After three defeats in a row, Atalanta managed to get a point in the previous Champions League round against much more individually quality side Manchester City in a 1:1 game.
Of course that the Citizens have created more, but weren’t actually up to the desired level allowing the Italians to match them properly at some stages of the game.
This is the first point taken for Atalanta, but the team still holds the destiny in their hands – just, they’ll need to get two consecutive victories in the last two rounds to pull out something out of this group.
As for the Serie A, they lost at home to Juventus with three goals conceded int he last sixteen minutes, having great chances previously to lock the game down.
Sassuolo finally reacted fine in their home clash against Bologna last time out, celebrating a 3:1 victory in the end.
It was their first home victory after three straight defeats and quite a difficult home schedule. This time it was quite a balanced match where the hosts showed their effectivity.
However, other than that, the game could have ended way differently on some other day as Bologna didn’t lack chances either.
Sassuolo is now at satisfying four points above the relegation zone position, however with simply too much-conceded goals so far – twenty-one out of eleven matches. Worst possible defense next to Lecce and Genoa.
Union Berlin improved drastically in the recent weeks before the international break, as they firstly progressed in the DFB Pokal game away to Freiburg, then continued with positive performances in Bundesliga.
The side now comes from back to back victories, firstly at home against Hertha and then on the road to Mainz 2:3.
It must be said, they had complete control over the game and only allowed the home side to reduce twice within the last phase of the match.
They are now close to the middle of the table with four points more than playout placed Mainz and need to keep up in the same way.
After two good performances and victories away to Sociedad and at home against Barcelona, players of Levante succumbed to a 2:1 defeat on the road to Athletic Bilbao.
They took the lead at the end of the first halftime via Postigo but weren’t able to keep up with the pressure later on.
Even that lead was completely against the flow of the first halftime, while the home team proved to be more concrete in the second and reached the deserved victory in the end.
They remain in the middle of the table far away from relegating problems for now earning more points at home, therefore surely aim a victory in this one.
Everything is clear in this group about the winner- it’s Croatia, while this game will decide who will finish at the 2nd place. it’s strange because in case of a draw in Wales and Slovakia win against Azerbaijan, even the Slovakians can finish 2nd, which I am not so sure will be deserved. Personally for me, Wales is in the best position for the 2nd place, because they play at home against a direct opponent for the 2nd position in the group and they can rely on their best players, especially the main attacking force.
Ireland had a perfect chance and do something more in October, maybe even seal the qualifying process but the team completely disappointed their fans not being able to score a single goal in two matches.
First, it was a goalless game away to Georgia, where they simply didn’t create enough and were unable to up the tempo.
The second match was away to Switzerland and they were deservedly defeated 2:0 against simply far more fluid side overall.
Comparing to previous matches, the Irish team will miss goalkeeper Westwood (21/0, Sheffield Wednesday), defenders Christie (24/2, Fulham), Williams (3/1, Blackburn(, midfielder McCarthy (40/0, Crystal Palace) and forward Long (82/17, Southampton).
Croatia started their campaign with a loss on the road to Hungary and worried their fans a bit, however more or less, there’s very little to complain about their performances.
Sure, they could have been more concrete in matches against Azerbaijan as they also made a setback away in Baku, but two rounds before the end they are keeping everything in their hands.
They just need to get the victory here and no matter of the other outcomes, they will end up as the first in the group.
Even with a point taken, they are progressing to Euro since they would have better h2h matches against all three opponents in question.
Midfielder Rakitic (106/15, Barcelona) is injured fro this one, while offensive Kramaric (46/13, Hoffenheim) remains sidelined with an injury. Defender Mitrovic (12/2, Club Brugge won’t play either due to injury, while suspended are defenders Lovren (57/3, Liverpool) and Vida (79/4, Besiktas).
After improvement and morale-boosting matches and performances against Italy and Bosnia & Herzegovina back in September, Armenia completely disappointed in their October’s clashes taking just a point away to Licehstein at first.
That setback made their match away to Finland being a must-win situation, but neither it was realistic to expect, neither the Finnish let them think about it for a long time.
Even without a fight for the second position, the qualifications itself were decently positive for the Armenians. Armenia has just theoretical chances of reaching the EURO, as they need two victories but also Finland to make unimaginable setback at home against Liechtenstein.
Bristol Rovers finally got back on the right track with a 1:2 win on the road to Rochdale in the seventeenth round of League One.
They made a strong entrance into the match scoring two goals within the first eleven minutes, to secure the first three-pointer after just one point earned in the previous three rounds.
The side now stands just behind the playoff zone having a point less than sixth-placed Coventry.
They had a 1:1 game against Bromley in the FA Cup competition on Sunday night, using a rotated squad but didn’t manage to meet the expectations being a favorite before the start of the game.
They took a late lead via Leahy in the 76th minute but got leveled up just five minutes later.
Walsall comes into this match after a really ugly run in League Two, as the team has six consecutive defeats.
Most recently it was a narrow 2:1 loss away to Swindon back then quite expected as the home team challenges for the promotion. The players of Walsall are now just two points above the rock bottom-placed Morecambe.
They had a 2:2 game against Darlington in the FA Cup last Saturday afternoon, not being able to get the momentum into their favor despite being a huge favorite in this one against a National League North side.