PSG will try to make up for a loss they suffered in their last match of the Champions League campaign against Leipzig, away from home early in November.
They did open the match in a better way and took the lead first over Di Maria in the 6th minute and had a great chance to double it only ten minutes later from the penalty, but the same player wasn’t accurate. The hosts managed to bounce back in the 42nd with an equalizer and only twelve minutes since the beginning of the second, completely reverse from the penalty.
Leuven is coming to this clash after an expected loss to Beerschot on the road with a 4:2 result but showed some offensive potential in their performance.
They took the lead first in the 16th minute over Mercier but lost their focus as the match progressed and conceded as many as four goals in the next forty minutes, being able only to add one more to the scoreline, from the penalty in the last ten minutes of the match.
Despite this defeat, Leuven is performing well in the Jupiler League this season and is positioned in 9th place having the same amount of points as Cercle Brugge that occupies Europan 8th spot, but one game less also.
Napoli did just enough to record a victory in their latest clash early in November against Bologna, in an away match. They opened the match visibly more aggressive and with a goal in the 23rd minute over Osimhen, deservedly took the lead.
They “eased off the throttle”, as the match progressed to the second part when they had one more chance to double their lead in the 50th minute, but the goal was disallowed after VAR. The home side looked capable enough to score an equalizer, but the goalkeeper of the guests stood out to the task, as he saved his goal on several occasions, so the result remained unchanged.
After they convincingly defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Europa League campaign with 4:0 at home, Villarreal performed very well in the domestic league also, as they recorded another positive result against Getafe, away.
They appeared good, especially in the first part of the match when they looked far better with the ball to their feet and deservedly went on a break with a 1:2 lead. In the continuation, the hosts opted for a riskier approach but lacked creativity. The visitors used a more open play of the opponents, and with a lovely finishing over Moreno in the 62nd minute, deservedly took this 1:3 victory.
Rennes suffered an expected loss to PSG in the last round of Ligue 1 with a 3:0 result, playing away from home.
They had their chances in this one, but quality, especially in the offensive line, was more than obvious. After a huge mistake of their defense, they conceded in the 11th minute over Kean, a setback that surely left some consequences as the match progressed.
They had no solutions for the magnificent Di Maria, who showed some great individual skills, as he was effective two more times in the 21st and the 73rd minute and sealed the visitor’s fate in this clash, while the guests did have some decent offensive moves throughout the game, but with no change.
In this match of ATP Finals Rafael Nadal will play against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The have played five time in the past against each other. Rafael managed to win in 5 matches. I consider Rafa to be the favorite here also.
In order to get to the semi finals of the tournament Rafa needs a win here. Rafa played a great first round match against Rublev. Then against Thiem he lost in tight match. In that match both players were playing some good tennis and both had their chances but Austrian won in the end.
The Belgian national team continues to dominate in a group which they share with Denmark, England, and already relegated Iceland, as they hold the leading place, having four victories and one loss since the beginning of the campaign.
In their latest clash at home against England, they recorded a 2:0 victory, showing how a team should play with the ball to their feet. Tielemans in the 10th and Mertens in the 24th minute brought their team a double lead, which the Belgians successfully preserved until the end of the encounter, as the English side looked too passive to do something significant in this match.
Ecuador caught up a good rhythm in the campaign, as they have two consecutive victories behind them. First, they defeated Uruguay with 4:2 at home, back in October, and in their latest clash on the road to Bolivia, come with a 2:3 victory.
The match in Bolivia was interesting to watch, as it was a very dynamic one, with both teams shooting from all their guns. After the first sixty minutes, the result on the scoreboard was 2:2, as the home side proved that they can be very dangerous from transition, while the guests held the ball to their feet for most of the time.
A draw was becoming a very realistic scenario, but the visitors from Equador were provided with the penalty in the last minutes of the match, which was executed by Gruezo, who brought his team this close 2:3 win.
The Belgians did their job in their last clash of the Nations League campaign when they defeated Iceland on the road with a 1:2 result.
The visitors took the lead first in the 9th minute over Lukaku, but the home side responded with an equalizer only eight minutes later. The Belgian national team had the initiative, managing to score another one again over Lukaku, who was effective from the penalty in the 38th minute. The game rhythm significantly decreased as the match progressed, and with both sides looking too passive in this part, it was not surprising that we didn’t see more goals.
Belgium, overly looking, is probably the best team in a group with Denmark, England, and Iceland, deservedly positioned at the leading place with nine points out of four matches.
After a very impressive five matches streak without a negative result, Lugo suffered a loss in the last round on the road to Espanyol with a 2:1 result.
The home side had complete control over the ball possession during this clash and with a goal in the 30th minute, took the lead. Their advantage was short-lived, as the guests were able to bounce back with an equalizer over Carrilo, only three minutes later, but overly looking, the hosts seemed closer to victory.
They added one more to the scoreline in the 58th minute, effectively keeping their goal safe until the end of the clash, despite several nice chances that were created by the visiting side, which showed that they can be very dangerous via counters.
Lugo is currently in 10th place in LaLiga2, looking quite good for their standards, since the beginning of the new season.