Verona entered bit poor period in recent weeks, as they come from a 4:2 defeat away to Brescia which was their third game without a win. Those were two defeats on the road and a point taken in a home draw against Cremonese. Verona is now sharing the sixth position being four points below direct promotion placed Pescara and surely aims more this season.
Palermo now hit good form, as the side comes from three consecutive wins having also five victories in last six matches (a draw included as well). In the most recent clash, they won 3:0 at home over Pescara, showing once again their effectivity in the attack. They lead the table with two points more than Pescara and four points more than third-placed Salernitana.
Goalkeeper Tozzo is long-term absentee, similar to central defender Bianchetti both without performing so far. Visiting side misses left back Rispoli (4/0).
Scotland had to get the victory away to Albania to stay alive in their chances of promotion completely and that’s exactly what they did winning the opponent with a 4:0 result in Shkoder. Now, the side needs a victory to get the first position against a side they got defeated with a 2:1 result earlier in October despite having the lead in the first halftime.
After starting defeat away to Albania, Israel improved well in next two matches and recorded victories at home over Albania and Scotland – both matches completely deserved. They will now need to remain undefeated here, but knowing that they can’t wait to see what happens and stay behind the ball for too long.
Nine players have dropped out of Scottish squad since call-up, including goalkeeper Gordon (Celtic), defenders Mulgrew (Blackburn), Tierney (Celtic), midfielders McDonald (Fulham) and McGinn (Aston Villa). The visitors miss defender Tibi (Maccabi Tel Aviv), midfielders Golasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Einbinder (Beitar) and forward Shechter (Maccabi Tel Aviv).
1st Round match at the Pune Challenger.
Odds dropped off on this but a -1.5 games handicap puts it just about right.
I really don’t know what wrong with James Ward in the last couple of months, he was gaining back his form gradually but at this moment he is struggling to win matches, however I still see him getting a comfortable victory today.
Ward this year has a 31/26 record on all surface. He reached 2 challenger tournaments final on hard court.
19/14 is his record on hard court this year but his form of 3 wins in last 10 is a major concern.
Ward form at the moment may not be all that good but Purcell is worst. Purcell is having a disaster 2018 on hard court and I don’t think his luck will change today.
Malaga comes from a 2-2 draw at “Estadio El Molinon” last Sunday, in a match, in which Juan Muniz’s men lost their lead twice, the last time after Carlos Carmona’s goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.It’s the first time this season when Malaga lose points in two consecutive games, but the hosts remain among the major favorites for promotion in the Spanish La Liga (4th place, only one point behind leaders Granada) and while their away record is far from impressive (2-2-3 7/9), “Estadio La Rosaleda” has been turned into a fortress since the beginning of the new campaign: 6 consecutive wins over Alcorcon (1-0), Tenerife (1-0), Cordoba (3-0), Rayo Majadahonda (1-0), Albacete (2-1) and Numancia on Oct. 29 (2-0).Munir (g / 11+0), Luis Hernandez (d / 12+0), Juan Carlos (d / 4+1) and Alex Mula (m / 2+0) are out due to injuries, but two key players in Alfred N’Diaye (m / 10+2) and top scorer Gustavo Blanco Leschuk (f / 13+6) will return to the squad after suspensions.
Cyprus didn’t disappoint much so far in the competition, but they are far from safe of relegating to League D. After four matches played, they are third with four points but also being fourth between the ranking of third-placed teams which would mean relegation for them. In order to avoid that, they would need a victory here. In the most recent game, they had a 1:1 draw away to Slovenia.
Bulgarians were maybe lucky at some moments, but anyway, the team now has a chance of winning the group and promoting further. After four matches, they have three wins and a defeat in the most recent game away to Norway. It was quite an equal game where the Norwegians reached the goal in one of the rare chances. The side now needs a victory here in order to continue their race with Norway.
With two victories so far the team from Belgium shares the first position with Switzerland and this match should come as a must-win for them, to avoid possible calculations what happens in case of a defeat to Switzerland in the last round. Anyhow, they seem pretty strong at the moment, coming from five matches undefeated run.
Iceland has suffered all three matches at the UEFA Nations League and has nothing left but to play the last game to regain some of the pride for their nation. They have already relegated to the League B for the next cycle and were no match to Swiss nor Belgium till now, scoring only one and conceding eleven goals in three games.
Lukaku is recovering from a hamstring problem and should be fine to start here. Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen remain sidelined for the home team. Visitors have central back Ragnar Sigurdsson suspended for this one. Winger Johann Gudmundsson and offensive Gylfi Sigurdsson have also withdrawn from the squad due to injuries.
After three wins, over Real Madrid, Celta, and Villarreal, players of Alaves suffered bit unexpected defeat away to Eibar with a 2:1 result last weekend. They did take the lead, but having played with a man less from 24th till 62nd minute was too much as the players looked extremely tired and got punished for it. The side now needs to get a victory here to maintain within the Champions League positions.
Huesca actually surprised a bit last weekend when the team welcomed Getafe and the relegation strugglers managed to pull out a draw in a 1:1 game. They were better, especially in the second halftime when they took the lead and it was easier for them to play – still got punished for inexperience very late into the match. The side continues to be at the rock bottom position with only six points for now.
West Brom comes from ugly and narrow 1:0 defeat away to Hull last Saturday. It was ugly since the game itself turned out to be defensive and generally quite ugly, as the hosts took the lead in the first half, while the visitors failed to be more concrete. Except for possession, they didn’t create much overall. It was the fourth game without a win, as they slipped down the table and are a point below play-off zone.
Leeds managed to fight out a really important win away from home against Wigan with a 1:2 result. Despite being down early, they managed to respond within minutes and seal the victory in the second. The win was deserved, as the hosts did almost nothing in attack with exception of the goal. The side now shares the first position together with Norwich and needs to get a victory here.
Right back Gibbs should be recovered on time. Doubtful are midfielder Barry (7/0) and forward Gayle (13/8). Visitors shouldn’t count at central back Berardi (8/0), right back Ayling (14/1) and offensive Bamford (5/0).
Lille actually gave a really good fight to PSG away from home, however, once the hosts upped the tempo in the second halftime the quality difference was obvious. Still, the team didn’t get completely outplayed and managed to reduce in the added time for the final 2:1 result. The side now broke their winning streak of four matches, being second together with Montpellier.
Strasbourg, on the other side, was quite a favorite in their home game against Toulouse in a 1:1 game, but at least the side remained undefeated in last five rounds of Ligue 1. They were actually better than Toulouse and had control over the game, but failed to be more concrete with the chances created. The side now stands at seventh position with just four less than Europa League placed Lyon.
The home side has midfielder Bahlouli doubtful but anyway without performing so far. The guests miss injured midfielder Goncalves (4/1) and forward Saadi (1/0). Doubtful is forward Ajorque (4/1).
It was a super intense match where Benfica defenitely had their chances. In their eyes they deserved more and i totally understand that, but if you really look at it objectively, i think that Ajax were the more dangerous team. But of course, bad luck for Benfica that the shot of Mazraoui got deflected and ended behind Vlachodimos in the dying seconds of the game.
Seems like the loss against Ajax did affect the team somehow because they lost against Belenenses and at home against Moreirense.
Seforivic was really impressive in Amsterdam and he is questionable for this match.
Dolberg is fit after all and will travel to Lissabon. But i will not be suprised if Ten Hag will play with Tadic as a striker, something that worked very well against Bayern Munich.