Kalmar is having some difficulties with their performances, as they were unable to record a positive result in the last five matches. In the last round, they come with a 1:1 draw against Helsingborg, playing away from home.
The hosts were a better team during the first part, as they were able to take the lead first in the 14th minute, and generally being more dangerous. In the continuation, the balance shifted to the visitor’s side, as they were now looking better on the field. They were able to level up in the 72nd minute over Crona and took a point in this encounter.
Kalmar is at relegation leading 15th place, but they have a chance to step into a safe zone, which is only three points ahead.
Kristiansund is coming to this one well-motivated, as they were able to record a 0:2 victory in the last round against Sandefjord, playing away from home.
The first part went by in a very aggressive approach by the visitors, who crowned their good appearance with a goal from the penalty in the 37th minute, which was executed by Pellegrino. In the continuation, the home side was in the control of the ball but lacked the ideas on how to score an equalizer. The guests haven’t those problems, as they were able to score one more time, again over Pellegrino, and set the final result in this one.
Kristiansund currently occupies 5th place in the standings, having four points less than third-placed Odd and exit for Europa.
Bohemians Dublin is approaching this match after a loss in the previous round against Shamrock Rovers with a 1:0 result, playing as a visiting team.
They conceded very early, already in the 5th minute over Lafferty, not being able to level up during the rest of the encounter. The visitors had the initiative in the second part of the match, created some nice opportunities, but the credit has to be given to the goalkeeper of the home team, as he saved his goal on several occasions.
With this defeat, Bohemians found themselves in European 2nd place, having five points less than first-placed Shamrock Rovers, and a ticket for the Champions League.
Slovakia was competitive in the Euro qualifying bid last year, but unfortunately, they failed to grab that second place, as they finished in the 3rd spot, only one point behind Wales. Slovakia was in the group with Croatia, previously mentioned Wales, Hungary, and Azerbaijan.
They were able to record a victory against every team, both home and away, except Croatia and Wales, and that obviously cost them, as these two were able to qualify. Overall they looked good on the pitch, surely regretting that 1:1 result against Wales back at home in round seven, when they had a chance to win, in case of which, they would take that 2nd place.
Slovenia was competitive for some time in the Euro qualifying bid last year, however, being drawn in the group together with Poland and Austria was simply too much for them.
In the end, they ended up as the fourth team with the same number of points as Northern Macedonia. Quite a poor finishing of the qualifying path also, as they suffered three defeats in the last four rounds.
It were losses against North Macedonia, Austria, and Poland, only winning at home against rock bottom-placed Latvia.
Lahti is coming to this match after an away 2:2 draw against Haka in the last round of the Veikkausliiga.
The visitors opened the match with more confidence and they were able to take the lead first in the 15th minute over Assehnoun and kept it for the next twenty-five minutes when, unfortunately, they conceded an equalizer.
In the second part, the guests were a bit more aggressive team, as they were able to take the lead again in the 66th minute via Coubronne, but the hosts were persistent and responded with the same measure in the 81st, setting the final result in this one.
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.