Uruguay had just one preparation game before the Copa America winning 3:0 against Panama a week ago, thanks to goals from Gomez, Suarez, and Valverde.
They also participated at the Chinese Cup back in March, winning the tournament easily with 3:0 win over Uzbekistan and a 4:0 victory over Thailand.
Uruguaynas miss defenders Silva (19/0, Independiente), Suarez (3/0, Montpellier), midfielders Sanchez (38/1, Santos) and Mayada (8/0, River Plate) comparing to their call-up in March.
Ecuador didn’t actually have a competitive match all the way since October 2017 when their South American qualifying phase for the World Cup has ended. Most recently, they had a loss away to the USA, a draw against Honduras in Match and a 1:1 draw to Venezuela and finally, a 3:2 defeat against Mexico, both matches in the USA.
IK Brage appeared more than troubled to the home match against Orgryte and suffered a fair defeat. More easy from what the 0:1 score says, although they missed a penalty. Now they are three games away from a victory.
Despite the small negative run they run, their morale is good and there is faith to revert the current situation. No squad problems for today’s match, IK Brage will field their best.
Trelleborgs FF had also a mediocre home game against Degerfors (0:0 FT). They looked a little bit improved in defence but not that good in creating the game.
Russia exploded on Saturday afternoon when the team won over San Marino at home 9:0. Still, it’s just a regular three-pointer but surely will be used to lift their morale as well.
After defeat away to Belgium, the side now looks like a second favorite to win the qualifying ticket after 13:0 goal difference in two matches, this one and away to Kazakhstan.
Cyprus actually left very good impression away to Scotland in a 2:1 defeat, as the side didn’t get outplayed as expected.
For most of the game, they were very competitive but still were trailing all the way till the 87th minute and “managed” to conceded the second goal almost right away after they have leveled up.
Czechs managed to revert Bulgaria and get a 2:1 victory, which was an important step to improve the morale and chances of qualifying further after a 5:0 demolition in England in March.
The team didn’t actually meet up my complete expectations in this one, as the Bulgarians did give them quite a hard time for most of the phases. Victory here remains an objective and only target in the qualifying fight.
The home side has no fresh absentees, not opting for defender Gebre Selassie (54/3, Werder), midfielders Darida (55/4, Hertha), Dockal (39/6, Sparta Prague), Zhmhal (13/1, Slavia Prague), forward Skoda (19/4) comparing to the previous call-up in March.
After a great performance at the World Cup, it looks like the Croats failed to have the same intensity in their game. The side didn’t shine much in the UEFA Nations league, starting the qualifying path with a 2:1 home win over Azerbaijan.
The team lost surprisingly on the road to Hungary 2:1, having more of the possession but failing to really make it count and weren’t anywhere close to sharp in the attack.
The Croats miss defender Leovac (5/0, Dinamo), Vrsaljko (45/0, Inter), Pivaric (26/0, Dynamo Kiev), midfielders Rakitic (104/15, Barcelona), Rog (16/0, Sevilla), forwards Rebic (28/3, Eintracht) and Pjaca (24/1, Fiorentina) comparing to previous few call ups.
Mallorca looked like a side able to get something, at least a point, away from home against Deportivo La Coruna.
However, they stood defeated with a 1:0 result in the end and a bit disappointing goal conceded in the sixth minute of added time via a penalty kick. The game was much more open than what the result says and the guests were the ones actually who looked far more concrete in the second half especially.
Granada had a very decent chance to take all three points in front of own fans when the team welcomed Cadiz in a 1:1 draw.
Rapid Vienna looked better and more concrete during most of the first leg’s match. They even took the lead via Schwaab in the 60th minute.
Still, it wasn’t enough as they suffered defeat thanks to a goal conceded from a penalty kick and an own goal in the last twenty minutes. They’ll be having far more difficult task away to Graz.
Sturm didn’t look that confident on the road, but still got what they wanted with a bit lucky circumstances, however now they do stand out as a favorite to clinch that Europa League spot.
It’s something that they actually lost in the last three rounds of the Championship group when the side suffered three back to back defeats and allowed Austria Vienna to get that fourth position.
And here it is, the biggest clash of this seasons football. Big occasion for both English sides playing the Champions League and with the trophy as reward.
Tottenham will be happy to probably have Harry Kane back after the injury and will probably pair with Son to develop the deadly scoring mechanism they had in their previous CL away games since this is the big moment. But they will need to focus more because they are winning some and losing some.
Their defence is also back with Vertongen and T.Alderweireld and also Danny Rose to cover up left-back side.
France Ligue 1 promotion play off finals will be between Lens and Dijon.
Lens used their last chance in Ligue 2 and won all of the last 3 rounds gaining 9 points and reaching 5th place on table which is promotion play offs. Then in qualification round 1 Lens scored an early goal but conceded in injury time when Maletic equalized for Paris in 93th min, later Lens won on penalities. In second qualification round versus Troyes, Lens looked good when they took a lead just after 3 mins of the match but later in 40th Leca got nervous and got 2 yellows within a minute after argument. Lens had to play with 10 players on the pitch which led to penalty for Troyes and equalizer, later in second half Pereira also got red and both teams were equal with players but eventually match finished 1-1 after regular time, later in extra time Lens finally found the way to score and proceeded to finals.
Ingolstadt already proved to be more experienced and more concrete side in the first leg, when the team walked away with a 1:2 win over Wehen.
They now have a perfect chance to seal that 2. Bundesliga status as the side generally did look pretty fine in recent rounds of the regular part of the season.
Wehen SV ended their 3. Liga race with four consecutive victories, but that didn’t help them much when the side welcomed Ingolstadt.
They stood behind already in the first minute, actually doing more on the field and creating chances – but the game simple went Ingolstadt’s way and the guests knew how to take advantage of it.