Barcelona seems to be gradually getting back to their usual selves. They have gone on to win 2 of their last domestic game (4:0 Sevilla, 3:0 Eibar) after their hard fought victory over Inter Milan a fortnight ago.
The front line partnership of Griezmann, Suarez and Messi (GSM) seems to be yielding desired result. This was obvious from the way they took Eibar to the cleaner. They would want to exert their dominance when they visit the Eden Arena. There is no injury concern for them for now.
Even though their results aren’t saying that Brescia is actually playing decent football and probably deserved a bit more points so far on the table.
Combined with a pretty difficult schedule recently, they couldn’t do much more than those six points earned, since the team already played away to Milan and Napoli, welcoming Juventus too.
In the most recent game, they left a decent impression in a 2:1 loss away to Napoli, even though the superiority from the home side was obvious especially till getting the double lead in the first halftime. Balotelli reduced in the 67th minute, but the guests had no real chances to threaten further.
Donnarumma and Balotelli should lead their attack in a 4-3-1-2 formation. Midfielder Ndoj is long-term absentee without playing so far anyway. Sidelined due to injury should also be forward Torregrossa (1/0).
Aarhus is doing a pretty good job as the team is 4th in the table after 6W-2D-4L and 20 points in 12 games. They are very stable at home after 4 wins and 1 loss against the leaders Midtjylland. Most of the home games were won with more than a goal difference, so Silkeborg is expected to have a lot of problems to deal with tomorrow. I didn’t find any kind of injury problems in Aarhus, so their coach can use their best team.
Venlo comes into this match after three consecutive losses in Eredivisie and there’s no doubt that the team needs and will seek improvement even if it’s against a fairly strong side when they welcomed Vitesse.
After expected away defeat to Willem II and at home against Heerenveen, they really couldn’t do much more in a 4:1 loss to PSV away from home.
They actually looked pretty well for an hour, but simply couldn’t match the quality of PSV who had a way easier game once they opened up the opponent thirty minutes before the end. Despite an ugly run, the side is three points above the red zone placed Den Haag.
Venlo should have no fresh injury worries. They are set to play in a 4-3-3 formation with Ooijen, Wright, and Yeboah in the attack.
Tranmere made quite a surprise winning over Coventry last Sunday afternoon with a narrow 1:0 victory on the road.
The team was quite an underdog on the paper before the game and behaved so actually, but also showed great stability at hte back and knew how to eploit home sides risks towards the end.
The only goal came in the 83rd minte via Taylor, as they exploited the gaps of the home team that weren’t as carefull as they should while attacking. This was first victory after two defeats in League One, as the side remains three points above the red zone.
The hosts are welcoming back striker Jennings from suspension and midfielder Danns from international duty. They continue to miss central back Nelson (8/0), defensive midfielder Perkins (9/0) and forward Ferrier (4/2) due to injuries.
Italy has looked more than fine so far in the qualifying process, having some ups and downs during matches but winning all six so far.
During September they had bit more difficult matches, but have won away to Armenia and Finland both. That marked seventh consecutive official victory for the Italians.
They might be able to already secure the ticket for the final tournament in case of a victory here, but it sure looks like an inevitable thing anyway in the next days. Italy leads the table with six points more than Finland and nine more than third-placed Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Italians will miss defenders Florenzi (34/2, Roma), Chiellini (103/8 Juventus) and De Sciglio (39/0, Juventus) out of more noticeable and recent absentee players.
After a bit shaky start in the qualifiers and a loss away to Hungary, the Croatians have upped their form and are now again red hot favorites to promote to the European championship directly from the first position.
Still, their form isn’t the best possible expected recently, coming from a very impressive 4:0 victory away to Slovakia, but disappointing in the next leg this September when they took a point in a 1:1 draw away to Azerbaijan.
They had an early lead and were very close to score the second as well, however, they paid the price of being a bit uninterested to seal that victory in the continuation of the game.
Ipswich did well to get a victory away to Fleetwood Town last Saturday afternoon, in a game where they looked like a slight underdog and weren’t given a lot of chances before the game.
Still, the team got rewarded for their fighting spirit winning the match thanks to a goal from Jackson in the 58th minute. They withstood some pressure during the match but managed to walk away with a clean sheet.
Towards the end, defender Wilson got red-carded but without further problems for the guests. Ipswich is now in a really good form, coming from straight-four victories and are now leading the table alone with four points more than second-placed Wycombe.
Osnabruck was a slight favorite away to Wehen in the previous round, but the team disappointed in a 2:0 loss.
The side had all of the ball possession in the match, however, looked far less creative than usual and didn’t threaten properly.
On the other side, the hosts simply had a great development of the match, scoring against the flow and later being able to threaten a lot via counters.
It was the third game with no victory for Osnabruck, as the side now stands at the thirteenth position with two points more than play-out placed Holstein Kiel.
The home side continues to miss a couple of long-term absentees who didn’t play so far anyway. They also can’t count at injured goalkeeper Korber (4/0). Midfielder Ouahim (7/2) is doubtful, as well as defender Susac (3/0).
St Etienne finally managed to get a victory last weekend, when the team visited Nimes and walked away with a narrow 1:0 three-pointer.
The only goal came in the 68th minute via Debuchy, completely against the flow of the match till then. they were in a position to threaten more after the goal via counters, but overall there’s no doubt that the players of Nimes did deserve more out of the clash.
As for the Europa League, they took a point in a 1:1 home game against Wolfsburg last Thursday night, even though they were slightly better against passive Germans.
The home side misses suspended offensive player Hamouma (7/3). Injured are right back Palencia (1/0) and goalkeeper Ruffier (6/0). The participation of defensive midfielder Aholou is doubtful for now.