Legia did the proper job in the first qualifying round of the Champions League with firstly a narrow 1:0 victory away to Cork City. In the second leg, they completely outplayed the opponent and controlled the game from the first minute.
Superiority was obvious on the field as they took the lead in the 27th minute via Kante. Once the Polish side scored the first goal, it was far easier for them to continue playing. As the time progressed they were more and more dominant in comparison to opponents, as Radovic doubled up the lead in the 73rd minute from the penalty kick. Finally, Carlitos Lopez sealed the final score with a goal in 89th minute.
In between of Champions League duties the side had domestic matches firstly losing the Super Cup game against Arka Gdynia with a 2:3 result. Their league has also started the previous weekend, as the time suffered defeat at home against Zaglebie 1:3.
Well this looks an easy pick and I see just 1 winner.
Larsson this year has a 15/7 record on clay, she lost her last match in sets to Minella who was in very fine form and today she faces Sasnovich who has been very poor on clay in previous years.
Sasnovich since 2015 on clay:
She’s a top 50 player alright but clay court is just not her thing and Larsson leads H2H 2:0 with the last being a 6:4,6:4 victory at Madrid last year.
Kongsvinger are placed 10th with a total record of 6-2-7 and 22-25 in goal difference. They are coming from 2-2 away vs Nest-Sotra (11) before the summer break. Before that they disappointed with losing 1-2 at home vs bottom team Strommen (14), and although they had enough of chances to grab the win they disapponted a lot in that match. New manager Mark Dempsey havent got the start he was hoping for, so this match is truly important for the hosts to win and to get themselfes back on track. They are considered as a contender for a promotion playoff spot.
Floro are placed in the bottom and they will have to fight hard to stay away from relegation. Total record is 3-2-10 with 12-32 in goal difference. They finally managed to grab 2 straight victories in June, but they lost 3 straight matches before the summer break: 2-1 vs Viking (3), 1-0 vs Tromsdalen (7) & 1-2 vs Sogndal (2). Their squad isnt the best, and they are struggling with some injures/doubtful players at the moment.
I love Hacken when it comes to overs, they are one of my strongest favourite teams for goals in last few seasons of Allsvenskan. In the current season of 2018 they’re not on that overish level from past seasons but we’re only twelve rounds in and Hacken are with six overs and six unders exactly, which is fifty fifty record at the moment. They are set to face Norrkoping that are also with six overs and six unders after twelve league rounds. In their mutual head to head matches at Norkopping, Haken and Norr delivered three straight overs, and even more if we’re counting Hacken’s home hosted matches.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 at Norkopping, these two played 3:1, 3:1 and most recently 4:1 in September of 2017. Norkopping were the better side last three times here, but as I said Hacken were slightly weaker defensive team in last couple of seasons, hence the over record that followed them due to their weaker defending.
Saturday afternoon struggling Swedish giants Malmo takes on Ostersunds. Both sides have something to prove and we can be confident of an interesting game.
Malmo are currently nowhere near they want to be. The team sits on 10th place, 6 points away from top 3. Malmo are finding it difficult to keep their performances. They often look too inconsistent and this is their main problem. Currently the hosts can lose to any opponent as well as beat anybody. Their last 3 games have all gotten over the 2.5 goals mark and it was mostly due to their ability to score – 4 against Sirius and 3 against Drita in the Champions League.
Ostersunds played some friendlies in the midst of the World Cup. The team failed to win any of them. The team though won their last Allsvenskan fixture with 2-1 on the road. That’s an outstanding result and the team currently occuepies 5th place 4 points away from top 3. The team has a good strikeforce scoring 20 goals so far in the league and will be looking to add some against troubled Malmo side.
Petrocub reached historical success in previous season and will play at the European scene for the first time in their history. The side ended up third in the previous season fighting out in last rounds of the league as they had five matches undefeated run ending tied up with Dacia Chisinau that ended at fourth position.
Durign the new season, the side currently sits at third position with twenty two points. They are eleven points behind Sheriff Tiraspol and eight points behind second placed Milsami. It’s obvious that they are far away from the title race and third position seems very reliastic target for them being seven points ahead of the fourth placed Speranta Nisporeni.
The side is in fine form at the moment having five matches without defeat run and two victories in a row, both at home. In the most recent league match eleven days ago the side won over Zimbru Chisinau 2:1 at home thanks to goals from Ivanov and Ambros.
FC Astana managed to take the domestic league title in the last round of previous Premier League as the side won 2:0 at home over FK Akzhayik to end up with a point more than second placed Kairat Almaty. They had a decent Euro season last year too.
The side secured the second position in Europa League being a point behind Spanish side Villarreal and with two more than Slavia Prague and six more than Maccabi Tel Aviv. It was for sure more than satifying performance from them, as the side ended up the competition with a knockout stage against Sporting Lisbon suffering 4:6 aggregate score defeat.
Astana is also heading very well towards a new title in 2018 season. The team currently stand at first position with six points more than second placed Kairat Almaty and having played two games more. They are in the best form with six matches undefeated run – last time having a goalless game away to Tobol last Thursday evening. The side had five victories prior to it having the best home record with eight victories and only one draw so far.
The Georgian champions, Torpedo Kutaisi will carry their country flag into Europe in the Champions Leaugue qualifiers. They will do so against Moldovas recent dominant team, Sheriff Tiraspol.
Torpedo Kutaisi won the league in dramatic fasion last year, after saving a penalty in the 90th minute against rivals Dinamo Tbilisi. However, their champion status did not carry onto the present season where they are currently sitting on 5th place and 11 points behind leaders, Saburtalo. Nonetheless, the European adventure is something they look forward to and they have acted accordingly by strenghtening the squad on a short notice.
Oleksandr Aatsky is a 24 year old central defender who joined on loan from Banik Ostrava to add more defensive qualities ahead of the European matches. Lazar Marin is another defensive wing back aquisition, joining from Botev Plovdiv in Bulgaria. Finally, central midfielder Marek Hlinka joined from Banik Ostrava as well and scored a goal in his first appearance.
I really don’t want to sound like I underestimate Su Wei, but she really will not have much chances against Dominika tomorrow, especially when they will have to play on grass and the Slavakian is looking so inspired right now. As I said in my previous preview about Dominika, It’s really tough to break her spirit when she’s feeling good on the court. She’s a player who is so confident, so when she’s playing well. She was almost perfect against Elise Mertens in her previous match and during the whole tournament. Also will add the fact that she was quarterfinalist in 2016 in Wimbledon and she knows what’s the feeling to reach this round in comparison with Su Wei, who has two participations in fourth round in Grand Slams at all, both of them in Australian Open, but with no success. I doubt in Wimbledon will bedifferent story.
3rd round match between Guido Pella and Mackenzie McDonald.
This is one of the matches where I prefer not to think too much and just go with the moment! What does it mean? Well, yesterday Guido Pella produced the biggest surprise in Wimbledon 2018 eliminating one of the top favourites Marin Cilic after a brilliant comeback, being 0:2 sets down. And on the next day you have an opportunity to reach the 1/8 finals facing player out of top 100, the youngster McDonald.
Both of them played a lot of matches on grass before Wimbledon without much success. Here they played equal time on the courts- started with four-set wins over Kubler and Berankis, while in the 2nd round they eliminated Cilic and Jarry in long five-set matches. Mc Donald has one more day for rest before this big match, because he played against Jarry two days ago, but the momentum is totally with Pella.