Monza failed to justify the role of a slightly favored squad last time out on the road to Reggina when they suffered a close 1:0 defeat.
Lack of creativity cost them points here, as despite having the ball to their feet for most of the time during this clash, they had absolutely no idea how to be more dangerous. Their passive appearance was punished in the 55th minute when Rivas scored for the home side, which quite deservedly took all three in this clash.
Monza occupies 2nd spot in the standings, closely followed by Salernitana that has the same amount of points, so a more aggressive approach comes as a must in the upcoming clash.
Almeria showed some improvement recently, as they were able to record two consecutive victories in LaLiga2, last time on the road to Girona with a narrow 0:1 result.
The second part of the clash proved to be crucial, as the guests looked far more aggressive with the ball to their feet, scoring the only one in this clash over Sadiq in the 72nd, maybe deserving to put at least one more to the scoreline in this clash.
Almeria occupies 3rd spot in the overall standings, having the same amount of points as Espanyol, and a ticket for direct promotion to LaLiga, but having game less which makes this match so important now.
PSV didn’t let any surprises occur in the last round on the road against Sittard, as they recorded a routine 1:3 victory.
They opened the match more aggressively, taking the double lead with goals in the 10th and the 27th over Zahavi, and even though the hosts managed to reduce later on in the 69th, the shire quality of the guests was more than obvious, as, despite a more relaxed approach in the continuation, they were still able to score one more time in the 87th over Madueke and remove all questions about the winner here.
Leeds had a very interesting and dynamic clash last time put against West Ham, but unfortunately, suffered a 2:0 defeat, playing away from home.
VAR played a major role, as the guests had two disallowed goals within two minutes, a situation that had a great impact on their morale. The initiative from the start was gone, and they conceded their first one in the 21st when Lingard caught a rebound from the missed penalty, while seven minutes later, Dawson doubled the lead.
Even though the guests tried their best in the continuation, their attacks lacked more creativity, so the result remained unchanged till the end of the encounter.
Leeds is at the 11th spot on the table, safely positioned at the middle, which is, by all means, a great success, because they are newcomers this season in Premier League.
Charleroi failed to be more creative with the ball in the last round at home against St. Truiden when they had a goalless draw, lacking more sharpness at the finishing.
The hosts created several decent opportunities during this clash, but as previously mentioned, they lacked more creativity in the offense to make this clash a bit more interesting to watch, with the guests having their share of chances too.
Charleroi is currently at the 11th spot on the table, having three points less than play-off Waregem.
Granada, like a few other teams in the Euro campaign, made their fans proud, as despite all the odds, progressed further winning over Napoli with an aggregate 2:3 result.
Last time out in LaLiga, they were competitive in an away match against Bilbao, but never the less come with a 2:1 defeat, maybe a bit unlucky. They conceded an early goal in the 3rd minute but managed to equalize in the 78th and punish the hosts for a missed penalty six minutes earlier.
However, it can be said that luck wasn’t on their side, as they conceded another one just before the full-time, and walked away with empty hands out of this encounter, while a draw outcome would be a fair one as well.
Liverpool is entering this second leg with a pretty nice background, as they were victorious in the first, outplaying the Germans with a 2:0 result.
The fact is that their form significantly decreased, as they lost the race for a title in Premiership, and might even miss the European exit this season, currently being at 8th spot in the overall standings. In their last match against underdogs from Fulham, the Reds made another setback, suffering a defeat with a minimal result, playing at their home stadium.
Juventus will have to give more than one hundred percent if they want to compensate for a 2:1 deficit from the first leg against Porto when they clashed in Portugal.
They are currently at 3rd place in Serie A, appearing quite good in the last two matches, as they recorded two consecutive victories. Last Saturday evening, they welcomed Lazio, and looked quite good in the offense, outplaying them with a 3:1 result. The hosts conceded first in the 14th minute, but responded in the best possible manner, leveling up the score in the 39th over Rabiot.
In the continuation, Morata performed quite well, scoring two goals in the 57th and from the penalty in the 60th, leaving his whole squad with a nice background for the second leg of the knockout phase.
A team from Milan did their job in the last round on the road to Parma when they recorded an expected victory with a 1:2 result.
They had the initiative from the very start, but only in the second part, they managed to break through the opponent’s defense, scoring two in the 54th and the 62nd over Sanchez, allowing hosts to spice it up a bit with a goal in the 72nd, but not letting any major surprises to occur in this clash.
Inter deservedly holds the leading spot in Serie A, having three points more than their closest AC Milan and a game less played.
After two consecutive victories in Eredivisie, Sittard failed to be more creative last time in an away match against Groningen when they suffered a 1:0 defeat.
The clash itself was a quite passive one, with both sides having a minimal number of opportunities, however, the hosts did appear slightly better with the ball in the second part, successfully scoring the only one in this clash over Abraham in the 50th minute, thus settling the final result.
Sittard is at 9th spot in the standings, being four points in deficit compared to the play-off placed Twente before the start of this round.