Rennes comes from a 1:1 draw away to Bordeaux, just three days after being eliminated from the Europa League by Arsenal. Their equalizer in Bordeaux came very late, during the added time but no doubt that they deserved thanks to an appearance in the second half. The side is now six points behind fourth Marseille.
Lyon comes from a 3:2 home victory over Montpellier. The team dominated and actually outplayed the visitors and deserved bigger margin victory, however paid the price of mistakes at the back – as many times this season. They are four points below second Lille and surely seek to get that spot, in the end, needing a win here.
Round 23 if Denmark’s first division brings a battle between Rosklide and Thisted.Home team is positioned 9th with 24 poins after 2 matches.In the other side Thisted is in the bottom of the table with only 22 points after 22 games.
It is a strange fact that Rosklide is the second team that scored more and in same time is the team that conceded more goals than any other team in the league.(38:44).They also have the best scorer in the league E.Nielsen with 14 goals.In the other side Thisted needs points againts a direct opponent to escape relegation.
After three games with no loss, players of Walsall now suffered two defeats in a row. Firstly at home 2:3 against Portsmouth and then away to Sunderland with a 2:1 result. They took an early lead, but couldn’t hold overall far more quality opponent. They are now in extreme need of points, being tied up with safely placed Southend.
Barnsley comes from two consecutive goalless games, coming from a draw away to Doncaster. At the same moment, they remained undefeated in last fourteen rounds having six games in a row without a single goal conceded. The side is now just two points above third Sunderland and needs to seek a victory.
After a really ugly start in World Cup qualifiers, Kosovo improved fine and dominated their Nations League group with four victories and two draws, in front of Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, and Malta. Their performances were very effective with fifteen goals in five games, surely wanting to impress here as well.
Denmark also managed to win their group in the Nations League, finishing with eight points and Wales and Ireland as their followers. It was quite a balanced group with many defensive minded matches, but no doubt that the Danes used the competition to improve their atmosphere for more important competition that starts these days.
Leverkusen is looking way better in the second part of the season. They now come from a 3:2 victory away to Hannover, making a right approach from the first minutes. Once again scoring goals wasn’t a problem for them as the team now needs a victory to remain in the race for the Champions League spot.
Werder Bremen, on the other side, comes from a 4:2 victory at home against Schalke last weekend. An open game from both teams was seen but should be said that the game could have ended way differently with both teams having plenty of chances. Bremen is now six points behind Leverkusen and can remain in the European race only with a positive outcome here.
Rotherham surprised well last time out away to QPR with a 1:2 victory. It was a bit unexpected and luckily taken victory in the fifth minute of added time, but the side did deserve it with the fighting spirit against moderate hosts who aren’t impressing in last weeks. The side is now tied up with safely placed Reading and Wigan.
Norwich earned their fifth consecutive win last Wednesday evening, winning over Hull 3:2. They looked dominant and completely deserved a victory which could have been even with a bigger margin. The side is leading the table with four points more than third-placed Sheffield United
Heidenheim lost the momentum in recent weeks, coming now from the fourth straight game without a victory. They suffered narrow 1:0 defeat away to Bochum last weekend, staying with a man less in the last thirty minutes and paying the price for it. Must be said, they didn’t look like a better side even before the red card shown.
Union Berlin is looking far better in a previous couple of months, coming from a 2:0 home win over Ingolstadt. A goal towards the end of each halftime was enough, while the guests stood playing with two men less in the second part. The side is now third with four points more than fourth St Pauli and surely wants to remain as competitive as possible.
Benfica didn’t appear concrete enough in the first leg, despite having more of the ball possession as they suffered narrow defeat from the penalty kick. The side made a setback in the title race with a 2:2 home draw against Belenenses being now leveled up in the title race together with Porto.
Dinamo was just fine in the first leg and threatening enough with the ball to their feet, which did look like a limited amount of time, but concrete enough to make the things as difficult as possible for the Portuguese now. They had a 3:1 victory over the weekend against Rijeka continuing to be red hot favorites for yet another domestic title.
Sheffield Utd comes from an easy victory at home over Rotherham 2:0. They took the lead in the fifth minute already and were playing with a man more since the middle of the first halftime making their game as easy as it could be. They are undefeated in last eight rounds and are two points behind second Leeds, surely aiming a win here.
Brentford is enjoying recently in the Championship, but are still off from the play-off zone and will hardly reach it. They managed to revert the scoreline after halftime and get a victory away to Middlesbrough with two goals within three minutes last Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea had a bit more difficult victory than what the result says away to Fulham, with the hosts being very competitive, however, the Blues walked away with a 2:1 victory. They are now a couple of points away from the Champions League positions and need a victory here.
After their defeat away to Huddersfield in a completely unexpected way, players of Wolves responded far better with a 2:0 professional victory over Cardiff. They took the double lead within the first twenty minutes and kept being in control for the whole clash.
Neither of the teams should be having neither injury or suspension worries for this one.