First knockout match in FA cup for these teams sees Wolves hosting the mighty Reds. Both teams are going to rotate their squads as everyone does in these cup matches. Liverpool might rotate more as they have their next premier league match on 12th of January whiles Wolves have theirs 2 days later on 14th. I feel like Klopp will put in Fabinho, Keita (who desperately needs minutes in this team) and Shaqiri in midfield. And with probably Origi and Sturridge at top Klopp’s team do have more quality in depth than Wolves. Even though Liverpool is playing away from home, they will try everything to win these game, maybe in the same manner as in the premier league.
Deportivo got completely outplayed last time out when the team visited Cadiz and suffered 3:0 defeat. It was a game to forget as their defensive lineup didn’t work at all, while the side actually created much more than Cadiz but simply had a terrible night. It was first defeat after three and a half months, being now fourth at the table with just three less than direct promotion placed Albacete.
Lugo, on the other side, comes from a goalless game at home against Gijon last time out. Neither of the teams looked actually impressive in attack and willing to risk towards the end, so the final result seems to be more than a fair outcome. They now have no defeat in last three, being just a point above the relegation zone.
Striker Carlos Fernandez is back for the hosts, while offensive Pedro Sanchez (8/1) remains only injured player for them. Right back Leuko (7/0) is injured for the guests. Central defenders Vieira (15/0) and Josete (14/0) are both suspended.
Even though they had an active result for most of the match, Huesca couldn’t do more in a 2:1 loss to Valencia. It was an open game and the hosts got the win only in the fourth minute of added time but looking like a side that can up the tempo any time. With just one win, back in August, they keep the rock bottom position already with eight points less than safely placed sides.
Betis was set as quite a favorite in a home match against Eibar but took just a point in a 1:1 game. They took the lead early, however, started playing more and more passive as the time went by. Finally, they got leveled up and punished from a penalty kick twenty minutes before the end. They are now at the sixth position and need a win here to keep up the race.
Left-back Luisinho (6/0) is injured for the hosts, while doubtful are midfielders Gurler (13/0) and Aguilera (6/0). The visiting side has central back Sidnei (13/1) and defensive midfielder Firpo (15/3) injured.
Round 15 of Primeira Liga continues on Thursday afternoon with a battle between Sporting Lisbon and Belenenses.Home team is positioned fourth will 31 points after 14 matches,but with a match less played than Benfica and Braga.In the other side visitors are positioned 8th with 22 points after 14 matches.
Sporting won 7/7 games in front of their fans and they scored 19 goals and conceded 5.And in last 5 league matches they were able to score in both halves.They will miss for this match Nani,Battaglia and Wendel,in the other side Belenenses probably will miss Caeiro,Shaby,Sagna and N.Tomas.
Newcastle was set as quite an underdog last Saturday afternoon, but the side managed to take a point in a 1:1 game away to Watford. Their hosts dominated the game completely but stood behind in the scoreline pretty early and Newcastle was defending decently for the most of the clash.
Manchester United comes from another impressive performance as the side won over Bournemouth 4:1 last Sunday afternoon. Pogba was excellent once again with two goals and an assist while the side looks completely different now. They are eight points behind Champions League placed Chelsea and need a continuation of good form badly.
The hosts miss injured central back Clark (10/2), while doubtful are midfielder Shelvey and central back Fernandez (15/0). Defensive midfielder Sung-yueng (11/0) is away with international duty. Guests are missing defender Bailey (8/0) who is suspended. Injured are central backs Smalling (13/1), Rojo (2/0) and midfielder McTominay (6/0).
Losing 3 games in the previous 4 rounds of the Premier League is just too much for a team that wants to keep the trophy in their possession for one more season. Therefore, Pep’s boys will have to go for a win here.
Another reason why I’m sure Man City will be extra motivated to win this game is that next week they play against the current table leaders, Liverpool. And considering that in games like those anything can happen, they better play it safe and grab all 3 points in time.
Man City do have some problems with injuries, most notably with Fernandihno who’s been one of their best players this season. Still, the good news is that De Bruyne and Aguero finally look 100% fit and ready to give their best.
All of this makes me sure we’re going to see an away win here. But, the odds on Man City are just way too low.
Kilmarnock look to keep pressure on Celtic and Rangers by claiming another 3 points at Rugby Park against relegation threatened St Mirren.
Kilmarnock have only suffered 2 defeats since September against Aberdeen and Celtic and despite an uncharacteristic 1-1 home draw against Hamilton they have won 5 of their other 6 home games. Maybe they are advantaged slightly by playing regularly on artificial surface.
Mid-week they beat Motherwell 1-0 in Lanarkshire and rested top scorer Eamonn Brophy so he will likely feature here assuming no injury. With Celtic playing Rangers this weekend the Ayrshire side should see this as a perfect opportunity to close the gap on the 2 Glasgow giants.
St Mirren have a poor away record picking up only 5 points. They did win their last away game but this was against Motherwell, a side who have been some way off Kilmarnock’s level this season.
After a run of three wins and a draw, players of Lecce couldn’t handle the pressure in away game to Brescia suffering narrow 2:1 loss. They did take the lead in the first halftime and maybe could have scored more, but Brescia appeared far better in the second. Their only target is getting back to the winning track, being two points behind second-placed Brescia.
Padova suffered their third consecutive defeat last time out, losing to Palermo at home with a 1:3 result. They did take the lead first, but the players from Palermo were far more concrete and effective in continuation. They now stand sharing the last position together with Livorno with just eleven points out of fifteen rounds.
Forward Pettinari (9/0) won’t be playing for Lecce in this one, but anyway with the team having better solutions. Guests miss defender Cappelletti (15/2) due suspension, but also defenders Clemenza (11/1), Ravanelli (9/2) and offensive player Guidone (5/0).
Manchester United are averaging 3.7 goals per game away from home this season.
Cardiff are averaging 3.0 goals at home this season.
Eight of United’s nine Premier League away games have each produced over 2.5 total goals.
6 of Cardiff’s 9 Premier League home games have each produced over 2.5 total goals.
Koln comes from fifth consecutive victory in 2. Bundesliga, as the side won 3:0 at home over Magdeburg last Monday evening. They were better from the first minute, but slowly increased the tempo and overrun the opponent in the second part. The team keeps being second at the table for now, with a point less than Hamburger SV.
Bochum looked like quite an underdog away to Union Berlin in a 2:0 loss last weekend. The game itself was quite an open one, with the players of Union Berlin simply being far more effective in attack. This was their second defeat, as the team now stands at eight position with eight points less than third and play-off placed Union Berlin.
Home side misses suspended midfielder Hoger (13/0), while injured are defender Sobiech (8/0), left back Hector (13/3), midfielder Koziello (8/0) and forward Clemens (8/2).The guests miss defender Leitsch (8/0), midfielder Maier (6/0), offensive Pantovic (4/0), Ekincier (1/0) and a couple of long-term ones.