Willem II was set as a slight underdog away to FC Emmen last weekend and the team did look combative but failed to be even more competitive. In overall quite an open game, it was the home team that simply looked far more effective.
The guests tried to get back into the match and temporarily leveled up in the 58th minute via Llonch, but were overrun and vulnerable on counter-attacks in the last thirty minutes only managing to reduce via penalty kick later on.
Players of Manchester United probably felt a bit disappointed to have walked away with just a draw and a 1:1 result away to Club Brugge in the first leg. Still, they already showed to be a better side actually and now keep the destiny in their own hands.
As for the Premiership, they had a relatively easy task at home against Watford celebrating a 3:0 victory thanks to goals from Fernandes, Martial, and Greenwood. They are now three points behind the fourth-placed Chelsea and have a good chance to get the Champions League ticket, but surely want progress here too.
Even though they were set as a strong underdog, the Rovers managed to take a point away from home against Brentford. A point taken before the game would have been a decent outcome, however, no doubt that they will be slightly disappointed since they had the two goals lead during the first hour of play.
Two goals from Armstrong were enough for the double lead, however, these goals somewhat came against the flow of the match as they looked really fine via counters generally. It was Brentford the one that deserved more than a pure loss and managed to get the point.
Cardiff City totally collapsed unexpectedly away to Stoke last Saturday night. A goal in each halftime was enough for the home team to claim a victory, as the guests simply showed too little.
They had slightly more of the ball possession but failed to present themselves in a more threatening way. They are now six points behind the playoff zone and can remain in a competitive race only in case of a victory here.
Eintracht Frankfurt got completely outplayed by Dortmund last time out in Bundesliga, suffering a 4:0 loss last Friday night. They were set to a passive role in the first halftime, with neither the hosts showing much, but scoring the goal first.
The second halftime was completely one-sided one, with Dortmund creating a lot and deserving all three goals scored in the second part. On the other hand, Eintracht didn’t show anything actually in the attack.
After a run of really positive and good performances, players of Salernitana couldn’t do better in a 2:0 loss away from home against Chievo last weekend. Even though they were set as a slight underdog, the team fought well and had some decent phases in the offense, but the individual experience and quality prevailed this time.
Chievo looked slightly better in the first halftime and took the lead from the penalty spot via Giaccherini, while it was easier for them to play since then. Simply by waiting for counter-attacks which finally sealed the victory in the 70th minute thanks to another goal from Giaccherini.
Kortrijk appeared even better than what was expected in their 3:0 victory away from home against Oostende last weekend. They were slightly better in the first halftime, but once the second halftime has started they appeared even more concrete in the attack.
Moffi brought them into the lead in the 59th minute, while the hosts tried to risk more searching for an equalizer, as it backfired on them towards the end, with Kortrijk scoring twice more in the added time – via van der Bruggen and Gueye.
Wolfsburg will host Malmo in the first fixture of this Europa League knockout stage phase. The more known Bundesliga side will count as obvious favorites against the Swedish team.
Malmo are travelling with over 4000 supporters which promise to make noise. There have however been drastic changes in Malmo since progressing from the group change. Immediately after the famous victory against rivals Copenhagen – Malmo decided to part ways with coach Uwe Roesler. While his results were impressive, the performances were not going in the right direction.
Milan looked really well in the first part of the local derby game away to Inter and even had the double lead thanks to goals from Rebic and Ibrahimovic late in the first halftime.
However, as soon as they conceded the first goal early in the second halftime, it’s like their entire game plan collapsed. Within three minutes they were leveled up, while the team didn’t exist much in an offensive way till the end of the clash suffering quite deserving 4:3 loss in the end.
This defeat broke their run of five consecutive undefeated matches back then, as the team now remains three points behind Europa League placed Verona.
Koln has two convincing performances at home since the restart of the league, firstly winning over Wolfsburg then outplaying Freiburg 4:0 too last weekend. In between, a loss away to Dortmund came, but nobody will be too downhearted with it since they are counting too much on the performances in front of their own crowd anyway.
Once again they appeared to be simply far more concrete than their visitors, creating actually chance after chance especially in the second halftime when they broke the opponents and threatening with much less of the ball possession, showing almost perfect fast transition and being dangerous via counter-attacks.