I love Hacken when it comes to overs, they are one of my strongest favourite teams for goals in last few seasons of Allsvenskan. In the current season of 2018 they’re not on that overish level from past seasons but we’re only twelve rounds in and Hacken are with six overs and six unders exactly, which is fifty fifty record at the moment. They are set to face Norrkoping that are also with six overs and six unders after twelve league rounds. In their mutual head to head matches at Norkopping, Haken and Norr delivered three straight overs, and even more if we’re counting Hacken’s home hosted matches.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 at Norkopping, these two played 3:1, 3:1 and most recently 4:1 in September of 2017. Norkopping were the better side last three times here, but as I said Hacken were slightly weaker defensive team in last couple of seasons, hence the over record that followed them due to their weaker defending.
Saturday afternoon struggling Swedish giants Malmo takes on Ostersunds. Both sides have something to prove and we can be confident of an interesting game.
Malmo are currently nowhere near they want to be. The team sits on 10th place, 6 points away from top 3. Malmo are finding it difficult to keep their performances. They often look too inconsistent and this is their main problem. Currently the hosts can lose to any opponent as well as beat anybody. Their last 3 games have all gotten over the 2.5 goals mark and it was mostly due to their ability to score – 4 against Sirius and 3 against Drita in the Champions League.
Ostersunds played some friendlies in the midst of the World Cup. The team failed to win any of them. The team though won their last Allsvenskan fixture with 2-1 on the road. That’s an outstanding result and the team currently occuepies 5th place 4 points away from top 3. The team has a good strikeforce scoring 20 goals so far in the league and will be looking to add some against troubled Malmo side.
Petrocub reached historical success in previous season and will play at the European scene for the first time in their history. The side ended up third in the previous season fighting out in last rounds of the league as they had five matches undefeated run ending tied up with Dacia Chisinau that ended at fourth position.
Durign the new season, the side currently sits at third position with twenty two points. They are eleven points behind Sheriff Tiraspol and eight points behind second placed Milsami. It’s obvious that they are far away from the title race and third position seems very reliastic target for them being seven points ahead of the fourth placed Speranta Nisporeni.
The side is in fine form at the moment having five matches without defeat run and two victories in a row, both at home. In the most recent league match eleven days ago the side won over Zimbru Chisinau 2:1 at home thanks to goals from Ivanov and Ambros.
FC Astana managed to take the domestic league title in the last round of previous Premier League as the side won 2:0 at home over FK Akzhayik to end up with a point more than second placed Kairat Almaty. They had a decent Euro season last year too.
The side secured the second position in Europa League being a point behind Spanish side Villarreal and with two more than Slavia Prague and six more than Maccabi Tel Aviv. It was for sure more than satifying performance from them, as the side ended up the competition with a knockout stage against Sporting Lisbon suffering 4:6 aggregate score defeat.
Astana is also heading very well towards a new title in 2018 season. The team currently stand at first position with six points more than second placed Kairat Almaty and having played two games more. They are in the best form with six matches undefeated run – last time having a goalless game away to Tobol last Thursday evening. The side had five victories prior to it having the best home record with eight victories and only one draw so far.
The Georgian champions, Torpedo Kutaisi will carry their country flag into Europe in the Champions Leaugue qualifiers. They will do so against Moldovas recent dominant team, Sheriff Tiraspol.
Torpedo Kutaisi won the league in dramatic fasion last year, after saving a penalty in the 90th minute against rivals Dinamo Tbilisi. However, their champion status did not carry onto the present season where they are currently sitting on 5th place and 11 points behind leaders, Saburtalo. Nonetheless, the European adventure is something they look forward to and they have acted accordingly by strenghtening the squad on a short notice.
Oleksandr Aatsky is a 24 year old central defender who joined on loan from Banik Ostrava to add more defensive qualities ahead of the European matches. Lazar Marin is another defensive wing back aquisition, joining from Botev Plovdiv in Bulgaria. Finally, central midfielder Marek Hlinka joined from Banik Ostrava as well and scored a goal in his first appearance.
I really don’t want to sound like I underestimate Su Wei, but she really will not have much chances against Dominika tomorrow, especially when they will have to play on grass and the Slavakian is looking so inspired right now. As I said in my previous preview about Dominika, It’s really tough to break her spirit when she’s feeling good on the court. She’s a player who is so confident, so when she’s playing well. She was almost perfect against Elise Mertens in her previous match and during the whole tournament. Also will add the fact that she was quarterfinalist in 2016 in Wimbledon and she knows what’s the feeling to reach this round in comparison with Su Wei, who has two participations in fourth round in Grand Slams at all, both of them in Australian Open, but with no success. I doubt in Wimbledon will bedifferent story.
3rd round match between Guido Pella and Mackenzie McDonald.
This is one of the matches where I prefer not to think too much and just go with the moment! What does it mean? Well, yesterday Guido Pella produced the biggest surprise in Wimbledon 2018 eliminating one of the top favourites Marin Cilic after a brilliant comeback, being 0:2 sets down. And on the next day you have an opportunity to reach the 1/8 finals facing player out of top 100, the youngster McDonald.
Both of them played a lot of matches on grass before Wimbledon without much success. Here they played equal time on the courts- started with four-set wins over Kubler and Berankis, while in the 2nd round they eliminated Cilic and Jarry in long five-set matches. Mc Donald has one more day for rest before this big match, because he played against Jarry two days ago, but the momentum is totally with Pella.
2nd round match in Wimbledon between the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich and the American player Taylor Towsend.
Here I will be short in arguments why I chose that pick. Both of them are young 24vs22 years old, close in the ranking and as current form. Their recent results are really bad in the last months with so many defeats. Sasnovich lost her two matches in Mallorca and Hertogenbosch by Vandeweghe and Lottner, while Towsend lost her only match in Eastbourne by Konjuh. Here in Wimbledon their opponents in the beginning were soo different- Towsend against Parmentier, while Sasnovich took Kvitova as a start. OK, it was not such a surprise that American beat her French opponent. Parmentier served awful in the 1st set and had to save break points in every single of them, while in the 2nd it was much more equal with fast service games for both them and one break was enough for Taylor to take the match.
1st round of Wimbledon and am going with a lot of over 3.5 sets as its quiet hard to pick a winner at this early stage.
First up is Marius Copil against Robin Haase.
It’s somewhat surprising that Haase is favorite to win this match, he’s not having the best year and his record on grass is really horrible.
Someone with a record of 26/43 on grass should never be favorite to win but he is the much better player and he plays Copil who has never gone past the 1st round at this tournament.
Copil is having a much better season than Haase, he’s been playing well on grass this year and has only lost to far better player than him so he’s got a really good chance here.
Belgium will come into this encounter being the strong favorites having won all 3 games so far this tournament and will be looking to once again dominate against the Japanese. Belgium have managed to keep 2 clean sheets while scoring 9 goals and conceding just 2; which showcases the form they are in heading into this encounter. They have strong players with Lukaku already scoring 4 goals while Hazard knocking in 2 so far; which should give them positive momentum moving forward. The Belgians will be confident of keeping a clean sheet against a decently strong Premier League experienced England team at bay which should give them enough confidence to play well tonight.