Viking is back on the right path, as they were able to break their four matches winless streak in the last round against Stromsgodset when they recorded an away victory with 0:2 result.
They were already a better team in the first part but didn’t manage to materialize their good appearance. It took them a while, but they took the lead first in the 74th minute when a home team’s player scored an own goal. As the match was moving forward to the end, it was clear that the host’s attacks aren’t dangerous enough, and with the goal over Bell in added time, the visitors put an end to this encounter.
Brann recorded a victory in the last round against Stabaek with 0:2 result, away from home.
None of the teams stood out too much in the first part, which was quite equal, but in the second, the visitors looked far more dangerous with the ball to their feet, as they were able to score two times. Taylor scored first in the 62nd minute, while the final result was set by Bamba who scored in the late phase of the match, in the fourth minute of added time.
With this victory, Brann found themselves in the 7th place, and they will have to be more constant in the matches to come if they want to move closer to the European exit places.
After the good performances in the Champions League OL Lyon makes its debut in the “Ligue 1” for the new season. The team of Mr. Rudi Garcia has had a good performance in the games played after the break of the covid-19: before the League Cup final lost only on penalties against Paris SG and then the Final eight of UCL obtained by eliminating Juventus and then qualifying for the semifinals by eliminating Manchester City. Only the great strength of Bayern Munchen prevented the French from obtaining a historic final.
Lokomotivi Tbilisi is a small team from Georgia who has great facilities but never really a serious contender for titles domestically. Last season they finished 20 points behind the winners but it was enough to qualify for Europa League. It is a very young team with an average age of 21,9 years. They acquired Giorgi Chiabrishvili as their head coach, who has a little experience from this adventure from his time with FC Saburtalo. He has good memories from Europe, when defeating Sheriff Tiraspol but lost against Dinamo Zagreb.
The Scots are entering this one quite confident with their appearances as they started the new season in a very good way, having two victories and one draw.
If we exclude that setback from round two against Kilmarnock, they are really looking good on the field these days. In the last match, they did just enough to justify the role of favorites against Dundee Utd, as they recorded an away victory with minimal result.
Besides the Premiership, last Tuesday evening they played the Champions League qualification match against KR Reykjavik from Iceland and managed to qualify for the next round with convincing 6:0 home victory.
As mentioned, Celtic is really looking quite good, especially in the offense, and in my opinion, they will have no problems in scoring in this encounter.
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Norrkoping finally managed to record a positive result in the last round against Goteborg, after a five matches winless streak. Playing as a visiting team, they defeated the hosts with a 1:3 result, in a match that was quite balanced, even though the result isn’t saying so.
With goals in the 4th and the 30th minute, the guests took the double lead in the first part, but it can not be said that they outplayed the hosts, as they too had several very nice chances. In the second part of the match, Goteborg managed to reduce the deficit with a goal in the 61st minute, but they simply missed too much. The visitors were able to add one more to the scoreboard in the 76th minute via Levi and take an important three-pointer.
Norrkoping occupies 4th place in the overall standings, only two points behind Djurgarden, and a ticket for Europa League.
Djurgarden is on the right track in the Allsvenskan, with two consecutive wins, but unfortunately, they failed to overcome the obstacle in the qualifications for the Champions League.
Last Wednesday evening they suffered a 2:0 loss against Ferencvaros in an away match. The Hungarians looked far better with the ball in this clash, as their attacks were sharper and more effective. The guests from Sweden conceded in the 33rd minute over Nguen, who was all fired up that day, as he scored another one in the 62nd minute.
The visitors had a couple of opportunities in the second part, that are worth mentioning, but the end of an attack was the main problem for them in this one.
Back in the Allsvenskan, they are at Europa League-leading 3rd place, six points behind Malmo, and a ticket for the Champions League again.
Last Saturday evening Derry City played against Shelbourne in an away match, as they come from a 1:1 draw.
One goal in each half was scored in this one, as the visitors took the lead first in the 29th minute from the penalty kick which was executed by Meite, while the guests leveled up in the 77th over Brennan. The match between these two was quite balanced in both parts, and it is safe to say that both teams deserved a point in this clash.
Derry City is in 8th place, currently in the safe zone, and only one point ahead relegation placed Cork City, but there are still many matches to play in the Premier Division, and much can change.
Entire Europe will see a different kind of qualification for Europa and Champions League – the single match legs will be extra crucial with no time for mistakes. Ferencvaros won the Hungarian league with an impressive 13 point difference last season and therefore will begin their journey to Champions League.
The first obstacle – Djurgarden. Ferencvaros might have their most competitive team in a very long time. They are led by Sergiy Rebrov, the former Dynamo Kyiv manager who has led Ferencvaros since 2018 and collected a 5-7-2 record in European competitions during this time. They took part in Europa League group stage in the previous campaign and did well.
After a victory in the first round of the Premier League, Krasnodar suffered an away loss in the last match with a narrow 1:0 result against Lokomotiv Moscow.
The hosts, despite the ball possession disadvantage, looked more dangerous in the first forty-five minutes, and with a goal over Miranchuk in the 43rd, they crowned their good transition game. The guests decided to take a less risky approach in the continuation, but they weren’t able to create opportunities dangerous enough to score an equalizer, so the result remained unchanged until the end.
Krasnodar is currently at the 6th place, but they have high expectations out of this season, as they want to repeat the success they had in a previous one when they ended at Champions League-leading third place.