Considering it was only a 1/32 phase of the Coupe de France, Lorient didn’t have an easy draw at all having to play against Ligue 1 side Brest, but they did it more than well progressing further after extra time.
The regular time ended as a 1:1 draw, while a goal in 112th minute from Wissa made the difference. As for the Ligue 2, they come from pretty heavy 3:0 loss away to Valenciennes, as they broke a run of five consecutive victories before it.
Cardiff was set as a complete favorite in front of their own fans playing against Carlisle in the FA Cup match last Saturday afternoon, however, the team just took a draw in a 2:2 game and will need to play the replay game on the road.
They entered terribly poorly into the match and were back in the scoreline with two goals down at the halftime.
However, improved performance was seen in the second, with Paterson and Whyte leveling up in the first ten minutes of the repetition.
Lazio didn’t have that easy game away to Brescia last Sunday afternoon, but even so, the circumstances went in their favor completely during the clash. Balotelli brought the home team into the lead with a goal in the eighteenth minute, while the hosts stood playing with a man less in the 40th minute.
Immobile leveled up two minutes later from the penalty kick, while the guests pushed them a lot in the second halftime. In the end, they managed to get the winning goal in the first minute of added time again thanks to Immobile.
Overall, it was them who deserved more from everything we’ve seen on the field, but it would be far different in case Brescia didn’t get a player excluded.
Rennes had a difficult match last time out in Ligue 1, as they welcomed Bordeaux but managed to pull out a narrow 1:0 victory in the end.
The only goal was scored back in the 82nd minute via Niang, in a game where they simply showed more.
The ball possession was somewhat shared, however it was players of Rennes who have created far better chances overall.
This was their fifth consecutive victory in Ligue 1, as the side stands at a high third position and surely aims a positive result out of this one as well.
Leicester didn’t have a difficult task winning over Wigan Athletic at home with a 2:0 result in the FA Cup last Saturday afternoon.
They made a concrete and solid start into the match, taking the lead via an own goal in the 19th minute and have doubled up the lead in the 40th via Barnes.
The Foxes remained to be better despite lowering down the tempo a bit, however without further scoreline change.
The side also comes from two back to back victories in Premiership away to Newcastle and West Ham. They continue to fly high in the second position and enjoy the season completely for now.
Cagliari have had a great season so far and are pushing for a European spot in 6 months time. Usually they are struggling in the bottom half of the table but after some good signings they currently lie in 6th place.
What is interesting is that Cagliari haven’t failed to score in an away game since April last year, which is a good number of matches.
Fulham disappointed their fans last time out in Championship, suffering a 1:2 defeat at home against Reading.
They stood behind in the scoreline already in the fourteenth minute, not being able to cope with the defensive behavior of the visiting side.
Despite much more of the ball possession and chances created, they couldn’t break Reading in the first halftime, opening the second part with a goal conceded in the 48th minute.
Cavaleiro reduced the deficit in the 61st minute, as the hosts had complete control over the ball but failed to make it count this time.
The side remains inside the playoff zone with ten points less than second-placed West Brom and two points more than out of playoff zone placed teams.
Valladolid was set as an underdog in their home match against Valencia last time out, but the team managed to pull out a point in a 1:1 game.
With the way the match developed, they could feel even unhappy with such a development as they took the lead in the 83rd minute thanks to a goal from Guardiola, while the guests leveled up the result in the fourth minute of added time via Vallejo.
Additionally, it was Valladolid that has created more and actually could have scored even earlier. That especially goes fro the second halftime that was far more attractive and interesting than the first one.
After two a bit unexpected victories away from home, against Aston Villa and Chelsea with five goals scored in these two, the Saints took a point in a 1:1 game at home against Crystal Palace.
They had the ball possession and initiative in the first halftime, which passed actually in a quite passive style.
The visitors took the lead first in the 50th minute via Tomkins, while the Saints really dominated the second halftime and probably deserved even more, but could only level up the result via INgs in the 74th minute – however, missing a lot more decent chances.
Southampton is now in the fifteenth position with four points more than the relegation zone which definitely is a satisfying situation for the moment.
Fulham once again looked very threatening and effective too away from home, but their defensive lineup disappointed the team in a 3:3 game against Luton last Thursday.
Overall, they bossed around the field and looked far better, but the defensive behavior of their last lineup wasn’t up to the desired level.
Players of Luton had the lead three times out of a rare number of chances created, that’s why Fulham had to chase the lead and reach their goals in a much more difficult manner, finally pulling out a point in the fourth minute of added time.