Leicester City vs Manchester City in EFL Carabao Cup.
Both teams have played so many games in recent weeks and both will rest a lot of their main players in order to focus on the league.
However, Leicester City’s defense is going to be in a serious problem against City. With Morgan & Maguire they struggle to keep clean sheet almost in every game under Puel (except against Burnley) and conceded 3 goals against Crystal Palace, Huth (3rd choice) is injured & Dragovic is their 4th choice will replace Morgan. They couldn’t handle the pace & power of Benteke, Townsend & Zaha.
So what how they can keep clean sheet against Manchester City attackers who are likely going to play such as Jesus, Bernardo Silva, & Sane. Even their backup midfield Gundogan & Yaya are still too superior for Leicester City midfield either their 1st team or 2nd team? However, City had Kompany & Stones injured and Pep is likely going to rest Otamendi for PL match. That will leave Adarabioyo & Mangala as two pair of centre back which is a potential goals against City defense as well.
Ajax II vs Den Bosch in Eerste Divisie match.
For this match I’m going for over 3 goals. Eerste Divisie is a competition with a lot of goals. Ajax II is one the most productive team in the league (3rd best offensive team based on number of goals with 39 goals in 17 matches. They also conceded a lot of goals (26 goals in 17 matches). Every Ajax II previous 11 games are matches with a lot of goals, all of those 11 matches are with 3 goals or above.
Den Bosch is also very good going forward, they have scored 32 league goals and conceded 22 goals. In their last 7 games, only one game with under 3 goal.
Over 3 goals with odd of 1.625 isn’t bad especially knowing how productive this competition is.
Belgium Pro League has never been so weak and uncompetitive.We have Gent, Genk and Liege as a sleeping giants, being over 15 points behind leader Brugge.Something more, all clubs are only concentrated in the championship.However, in recent years Brugge and Anderlecht became the top battle for the title.The best teams in the league are meeting each other but isn’t it too late for Anderlecht?
As i was doing my researches and analysis I found an astonishing fact that Brugge managed to score at least one goal in their last 65+ home games in the league! Can you believe this? Of course not! Do you know that the last time that Brugge missed to score was at 2014 against Anderlecht? Brugge started the season in the expected aggressive manner to dethrone the current purple champions and it seems that they have done it till the half of the season.In fact, it cant be otherwise as Brugge only task is the championship.
Bristol City hosts Nottingham Forest in what looks like a promising Saturday encounter. Both teams are known this season for their scoring games and it will be interesting to see whether they continue the tendency or not.
Bristol are currently 3rd in the table chasing the direct promotion places. They are 4 points behind Cardiff and 8 behind leaders Wolves. The team got a victory last round but it wasn’t with ease. They won against another contestant for the top places Sheffield United. United were unlucky enough to hit 4 times the woodwork and then got a red card. Bristol took advantage and won the game with a late goal. This was their third victory in a row.
Nottingham are currently far from the drop zone contrary to last year. The team is comfortable in the top half of the table and with some luck could even look towards top 6. They still haven’t got a draw this season. Their main problem looks to be the performances away from The City Ground. They lost 3 games in a row and going back to their last 7 they have lost 6 and won 1. The team concedes too easily when put under heavy pressure away from home. They have conceded 19 goals in their last 7 games in all competitions.
Bourg Peronnas didn’t impress at all last time out, as the side suffered quite convincing 3:0 defeat away from home against Brest last Friday evening. They were completely outplayed in the first halftime and were lucky to walk away with just one goal conceded, back in 17th minute from the penalty kick taken by Pi.
However, they responded with more open approach in the second halftime, but this time had just ball possession, while the hosts remained being very concrete with the ball to their feet and took professional victory once the visitors opened up, scoring two more goals in last ten minutes – via Berthomier in 83rd and Sissoko in 86th minute.
The side now stands at play-out position with sixteen points earned, two less than safely placed Lens. Forward Fabien Tchenkoua (no performance so far) remains long term absentee.
Newcastle comes from yet another defeat and a negative result, as the side suffered narrow 2:3 loss in front of own fans against Leicester on Saturday afternoon. They however took the lead in fourth minute with a goal from Joselu and had decent number of chances created during the game.
However it was obvious that the players of Leicester were more superior on the field having much more of the ball possession and overall, being way threatening in attack and more concrete side. Mahrez brought the equalizer to visitors in 20th minute, with Gray bringing them into the lead in 60th minute and even though Gayle managed to level up in 73rd, more concrete visitors took all three points thanks to an own goal few minutes before the end of the game.
Even though the final result could have been different, overall impression is that the players of Leicester were scoring easier and that the hosts need to work on their defensive gaps. The side now has just two points more than relegating placed West Brom and the pressure is pilling up on them.
Hosts should be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Gayle as central striker, plus Atsu, Perez and Rithie as offensive midfielders. Left back Paul Dummett (1/0) is unfit coming from difficult injury.
Burnley made a great job last weekend when the side won narrowly at home over Watford 1:0 thanks to a goal from Arfield in 45th minute. Overall, they were better and deserved the three pointer, but the game was probably decided back in 39th minute when the visitors stood playing with a man less when Zeegelaar was red carded.
It was very important three pointer for them, since the team remained high at the table, now being at seventh position and having just two points less than fourth placed Liverpool for example as they continue to impress with 8-4-4 record for now.
Moreover, they are well above the relegation zone and for sure heading to a relaxed ending of the season. Hosts could be set playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Wood as central striker, plus Hendrick as offensive midfielder.
First official match between this two Catalan sides. Looking the form Girona is indeed in better form but i will go against them on this match because they will miss few very important players here, out are Espinosa, Muniesa, Kayone and Alcala. Without Espinosa, Muniesa and Alcala away coach have just two real centre back available so coach will be forced to play with other player on that position, and lets not forget that Ramalho one of two centre back available for this match played very little this season. Espanyol not in ideal form but they are playing at lot better when playing at home, only “new” missing player for this match is Garcia but i dont think that would be big handicap as Moreno and Baptistao as duo are more quality options for that centre forward positions.
Betis had all the chances to walk away with something last weekend away to Las Palmas, but the side simply failed to present themselves in a more positive way, as they suffered narrow 1:0 defeat without doing many concrete things in attack.
Only goal was scored back in 19th minute via Calleri, as the home team continued having more of the ball possession, but also much more chances created and generally looking more threatening in comparison to visiting side who simply looked too nervous as a team getting seven yellow cards for example in the progress (second yellow was given to Amat in second minute of additional time too). They are now without a victory in last four LaLiga rounds, but still stand in the middle of the table having eighteen points, six more than relegating placed Alaves.
Central defender Jordi Amat (8/0) is suspended for this one, while injured remains offensive Joel Campbell (3/1). Doubtful are defensive midfielder Javi Garcia (13/0) and forward Antonio Sanabria (12/7).
Wolves are still on top of the food chain ad are looking confident standing there. They defeated Birmingham last round without giving much effort and remained 4 points clear. The team has 6 victories in a row scoring 16 goals in the process and keeping 4 clean sheets. Nuno Espirito’s team is looking sharp and currently untouchable at the top. Apart from last game the team has won their previous 5 with at least 2 goals margin.
Sunderland may have changed their manager and took 3 points in a vital six pointer against Burton but their problems are not going to fade away so easily. The team failed to get a victory at home again last round losing to Reading. McManaman saw the red card which hindered their play and helped Reading get the points. They have just 2 victories on the road this season and conceded at least 2 goals in their 11 games on the road.
Wolves are heavy favourites here. The team should pile some more misery on Sunderland’s fans.