This match was postponed due to bad pitch and today will be play on neutral ground in Trencin. But weather conditions in this part of the year are terrible in Slovakia. Snow and cold are not good for football. In previous years rounds of football league were finished in november. It was better for football in Slovakia. Pitch are in bad condition so we can’t expect combination football in this match. It was good to see in matches yesterday. Nitra and Trnava have problems with scoring in last rounds. Trnava have lost with Slovan and Zilina and they will be happy that this part of the season will be over. I expect match with one or two goals.
Estoril continues with more than poor results at the moment, now having eleven matches without a victory in all competitions, as the side comes from a draw finally, away from home taking a point in a goalless game against Maritimo last weekend. This was their first draw after ten defeats, so it can be regarded as a positive outcome for a side that lost nine matches in a run.
Not only that, they looked better than the opponents, having a bit more of the ball possession and being generally pretty decent with the ball to their feet and chances created, but the goal never came. The side remained at the rock bottom position now, having three points less than safely placed Setubal and with plenty of chances to reach safe zone till the end – but some kind of reaction will be needed in case the side continues with a winless streak.
Home team will be playing in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation with Kleber as central striker, plus Aguilar, Claro and Andrade as offensive midfielders. Defender Thiago Cardoso is doubtful, but anyway without performing so far in the season due knee injury. Central defenders Goncalo Brandao (4/0), Lucao (5/0), left back Abner (4/0) and right back Mano (8/0) should all be sidelined with injuries.
Darmstadt surprised everyone last Friday evening when the team managed to get a point in a 3:3 draw away from home against much more favorited Union Berlin. It was very open game from both teams and even though the hosts had the lead twice, with visitors temporarily leveling up via Boyd in 51st minute.
However, heir point was completely deserved since they had great period of performance in the middle of the second when they managed to revert the scoreline thanks to another goal from Boyd in 61st and a goal from Kempe from penalty kick five minutes later – however hosts deservedly (too) reached the equalizer in fifth minute of additional time via an own goal. Still, this was ninth consecutive game without a victory for Darmstadt, as they continue to be in the second part of the table now having just a point more than play-out placed Dynamo Dresden and surely feel that they should have come up with something more from previous round.
Central defender Peter Niemeyer (1/0) is injured, same as forward Felix Platte (6/2).
I will play the over 2.5 goals in this match. Watford can score against anyone, anytime, anywhere. They have good attacking players and an attack minded great coach. They can also concede against anyone, anytime, anywhere. Even the defenders are attack minded with Kiko and Holebas(although Zeegelaar has been playing recently) coming very high up the pitch when attacking – this of course makes them more vulnerable at the back. All of this was proven in their last match against Man Utd. Ashley Young’s two great goals however saved the away side, otherwise I think Watford would have gotten something out of that game. even at 0:3 behind, they did not give up and scored twice against possibly the best defense in the league.
Serie A is back and Roma will try to keep the good momentum at home against shaky and newly promoted Spal. The Giallorossi are in good form at the Stadio Olimpico, and they’ll be aiming to build some form at their own ground to maintain their title challenge. Roma is averaging 1.85 goals per game in serie A, and they have scored 73% of their home goals within the first 45 minutes.
The visitors have lost 71% of their away trips, and have already conceded six times within the opening 30 minutes of their away games this season. That’s why this price looks value to us. SPAL have found themselves 1-0 down at the break on four occasions away from home this term. Roma have been in front after 45 minutes in five matches at home, only failing to get ahead early on against Napoli and Lazio. Roma should dominate early on here, so we’re backing Roma to be leading at the end of each half.
St Mirren comes from a very difficult game last Saturday afternoon away to Inverness and even though they were set as slight underdog, the team managed to take all three points in a 0:2 victory. The game itself wasn’t that interesting in the first halftime, while the guests opened the second half better and took the lead in 52nd minute with a goal from McShane.
Hosts tried to react and had some chances, however as the time progressed only run into troubles staying with a man less in last fifteen minutes of the game, as the players of St Mirren doubled up their lead in second minute of additional time via Reilly. After this victory, the team broke a mini run of three matches without victory and stays now at second position with just a point less than league leaders from Dundee United. They shouldn’t be rotating here nor resting their players, since the game is quite an important one against direct rival in a promotional battle.
Antalyaspor took just a point in a 1:1 draw away to Konyaspor last weekend away from home, even though the team had all the chances to walk away with something more, at least on the paper before the game has started.
Overall, it must be said that the home team had more chances created and looked more dangerous, even taking the lead in 75th minute with a goal from Fofana, but the guests were willing to risk more once they stood back in the scoreline and leveled up the result via Eto’o ten minutes later. The team is now at fourteenth position at the table with two points more than relegating placed Osmanlispor and surely want something more out of this clash.
Host should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Eto’o and Kadah as forwards. Injured are defensive midfielder Zeki Yildrim (2/0), central backs Salih Dursun (4/0), Johan Dhourou (6/1) and offensive midfielder Danilo (5/0).
Fenerbahce, on the other side, had relatively easy game last weekend on Sunday afternoon when the side welcomed Sivasspor and recorded a 4:1 victory. They took the lead first, in 31st minute via Dirar, while the guests leveled up at the start of the second halftime via Bifouma.
Crystal Palace come into this encounter on the back of a solid 2-2 draw against Everton, which would have definitely built confidence in the Hodgson’s men as they entertain Stoke City in this home encounter today. Playing at home at Selhurst Park has proved to be great for Palace where they have now scored 2 goals in each of their last 3 home games, including against the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Everton. The biggest contributor to that offensive threat has been Zaha who has netted 3 times already and will be looking to continue that along with creating chances for this team mates to try and find the back of the net in this encounter. Defensively, they have been really poor conceding goals in each of their 12 games played this Premier League season; and one could expect that run to continue today.
Hannover (8th) are coming off two road losses where they lost 4-0 at Werder Bremen (18th) and lost 2-1 at Leipzig (3rd). Prior to that they had won 4-2 at home over Borussia Dortmund (5th) and won 2-1 at Augsburg (10th). They have gone over in their last six matches as they had also lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt (7th) and lost 2-1 at Borussia Moechengladbach (4th), so that they have scored in five of these last six matches, but have conceded in each of these six games, and allowed at least two goals in five of them, so they can score but struggle to stop the opposition from doing so.
Stuttgart (11th) have gone over in five of their last six games, as they are coming off a 2-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund (5th). Prior to that they had lost 3-1 at Hamburg (15th), won 3-0 at home over Freiburg (17th), lost 1-0 at Leipzig (3rd), won 2-1 at home over Cologne (18th) and lost 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt (7th). So they have managed to score in five of these games, while conceding also in five of these games.
The Moscow team needs victory in the upcoming game, Locomotive Moscow has five points in the asset, the Russians in third place, lose to Sheriff and Copenhagen one point and in the sixth round will play on the road with Fastav. “Railwaymen” won only once in four games, it happened in a home match against the Czechs.
Copenhagen after four rounds in the European League managed to score 6 points, this team has never lost, once defeating Festav and having played three times in a draw with Locomotive Moscow, Sheriff and Czechs on the road. It is also important to note that in the Danish championship, Copenhagen lost the last two matches, failing to score even a goal in them. In general, to overestimate the Danish “lions” is not worth it, this team now looks much weaker than a year ago, when they managed to break into the group of the Champions League.