Watford will host Manchester City in the 15th round of Premier League at Vicarage Road.
Watford are 10th in the ranking and they have to face the PL leaders maybe in the worst moment for them. Only the teams in the relegation zone+ Wolves are in worse current form than Watford and this match against City isn’t going in the right moment for sure. It’s true the visitors have a visit at Stamford Bridge during the weekend, but this will not imfluence the team too much. Under Pep Guardiola they want to take win after win and to grab another PL trophy. The difference with Liverpool is too small, so missing points against teams like Watford is just forbidden. Most of City start are young and talented players, especially the duo Sane and Sterling. Maybe Aguero will be rested and will be a substitution of Jesus- we will see what Pep will decide as a starting line-up, but whatever he does tomorrow, I am confident the starting players will give their best for taking the three points and maybe it will be easier than expected.
Watford were total mess in the last rounds losing against Leicester 2:0 as visitors+ 0:3 against Liverpool. At home they earned a few bad losses- not only against Liverpool, but also against Bournemouth with 0:4 and Manchester United with 1:2. Their start of the season was almost perfect, but then the things started to normalize and now they are in the middle of the ranking. Capoue is suspended for this game, while Cleverley and Penaranda are injured.
Brescia surely deserved more away to Venezia, but the side got defeated with a 2:1 result in the end. They conceded early, were playing with a man more since the 22nd minute but conceded another against the flow. They remained better till the end, but only reduced in last moments. The side is now just outside the playoff zone and aim remains here a victory.
Livorno managed to break their negative run coming from a point taken at home against Cittadella in a goalless game. The hosts were slightly better during the match, but the lack of quality in attack is killing them – not being able to make that extra push in last ten minutes when they had a man more. They continue at the last position with only six points earned out of twelve rounds.
Midfielder Ndoj is back after suspension as well as right-back Sabelli for the home team. Defender Albertazzi (4/0) and forward Giannetti (8/2) won’t be part of the team for this one for the visiting side.
Thun was set as a slight favorite away to Sion last weekend, but the side didn’t manage to present themselves that concrete. Hosts took an early lead, already in the third minute, with the guests trying to chase and got the equalizer but conceded deservedly towards the end again. Despite the defeat, Thun remained at third position with just two points behind Basel.
St Gallen was also slight favorite away to Grasshoppers last weekend and also suffered 2:1 defeat. Their hosts entered the game in a great way, taking the double lead inside the first fifteen minutes, with the visitors spending the rest of the game trying to catch the result. Overall, they were far better than Grasshoppers but had very little luck converting their huge number of chances into goals.
The home side should miss forward Hunziker (6/0), while a couple of players remain long-term absentees without influence so far. Visiting side misses forward Itten (7/4), plus also a couple of long-term absentees too.
After three wins in a row, Palermo comes from a point taken away from home against Verona in a 1:1 game. It should be said that they were actually better for the most of the clash, but were in position to chase the result and couldn’t revert the game completely. Still, they remain first at the table with three points more than third-placed Lecce and a victory here is a target for sure.
After three matches run with no victory, Benevento improved and got a 2:1 home victory over Perugia. They entered the game well, took the lead, but conceded out of rare chances for the visiting side and had to wait till the last moments to take the lead again, being better for the most of the clash. The side is sharing the fourth position and has just three points less than directly placed Pescara.
Palermo continues to miss defender Struna (5/1) and forward La Faso who didn’t play so far. Visiting side can’t count at defender Costa (3/0), midfielders Del Pinto (3/0), Nocerino (6/0) and forwards Improta (9/2) and Insigne (10/1).
It has been over 6 months since Malmo lost a home match, and this is a key match up in Europa League for them, and most likely the game which will decide progression or not. Allsvenskan finished on the 11th of November, but Malmo have remained fit with a cup game against Lund.
In Europe, there is an interesting pattern when it comes to Malmos home games. They often over perform against good teams, and under perform against less competitive sides. This has been seen on multiple occasions such as victories against Celtic, Salzburg, Olympiakos, Shakthar and Besiktas. However, bad results have come against similar or weaker sides like Vardar, Midtjylland, MOL Vidi and Sarpsborg to name a few.
I see Genk belonging to the upper scale, and can see a good performance coming from Malmo here. They have the habit of winning, a solid run of matches and a generally fit squad. For many players this is the highlight of the season.
Swansea got completely outplayed when they welcomed Norwich and got defeated with a 1:4 result. It’s not that they were poor, but the visiting side simply used their chanced far better with great effectivity against hosts who created almost the same number of chances. The team is now at the tenth position and with five points less than play-off zone, being in need to improve.
West Brom was a favorite in the previous round and justified it with a 1:2 victory away from home against struggling Ipswich. It wasn’t very open game, but the visitors did what was needed being very effective with the ball possession. They are now at fourth position and surely that a defeat here isn’t an option for them.
The Swans continue to miss midfielders Byers (4/0) and Carroll (12/0) most probably. Visitors can’t count at midfielder Brunt (15/0) and defender Bartley (15/1) most likely this time. Their top scorer Gayle is expected to return to starting lineup.
Mid-week English football brings QPR to Rotherham on a cold Tuesday night in Yorkshire.
Possibly going against popular opinion but a lot of factors do favour Rotherham here. The South Yorkshire side have an excellent home record and have suffered defeat only twice since November 2017. Last season they were in League One but even this season the Millers have faced some tough opposition and have avoided defeat against Derby, Sheffield United, Bristol City, Stoke City & Swansea. They have purely been let down by their away form this season.
They also come into this match after a morale boosting 2-2 draw with Sheffield United thanks to a late equalizer. QPR also drew 2-2 on the road against Stoke. This will be Rangers’ 2nd away game in the space of a few days and it remains to be seen how many will travel up to Yorkshire to support their side mid-week.
Defensa y Justicia remained the only undefeated team in the Superliga, coming from a 1:1 draw at home against Estudiantes in a game where they dominated a lot, especially in the second part but failed to reach the victory. With six victories and five draws, they share the third position with Huracan.
Tigre improved well last time out, winning at home over Argentinos Juniors even though they stood playing with a man less since the sixth minute already when Batalla got excluded. The visiting side even took the lead, but the hosts improved in the second part and reached the victory thanks to great fighting spirit.
Midfielder Gutierrez (2/0) and defender Silva (2/0) are out for the hosts. Visiting side misses suspended goalkeeper Batalla (10/0), but also injured offensive Cavallaro (9/2), midfielders Gonzalez (3/0), Ortiz (8/0) and defender Rodriguez (9/0).
Copenhagen is sharing the first position together with their today’s opponents, but we still can’t say that the team is having a perfect form they want to have in Superliga. Most recently, they broke a run of four wins in a row, taking just a point away from home against Aalborg and saving the game with a goal in the 83rd minute only, despite being better.
As for Midtjylland, the side comes from an impressive performance at home against Vejle getting a 5:0 victory before the break. They were far better, continuing with very good offensive form as the side remains undefeated in last fourteen rounds (ten victories and four draws).
Forward Fischer (13/7) is injured, as well as defender Luftner (1/0). Another defender, Boilesen (14/1) is doubtful for now due to a thigh injury. Visitors could miss forward Dovbyk (2/0) and midfielders Okosun (7/0) and Sparv (13/2) who are doubtful for now due to various injuries.
After the appointment of Halilhodzic, Nantes is showing a positive face. They are now on a run of three wins in Ligue 1, a win in French Coupe de la Ligue, a point taken away from home against Rennes. It was a fair outcome, in a game where the hosts even missed penalty kick and were closer to a victory. Nantes is at the tenth position with five points more than relegating placed Dijon.
Angers have improved in the most recent game at home against Montpellier 1:0. It was a bit surprising to see them winning after five matches without a victory in overall quite an equal game where the guests had much more of the ball possession. The side is now at the thirteenth position with four points more than relegating Dijon.
Midfielder Rongier (13/1) misses due to a knee injury for the hosts. Right back Kwateng (12/0) is doubtful for now. Visiting side have few players doubtful, including defender Andreau (1/0), midfielder Manzala (5/0) and forward Capelle (13/2).