Leverkusen is looking way better in the second part of the season. They now come from a 3:2 victory away to Hannover, making a right approach from the first minutes. Once again scoring goals wasn’t a problem for them as the team now needs a victory to remain in the race for the Champions League spot.
Werder Bremen, on the other side, comes from a 4:2 victory at home against Schalke last weekend. An open game from both teams was seen but should be said that the game could have ended way differently with both teams having plenty of chances. Bremen is now six points behind Leverkusen and can remain in the European race only with a positive outcome here.
Rotherham surprised well last time out away to QPR with a 1:2 victory. It was a bit unexpected and luckily taken victory in the fifth minute of added time, but the side did deserve it with the fighting spirit against moderate hosts who aren’t impressing in last weeks. The side is now tied up with safely placed Reading and Wigan.
Norwich earned their fifth consecutive win last Wednesday evening, winning over Hull 3:2. They looked dominant and completely deserved a victory which could have been even with a bigger margin. The side is leading the table with four points more than third-placed Sheffield United
Heidenheim lost the momentum in recent weeks, coming now from the fourth straight game without a victory. They suffered narrow 1:0 defeat away to Bochum last weekend, staying with a man less in the last thirty minutes and paying the price for it. Must be said, they didn’t look like a better side even before the red card shown.
Union Berlin is looking far better in a previous couple of months, coming from a 2:0 home win over Ingolstadt. A goal towards the end of each halftime was enough, while the guests stood playing with two men less in the second part. The side is now third with four points more than fourth St Pauli and surely wants to remain as competitive as possible.
Benfica didn’t appear concrete enough in the first leg, despite having more of the ball possession as they suffered narrow defeat from the penalty kick. The side made a setback in the title race with a 2:2 home draw against Belenenses being now leveled up in the title race together with Porto.
Dinamo was just fine in the first leg and threatening enough with the ball to their feet, which did look like a limited amount of time, but concrete enough to make the things as difficult as possible for the Portuguese now. They had a 3:1 victory over the weekend against Rijeka continuing to be red hot favorites for yet another domestic title.
Sheffield Utd comes from an easy victory at home over Rotherham 2:0. They took the lead in the fifth minute already and were playing with a man more since the middle of the first halftime making their game as easy as it could be. They are undefeated in last eight rounds and are two points behind second Leeds, surely aiming a win here.
Brentford is enjoying recently in the Championship, but are still off from the play-off zone and will hardly reach it. They managed to revert the scoreline after halftime and get a victory away to Middlesbrough with two goals within three minutes last Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea had a bit more difficult victory than what the result says away to Fulham, with the hosts being very competitive, however, the Blues walked away with a 2:1 victory. They are now a couple of points away from the Champions League positions and need a victory here.
After their defeat away to Huddersfield in a completely unexpected way, players of Wolves responded far better with a 2:0 professional victory over Cardiff. They took the double lead within the first twenty minutes and kept being in control for the whole clash.
Neither of the teams should be having neither injury or suspension worries for this one.
After a run of really good results and long undefeated streak, Viola suffered 3:1 defeat away to Atalanta last weekend. They took the lead first but soon found themselves being outplayed by far stronger opponent.
Lazio used the momentum of Roma being under pressure with CL game and managed to get convincing 3:0 victory over local rivals. The side is now six points behind CL placed Inter and needs to seek for a victory here.
The hosts should have no fresh injury worries. Lazio will miss midfielder Berisha (8/0) and fullback Lukaku (7/0) with goalkeeper Strakosha (25/0) being doubtful for the moment.
Koln didn’t have much difficulties winning away to Ingolstadt last weekend with a 1:2 result, conceding a goal very late into the match where they weren’t threatened much. The side now has three wins in a row and leads the table with just a point more than third-placed team.
Bielefeld bounced back to positive ways with a narrow 1:0 victory against Darmstadt at home. They were far more superior and scored in the first half, leaving the ball possession to guests later who didn’t create much. Bielefeld is now quite safe in the middle of the table.
Norwich passed over Millwall 1:3 away from home, in maybe bit more difficult game than what was expected. The hosts didn’t surrender and had a nice amount of chances, but the Canaries looked like a more experienced side. It was their third victory in a row, as they remain first at the table.
Swansea deserved their victory in a 2:0 win over Bolton. It came late, with two goals inside the last fifteen minutes, however, the Swans were the ones who dominated the game and missed great chances before the lead, including a penalty kick. They remain in the mid-table positions with seven points less than the play-off zone.
AZ Alkmaar disappointed losing on the road to Willem II 2:1. They stood quickly two goals back in the scoreline and failed to present themselves more concrete even though they had the ball possession. The side needs a momentum change coming from exclusion in the Dutch semifinals against the very same opponent.
Sittard had the double goal lead after thirty minutes at home against Heerenveen, but as soon as they scored second the team didn’t look convincing. They got completely outplayed in the second halftime and couldn’t handle the pressure at all. The side is just above the playout zone now.