Leeds put up quite a fight in the last round of the Premier League when they come with a 1:1 draw against the Citizens, at home.
After being in a slightly defensive state during the first part when they conceded in the 17th minute, the second part came as a different story. The hosts looked far better with the ball to their feet and responded with an equalizer in the 59th over Rodrigo. Leeds had a couple of very nice chances as the match progressed, and it is quite a shame that they didn’t manage to put one more past Citizens’ goalkeeper.
Leeds collected seven points out of four matches this season and occupies 8th place in the overall rankings.
Monaco suffered a narrow 1:0 loss in the last match against Brest, playing away from their home.
They conceded an early goal, already in the 8th minute over Faivre, strangely enough, not being able to level up, despite having a noticeable ball possession advantage during the whole encounter. In this clash, the hosts showed a very nice transition game, while the guests remained too passive, despite having the ball to their feet and plenty of time to organize a decent attack.
Monaco is currently in 6th place and if they exclude this defeat, can be satisfied with the way they appear on the field since the beginning of the new season in Ligue 1.
Inter ended their two matches winning streak in the last round against Lazio, as they came out with a 1:1 draw, away from home. They controlled the ball for most of the time, but in terms of goalscoring opportunities, this clash was a balanced one.
The team from Milano took the lead first in the 30th minute over Martinez, but the Romans replied via Milinkovic-Savic who was effective in the 55th minute. Two red cards were given in this clash, one in the 70th to the hosts, and the other one to the visitors in the 87th, so overly looking, these two played a pretty balanced match, with the result being more than fair for both of them.
Inter is positioned at 5th place in the rankings, has two victories and a draw since the season started.
Dijon continued with their poor appearances in Ligue 1, as they come with another negative result in the last match against Bordeaux when they suffered a 3:0 loss, playing away from home.
The visitors were completely in a subordinate position, especially during the first part when they conceded two goals in the 12th and the 29th minute. The visitors were too passive as the match progressed, not being able to create any noticeable opportunities, on the contrary to the hosts, who were effective once more in the 89th, thus, setting the final result in this clash.
Dijon currently occupies the last place in the standings, and the way they appear on the field so far, can’t expect too much in the matches to come.
Russia didn’t meet the expectations in their last match in the UEFA Nations League against Turkey, as they come from a 1:1 home draw, despite being a strong favorite.
The hosts were looking far better during the first forty-five minutes of the clash and took the lead first in the 28th minute over Miranchuk, but as the match progressed, the Turks completely took over the control. They scored an equalizer in the 62nd via Karaman and were seemingly closer to victory here, but failed to be more efficient, so the result remained unchanged.
Russia shares the group with Serbia, Hungary, and above mentioned Turkey. They are currently in 1st place, having seven points out of three matches.
The Germans were finally able to record their first victory in the UEFA Nations League campaign in their last match against Ukraine, back in Kyiv.
The visitors played their distinctive play, controlled the ball with the perfect precision, and quite deservedly had a 0:2 lead after the first forty-nine minutes, which was brought to them by Ginter and Goretzka. Subordinate hosts were able the reduce the deficit in the 77th minute from the penalty, but Germany looked to strong in this clash to let any surprises to occur and wasted many more chances. Must be said, the Ukrainians weren’t even close to fielding up their best starting eleven due to covid-19 cases.
England visited Denmark in their last match of the UEFA Nations League back in September, when, unfortunately, they failed to justify the role of a slight favorite, as they come with a 0:0 draw.
This match, more or less, went by in balance between these two, with the Danish side being slightly more aggressive during the first part, but not nearly enough to change the scoreline. The English were in a similar state during this clash, they chose to stay in the back, so a goalless match was a logical outcome.
They are drawn in a group with previously mentioned Denmark, Belgium, and Iceland, currently positioned at 2nd place with four points, as they recorded a victory against Iceland in round one with a minimal result.
Plymouth is having difficulties since the beginning of the new season, as their form is certainly not at the desired level. They lost in the EFL Trophy match against Cheltenham last Thursday evening with a 2:0 result, away from home but rotating a lot.
They are not shinning in League One also, as currently are having three matches in a row without a positive result. In their latest encounter, they suffered a loss against Hull with a minimal result, in an away match. The guests conceded already in the 10th minute, not being able to level up, despite several nice opportunities that were created, especially in the second part. Lack of concentration at the end of the attack was the main problem, and I am pretty confident that they will work their way through, as the season continues.
Fleetwood, slightly raised their morale in the last match of the EFL Trophy, as they recorded a routine 3:0 home victory against the young team of Aston Villa last Tuesday, never the less, victory is what counts.
Overly looking they are not in the best shape, back in League One. They started the season in a good manner, with a victory against Burton, but unfortunately, from that point on, they are on three matches losing streak. In their latest encounter, they suffered a 2:1 loss to Rochdale, away from home. The visitors did control the ball during this clash, but lack of creativity at the finish of the attack was obvious, so this loss didn’t come as a great surprise, even though they were considered favorites before the match.
Switzerland has been drawn in a pretty difficult group together with Spain, Germany, and Ukraine, so their point after two matches doesn’t come as a real surprise. They looked decent, but ineffective also in a 2:1 loss away to Ukraine earlier in September, while they looked even better against Germany in Basel in a 1:1 game a few days later.
Despite being back in the scoreline already in the fourteenth minute, they opted for an offensive approach and got the equalizer via Widmer in the 58th minute – continuing to show more till the end of the second halftime.