Werder Bremen took a three-pointer last weekend when the team visited Augsburg on Saturday afternoon. They had close to a perfect start since the team managed to get the double lead thanks to goals from Kruse and Eggstein in the 34th and the 36th minute.
Hosts reduced just before the halftime whistle via Ja-Cheol, while Max equalized at the start of the second. Even though it was a troubling phase of the clash, Werder managed to get back into the lead in the 75th minute via a goal from Klaasen. The team now has two victories and two draws, surely enjoying their start of the season.
They are sharing the third position with four points less than leaders from Bayern Munich. Kainz, Kruse, and Harnik should be leading their offense in a 4-3-3 formation. Forward Aron Johansson and goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino are both long-term absentees. Forward Yuya Osako (3/1) is doubtful due stomach disorder. A couple of more are also sidelined as long-term absentees.
Championship game for me in a game that will be played at Villa Park and will kick off at 15:00 UK time. The game will be played between Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday.
The home side I have seen a few times this season, very recently vs Rotherham United where they were victorious 2-0 thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie. It was Tammy Abraham’s first goal for the club and it came on his home debut. Aston Villa were always going to beat Rotherham, their squad this season is insane and for me they have the best squad in the entire league. Bolasie is far too good for the Championship and should be playing Premiership football in my opinion.
Villa have been lining up with a formation similar to a 4-4-2d it seems to be working quite well. They currently lie in 7th in the table and a win could see them push up the table and aim towards to the top 2 places as many fans expect of them this year. They’ve currently won 3 games, drawn 4 and lost just 1. They have bagged 14 goals and have conceded 12 in just 8 games so far in the league.
What stands out to me most is the fact that without John Terry at the back, Villa look liable to concede goals and for them to have conceded 12 goals from 8 games is high. 7 of their 8 games has seen both teams score, rarely do the fans see a lack of goals.
After their good performance and really impressive victory at home against AZ Alkmaar before the international break, players of Heracles went on and made another positive surprise winning away from home against Heerenveen 3:5 last Sunday afternoon.
It was surely the most interesting match in the round, as the visitors once again proved that they don’t need a lot of ball possession and chances created in order to score. They were in control over the result and hosts were those who tried to catch up with them, as the guests deservedly secured the three-pointer thanks to two goals from Peterson, one from Dalmau, Duarte, and Osman.
The side now has three victories, a draw, and a defeat, standing at the third position in the league with three points less than second-placed Ajax.
Central defender Robin Propper (5/0) is injured for this one. Other three, Jeff Hardeveld, Sebastian Jakubiak and Joey Konings are anyway long-term absentees without performing in the new season.
RB Leipzig had to start their Europa League duties already from the second round, but the side did well to progress over Swedish Hacken, Romanian U Craiova and Ukrainian side Zorya using those matches as preparation games for the start of Bundesliga as well.
Their playoff game against Zorya proved to be more difficult than expected, as they reached the group stage thanks to a goal from a penalty kick in the 90th minute of the second leg. As for the start of Bundesliga, they lost away to Dortmund, took a point in a home clash over Dusseldorf and finally won 3:2 at home last Saturday afternoon against Hannover.
It was a hard-fought clash where the visitors actually looked more active and created more, however also were losing for the most of the clash. Left-back Marcel Halstenberg has some problems and probably won’t play here. Timo Werner should be at disposal despite some discomfort.
Sheffield United met also an in-form side last Saturday afternoon when the team visited Bristol City and stood defeated with a narrow 1:0 result. The only goal was scored late into the match, in the 81st minute via Watkins.
Overall, the match was quite a balanced one with neither of the teams being too willing to attack. Guests had more of the ball possession, however, the home team was a bit luckier to get so much needed lead.
This result broke their streak of three consecutive victories (at home against Aston Villa and Norwich, plus on the road to Bolton), as they now stand at fifth position and need a victory here if the team is to keep the playoff rankings for now.
Leeds had quite a difficult game last time out previous Saturday afternoon when the team visited Millwall. They were maybe slight underdogs that day but proved that the odds were completely wrong.
The players of Leeds had much more of the ball possession and controlled the game overall. However, they stood back in the scoreline in 55th with a goal from Wallace, but completely deservedly leveled up in the 89th minute via Harrison in a match they surely deserved even more.
Now, coming back to home matches they surely want to get a victory after two consecutive draw matches and to keep leading the table as they still stand first with four victories and three draws, having a point more than next three teams below them.
Zwolle had a rough start facing strong teams. In the last round they finally got their first win in Groningen. It was a boring game but a nice win because Zwolle rarely win on the road.
Vitesse suffered a heavy defeat at home in the last round against Ajax. They now have 5 points, only winning the first league game. Must be said they have also faced tought opponents.
Both teams have not scored many goals in their last few games. So statically it doesnt seem smart to bet on goals. But looking at their matches they are full of chances. Zwolle plays with alot of confidence at home and they also find the net. Vitesse have created huge chances in all of their games. Its a miracle to me how they have not scored atleast 6 goals in the last rounds. Goals should come eventually, and i believe this matchup will give us goals.
Tottenham had a good entrance into the season with first three victories, however, the things didn’t look that bright in their most recent clash when the side visited Watford a weekend before the international break. They were huge favorites and the game came after their victory on the road to Manchester United, however, proved many of their fans to be wrong.
They were better at the start, too much of the ball possession but not really threatening situations created. Still, they took the lead first via an own goal at the start of the second halftime. However, hosts were the ones who moved the ball better later and were much more dangerous in attack. Goals from Deeney and Cathcart in 69th and 76th minute. The side now stands with three points less than leading trio of Liverpool, Chelsea, and Watford.
Kane and Moure should lead their attack in 3-5-2 formation. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is out injured, as well as midfielder Dele Alli. Juan Foyth and Vincent Janssen are long-term absentees.
Liverpool, on the other side, couldn’t start the season better as the team comes from all four victories in Premier League so far. After victories over West Ham, Crystal Palace and Brighton without a single goal conceded, the Reds had stronger test away to Leicester two weeks ago.
This is match from the Swedish Superttan. The hosts are sitting with 26 points on the ninth spot but they are just five points away from the relegation playoffs. Varnamo is sitting fifteenth in the zone where the teams are relegating directly so for them on first spot is moving at least one place upper. In spite GAIS have a good five points difference they should take the maximum from this one as they are facing one of the teams with poorest away record 2-2-6. Varnamo must go “all in” because they are having almost no time to save from relegation. For the visitors those match is also good spot for seeking a point as GAIS are also not convincing at home 3-4-3. In the last seven matches between those two five times both teams have scored and four times they were over 2.5 goals. In the last ten matches of GAIS only once both teams have not scored and six times they were over 2.5 goals.
Finland did a very decent job to get a victory over Hungary in the first round of UEFA Nation’s League and now in case they present themselves in a good picture again, they will become one of the favorites to win this group. No doubt that the atmosphere is decent now and that they’ll try to use such momentum.
They entered the game against Hungarians really strongly and took the lead already in the seventh minute thanks to a goal from Pukki. The Finnish team continued being better in the first halftime and threatened some more, while they switched to a more defensive approach in second as they were simply satisfied with a result they had.
Comparing to previous few call-ups, they aren’t counting at defender Juha Pirinen, midfielder Glen Kamara and forwards Berat Sadik and Tim Vayrynen.
Estonia expectedly suffered defeat to Greece in their first-round game last Saturday evening. The only goal was scored in the fourteenth minute by Fortounis and could be said that the Greeks got what they wanted in this clash without being in need to make a lot of effort.