After many negative experiences and results too, players of Guingamp managed to break the negativity and pulled out a three-pointer away to Angers last Saturday afternoon in a narrow 1:0 victory. The only goal was scored back in the 45th minute via Benezet, as the guests scored a bit against the flow of the first halftime.
The home team was better in first, while it was easier for Guingamp to play in the second and threaten mostly thanks to counter attacks. It’s obvious that the match could have gone in a totally different way in case the visitors didn’t score on time.
This was a great improvement in results for them after a point taken away to Nimes a few days earlier too. The team is still however at the rock bottom position at the table with just four points out of eight rounds played.
Le Havre did very well last Saturday afternoon to get a three-pointer away from home against Metz with a narrow 1:0 result. The only goal was scored back in the 62nd minute via Ferhat.
Overall, the game itself wasn’t that interesting with Metz having the initiative and the ball possession, however without creating much. Neither Le Havre did. It could have been a different score, but only in case Metz appeared far more concrete and improved in the attack.
This was a third consecutive match without defeat for Le Havre (two victories on the road and a draw against Troyes at home), as the side now stands at fifth position with a 4-4-1 record five points behind leaders from Metz. They should have no fresh and big injury worries.
Beziers, on the other side, were set as quite an underdog last Tuesday evening when the team hosted Lens, but managed to stay however to a goalless draw taking a precious point against far more quality opponent.
Malmo couldn’t do more in the Champions League qualifiers being excluded in the third round to Hungarian champions of MOL Vidi, while the team proved to be stronger than the Danish Midtjylland.
As for the first Europa League group stage round the Swedish team suffered 2:0 defeat away from home against Genk two weeks ago. Truth to be said, they were simply outplayed by far better opponent and did close to nothing in attack overall. Trossard and Samata scored a goal in each halftime and it could be already said that this will be a hell of a task for Malmo to progress further.
They were huge favorites to win over Sundsvall at home last Sunday afternoon, but all they achieved was a goalless draw. They are no at fourth position six rounds till the end and no doubt that the title hopes are fully finished now being thirteen points behind leaders from AIK.
The home team will be missing forward Carlos Strandberg (15/6) who already misses for a couple of months. Defender Rasmus Bengtsson (10/0) and goalkeeper Johan Dahlin (19/0) are doubtful for this one.
Nottingham Forest continued their undefeated streak last weekend when the side visited Blackburn last Saturday afternoon and took a point in a 2:2 draw. This was their fourth game without a loss, as they previously had victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham at home.
Needs to be said that they were a bit lucky to get a point since the hosts looked better in both parts of the game, but Grabban brought the visitors into the lead at the start of the second halftime. Even though the hosts reverted quickly, the same player was precise from the penalty spot in the 80th minute for the final result.
The side is now having three victories, six draws, and a defeat – staying currently very close to the play-off positions.
Grabban should continue to lead their attack in a version of a 4-2-3-1 formation. Osborn, Carvalho, and Lolley should be his offensive support. Forward Diogo Goncalves (2/0) is suspended now. Another offensive player, El Arbi Soudani (4/2) remains to be sidelined due to injury. Right back Sam Byram (1/0) also has a problem and shouldn’t play in this one.
Roma had no other option but to admit that they were a weaker side in the Champions League opening game away to Real Madrid when they suffered 3:0 defeat. They weren’t limited to such a defensive role overall, having some chances during the ninety minutes but were simply outplayed by far more in-form side.
Isco opened up the scoreline in the 45th minute, just when it was needed the most for the Spaniards. The game got more open in the second halftime, but the hosts were the ones to be far more concrete – sealing the victory with goals from Bale and Mariano.
Being together with CSKA Moscow and Plzen in the group, the side needs a three-pointer to remain competitive for the second position. Diego Perotti is out with a thigh injury. Daniele De Rossi and Javier Pastore are doubtful.
Plzen, on the other side, was a close favorite in the first round at home against CSKA Moscow two weeks ago. They even had the double lead in the first halftime thanks to two goals from Krmencik. It was maybe bit harsh result for the Russians who took every bigger control into the match in the repetition and deserved a point taken.
Sampdoria doesn’t come from really positive results lately after the international break, but we can’t say either that the team has ended up in some negative form. They had a home draw against Fiorentina, then lost in front of own fans against Inter in a game that could have ended differently.
In the most recent game played, the side comes from a point taken away from home against Cagliari in a goalless game last Wednesday evening. Overall, the two teams did share the ball possession but need to be said that the players from Genoa were far more concrete with the chances created and definitely did deserve something more out of the clash. The team now has two victories, two draws, and two defeats, being three points above the relegation zone.
Hosts should be playing in a version of a 4-3-1-2 formation with Defrel and Quagliarella as forwards. The offensive midfielder should be Ramirez behind them this time. Offensive midfielders Ricardo Saponara (2/0) and Gianluca Caprari (2/2) are injured for this one. defender Vasco Regini is sidelined without playing so far in the season anyway.
Heracles whiped the floor with De Graafschap and another game where Heracles scored 3+runs. So they played tuesday in Den Bosch with 9 (!) changes and still they won deservedly with 1-2. They have a very strong bench indeed. Kuwas did not even start against De Graafschap which raised a lot of eyebrows.
Emmen on the other hand lost at home against PEC. PEC is in a very poor form and the luckiest team won. A draw would had been Just but Slagveer forgot to score in the second half with an one on one situation with the goalie. So Emmen won two away games, in Utrecht and in Den haag. Den Haag had a total off -day and missed plenty of chances while Utrecht is in a crisis and just sacked their manager before the game with Emmen. Utrecht was leading at halftime but Bijl scored a lucky but beautiful goal from distance, a goal he will never make again probably.
Emmen is a new promoted team and they played never in the Eredivisie before. I am not impressed with them at all and their squad is nothing special as they have one of the smallest payrolls in the competition. They brought players that were side tracked at their clubs. Bakker from PEC. Slagveer from Heerenveen. And Cavlan is a former Heerenveen player as well. And the same with Niemeijer who came on loan from Heracles. Almost Half of their squad is keuken Kampien Divisie ( former Eerste Divisie ) material.
When Nagelsmann Hoffenheim twice finished in the Champions League zone, but this season to repeat the success will be more difficult. The village team has already suffered two defeats and is still in 9th place in the table. In the last three matches, Hoffenheim have never lost, and on their field was close to victory over Borussia Dortmund (1:1), but lost the advantage, playing in the majority. In the last round, the team outplayed Hannover with a score of 3:1. His first goal in the Bundesliga was scored by Joshua Brenet, who moved this summer from the Dutch PSV. In defence, the charges were wrong Julian Nagelsmann too much and might have missed the first, but Bičakčić after hitting Bebou knocked the ball from the goal line.
Leipzig are one line higher than Hoffenheim, scoring 8 points in 5 games. The group stage of the Europa League began for the bulls with a home defeat against Salzburg (2:3), but after that everything went well in the Bundesliga. In last round wards of Ralf Rangnick home beat Stuttgart with 2:0. “Leipzig” created a lot of chances and won deservedly, especially worth noting Jean-Kévin Augustin, who scored his sixth goal this season.
Arminia Bielefeld didn’t have that easy previous season, however, the team managed to get through to the fourth position, in the end, being actually only eight points behind the relegation battle.
This season has started even better for them, as the team has three victories, three draws and a defeat being at the third position for the moment. They don’t actually seem like a side that has the quality to promote, however no doubt that they will be trying to keep up the momentum for as long as possible.
In the most recent game, the side managed to get a three-pointer last Tuesday afternoon when they visited Darmstadt. The side stood behind in the scoreline in the middle of the second part, but the guests fully deserved their scoreline change that came in last five minutes thanks to goals from Massimo and Hartherz. It was fourth consecutive game without defeat for Bielefeld (two wins and two draws).
Defensive midfielder Tom Schutz (3/0) and forward Nils Quaschner (no performance so far) are injured.
Alaves comes from a really impressive victory last weekend when the team visited Rayo Vallecano and defeated the opponent in 1:5 victory. They have opened up the game with a goal from Navarro in the eighth minute but got leveled up in the 30h minute via De Tomas.
Visitors reinstalled the lead only four minutes later via Ibai, however, the home team stood to play with a man less in the next minute and it was all much easier from that moment on. Players of Alaves were far more concrete and dangerous in the second halftime, sealing the victory thanks to goals from Calleri, Ibai, and Burgui in the second part.
The team is now at a high position on the table and are placed inside European spots, surely wanting to continue the momentum and detach themselves even further away from relegation.
Forward Borja Baston (3/1) is injured. Central defender Rodrigo Ely and midfielder Tomas Pina are both sidelined due long-term injuries without performing in the season.
Getafe, on the other side, comes from a 0:2 defeat in front of own fans last Sunday afternoon when the team welcomed Atletico Madrid. Their visitors have entered the game very strongly, taking the lead in the 14th minute via Lemar.