RB Leipzig had to start their Europa League duties already from the second round, but the side did well to progress over Swedish Hacken, Romanian U Craiova and Ukrainian side Zorya using those matches as preparation games for the start of Bundesliga as well.
Their playoff game against Zorya proved to be more difficult than expected, as they reached the group stage thanks to a goal from a penalty kick in the 90th minute of the second leg. As for the start of Bundesliga, they lost away to Dortmund, took a point in a home clash over Dusseldorf and finally won 3:2 at home last Saturday afternoon against Hannover.
It was a hard-fought clash where the visitors actually looked more active and created more, however also were losing for the most of the clash. Left-back Marcel Halstenberg has some problems and probably won’t play here. Timo Werner should be at disposal despite some discomfort.
Sheffield United met also an in-form side last Saturday afternoon when the team visited Bristol City and stood defeated with a narrow 1:0 result. The only goal was scored late into the match, in the 81st minute via Watkins.
Overall, the match was quite a balanced one with neither of the teams being too willing to attack. Guests had more of the ball possession, however, the home team was a bit luckier to get so much needed lead.
This result broke their streak of three consecutive victories (at home against Aston Villa and Norwich, plus on the road to Bolton), as they now stand at fifth position and need a victory here if the team is to keep the playoff rankings for now.
Leeds had quite a difficult game last time out previous Saturday afternoon when the team visited Millwall. They were maybe slight underdogs that day but proved that the odds were completely wrong.
The players of Leeds had much more of the ball possession and controlled the game overall. However, they stood back in the scoreline in 55th with a goal from Wallace, but completely deservedly leveled up in the 89th minute via Harrison in a match they surely deserved even more.
Now, coming back to home matches they surely want to get a victory after two consecutive draw matches and to keep leading the table as they still stand first with four victories and three draws, having a point more than next three teams below them.
Zwolle had a rough start facing strong teams. In the last round they finally got their first win in Groningen. It was a boring game but a nice win because Zwolle rarely win on the road.
Vitesse suffered a heavy defeat at home in the last round against Ajax. They now have 5 points, only winning the first league game. Must be said they have also faced tought opponents.
Both teams have not scored many goals in their last few games. So statically it doesnt seem smart to bet on goals. But looking at their matches they are full of chances. Zwolle plays with alot of confidence at home and they also find the net. Vitesse have created huge chances in all of their games. Its a miracle to me how they have not scored atleast 6 goals in the last rounds. Goals should come eventually, and i believe this matchup will give us goals.
Tottenham had a good entrance into the season with first three victories, however, the things didn’t look that bright in their most recent clash when the side visited Watford a weekend before the international break. They were huge favorites and the game came after their victory on the road to Manchester United, however, proved many of their fans to be wrong.
They were better at the start, too much of the ball possession but not really threatening situations created. Still, they took the lead first via an own goal at the start of the second halftime. However, hosts were the ones who moved the ball better later and were much more dangerous in attack. Goals from Deeney and Cathcart in 69th and 76th minute. The side now stands with three points less than leading trio of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Watford.
Kane and Moure should lead their attack in 3-5-2 formation. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is out injured, as well as midfielder Dele Alli. Juan Foyth and Vincent Janssen are long-term absentees.
Liverpool, on the other side, couldn’t start the season better as the team comes from all four victories in Premier League so far. After victories over West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brighton without a single goal conceded, the Reds had stronger test away to Leicester two weeks ago.
This is match from the Swedish Superttan. The hosts are sitting with 26 points on the ninth spot but they are just five points away from the relegation playoffs. Varnamo is sitting fifteenth in the zone where the teams are relegating directly so for them on first spot is moving at least one place upper. In spite GAIS have a good five points difference they should take the maximum from this one as they are facing one of the teams with poorest away record 2-2-6. Varnamo must go “all in” because they are having almost no time to save from relegation. For the visitors those match is also good spot for seeking a point as GAIS are also not convincing at home 3-4-3. In the last seven matches between those two five times both teams have scored and four times they were over 2.5 goals. In the last ten matches of GAIS only once both teams have not scored and six times they were over 2.5 goals.
Finland did a very decent job to get a victory over Hungary in the first round of UEFA Nation’s League and now in case they present themselves in a good picture again, they will become one of the favorites to win this group. No doubt that the atmosphere is decent now and that they’ll try to use such momentum.
They entered the game against Hungarians really strongly and took the lead already in the seventh minute thanks to a goal from Pukki. The Finnish team continued being better in the first halftime and threatened some more, while they switched to a more defensive approach in second as they were simply satisfied with a result they had.
Comparing to previous few call-ups, they aren’t counting at defender Juha Pirinen, midfielder Glen Kamara and forwards Berat Sadik and Tim Vayrynen.
Estonia expectedly suffered defeat to Greece in their first-round game last Saturday evening. The only goal was scored in the fourteenth minute by Fortounis and could be said that the Greeks got what they wanted in this clash without being in need to make a lot of effort.
Novak Djokovic and Del Potro will meet in this 2018 US Open finals.
The Serbian player is in excellent form by my opinion. As expected he easily dealt with Nishikori. So, I was right there and hopefully I will be again and thus to close US Open on a positive side after completely disaster pick on the women finals.
So, Novak easily finished SF vs Nishikori while Delpo took the job done against Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately, Rafa was not able to finish the match so the handicap bet on Del Potro was void but who was a little more brave than I was and who took money line, end up in a profit.
I’m not on Djokovic today. My lean is his win but odds are too low, don’t want to make such mistake again. As for handicap, I am leaning towards Del Potro but not many games on his side, I am not feel comfortable with only +4. Yes, I was on him on even less against Nadal but I simply think Djokovic is way better than Nadal at this point. Plus, in the SF I mentioned I am taking Delpo cause in fact I expect him to win, maybe even in straight sets. So he in any underdog role back then was good choice in my eyes. But now, I’m not sure, everything is possible here. I’m afraid that one convincing set in favor of Djokovic would ruin such handicap bet on Del Potro.
Southend was a slight favorite against Charlton last weekend, but the team somewhat disappointed in front of own fans and suffered 1:2 defeat in the end.
The first halftime wasn’t that interesting, while all the goals were seen in second – with the guests taking the lead and hosts responding right away, however, the players of Charlton were the ones to threaten more towards the end got the victory deservedly as they risked more.
Towards the very end of the clash, Kightly and Oxley were red carded for the home team and Fosu was excluded in the visiting team. Southend was close to the playoff spots last season but now haven’t started that well with three defeats so far. After six rounds they have only seven points which is three more than relegating Bristol Rovers and four less than playoff placed Fleetwood Town. During the midweek, they won over Cambridge United 3:1 in Checkatrade Trophy competition on Tuesday evening.
Italy and Poland were in League A. Together with Portugal at first glance, it is the group number three visually looks weaker than other companies, if we consider the latest results of these teams at the world Cup.
Better than other teams were the Portuguese. They reached the 1/8 finals of the 2018 world Cup, although this result can not be put them in the asset. The fans expected more.
The Italians did not get into the final part of the world Cup in Russia. Poland failed tournament, finishing in last spot of group H, and the main goleador striker of Bayern and the national team of Poland Robert Lewandowski in the last three matches failed to report any successful action.
The draw was held before the start of the world Cup in Russia. At that time, the above teams took high places in the ranking, so it was in League A.