Sassuolo did their part of the job in their last home fixture against underdogs from Salernitana when they come with a close 1:0 victory.
They were pushed back during the first part by the opposing side, but improved their stability during the second, and scored over Berardi in the 54th, even though they could potentially concede in this one.
Sassuolo occupies the 12th spot in Serie A, four points in deficit compared to the European-positioned Lazio.
Defensive midfielder Obiang is a long-term absentee. Defender Toljan (4/0) is doubtful, as well as defender Romagna who didn’t play yet.
Roda hosts Eindhoven in a game that will be very open and I am sure in this. Both teams are very aggressive and totally unpredictable. Roda plays one of the most attacking football in the division but they are not reliable because they never go on a strong winning streak.
On the other side, Eindhoven scores a lot this season, in the last round they even managed to break NAC with 2-0 at home and I will not try Roda against them.
I believe corners is the best option here because Roda produces a lot of corners at home while Eindhoven produces a lot of corners away. Another reason is that Roda concedes a lot of corners – Oss managed to execute 5 corners while Nac managed to produce 7, so Roda conceded 12 corners in just 2 home games.
After four negative results and a downtrend in their form, Lazio improved and won 3:2 at home over Roma last weekend, proving that they are yet to show their best.
This is an obvious uptrend in their form now, as they looked really sharp with the ball to their feet getting the three-pointer over hated rival thanks to goals from Milinkovic-Savic, Pedro, and Anderson. No doubt that they are fired up to improve in Europa League too, after quite undeserved and unlucky defeat away to Galatasaray last time out.
Offensive midfielder Zaccagni (3/0) should be the only absentee worry for the hosts.
Benfica started their campaign in Europe with a 0:0 draw two weeks ago on the road against Dynamo Kyiv, generally, appearing slightly better, but without being concrete in the front.
They had a significant ball possession advantage, and created several decent opportunities, but failed to be more concentrated at the finishing for something more than just a draw, while the hosts performed decently via counters, but also lacking more creativity to make this one a bit more interesting.
Back in Liga Portugal, Benfica is looking unstoppable at the moment, as they have a perfect record so far, and are firmly holding the leading spot in the rankings.
The Portuguese side will miss forward Seferovic (1/0), plus goalkeeper Svilar (not the first choice). Right full-back Goncalves (3/0) is doubtful, while offensive midfielder Radonjic (1/0) shouldn’t play either.
Leipzig failed to be more competitive in their opening clash of the Champions League campaign on the road against the Citizens when they were convincingly outplayed with a 6:3 result.
As the result is saying, they showed more than decent offensive potential, but the hosts were always two steps ahead of them, and having a player less on the field in the last eleven minutes, only contributed to their expected defeat.
On the other side, they did a good job in their last home match in Bundesliga against Hertha, as they hammered them with a 6:0 victory, and are definitely coming to their second European encounter with positive thoughts.
Dundalk performed quite dominant in their last home match against Sligo Rovers when they completely outplayed them with a convincing 4:1 result.
They had a 2:1 lead after the first part when Murray showed quite a mood and scored two, while Hoban continued similarly in the second, as he added two more to the scoreline, and brought his team a much-needed victory in this one.
Dundalk is positioned at the playout leading 9th spot in the rankings, one point in deficit compared to Waterford, which is in the safe zone for now.
The hosts should keep missing defender Gartland (1/0), midfielders Zahibo (12/0), McEleney (20/2), and offensive McMillan (15/4).
Lazio failed to be more creative last time out on the road against Torino when they barely escaped defeat and took a point in a 1:1 draw.
Not much action has been seen up until the last fifteen minutes when the hosts took the lead over Pjaca, but luckily for the Roman visitors, they were provided with the penalty in the injury time and after a perfect execution by Immobile, settled the final result in this encounter.
Lazio holds the 7th spot in the overall rankings, having only one point less than European-placed Fiorentina.
Offensive midfielder Zaccagni (2/0) should be the only absentee for the hosts.
Strasbourg made a decent appearance last time out on the road against slightly favored Lens when they did just enough to record a victory with a minimal result.
They were quite passive during the first part, but having a player more on the pitch since 50th opened their path for something more concrete. The guests used their chance in the 67th and scored over Ajorque and recorded their second consecutive victory in Ligue 1.
Strasbourg is at 9th spot in the overall standings, having two points less compared to the European-placed Lorient.
Forwards Mothiba and Dion (both no play this season) are out, as well as midfielder Bellegarde (6/0). Offensive Waris (5/0) is doubtful.
Almeria performed quite well in their last clash on the road against Alcorcon when they appeared quite confident and recorded a convincing 0:4 victory.
They had a 0:3 lead after the first part and pretty much removed all questions about the winner, but we’re still not done, as they managed to be effective one more time in the 69th, not leaving much room for the home side to be somewhat competitive in this encounter.
Almeria is at 3rd spot in the general standings, being three points in deficit compared to the leaders from Ponferradina and looking like one of the favorites to promote.
The hosts keep missing defenders Carrico and Bunuel (4/0), as well as offensive Villar, who didn’t perform this season.
After a poor start of the new season, Torino caught up with the winning momentum, as they are currently enjoying two matches positive run in Serie A, defeating Sassuolo last time on the road with a minimal result.
They created several decent opportunities during the first part, but only in the second finally managed to pierce through the opponent’s defense, scoring the only one in this clash over Pjaca late in the 83rd, and deservedly took all three points in this encounter.
Forward Zaza is close to returning to competitive matches. The hosts keep missing forwards Belotti (2/1), Verdi (2/1), Edera (no games yet), and defender Izzo (2/0).
Lazio is coming to this clash after a minor setback in their last home fixture against underdogs from Cagliari when they took only a point in a 2:2 draw.