After five consecutive defeats, players of Birmingham managed to get a 1:0 victory at home over much more favorites Leeds. They had very little of the ball possession, however, were very threatening in every aspect with the counter attacks organized against not creative guests. The side is now five points above the relegation zone and needs to continue performing in a positive way.
Sheffield United walked away with a narrow 1:0 victory away against Preston. It was probably a bit more defensive game than what was expected, however, the players of Sheffield did deserve what they got overall. They are now two points below the second position and need a victory badly here.
Preston comes from a pretty difficult game at home against Sheffield United 0:1 at home, not being able to get back into the game after a goal in the first part of the game. It was their second defeat after away game to Reading too, as the team stands five points behind the playoff zone and needs a victory badly here.
Leeds suffered unexpected defeat away from home against Birmingham 1:0 and need to bounce back here now. They conceded in the middle of the first halftime, having a huge percentage of the ball possession but creating so little of real chances. They are now just a point behind Sheffield and a victory here is a priority.
Heidenheim had a very interesting game last Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of the German Cup when they suffered 5:4 defeat away from home against Bayern Munich. The opponent was playing with a man less from early into the match, but the guests also troubled them a lot and were very close to make a giant upset.
Koln was very convincing in a 4:0 victory at home over Holstein Kiel last weekend, scoring two goals inside each halftime. They completely outplayed the opponents and were so much more active on the field, despite players from Kiel keeping the ball more to their feet. The team keeps leading the table with three points more than HSV and now has a perfect chance to establish themselves even further.
Leverkusen got outplayed for the second consecutive time, as the team visited Hoffenheim and lost 4:1 with being competitive but also too weak at the back. The side had plenty of more of the ball possession, but vulnerable as some of the weakest teams in Bundesliga.
The team is now seven points behind the fourth position and with the same number as Europa League placed Werder, surely aiming for points here now in order to remain competitive for the European exit.
RB Leipzig, on the other side, comes from one of better performances this season when the team destroyed Hertha 5:0 at home. It was mostly all about them last weekend, with Hertha being nowhere close to the expected level and almost doing nothing concrete in the attack.
Arminia Bielefeld managed to take a point in a 2:2 draw away from home against Greuther Furt last weekend, despite the fact that they were back in the scoreline 2:0 already after twenty-three minutes of play.
They looked weak in the first half, however, upped the performance in the second and reached the equalizer with two goals from Klos. A bit maybe harsh result for the hosts, while Bielefeld now has just one defeat in last five rounds. The team is eleven points above the red zone and look decently safe at the moment.
Aue couldn’t do better in a 1:3 defeat at home against Dynamo Dresden even though they took the lead first in the 27th minute. They held the lead till the 50th minute, however, the guests were simply far more concrete with the chances created and completely deserved the victory. It was second defeat in a row for Aue, as the team stands eight points above the red zone.
Sassuolo got defeated 2:1 away to Bologna with a goal conceded deep into the added time. They have leveled up in the second minute of injury time and even though the manner of losing was a disappointing one, they surely did deserve the defeat.
For the entire game, they were being a team with fewer chances against simply more superior Bologna. They have no victory eight rounds but also come from a pretty difficult schedule.
Chievo couldn’t do much more in their 0:3 home defeat against Cagliari, as the team now really looks like a Serie B side. They have conceded all three goals within the first halftime and stood defeated convincingly even though they were the ones who have created far more.
Empoli suffered a narrow 1:0 defeat away to Empoli, but truth to be told, they weren’t expected to do more either. The side appeared too defensive and was limited in attack, while Juventus had to wait all the way till the 72nd minute to score.
Napoli comes from a very positive and impressive performance away from home against Roma with a 1:4 result. They took the lead in the second minute and looked like a side with a bit more initiative during the whole clash, deserving the victory fully.
Juventus is the leader and we can say they definitely will win again Scudetto this year.They are 15 points ahead from the first leader,Napoli.In the other side Cagliari are positioned 12th with 33 points after 29 games.And they’re 8 points far from relegation spot,and that’s thanks to the good performances they’re been having lately,winning 3 out of last 4 matches.And 3 consecutive wins at home againts Parma,Inter and Fiorentina with identical result 2:1.Last round they traveled to Chievo and they won 0:3 (F.Pisacane ,Joao Pedro and A.Ionita scored for Cagliari).Juventus had a win at home againts Empoli 1:0 with a late goal from the youngster M.Kean.Empoli had some very good-scoring oportunities ,especially in the first half.
AIK are the current champions but have evidently had a difficult pre season and cup run. They had a difficult transfer window with significant losses when both central defenders Robin Jansson (25/2) and Alexander Milosevic (27/0) left the club. Moreover, their midfield engine Kristoffer Olsson (29/5) left to Krasnodar. A bit surprisingly, they also sent striker Nicolas Stefanelli (18/6) on loan, leaving them a bit short of attacking options.
New arrivals include three central defenders – Estonian center back Karol Mets from NAC Breda, Daniel Granli from Stabaek, and Magnar Odegaard from Tromso. In general it has to be considered weaker than previous. There has been a high squad turnover in AIK, which is not ideal if they aim to battle as title contenders and qualify for Champions League later in the season. It takes time to sync the team with so many significant players and there are indeed some question marks.
Sampdoria looked really well in the offense against Sassuolo in a 3:5 victory away from home. It was good to see back to winning ways, having also three wins in last four rounds and being just three points behind Europa League placed Lazio surely wanting something in this game as well.
Milan looked very well in recent matches but somehow failed to make it count in a local derby game against Inter in a 2:3 loss. However, they maybe deserved more in one of the most interesting games so far in the season with plenty of offensive phases on both sides.