Atalanta didn’t need much time to remind of themselves before the break, as they won comfortably 4:1 at home against Sassuolo last Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to goals from Djimsiti, Zapata and an own goal, it was already a three goals lead for them after the halftime whistle. Zapata added another one in second, during which players of Sassuolo showed more – however, it was only logical since the team from Bergamo already had a decent lead.
They now continue to be fourth at the table and close to a must-win situation in this one, being just six points above fifth-placed Roma.
Tottenham will play their second home game after the coronavirus break on Tuesday night when they receive West Ham. Hosts sit in the 8th position with just 42 points in 30 games. They are only 4 points below Manchester United (5th), Wolves (6th) and 2 points from Sheffield United (7th), all of them are fighting for a European spot, it could turn out to be a Champions League spot because of the Manchester City ban.
Visitors sit on 17th place with 27 points in the relegation zone along with the likes of Brighton, Watford, Bournemouth, and Aston Villa, all of these teams with just 6 points of difference and two will descend.
Well, I don’t like the odds, but it is what it is. Helsingborg has, so far, been the most unconvincing team and they just don’t look prepared for the start of the league.
Helsingborg will meet with Elfsborg in the third round, but it doesn’t look their luck will change. Helsingborg was just crushed in their home match against the newcomers Varbergs with a clear 3:0. They created very little while Varberg had no problems hitting them on the counter.
Moreirense found a way to surprise Boavista away from home last Saturday night, even though they were set as a slight underdog back then. The only goal was scored by Soares in the 48th minute, in a match that generally belonged to their hosts.
It was Boavista who should have scored already in the first halftime, while the guests surprised them at the start of the second. Boavista simply paid the price of being way too ineffective for the chances they have created.
Even though they took a point in a 3:3 draw against slightly favored LASK Linz, the players of AC Wolfsberger will definitely be disappointed to have conceded the last goal during the added time. It was LASK that entered the match more efficiently and had the double lead, however, the home side responded far better in the second part.
In quite an open encounter, Wolfsberger reacted much better after the second goal conceded and managed to completely revert the result thanks to goals from Dieng, Liendl, and Novak from 58th till 89th minute. However, as said, their focus got lost and the guests scored their third too.
LASK comes to this one after away draw against Wolfsberger in a very interesting match. In completely even first half, the guests scored first in the thirty-sixth minute over Frieser they scored. Both teams started the second part of the match in a very similar offensive way.
Guests again scored another one in fifty-sixth minute via Trauner. The second conceded goal fired up the red light for the hosts and they managed to completely turn around the result in their favor with goals over Dieng, Liendl, and Novak. With a goal in added time, Tetteh secured a point for the guests in a 3:3 game.
Gil Vicente entered the match away to Portimonense with every chance of walking away with something, however, they didn’t prove that on the field. In quite an uninteresting game, it was Portimonense that scored the only goal via Lucas in the 50th minute.
Other than that, nothing much was seen on the field and the result could have easily been a goalless game too. It definitely looks like a really slow start for Gil Vicente after the long break. Luckily for them, they are in the middle of the table and pretty safe at the moment.
Augsburg enters this one after away loss to Hertha with two conceded goals. Hosts were the far better team in the first part of the game, they had the upper hand and the reward came soon.
Dilrosun found his way through opponent defenses and scored in the twenty-third minute of the match. Guests had many more chances to increase their lead in the first half, but they lacked efficiency.
The second half brought us much more offensive play by the guests, who came out from the locker room visibly more motivated, but despite numerous attacks, they couldn’t score. In the end, despite the opponent’s domination, Hertha was the one to score in the second half via Piatek, who set the final score 2:0 in added time.
Dusseldorf was convincingly defeated by the Munich giant in the last round, playing as a visiting team. They had no chance against Bayern and that was obvious from the start.
Jorgensen scored an own goal in the fifteenth minute, and so to speak, the guest’s downfall began. Pavard and Lewandowski increased their team’s advantage until the end of the first part of the game to a great 3:0. In the second half, the Bayern’s machinery just continued where it left off, and with two more goals over Lewandowski and Davies, the final score in this match was set, a great 5:0 for the Bavarians.
Gornik enters this match in a good mood, as they have two victories in a row in the Ekstraklasa. They recorded their last victory against LKS Lodz, playing as guests. Although the hosts dominated in the first half, the guests were the first to score.
With a good game from the transition, they found their way to the opponent’s goal, and in the thirty-sixth minute, Giakoumakis gave his team the advantage. The second half brought us a similar game. The hosts had the initiative, the guests tried from the counter-attack, but neither team was specific at the end of the attack.