and to pass the round on the Masters tournamnet in Shanghai.
I like Damirs attitude to the game and his fighting spirit but Rublev has far more talent for the game.

Continue reading