Halifax ended the regular part of the season at the 4th spot in the general rankings, certainly hoping to start their playoff campaign in the best way possible.
They failed to be more creative in their last appearance away against favored Stockport when they suffered a 2:0 loss, but the outcome was pretty much expected by the community, nobody will be downhearted due to it, and I am positive that they have more to offer, especially with the high stakes which are involved now.
Midfielder Woods (33/2) is a major doubt for this one after picking up a injury recently.
Chesterfield narrowly secured a place in the playoff part of the table in the end, as they ended up in the 7th spot in the standings, only a point ahead of their closest Dag & Red.
They are suffering from a four-match winless run, ending their last appearance at home against underdogs from Woking with a 0:0 draw, performing with a certain dose of insecurity in the front to do something more in this one – having not scored in the last three games too.
They have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this one. Important forward Tshimanga (27/24) is still out due to an injury.
HIFK had a certain dose of luck regarding their latest match on the road to favorite Inter Turku when they managed to pull out a 2:2 draw, despite being considered a strong underdog by the bookmakers.
They were in a 2:1 deficit after forty-seven minutes of play but managed to bounce back and equalize from the penalty later in the 80th while having a man down in the last phase of the match created problems, but luckily, the hosts failed to be effective from another penalty which followed.
HIFK is currently hammered at the bottom of the table, having three points out of seven matches played.
Midfielder Eremenko (7/0) is suspended. Doubtful for now are defenders Backman (3/0), Kanon (4/0), Klinkenberg (4/0), and midfielder Halme (4/0).
KuPS did their part of the job in the last round away to underdogs from Oulu when they routinely walked over them with a 0:3 victory.
The visitors held the initiative from the begging, scoring once in the first, and on two more occasions in the continuation, not leaving much space for their opponents to maybe spice this one a bit.
Currently being hammered at the bottom, having five points less than the safety zone, Alaves is facing inevitable relegation to LaLiga 2.
They are coming to this last match of the season after a convincing 3:1 away defeat against Levante last Sunday, visibly lacking more creativity in the front, and even though they had the lead after the first part, their momentum was completely lost in the continuation when they conceded three times.
Midfielder Escalante (17/5) and forward Guidetti (10/0) won’t be playing in this one.
A stressful match is definitely ahead for Cadiz, as they are currently sitting at the 18th spot in the standings, sharing the same amount of points as safely-placed Mallorca.
They took a valuable point in their latest fixture at home against Real Madrid when they ended the clash with a 1:1 draw, surely walking away with a taste of bitterness, as they missed a penalty, in the second, and could potentially take all three points.
The guests should keep missing defenders Akapo (25/0), Haroyan (17/1), midfielder Alejo (20/2), Jonsson (22/0), Emeterio Fede (12/0), and forwards Perea (18/0).
Doing what’s up to them
Freiburg can be satisfied with how things unfolded for them this season, as they ended up their Bundesliga campaign at the 6th spot in the standings, a place that directly leads them to the Europa League group stage.
They have a nice opportunity to put a cherry on the top in the upcoming DFB Pokal final, and even though they have two consecutive defeats behind them, I definitely see them being fully engaged in getting a trophy at the end of the season.
Midfielder Weisshaupt (10/0) is out injured, while midfielders Schade (21/4) and Keitel (12/0) are doubtful for now.
Even though Leipzig suffered a painful elimination from the Europa League campaign against the Scottish powerhouse Rangers towards the end of the season.
However, they can be proud of their general appearances this season as they ended up at the 4th spot in Bundesliga, and deservedly took their ticket for the Champions League.
Like their opponents, they have a nice opportunity to crown their productive season with a trophy, and there will certainly be no holding back by their side either.
St. Patricks is coming to this clash after they took a point in the last round away against Sligo Rovers when they ended the match with a 1:1 draw.
They entered the second part with a 1:0 deficit, but equalized over Burns in the 51st, appearing too uncreative for the remaining period to do something more in this one.
St. Patricks is currently at the 4th spot in the rankings, sharing the same amount of points as third-placed Dundalk.
Defender Barrett (no appearance so far), midfielders Murphy (3/0), Lennon (3/0), and forward Coughlan (8/0) are out for the hosts.
Shelbourne did their part of the job in their last home match against visiting Drogheda when they narrowly took all three with a 1:0 victory.
After a pretty passive first part, the hosts approached the second with slightly more aggression and scored over Boyd in the 51st, thus extending their positive run to two matches now.
Shelbourne occupies the 7th spot in the overall standings, eight points ahead of playout-placed Finn Harps.
Luzern visibly grabbed the momentum, as they are currently enjoying a three-match positive run in the campaign, winning over Sion last time out on the road with a convincing 1:3 result.
They appeared far more creative with the ball, as they scored once in the first, and two more in the second, allowing the hosts only a comforting one from the penalty in the last five minutes.
Luzern is still in danger of relegation, as they are sitting at the playout leading 9th spot in the standings, being only a point in deficit compared to the previously mentioned Sion.
They should have no fresh injury worries ahead of this one.
Young Boys did their part of the job in the last round at home against underdogs from St Gallen when they performed quite confidently and recorded a convincing 4:1 victory.
They took the lead early in the 7th but faced some minor inconvenience at the begging of the second when they conceded an equalizer.
Even so, they bounced back in the best way possible, as they managed to be effective three more times in the continuation, not leaving much space for their opponents to be more challenging in this one.
Slovacko created a nice foundation for the upcoming MOl Cup finale, as they are coming to this clash after two consecutive victories in the 1. Liga campaign, which saw them securing their 4th spot in the rankings and an opportunity to compete in Europe next season.
As mentioned, they are performing confidently, as they convincingly won their last match of the Championship Group at home against Hradec Kralove 3:0, appearing quite sharp with the ball and deservedly took their place among the top four, having five consecutive home victories too.
Right-back Reinberk (30/3), midfielder Petrzela (29/4), and striker Sasinka (13/2) are all questionable for the moment.
Even though Sparta finished their 1. Liga season at one place higher compared to their opponent in the upcoming final, their general appearances are not giving them much confidence for the upcoming cup final.
Oulu positively surprised last time out at home against much-favored Honka when they appeared persistent enough and recorded a close 2:1 victory.
After a goalless first part, the hosts took the lead in the 55th but faced inconvenience fifteen minutes later when they were left with a one-man down and conceded an equalizer in the 75th minute. Even with a handicap, they continued to appear aggressively and took the lead once again from the penalty in the added time, extending their unbeaten run to four matches now across all competitions.
Oulu is currently at the 6th spot in the standings, having nine points collected so far in the campaign.
Winger Salanovic (4/1) is injured and should be their only absentee worry.
KuPS met the expectations in their latest fixture at home against underdogs from Haka when they appeared slightly sharper with the ball and narrowly celebrated with a 2:1 victory.
The hosts opened the match in a better way and took a double lead during the first part, but lost the momentum when the match moved to the second and conceded once later in the 86th, probably relaxing too much in this one.
Real Oviedo ended their enviable positive run in their latest fixture on the road against Malaga when they took a point in a 0:0 stalemate.
The bookies predicted a tough clash, and that was exactly the case, as both squads were not standing out too much here, simply not being aggressive enough to make this one a bit more interesting to watch from the spectator’s point of view.
Oviedo is currently holding playoff leading 6th spot in the standings, closely followed by Ponfferadina, which has only one point less.
Defender Ahijado (29/1) is out, while midfielders Sanchez (29/1) and Rozada (35/2) are both doubtful.
Currently being at the 14th spot in the standings, nine points ahead of the danger zone, the remaining matches are just a formality for Zaragoza.
They are coming to this clash after a pretty convincing defeat in the last round at home against underdogs from Alcorcon, appearing aggressive to a certain level in both parts, but unfortunately lacked more creativity at the finishing for something more in this one.
Darmstadt, currently being at the 4th spot, sharing the same amount of points as third-placed Hamburger, simply has an imperative of victory in the upcoming clash, and hopes for the Hamburgers’ setback if they want to grab the playoff spot this season.
They made a setback in their latest match on the road against slightly underestimated Dusseldorf when they come with a close 2:1 defeat, conceding two times at the begging, while only being able to reduce later from the penalty in the 60th, even though they had plenty of opportunities to return, especially during the second.
Midfielder Schnellhardt (15/2) is injured, with defensive midfielder Gjasula (23/1) being suspended. Forward Seydel (21/6) is unlikely to play too.
Paderborn is entering this clash without any serious competitive motive, as they are currently at the 6th spot in the standings, with no chance to grab the promotional third place.
They met the expectations regarding their latest appearance at home against Sandhausen, as they routinely won with a 2:0 result, being visibly more creative with the ball, and deservedly scored once in each part of the encounter.