Zwolle couldn’t continue decent momentum brought up with ah home victory over Sittard after the international break, as the side suffered narrow 1:0 defeat on the road to Feyenoord.
However, it must be said that the game was much more open than what the final result says and that Zwolle didn’t underperform at all.
On the contrary, they at least had as much as goalscoring chances as their opponents and the game could have ended way differently on some other day.
The side now has just a point more than the play-out placed Venlo and surely aims to get something out of this clash, after being unlucky on the road to Rotterdam.
Johnsen, Thy and Crooij should lead their attack in a 4-3-3 formation. They miss central defender Reijnen (4/0), left-backs Paal (10/0), van Polen (1/0) and midfielder Saymak (11/2).
After some decent results and phases earlier into the season, players of Villarreal got struck in a poorer form now.
After the last five rounds, they have just one point earned and three straight defeats now. Most recently, it was a 2:1 loss on the road to Valencia, with themselves really missing some good chances to walk away with a more positive outcome.
That includes a penalty missed in the fifteenth minute as it was their way to get the lead. In an overall very open game, it was Valencia who used their chances better, in a match where the guests had more of the ball possession and surely did deserve something more.
The side is now five points above the relegation zone and surely wants to switch the momentum, something that they deserve actually with the performances shown.
Arsenal continued their negative trend with a 2:2 draw on the road to Norwich, as the Gunners simply weren’t able to revert the situation into their own favor.
The Canaries were taking the lead twice, with Aubameyang responding twice, the second time in the 57th minute, but without proper and real pressure further on.
They are now winless in the last six Premiership rounds, being still just two points behind the Europa League zone although they stand ninth at the table. On the other side, the Champions League positions are seven points above them.
The Gunners continue to miss midfielder Ceballos (11/0), but also most likely central back Holding (1/0) and right back Bellerin (2/0) who are coming off from the injuries.
After the good performance and morale-boosting victory at home over Hearts, players of Kilmarnock managed to snatch a draw away from home against Hibernians in a 2:2 game as well.
They didn’t enter the game properly, were behind 2:0 with an early goal in the second halftime, showing close to nothing till that moment.
However, it was the guests who started playing in the last thirty minutes and looked better, reaching that point thanks to goals from Bruce in the 66th and Del Fabro in the third minute of added time.
Kilmarnock is now six points behind the third-placed Aberdeen and surely seeking a victory in this one.
Antwerp looked much better than KV Mechelen in the previous Jupiler League round, as the team celebrated a narrow 1:0 victory in the end.
They looked better and more concrete in the first halftime already, missing a penalty kick at the end of the first halftime – something that would probably make the second halftime much more open and would probably result in our previous bet won.
In any way, the hosts increased the tempo and were better in the repetition again, finally scoring the winning goal via Mirallas in the 75th minute.
More than deserved victory which was their third in the last four rounds in the league, as the side now stands high at the fourth position together with Charleroi, only two points behind the second-placed Standard.
After two defeats and eleven goals conceded out of these two matches, the club has changed the coach and the players of Mainz reacted incredibly well in a 1:5 victory on the road to Hoffenheim.
It was simply a day where everything went in their favor, even though they were playing with a man less since the end of the first halftime.
This time they proved to be so deadly serious via counters and with the fastball transition, while it was the hosts who had much more of the ball possession and even chances created.
Mainz is now a point above the relegation zone and still being in need to improve further.
Two teams who will come into this match in completely different mindsets.
Leicester look to be a force under Brendan Rogers and the train is showing no sign of slowly down after an impressive 2-0 away win at Brighton. They are currently in 2nd place and look to be serious contenders for a Champions League place next season.
Jamie Vardy is on fire and is now the Premier League’s top goalscorer.
Sittard was quite competitive in the first halftime away to Zwolle, but once they had to play with a man less (midfielder Ciss got excluded towards the end of the first halftime), it was much more difficult for them.
The home side stood playing with ten men too bit later, but also showed far better effectivity and the ball movement overall.
The side now remains above the relegation zone placed teams, while the biggest worry remains way too many goals conceded so far – 35 which is the third-worst defensive line in Eredivisie.
Defender Pinto (7/0) and offensive midfielder Ciss (12/5) should be the only real absentee for the hosts. They have a couple of long-term absentees that didn’t play so far though.
Young Boys took a point away to Feyenoord last time out in Europa League, coming from a 1:1 draw. They stood early behind in the scoreline via a penalty kick, but replied well in the second halftime and did deserve that equalizer fully.
The side now shares the first position together with Rangers and can seal the progress further in case of a victory in this one.
As for the domestic league, they come from a complicated game away to Sion and a 4:3 victory as well, leading the table now with four points more than Basel.
Blackburn comes from a pretty difficult victory at home against Barnsley, in a match where they were set as quite a favorite, but failed actually to show it completely on the field in a 3:2 win.
Their opponents were the ones who had much more of the ball possession, but mostly due to the fact that they were chasing the scoreline, while the home side was still lucky to seal the final victory in the 86th minute in a match that could have ended way differently on some other day.
The Rovers are quite safe now having seven points more than the relegating worried Middlesbrough.