Before the last match both teams were with six points and the expectations for the clash in Germany were to be a close encounter. In turned out to be one sided match as Dortmund won with 4-0 and they can win the first spot even if they lose this one. Still Dortmund are in excellent shape not only in the Champions league but in the Bundesliag too as they are four points clear to the second ranked teams. Atletico are doing not bad at all but they will be playing with the thought for this 0-4 on road. They will try to get a rematch and that starts with scoring a goal. No matter of the good defence of Atletico Borrusia are playing fast and furious football and I expect very dynamic match instead of tactical outplay.
Pretty big difference between this two players..Natalia is better player in this match and she is more in form player.She played final on last tournament on Poitiers and she lost on Viktoria Golubic,and before Poititers she made very good qualify on Moscow where she enter in first round and lose in 3 sets with Alizee Cornet.Natalia is in very good period and Jamie Loeb is not a player that can stay today in front of Natalia.
Jamie Loeb pass a pretty poor period for her with only 1 win in last 7 matches.On indoor courts this year she played 10 matches and won 6 of them.In last 7 matches she lost with pretty poor players and definatly that players are more weaker then Natalia.Loeb lost with:Martic,Bektas,Osuigwe,Smitkova and in last match on Poitiers with Stephanie voegele and the only win in last 7 matches was with Bektas.
Brondby was really close to walking away with something away to Midtjylland last Monday and the team even had the lead twice in the first halftime. However, they simply couldn’t hold onto it till the end. They just needed bit more stability at the back. The side now stays out of the play-off positions and are close to a must-win situation when they welcome their biggest rivals.
Copenhagen did well to get a home victory over Aarhus last weekend, even though the game didn’t start as planned for them. They were back in the scoreline from the second minute, but also got leveled up to 2:2 in the 55th minute, to up the tempo and reach the victory with two more goals for the final 4:2. They now share the first position together with Midtjylland and surely a three-pointer is their only target here.
Midfielder Fisker (8/0) is injured, next to long-term absentee striker Mensah. Central back Luftner (1/0) remains sidelined for the guests, as well as striker Fischer (13/7).
Breda managed to take a point in away clash against Den Haag. They had some decent phases and didn’t look that poor, however still were a bit lucky to pull out a point against more determined side that didn’t have enough luck. This was second consecutive draw for them, as the side continues to be inside relegation zone and surely wants to keep undefeated momentum here.
Heracles also comes from a point taken away from home, as they pulled out a slight surprise in a 1:1 draw against Zwolle. They were the ones who took the lead, but switched to too passive approach in the second and could feel satisfied in the end with that point taken. The team continues to have above decent season, having a 6-2-2 record and being at third position together with Feyenoord.
Hosts miss suspended midfielder Niholt (9/2). Forward Fernandes (5/0) is injured, doubtful are forwards Kastaneer (7/1) and Muhren (3/0). Visitors have defender Propper (5/0) sidelined together with a couple of long-term absentees.
Stuttgart looks really disappointing, as they come from third straight defeat with very little concrete things done in the attack. They didn’t score in last two, coming from identical 4:0 defeats at home against Dortmund and away to Hoffenheim. They stood playing with a man less in eight minute in Hoffenheim, not being able to do anything in attack and being limited to a very defensive role.
Eintracht didn’t manage to continue their winning streak after three wins, taking just a point in a 1:1 away to Nurnberg last Sunday. They were a side with a bit more of the possession but failed to show some of their stability against tight in defense hosts. The game got only interesting in the last phase, with the guests pulling out a point in added time. They are now just two points behind Champions League positions.
Hosts miss left back Insua (6/1) due to suspension, while injured are offensive Didavi (4/0) and Donis (5/1) and defender Sosa (4/0), plus a couple of more doubtful. The guests are missing defender Salcedo (2/0), plus a couple of more long-term absentees. Doubtful is defensive midfielder Torro (5/0) due to a groin injury.
Almeria suffered actually quite expected defeat away to Granada last weekend narrowly with a 1:0 result and a goal conceded in last few minutes of the game. They were too defensive and disciplined till the very end. The side remained with defensive and ugly results on the road (therefore the defeat was expected), as they stand now on ninth position with just three points less than play-off zone.
Villarreal is not looking that impressive so far. They have suffered three defeats in the last four rounds, being just a point above the relegation zone. Most recently, they suffered 2:1 defeat away to Alaves, even though they took the lead in the tenth minute and kept it till the 51st minute, conceding the second goal in the fifth minute of added time. Some more discipline in the defensive lineup does lack for them.
Hosts should have no fresh injury worries with left-back Nano (1/0) remaining sidelined. Guests miss defenders Gonzalez (10/0), Costa (8/0), forwards Bacca (9/1), Ekambi (10/2) who are sidelined for this game. They continue to have four long-term absentees too. Both teams are set to rotate a bit further.
Austria Lustenau suffered deserved and expected defeat away to Ried last weekend 1:0, in bit more open game than what the final result says. They broke a mini-run of two victories, as the team now stands fifth at the table having nine points less than leaders from Wattens. The side can enter this match completely relaxed trying to surprise the best side in the country.
Salzburg probably paid the price of busy schedule and their Europa League duties, which they did well winning over Rosenborg 3:0 and almost securing the next stage, as they had only a 3:3 draw away to LASK Linz last weekend in a game where they had early 2:0 lead, but also pulled out a point only with a late equalizer. They remain a huge favorite to seal the title with ten points more than second-placed LASK.
Defender van der Werff (4/0) is injured, as well as offensive Junuzovic (9/2) and right back Todorovic (6/0) for the visitors. Both sides are expected to rotate their teams a bit for this one.
Hannover looked like a slight favorite this Saturday afternoon, but the side stood defeated at home with a 1:2 result against Augsburg. They once again proved to be too vulnerable at the back. The side now stands at the play-out position with just a point more than a bottom-placed side.
It seems that Wolfsburg will be having a far easier season this time, as they look more compact and far more dangerous. Most recently, they cruised to a victory away to Dusseldorf with a 3:0 result being far more attacking side. With a 3-3-3 record, they are in the middle of the table being safe for now.
Hannover needs to look for improvement and Cup comes as one of the ways to bring some joy to their fans. Wolfsburg looked quite revived against Dusseldorf and could use the momentum well. Both of the teams should be rotated their teams.
Midtjylland looked really well last weekend when the team won over Nordsjaelland 1:4 away from home. They were in control in most of the phases, knowing when to increase the tempo really well. The side now needs a victory in order to keep up with first placed Copenhagen which has three points more over the hosts of today’s game.
Brondby took just a point in a home match against Odense last weekend in a 1:1 draw. Overall it wasn’t that offensive game and it only got interesting in the last ten minutes when the hosts took the lead but couldn’t hold onto it. They are now just in the middle of the table and need to improve in order to stay fully competitive for the highest positions and European exit.
Midfielder Okosun (8/0) is injured, while forward Dovbyk (2/0) remains doubtful for the hosts. Brondby will miss midfielder Fisker (8/0), while right-back Kopplin (3/0), central back Gammelby (2/0) and midfielder Kaiser (12/0) are all doubtful for now.
Ajax won eventually in injury time with 1-0 due to a deflected shot by Mazraoui. I think overall they were more dangerous, but Benfica played their best match in the CL this season and perhaps deserved more.
Had also to do with Ajax as they did not played at their best. Especially in the build up a lot of simple mistakes. Against Bayern Munich they played much better.
Now the next big match, indeed, it is ”De Klassieker”, the biggest match in the Netherlands.
Of course, PSV – AJax is much bigger quality wise, but these two go way back. There is tremendous rivalry between these teams and there have been a lot of battles between both fan bases with people ending dead. Yes they really hate each other.
The last time Feyenoord won in Amsterdam was in 2005-2006 by a goal of Kalou. I think they will be in trouble once more since Ajax has a better player on every position. Robin Van Persie is playing well, but not much behind him. Jorgensen is their best striker still, but he was out for a long time and far from 100%. Berghuis is playing really well though for a while now. Vilhena is a pittbull on midfield but Clasie is not like frenkie De jong that plays all balls forwards. No important missings for Feyenoord for now.