Mirandes defeated all the odds to celebrate progress in the previous Copa del Rey round, just a few days ago when they managed to exclude Sevilla in a 3:1 victory at home.
They made a strong start with a great atmosphere, taking the lead in the seventh minute via Aias already, while the same player doubled up their lead in the 30th minute.
It was the guests who had much more of the ball possession, but Mirandes threatened better, especially in the first halftime. They remained very concrete with the ball to their feet and with fastball transition, missing a penalty early in the second, while both nets scored a goal each in the last ten minutes of the game.
Lille stood behind in the scoreline very early against Strasbourg last Saturday night, conceding a goal already in the 12th minute via Thomasson. The guests tried to respond right away and had much more of the ball possession, however, wasn’t that concrete in the final effort till the halftime whistle.
They didn’t need much of the possession in the continuation but appeared far sharper in attack scoring goals easier and not needing much of chances created.
Pescara surprised everyone with their good and combative performance away to Pordenone last weekend, winning the match with a 0:2 result.
Not only they had more chances created overall, but the visitors also kept the ball more to their feet and simply surprised the opponent in every possible aspect of the game.
They looked better in the first halftime too, but the goals were missing, while encouraged with such performance they risked more in the second and it soon paid off to them – they took the lead via Zappa in the 51st minute while Galano doubled it up just seven minutes later.
Nice comes from a pretty difficult game last weekend when they hosted Rennes in a 1:1 draw. They took the lead in the 47th minute via Dolberg, after quite a balanced first halftime, as the second part remained in a similar way.
It didn’t look like Rennes will actually score, but they did it in the 81st minute via Tait, probably sealing a fair outcome in the end.
Hello everyone, my pick for this weekend is for the game that will be played at the New York Stadium, Rotherham. The game will be played between Rotherham United and Burton Albion.
The home side head into the game at the top of the league, their form of late has been impressive and I think their manager Paul Warne should be included in the manager of the month award for January. it might go to Peterborough as they’ve also been in form. Rotherham sit top of the table with a total of 50 points from 28 league games. They’ve won 15 games, drawn 5 and lost 8.
Regensburg once again proved to be no pushover in the previous match when they managed to get a narrow 1:0 victory over favorited Hannover last Tuesday night. Many expected them to show a different and weaker performance, but it was actually Hannover that got limited when speaking about the real chances created.
Hosts didn’t need much in order to be threatening, as they scored the goal via penalty kick converted by Besuschkow late in the first halftime. Hannover was tried to react in the second and have kept the ball more in their possession, but they were actually the ones who were threatened as Regensburg missed some really good opportunities to double up the lead.
Osnabruck had a great undefeated run before the holiday break, even including three victories in a row, but they suffered 3:1 defeat away to Heidenheim last time out.
It was a game where nothing went into their favor, even though it was them who looked just fine on the field and the result could have been way different on some other day with different circumstances.
After this setback, they stand at the sixth position only, having five points less than playoff placed Stuttgart and can’t afford to drop points here. Knowing their good home form, three consecutive wins in front of their own crowd and defensive tightness they have, it’s only logical to have them having a commanding lead.
Arminia looked really fine during the first part of the season, especially surprising on the road where they looked like a side above real 2. Bundesliga quality. The team ended up the first part of the season in the first position, with four points more than fourth-placed Heidenheim and couldn’t expect much more.
For sure that their ambitions are higher now, however, they still have plenty of work to do and are nowhere safe in the promotional race. It seems that the break came in the right momentum, as the team was winless in the last three matches, coming from a 3:0 loss on the road to St Pauli which was only their second loss.
Sivasspor made a real surprise winning over Besiktas away from home with a 1:2 result last Sunday night. They have taken the lead early, already in the seventh minute via Yesilyurt and somewhat managed to make the circumstances go into their favor despite the pressure from their opponents.
It was Ljajic who scored the equalizer in the 33rd minute, but Yatabare brought the guests back into the lead just before the halftime whistle. Besiktas remained much more control on the field, but Sivasspor was threatening via counters – even though they had a man less since the 67th minute already.
Crotone now really got into great form as the team got their fourth consecutive victory last Monday night winning away to Cosenza 1:0.
The only goal was scored back in the 12th minute already via Messias, in a match where their players stood mostly passive, but threatening in transition better than the hosts.
Still, their defense was tested on a couple of occasions but endured just fine overall in the end. They did look far better in the first halftime and could have scored more, but opted for a passive approach in the second which was quite reasonable as well.