Gijon failed to meet the expectations last time on the road to Sabadell when they come with a 1:1 draw, clearly lacking a bit more sharpness at the finishing.
They conceded first from the penalty in the 23rd, but approached the second part visibly in a more aggressive manner and successfully leveled up over Djurdjevic in the 54th minute, unfortunately, not being creative enough for something more despite several nice chances till the end.
Gijon is at 5th spot in the standings, being six points in deficit compared to Espanyol and a directly promotional 2nd place.
Midfielder Garcia (26/1) and striker Djurdjevic (29/20) are missing out on international duty. Midfielder Fuego (28/0) is suspended.
Hungarians left the impression of quite a dangerous nation last time they were called-up, as they managed to take the first spot in the group shared with Serbia, Turkey, and Russia during the UEFA Nations League competition.
Their road to the World Cup in 2022 is a bit more difficult, as they are drawn in the group with England, Poland, Albania, San Marino, and Andorra, but never the less, with their distinctive offensive approach, they should be able to cause problems even in matches when their victory is questionable, usually not defending and trying to score a goal more.
The Hungarians will miss defender Bese (23/0, Leuven), Korhut (21/1, Debrecen), midfielder Szoboszlai (12/3, Leipzig) and forward Gyurcso (20/3, Osijek) compared to previous invitations.
The Turks didn’t appear in the best manner last time in the Nations League competition, as they ended last in the group which they shared with Serbia, Russia, and Hungary.
They managed to record only one victory against previously mentioned Russia in Istanbul, but overly looking, were showing some decent offensive potential in the campaign.
They now have a great chance for redemption, as in the World Cup qualifications, the Turks are drawn in a group with Netherlands, Latvia, Montenegro, Norway, and Gibraltar, and by all means, have the potential to progress further to the play-off phase.
Blackpool did a great job in the last round on the road to Oxford United when they took a 0:2 victory, showing some decent improvement in the offense.
They opened the match in a more aggressive manner and deservedly scored two during the first part over Dougall and Ballard.
The continuation brought us a very dynamic performance from both sides, as they were trying their best to be effective, but they needed to be a bit sharper at the finishing for us to witness more goals being added to the scoreline in this encounter.
Blackpoll occupies the 10th spot in the general standings, being three points in deficit compared to the playoff placed Charlton, but also having four matches played less.
Dusseldorf failed to justify the role of a favorite side last time out on the road to Sandhausen when they come with a goalless draw game, but it had to be said that they deserved more.
From the start, the guests were by far a more aggressive side, creating several nice opportunities in both parts of the match, but lacked that one more thing at the finishing to do something more concrete here, definitely deserving more.
They are currently at 6th spot in the general standings, having six points less than playoff placed Greuther Furth before the start of this round.
Az Alkmaar is coming to this clash after a convincing 4:1 victory in the last match against Twente, playing at their home stadium.
They scored first in the 4th minute and were practically gifted with a 3:0 lead when the guests had the misfortune to score an own goal twice. Strangely, the hosts returned the favor in the 40th but showed more stability in the continuation, and with another scored in the 78th, took all three in this encounter.
Az Alkmaar is at 3rd spot in the rankings, being only three points in deficit compared to the Champion League placed PSV.
Sittard did a good job last weekend, as they were able to outplay Venlo on the road, with a convincing 1:3 result.
They took an early lead in the 10th minute but came across some inconvenience later one in the 54th when they conceded an equalizer. Nevertheless, the guest showed great determination, scoring two more in the next twelve minutes, and routinely walked away with three points out of this encounter.
Sittard is positioned at 10th place in the standings, having only three points less than their opponents in the upcoming clash.
The hosts only miss goalkeeper Velthuizen (1/0) for this one.
Heerenveen suffered a bitter loss last time out on the road to Willem II when they were completely outplayed with a 3:1 result, showing very little in their front line regarding creativity.
Despite having the ball to their feet for most of the time during this encounter, they failed to be more dangerous, conceding their first one in the 28th minute. With an apparent absence of stability in the back too, the guests conceded another two in the 55th and the 58th, being able to score at least a comforting one in the 73rd over Veerman.
Heerenveen is at 11th spot on the table, having four points less than the play-off placed Utrecht.
The Gunners are entering this clash with positive thoughts, as they were able to outplay Olympiacos in their first match with a 1:3 result, playing back in Greece.
Logically, they opted for a more aggressive approach from the start, using the quality gap in the best possible manner, and scored their first one in the 34th over Odegaard. In the second part, the home side managed to respond with an equalizer in the 58th after a huge mistake made by the visitors, but that setback had no impact on Gunner’s morale.
They took the lead once again in the 80th over Gabriel, while only five minutes later Elneny scored a beautiful goal and removed all questions about the winner if there were any at all.
Wycombe finally ended their four matches losing streak in the last round at home against Preston, as they recorded a close 1:0 victory.
The hosts opened the match more aggressively, and their effort paid out in the 27th minute when Tafazolli was able to score. Seemingly satisfied with the result, the home side opted for a more defensive approach in the continuation, not having too many problems in keeping their sheet clean, as the visitors were pretty passive throughout the encounter.
Wycombe is hammered at the bottom of the table, having small chances to escape the relegation scenario this season.