St Etienne are currently sitting 3rd in the Ligue having quickly accelerated past Lyon recently and are setting their sights for second place. A win here would get them potentially 1 point behind second and 5 points ahead of 4th place Lyon.
St Etienne are undefeated at home this season (8 wins and 2 draws) and have won their last 4 at home convincingly (scoring close to 3 goals on average per match).
Lyon is in questionable form currently with their last 6 Ligue 1 record being 1W 4D 1L against some much weaker opponents.
Zwolle ended the previous year in a poor run, having three games without a victory, most recently suffering 2:0 defeat away to Venlo. They actually had no real chance, since the team played with a man less already after twenty-six minutes. During the break, they had a 1:1 draw against Nurnberg and a 3:1 defeat to Leverkusen.
Feyenoord ended the previous year with a 2:2 draw away to Den Haag. They were actually better and had the lead, however playing with a man less in the last twenty minutes was simply too much. The side lost to Dortmund 2:1 and won over Karlsruher 4:2 during the January break.
Zwolle misses injured midfielders Hamer (12/0) and Genreau (10/0), also forward Scamacca (8/0). Goalkeeper Boer (4/0) is suspended. The visiting side has right back Nieuwkoop (8/0) suspended, while injured are defender Botteghin (10/1) and right back St. Juste (13/1).
St Truiden had all the chances to win away to Oostende in the previous Jupiler game, but the team only got a point in a 1:1 draw. They took the lead early, even missed a penalty kick in the first half, but were generally too passive in the second part. The team now has no win in last four rounds, being just two points above out of playoff zone placed Gent.
Genk looked like a clear favorite in the previous round at home against Gent, as the side completely justified that role in a 3:1 victory despite being back in the scoreline early. It was their third consecutive victory in Jupiler League, as the side remains first with seven points more than Club Brugge.
Guests have very good team, but they are very weak in their Tukey Super Lig:
– Positioned 17th (18), that is very bad and unusual.
– After 17 matches, 16:24 goal score, 16 points
Hosts on the other side are fighting to reach the Super Lig and they are on good way:
– Positioned 4th (18), they are in qualify zone, as the 1st and 2nd have direct way in Super Lig
– After 17 matches, 20:14 goal score, 31 points, nicee
– Host solid, in their last 10+ matches they have been defeated twice, and few draws, so their form isn’t questionable at all.
Guingamp was set as a slight favorite against St Etienne, but the side suffered narrow 1:0 loss being down in the scoreline already from the sixth minute. They were trying to level up as much as they could, but except of some semi-tries, the game didn’t look very interesting with the visitors being satisfied with the result.
Rennes, on the other side, comes from a narrow 1:0 victory away to Nantes last Sunday afternoon. They took the lead in the thirteenth minute already, staying very defensively towards the opponent, but not allowing many concrete chances. They are now on a run of four victories, with the team being four points behind fourth-placed St Etienne.
Forward Benezet (16/3) should miss for the home side, while they could also be without second choice goalkeeper Petric (no performance yet) and defender Ikoko (14/0). The guests have midfielder Hunou (4/1) as doubtful, while injured remains midfielder Baal (1/0).
After a defeat away to PSG where they put up a really good fight, players of Nantes comfortably won over Montpellier 2:0. Their game was much easier as the guests stood playing with a man less early into the game. Two goals in the second halftime came, as the side now stands at the eleventh position, seven less than Europa League placed Montpellier.
Rennes managed to get the third consecutive victory in Ligue 1 when the team welcomed Nimes and outplayed the opponent with a 4:0 result. The game itself was very open one and the guests weren’t that bad either, but lacked more concrete things in attack. The team now stands just four points behind Europa League tickets.
Offensive midfielder Boschilia (16/4) is injured, while midfielder Krhin (10/0) remains doubtful. The guests miss injured left back Baal (1/0) and goalkeeper Diallo (6/0).
This is gonna be a huge match in saturday as two big teams are gonna face each other.
Porto is on 18 win streak sitting on 1st place in the league. Their only 2 losses they got in league were both away games to Benfica and Guimaraes.
Sporting is at 4th position and with 34 points. Sporting hasn’t lost a point yet at home ground and also at home they haven’t lost to Porto since 2008. Last match Sporting lost away at home to Tondela playing without their main striker Dost who should be okay to play against Porto and also Bruno Fernandes who didn’t play due to penalty from cards.
Sporting is a very ambitious team that always aim for the title and play these important matches at their best and I believe they are gonna get a good result against Porto
The year hasn’t started too great for Leeds. They lost to QPR in FA Cup and to Nottingham in the Championship. And on the last weekend in 2018, they lost another Championship game, this time against Hull at home. The poor form hasn’t damaged their position on the table, but if it continues, they could lose the first place even this weekend.
But, such a thing doesn’t seem like a possibility if you ask Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa. He wants his team to bounce back into a winning form and the match against Derby seems like an ideal opportunity for that. First of all, the game is played at Elland Road in Leeds, where this team has won 8 out of 13 Championship matches this season, which makes them the best home side in the league.
Another reason why Leeds seem likely to win this game is that their fitness problems are over. Some of their key men were absent in the last couple of weeks for various reasons, so Bielsa had to pick some of the guys from the Under 23 squad. For this match, all of Leeds’ key men are fit and ready, with the exception of Kalvin Philips who’s serving a bad.
After three consecutive wins, Portimonense comes from a 2:1 defeat away to Maritimo. It actually needs to be said that they were far better but lacked offensively concrete things, while the hosts were breaking them on counters. The side is at eight position just five less than fifth Moreirense.
Braga didn’t have many problems winning over Boavista at home 1:0 last Sunday evening. The only goal was scored in the 25th via Horta, while the game itself didn’t look very interesting from that moment on, with the guests having some semi-tries. Braga is six points behind Porto, with just a point more than Benfica.
Offensive midfielder Nakajima (13/5) is injured for the hosts, while midfielder Tabata and forward Henrique are long-term absentees without performing anyway. The visitors are missing goalkeeper Matheus (3/0) and midfielders Xadas (4/0) and Esgaio (13/0).
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.