Both teams have scored in 7 of Newport’s last 8 games. Sutton have conceded in 5 of their 7 games so far this season against sides in the top 10. Newport have scored in 8 of their 10 home fixtures.
Home fans used to seeing goals.
This venue has seen plenty of goals this season and indeed Newport’s games as a whole have averaged more (2.8) than any other team in the division. They have scored 30 times and conceded 23 and will be out to avenge a 2-1 defeat to Swindon last time they played at home. Newport have drawn back-to-back matches, 1-1, away at Crawley and Colchester and are just two points outside the play-offs in ninth place.
AZ Reserves lost 1:0 away to Eindhoven, receiving the goal only to the first minute of the game. The match was spectacular with good opportunities from both sides, but the score didn’t change.
This was the fifth defeat in the last eight games for AZ Reserves and they should be happy that they already have 21 points due to a great start of the season. In the last two months, they are not well at all, they completed eight games with no win, while they scored only five goals from the 1st of October!
Excelsior won 2:1 at home against Utrecht Reserves, having a fantastic second half.
Montepellier ended their losing momentum in their last appearance on the road against Metz when they performed quite well in the front and recorded a 1:3 victory.
They opened the match in a better way and reached a 0:3 lead after forty-eight minutes of play. The home side eventually raised their aggressiveness in the continuation, but only managed to reduce later in the 70th, lacking more creativity at the finishing for a better result.
Montpellier is at 9th spot in the general rankings, four points in deficit compared to the European-placed Lens.
They will miss central-back Esteve (13/0) and long-term absentee defender Mendes.
Leverkusen made quite an appearance in their last away clash against Leipzig when they performed more than decent and recorded a 1:3 victory.
They scored two during the first part over Wirtz and Diaby, and even though the home side spiced this one a bit when they reduced in the 62nd, the visitors proved to be lethal in the front, as they managed to be effective one more time over Frimpong only two minutes later and deservedly celebrated in this clash.
Leverkusen is at 3rd place in the rankings, seven points in deficit compared to the leaders from Munich.
Left defender Bakker (9/1) is out injured, as well as defensive midfielder Baumgartlinger (2/0). Right-back Fosu-Mensah (no performance this season) and forward Alario (7/0) are uncertain for now.
Zenit did well to secure the Europa League ticket with a 1:1 draw away to Malmo in the midweek’s game of Champions League but also celebrated a 0:2 victory on the road to CSKA Moscow a couple of days later.
Claudinho and Mostovoy were goalscorers a bit late in the first and in the second halftime, as Zenit looked overall as a more experienced side and simply managed to control the game and the result despite some decent chances from CSKA and much more of the ball possession in home team’s favor.
second-placedThey continue to be alone at the top with four points more than second placed Dynamo Moscow.
Goalkeeper Kritsyk (7/0) is injured, same as midfielder Wendel (15/3).
Lazio suffered a pretty demoralizing defeat last time out on the road against Napoli when they were completely crushed with a 4:0 result.
They were in a subordinate position from the start, conceding as many as three after the first forty-five minutes. A similar play was seen in the continuation, as the Romans simply had no solutions for the home side, that managed to score one more time later on in the 85th and deservedly took all three in this highly anticipated clash.
Lazio occupies the 8th spot in the Serie A standings, having three points less than European-placed Fiorentina.
Defender Luiz Felipe (12/0) is suspended, while midfielder Marusic (11/0) was tested positive recently
Sassuolo finally ended their winless run in Serie A in their last away fixture against much-favored Milan when they took a surprising 1:3 victory.
They were in a 1:0 deficit since the 21st, but only seven minutes later, Scamacca managed to equalize after showing some enviable football skills. Things unfolded nicely for the guests, as the home side scored its own goal in the 33rd, while Berardi crowned generally better appearance of Sassuolo with another one scored later on in the 66th.
Sassuolo occupies the 12th spot in the rankings, currently being only three points in deficit compared to the European-placed Fiorentina.
Forward Boga (8/0) and offensive midfielder Djuricic (9/2) are out injured for Sassuolo. Doubtful is defender Goldaniga (1/0).
Monza comes from a 1:1 draw away to Ascoli, in a match where they did have much more of the ball possession, but the creativity was missing for them back then.
Moreover, they conceded an early one via penalty, managing to bounce back via Veloti in 33rd and even had a goal disallowed a bit later. However, all things taken into account, they looked passive in the second and could be satisfied overall, as Ascoli missed a couple of good chances too.
They are still short of the expectations, being just at the eighth position which is five points behind the direct promotional second-placed Brescia.
Defenders Augusto (12/1), Sampirisi (9/1), and Pirola (4/0) should miss, as well as midfielders Barilla (3/0), and Scozzarella (3/0). Midfielder Mazzitelli (11/1) is suspended.
Vejle is coming to this clash after a pretty demoralizing defeat last time out on the road against Randers when they were completely outplayed with a convincing 4:1 result.
They were somewhat competitive during the first part and went on a break with a 1:1 draw, but were in a completely subordinate position during the second, as they conceded three more times, not being in a position to do something more concrete here.
Vejle is currently at the hammered at the bottom, having only eight points collected since the start of the season.
The hosts keep missing defender Gundelund who didn’t play yet and left-back Adnan (1/0), with midfiedler Holssberg (14/0) being doubtful. Winger Sousa (16/1) is suspended.
Leipzig can be content with how the things eventually developed in their respectful group, as they are currently at the 3rd spot and will most likely continue to compete in the knockout phase of the Europa League this season.
Their latest 0:5 victory against Club Brugge on the road is definitely encouraging and is certainly giving them a morale boost for the upcoming clash, in which in case of a victory, they will get more seriously involved for the European exit next season, as only two points are separating them and Wolfsburg.
Goalkeeper Gulacsi (12/0) is out, as well as long-term absentee defender Halstenberg (no performance so far), offensive midfielder Olmo (4/0), and forward Poulsen (10/4). Midfielders Haidara (11/2) and Szoboszlai (11/3).