Hannover (8th) are coming off two road losses where they lost 4-0 at Werder Bremen (18th) and lost 2-1 at Leipzig (3rd). Prior to that they had won 4-2 at home over Borussia Dortmund (5th) and won 2-1 at Augsburg (10th). They have gone over in their last six matches as they had also lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt (7th) and lost 2-1 at Borussia Moechengladbach (4th), so that they have scored in five of these last six matches, but have conceded in each of these six games, and allowed at least two goals in five of them, so they can score but struggle to stop the opposition from doing so.
Stuttgart (11th) have gone over in five of their last six games, as they are coming off a 2-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund (5th). Prior to that they had lost 3-1 at Hamburg (15th), won 3-0 at home over Freiburg (17th), lost 1-0 at Leipzig (3rd), won 2-1 at home over Cologne (18th) and lost 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt (7th). So they have managed to score in five of these games, while conceding also in five of these games.
The Moscow team needs victory in the upcoming game, Locomotive Moscow has five points in the asset, the Russians in third place, lose to Sheriff and Copenhagen one point and in the sixth round will play on the road with Fastav. “Railwaymen” won only once in four games, it happened in a home match against the Czechs.
Copenhagen after four rounds in the European League managed to score 6 points, this team has never lost, once defeating Festav and having played three times in a draw with Locomotive Moscow, Sheriff and Czechs on the road. It is also important to note that in the Danish championship, Copenhagen lost the last two matches, failing to score even a goal in them. In general, to overestimate the Danish “lions” is not worth it, this team now looks much weaker than a year ago, when they managed to break into the group of the Champions League.
CSKA Moscow are second in their group, equal points with Basel and really need to win this game, as their next game is away to Manchester United, and if Basel win their game with them, then they will face a tough task having to win at Old Trafford to ensure they progress to the next stage. They have had some strange results in the Champions League as they have lost both home games, beaten 2-0 by Basel and 4-1 by Manchester United. However they have won both away games, as they beat Basel 2-1 and Benfica also 2-1 on the road. They get a boost for this game with Mario Fernandes training with the team this week and is likely to play, especially as he gives them a good option down the right flank.
Aston Villa managed to take a three pointer in quite a difficult game last weekend when the side visited QPR and celebrated a 1:2 victory on Saturday afternoon. However, the things didn’t start that well for them, since the team from London took the lead in 18th minute with a goal from Mackie, but the visitors leveled up in third minute of additional time via penalty kick taken by Adomah.
Same players brought them back into the lead in second halftime, even though the Villans actually deserved to take the lead in the first halftime already thanks to their efforts. The side now stands at fifth position, having seven points less than second placed Sheffield United and surely wanting to get a victory here in order to get back into the race for the promotional positions.
Home team should be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Davis as central striker, plus Onomah as offensive midfielder behind his back. Offensive midfielder Andre Green (5/1) is injured, same as central defender John Terry (16/1). Offensive players Scott Hogan (14/0) and Jonathan Kodjia (8/1) are both sidelined too.
Lens had a very difficult game last time out in Ligue 2, but still managed to walk away with a point away from home against Nancy. Their hosts looked better at the start and surely deserved the lead they got in 19th minute with a goal from Dembele, continuing to be better but the second goal never came.
Instead of it, visitors were more willing to risk towards the end of the game and got the equalizer in 84th minute via Hafez, leaving no time for their hosts to respond even though the players of Nancy surely deserved something more out of the match however didn’t have proper concentration at the end of the game. During the international break, they won over amateur side Noeux Mines 0:5 in Cup game, while they stand only at 18th position at the table of Ligue 2, surely being close to a must win situation here as they are two points behind safely placed Bourg Peronnas. Experienced goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez (8/0) is suspended for this one.
Lyon is having pretty fine season so far, at least in Ligue 1 as the team comes from a very important and impressive 5:0 victory taken away from home against St Etienne before the international break.
It was close to a one sided game from the beginnig, as the guests took the lead in tenth minute via Depay and doubled up the lead in 25th via Fekir, completely dominating the second halftime and managing to score three more goals till the end, via Diaz, Traore and Fekir again for their completely deserved and seventh victory in first twelve rounds of Ligue 1. The side now stands at third position having four points less than second placed Monaco and surely that a victory here remains their first target.
They should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Depay, Mariano and Traore as forwards. Midfielders Clement Grenier (1/0) and Pape Cheikh (no performance so far) are injured, while important forward Nabil Fekir (11/11) won’t be playing here due suspension.
Hull have suffered three consecutive defeats in Championship before the international break, as the side comes from a 4:1 defeat away from home against Sheffield United without being completely competitive in the second halftime.
They even took the lead, against the flow of the match in 29th minute via Grosicki, but it was obvious that the hosts had much more of the initiative and were a better side, something that they confirmed with four goals from Clarke in the second halftime, leaving no reasons for the players of Hull to hope for something. After three consecutive defeats, the Tigers have slipped down the table now being at 20th position, just four points above relegating placed Bolton.
Dicko should lead their attack in 4-2-3-1 formation with the support of Grosicki, Evandro and Bowen as offensive midfielders most likely. Forward Abel Hernandez (3/3) remains sidelined with injury, same as long term striker Will Keane (no performance so far), left back Stephen Kingsley (6/0), midfielder Jon Toral (7/0) and defensive midfielder Ryan Mason (no performance also). Striker Fraizer Campbell (13/3) is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.
Darmstadt was far away from a desired form before the international break, as the side had seven matches in a row without a single victory, gathering four draws and three defeats in the process. At least, they come from two straight draws most recently, at home against Holstein Kiel and on the road away to Braunschweig in the most recent game in a 2:2 draw.
The game itself wasn’t that attractive and must be said that the hoe team actually looked way better during the game, but it simply wasn’t their day. Hosts even took the lead via an own goal in eight minute, but the players of Darmstadt were very concrete and managed to revert the scoreline via goals from Mehlem and Kamavuaka out of rare chances they created, but still conceded the second goal during the additional time via Schonfeld. As a side that relegated from Bundesliga last season, they can’t be satisfied with current position (eleventh) and being just five points above the relegation zone nowhere close to the promotional battle.
Home team will miss goalkeeper Heuer (9/0), central back Niemeyer (1/0), midfielder Kempe (10/3) and forward Platte (6/2).
Brazil are coming to play here, that’s their goal for today. Even in their game against Japan, Brazil played with Neymar -Gabriel Jesus – Willian, Neymar also got booked, they were playing seriously. They did concede as well, Japan scored one goal but Brazil won 1:3 in the end and pretty much dominated the game. Now whatever England media or players might say about this, this game is very big for them, a huge one. It will be played at Wembley and I expect England to play with a serious line up, or at least the best one they can put with what they have right now. Last game for England was against Germany, that game finished 0:0. But neither side tried to win it really and looked like they care too much about it, it almost seemed like a training session and not a friendly. Brazil are coming strong and they are big favorites to win this at heart of England, odds are too low on Brazil for my taste so I’ll go with over. I reckon Brazil wll push for the win much more than Germans did.
After a run of five consecutive undefeated matches in LaLiga2, players of Sporting Gijon suffered narrow 1:0 defeat last weekend away to Reus Deportivo. However, it must be said that the visiting side looked better on the field, had more of the ball possession and looked more concrete overall.
Still, it wasn’t enough for them to walk away with something, since the guests stood behind in the score in 68th minute with a goal from Gustavo, but failed to respond later on during the game. After this defeat, the side slipped down the table to fifth position, being now three points behind second placed Osasuna and position that leads directly to LaLiga. As for their matches, the side has 4-2-0 record and surely aim another three pointer.
Sporting keeps missing defender Lora (5/0) and midfielder Alex Lopez (5/0).