Eintracht Frankfurt still can’t find the stability in their results early into the season. It simply looks like getting the right scores, for now, is impossible in consecutive matches.
After a good performance at home over Strasbourg when they sealed the group stage with a 3:0 victory, the side won over Dusseldorf at home 2:1, they didn’t manage to show many positive things after the international break away to Augsburg losing out 2:1 last weekend.
The hosts completely destroyed their game in the first halftime and scored twice, only allowing reducement in the second and meaningless ball possession that didn’t mean much for team from Frankfurt.
Dinamo Zagreb did well in the qualifiers, but truth to be told they weren’t tested a lot since the team had the luck to finish as seeder in the qualifying process winning over Saburtalo Tbilisi, Ferencvaros and Rosenborg.
As for the domestic league, they are doing fine having in mind that they had a busy schedule as well, having a 5-1-1 record and being tied up with Hajduk at the first position.
Most recently, they won 1:0 at home over Istra, but surely having in mind their Champions League clash as well.
The home side could miss midfielder Nikola Moro (6/2) due to a wrist problem.
Another league one clash for me, this one will be played at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. The game will be between Sunderland and Rotherham United. The game will kick off at 19:45.
This game seems set to be a huge game, both sides are expected to be fighting for promotion come the end of the season, however, it’s going to be tight at the top at the end of the season so they need to get points on the board as soon as they can. Sunderland are currently in 5th in the league and have a huge squad capable of promotion. They’ve managed 4 wins, 2 draws and have just 1 defeat to their name.
So, here I will play something which maybe a few of us will notice in the special picks about this game- it’s Kosovo to place over 1.5 shots on target.
Kosovo are without one valuable players-Milot Rashica from Werder who is injured, but even without him, they made a great match against the Czech republic and beat them 2:1 at home. They can rely on players in forward positions like Celina, Muriqi, Zhegrova and Rashani who can make a few saves by Pickford for sure.
Kosovo had two visits against Montenegro and Bulgaria and the results were 1:1 and 2:3 placing 5 shots on target in each of the matches.
Hungary comes from a narrow defeat away from home in a friendly game against Montenegro 2:1, but surely keeping in mind that they are awaiting much more important game and not focusing much on it.
Still, a draw would be a far fairer outcome from what we have seen on the field. After a victory in March over Croatia, the side did well in June too, defeating Azerbaijan and Wales.
They now have a perfect chance to really establish themselves as favorites to quality in case of a victory here.
The hosts miss defenders Fiola (27/0, MOL Fehervar and Vinicius (7/0, MOL Fehervar) as well midfielder Kalmar (15/0, DAC) out of recently called-up players.
League One action for me again this week with the main game being played at The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. The game will be played between Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United. The game will kick off at 12:30 UK time and will be a South Yorkshire derby.
Both sides head into the game in good form and occupy 11th and 13th in the table, Doncaster are just in-front on 8 points from 4 games, 2 wins and 2 draws. Doncaster head into the game having scored in every league game they’ve played this season. They’ve won their last 3 competitive games 3-2 vs Fleetwood, 2-1 vs Lincoln in the league and 3-1 vs Lincoln again in the cup. 3 home games and they’ve won all 3. They are very strong at home and many predict that they will be up and around the top of the league come the end of the season.
Apart from their latest 5:0 victory away in Latvia, the Slovenians didn’t look that well in clashes against more quality teams at all.
With four rounds played and only five points earned, the team is now in a must-win situation in order to actually keep good chances of qualifying further in a really difficult group for them.
The hosts isn’t counting at defender Milec (7/0, Maribor), Struna (27/1, last club Anorthosis), midfielder Bijol (6/0, CSKA Moscow).
Poland, after disappointing at the World Cup, reacted far better in the qualifiers and have recorded four victories at the start.
Tottenham U21 will be missing a lot of players due to injuries and international call-ups. J. Tanganga (D 1/0), T. Parrott (A 1/2), O. Skipp (M 0/0) who’ve been training with main team recently are out with respective national teams along with England U19 internationals P. Maghoma (M 4/1), L. Binks (M 0/0). Players like D. Markanday (M 3/0), J. Bowden (M 2/0), M. Statham (M 0/0), E. Thorpe (M 0/0), J. Mukendi (A 0/0), M. Tainio (M 0/0) all out injured. Let’s add that most experienced players were loaned out mostly to EFL Clubs including Roles (Cambridge United last season top-scorer 20 years old), Harrison (Almere, 22 years), Sterling ( Doncaster, 20 years), Georgiu (Ipswich, 22 years), Amos ( QPR, 22 years), March (Leyton Orient, 20 years).
I was a little disappointed with Hermannstadt’s attitude in the match with Dinamo, where they attacked, but not score. They missed a penalty and lost 3-0. In-home games, the team plays much better and I am convinced they will want to win.
Chindia come from league 2 and although they had a very weak start to the championship, now it seems that they have recovered. They won with Dinamo and managed a draw at Poli Iasi although they were led 2-0. Coach Viorel Moldovan knows how to motivate them very well in less good situations.
West Ham looked pretty fine away to Watford in a 1:3 victory last weekend. After five goals conceded to Citizens in the first round, the team is slowly getting back on track and does look far more confident.
They were far sharper in attack and far more creative in midfield, while Haller seems like a player slowly getting into the desired form.
In addition, their rotated squad won over Newport County in EFL Cup match last Tuesday night, surely improving their morale slightly as well.
Offensive midfielder Antonio (3/0) is injured, as well as central back Reid who didn’t play so far.