Switzerland seems to be a hot place today.Dinamo Kiev are coming for revenge and only for revenge.On the other side, Boys are fully motivated to pass the group.
Young Boys are making a great season so far, leading the Swiss championship, furthermore with 7 points ahead recent colossus Basel.Boys made a fantastic squad during the summer break, which has the potential to be the newest champion of the country.Ahead with the championship, Young Boys also managed to play in Europe in a group with recent rivals Dinamo Kiev.Last year Young Boys managed to eliminate Schakhtar Donetsk form the Champions League and this year they managed to eliminate Dinamo Kiev.Youns Boys seem to be a the a real threat to the Ukrainian hegemons.
Besiktas have started out the Champions League campaign in extraordinary fashion winning all 3 of their games played so far this season where they have beaten Monaco 2-1 and Porto 3-1 away while beating Leipzig 2-0 at home showcasing the great team work they have built together to reach this situation. Besiktas will know that the hostile crowd at the Vodafone Arena is soo loud that it can trouble any away team; just ask Leipzig forward Timo Werner who had to leave the pitch after 30 minutes due to the loudness of the Besiktas fans. Besiktas have not lost a game so far in front of their home fans this season winning 4 and drawing 2 of their 6 home games played so far. Besiktas have relied on a strong showing from their offensive unit including Tosun, Babel, Tosic, Talisca, Quaresma and Lens to delivery the goals and creating chances for them that has seen them succeed until now.
Direct clash for second place in group between Sporting and Juventus. Sporting obtained just 3 points from first 3 matches into this group and their only one win was vs Olympiacos which ended 2:3 while they lose from Barcelona 0:1 and last one match vs Juventus was 2:1 in favor host – which means 2 of 3 matches ended BTS. Sporting have many missings for this match out are Jeremy Mathieu and Piccini (both starters) so Ristovski will be put on big test also out is Carvalho which is one of most important players from midfield which gives stability to the defense, while Daniel Podence and Ruiz are doubtful – but i believe Jorge Jesus will stick with his 442 formation and play open attacking football knowing that Juventus also have some problems this season with the defense. Additional they are without Lichtsteiner, Benatia and Howedes so Allegri will be “forced” to play with some of Sturaro, De Sciglio or even possible Cuadrado as right back.
Italy Serie A match between the teams on Verona and Inter Milano.
All focus on Inter Milano is this season for top places and why not the challenge to dethroned Juventus FC.
The team is 4th now and collected 26 points and the team is with 8 wins 2 draws in the season 10 matches and hey are one of the teams no lost this season still with 20:7 goal difference.
Ofcourse the team coming as big favorite at the visit on Verona.
On the other side we have the team on Verona and the hosts is already on the bottom with 1 win 3 draws and 6 loses for the season and the team coming of 2 defeats.
Verona is with status on rookie and for last the team played versus Inter Milano for season 2015/16 – the tradition is a great for this match and the team is with 0 wins 3 draws and 8 loses in the last matches.
Inter Milano traditinally scored goals in the visit on Verona – 3:3 2:0 and 3:0.
Pick: 2 (-1.5 AH)
Udinese have been playing well at home and despite their struggles at the bottom half of the table, their matches have been very entertaining. Udinese has been in great form in the scoring department, despite not boasting too many big names in their squad they have scored in each of the 10 games that they have played in this season; and that does wonders for their confidence. They can confidently say they were one of the few teams who have already scored against Juventus, Fiorentina, Milan, Roma, Torino and Sampdoria already this season. Defensively, they seem to have their struggles having conceded in 7 out of 10 games, with their only 3 victories this season seeing them not concede a goal.
Bournemouth have been struggling to star this season in the Premier League and have improved their performance and started building some form with 2 straight wins in a row against Stoke City and Middlesbrough as Chelsea head to the Vitality Stadium to take on them. Bournemouth will be happy that some of their key players who performed well from last season are slowly getting back into form with the likes of Afobe, Stanislas, Charlie Daniels, Ryan Fraser who have all contributed goals or assists in the recent weeks. Bournemouth still has not been able to solve their defensive crisis however, conceding goals in 7 out of 8 Premier League games played until now.
Chelsea have been going through a major defensive crisis themselves, and have been unable to shut up shop at the back and conceded goals in 7 out of their last 8 games played in all competitions.
It could be said that Arsenal Tula is having more than decent start in the season with five victories, two draws and seven defeats, but since the league is pretty much equal, they are just three points above play-out placed Dynamo Moscow and are nowhere safe in the relegation battle, but are at the same time just four points behind Europa League placed Spartak Moscow.
After two great achievements and two great victories against much more favorites Krasnodar and Zenit Petersburg, the players of Arsenal didn’t manage to answer in a proper way away to Anzi Makhackala last weekend suffering 3:2 defeat. It was very open game and must be said that the visitors did more in attack, however lacked better effort in the final touch, also more initiative when the result was equal (hosts took the lead in seventh minute via Samardzic, Tkachev leveled up before the halftime whistle), while hosts exploited good start in the second and reached the victory with goals from Khubulov and Guliev, while talented Djurdjevic reduced the deficit in 65th minute, but without getting the equalizer later on. in front of own fans, Arsenal has two consecutive victories and surely want to continue the momentum, but knowing that the draw would also be a positive outcome for them.
Midfielder Danila Buranov is long term absentee without performing so far in the season, while they have central back Stoppila Sunzu (13/1) and left full back Mihail Aleksandrov (10/0) set as doubtful for this one.
Lugano in this moment last on the table in Swiss first league but they are doing solid in Europe league group stage, where they have 1-0-2 score with 4:5 goal aggregate and in this moment they are 2nd ranked – this week there is no Europe league matches so they can focus on this cup match and next league match vs Luzern on 29.10 which is very important.
Like i already said they are last this season and dont perform really well but between them and Shotz there is HUGE quality difference. Schotz is team coming from 1. Liga Classic (group 2) its 4th ranked league by quality in Switzerland. In first two rounds they managed to go though Hergiswil (1:3) and Interstar Geneve 2:2 (decided on penalties) but you cant even find enough informations about this teams. Lugano on the other side in 1/32 finals won vs Bassecourt 0:6 – just for informations they are in same league with Schotz and probably same quality and then in next round weak performance and win vs Konitz 0:1 with late goal but atleast they are in league quality higher than Schotz.
Everton are in shambles and there is no other way to explain it, after failing to win 5 straight games, and only 2 wins in the Premier League, manager Ronald Koeman had to go. Everton had spent a lot of money in the off-season to strengthen the squad with reinforcements like Rooney, Sandro, Klaasen, Sigurdsson, Pickford and Keane coming in that was supposed to give them a boost to play and try to win all competitions. While they struggled initially to find the goals, Wayne Rooney has found is rhythm slowly while Niasse has been a high impact player of the bench in this regard. Defensively, it has been horrible for them conceding in 12 out of their last 13 games in all competitions. The situation they face implies there will be goals among these sides as Everton players aim to show their worth while interim manager Unsworth will be trying out for the hot-seat himself.
Mainz broke their undefeated streak of three matches with a 2:0 defeat away to Schalke last Friday evening, where the side failed to present themselves in a better image and less passive one. However, players of Schalke simply stood better on the field, had better chances and generally were superior in comparison to opponent.
Hosts have entered the match with a goal in 12th minute via Goretzka, while the guests didn’t find a proper way to reply. Game wasn’t much interesting, but the players of Schalke simply knew what they wanted, doubling up the lead in 74th minute via Burgstaller, taking completely deserved victory. Mainz is now at 12th position having three points more than play-out placed Hamburger.
Mainz continues to have slight problems making the defensive lineup, as they continue to miss central backs Leon Balogun (4/0), Alexander Hack (no performance so far), team captain Niko Bungert (who also didn’t perform in the new season) and left back Gaetan Bussmann (no performance either for now). Forwards Gerrit Holtmann (no performance) and Karim Onisiwo (2/0) are sidelined as well.