Copenhagen is sharing the first position together with their today’s opponents, but we still can’t say that the team is having a perfect form they want to have in Superliga. Most recently, they broke a run of four wins in a row, taking just a point away from home against Aalborg and saving the game with a goal in the 83rd minute only, despite being better.
As for Midtjylland, the side comes from an impressive performance at home against Vejle getting a 5:0 victory before the break. They were far better, continuing with very good offensive form as the side remains undefeated in last fourteen rounds (ten victories and four draws).
Forward Fischer (13/7) is injured, as well as defender Luftner (1/0). Another defender, Boilesen (14/1) is doubtful for now due to a thigh injury. Visitors could miss forward Dovbyk (2/0) and midfielders Okosun (7/0) and Sparv (13/2) who are doubtful for now due to various injuries.
After the appointment of Halilhodzic, Nantes is showing a positive face. They are now on a run of three wins in Ligue 1, a win in French Coupe de la Ligue, a point taken away from home against Rennes. It was a fair outcome, in a game where the hosts even missed penalty kick and were closer to a victory. Nantes is at the tenth position with five points more than relegating placed Dijon.
Angers have improved in the most recent game at home against Montpellier 1:0. It was a bit surprising to see them winning after five matches without a victory in overall quite an equal game where the guests had much more of the ball possession. The side is now at the thirteenth position with four points more than relegating Dijon.
Midfielder Rongier (13/1) misses due to a knee injury for the hosts. Right back Kwateng (12/0) is doubtful for now. Visiting side have few players doubtful, including defender Andreau (1/0), midfielder Manzala (5/0) and forward Capelle (13/2).
Verona entered bit poor period in recent weeks, as they come from a 4:2 defeat away to Brescia which was their third game without a win. Those were two defeats on the road and a point taken in a home draw against Cremonese. Verona is now sharing the sixth position being four points below direct promotion placed Pescara and surely aims more this season.
Palermo now hit good form, as the side comes from three consecutive wins having also five victories in last six matches (a draw included as well). In the most recent clash, they won 3:0 at home over Pescara, showing once again their effectivity in the attack. They lead the table with two points more than Pescara and four points more than third-placed Salernitana.
Goalkeeper Tozzo is long-term absentee, similar to central defender Bianchetti both without performing so far. Visiting side misses left back Rispoli (4/0).
Scotland had to get the victory away to Albania to stay alive in their chances of promotion completely and that’s exactly what they did winning the opponent with a 4:0 result in Shkoder. Now, the side needs a victory to get the first position against a side they got defeated with a 2:1 result earlier in October despite having the lead in the first halftime.
After starting defeat away to Albania, Israel improved well in next two matches and recorded victories at home over Albania and Scotland – both matches completely deserved. They will now need to remain undefeated here, but knowing that they can’t wait to see what happens and stay behind the ball for too long.
Nine players have dropped out of Scottish squad since call-up, including goalkeeper Gordon (Celtic), defenders Mulgrew (Blackburn), Tierney (Celtic), midfielders McDonald (Fulham) and McGinn (Aston Villa). The visitors miss defender Tibi (Maccabi Tel Aviv), midfielders Golasa (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Einbinder (Beitar) and forward Shechter (Maccabi Tel Aviv).
1st Round match at the Pune Challenger.
Odds dropped off on this but a -1.5 games handicap puts it just about right.
I really don’t know what wrong with James Ward in the last couple of months, he was gaining back his form gradually but at this moment he is struggling to win matches, however I still see him getting a comfortable victory today.
Ward this year has a 31/26 record on all surface. He reached 2 challenger tournaments final on hard court.
19/14 is his record on hard court this year but his form of 3 wins in last 10 is a major concern.
Ward form at the moment may not be all that good but Purcell is worst. Purcell is having a disaster 2018 on hard court and I don’t think his luck will change today.
Malaga comes from a 2-2 draw at “Estadio El Molinon” last Sunday, in a match, in which Juan Muniz’s men lost their lead twice, the last time after Carlos Carmona’s goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.It’s the first time this season when Malaga lose points in two consecutive games, but the hosts remain among the major favorites for promotion in the Spanish La Liga (4th place, only one point behind leaders Granada) and while their away record is far from impressive (2-2-3 7/9), “Estadio La Rosaleda” has been turned into a fortress since the beginning of the new campaign: 6 consecutive wins over Alcorcon (1-0), Tenerife (1-0), Cordoba (3-0), Rayo Majadahonda (1-0), Albacete (2-1) and Numancia on Oct. 29 (2-0).Munir (g / 11+0), Luis Hernandez (d / 12+0), Juan Carlos (d / 4+1) and Alex Mula (m / 2+0) are out due to injuries, but two key players in Alfred N’Diaye (m / 10+2) and top scorer Gustavo Blanco Leschuk (f / 13+6) will return to the squad after suspensions.
Cyprus didn’t disappoint much so far in the competition, but they are far from safe of relegating to League D. After four matches played, they are third with four points but also being fourth between the ranking of third-placed teams which would mean relegation for them. In order to avoid that, they would need a victory here. In the most recent game, they had a 1:1 draw away to Slovenia.
Bulgarians were maybe lucky at some moments, but anyway, the team now has a chance of winning the group and promoting further. After four matches, they have three wins and a defeat in the most recent game away to Norway. It was quite an equal game where the Norwegians reached the goal in one of the rare chances. The side now needs a victory here in order to continue their race with Norway.
With two victories so far the team from Belgium shares the first position with Switzerland and this match should come as a must-win for them, to avoid possible calculations what happens in case of a defeat to Switzerland in the last round. Anyhow, they seem pretty strong at the moment, coming from five matches undefeated run.
Iceland has suffered all three matches at the UEFA Nations League and has nothing left but to play the last game to regain some of the pride for their nation. They have already relegated to the League B for the next cycle and were no match to Swiss nor Belgium till now, scoring only one and conceding eleven goals in three games.
Lukaku is recovering from a hamstring problem and should be fine to start here. Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen remain sidelined for the home team. Visitors have central back Ragnar Sigurdsson suspended for this one. Winger Johann Gudmundsson and offensive Gylfi Sigurdsson have also withdrawn from the squad due to injuries.
After three wins, over Real Madrid, Celta, and Villarreal, players of Alaves suffered bit unexpected defeat away to Eibar with a 2:1 result last weekend. They did take the lead, but having played with a man less from 24th till 62nd minute was too much as the players looked extremely tired and got punished for it. The side now needs to get a victory here to maintain within the Champions League positions.
Huesca actually surprised a bit last weekend when the team welcomed Getafe and the relegation strugglers managed to pull out a draw in a 1:1 game. They were better, especially in the second halftime when they took the lead and it was easier for them to play – still got punished for inexperience very late into the match. The side continues to be at the rock bottom position with only six points for now.
West Brom comes from ugly and narrow 1:0 defeat away to Hull last Saturday. It was ugly since the game itself turned out to be defensive and generally quite ugly, as the hosts took the lead in the first half, while the visitors failed to be more concrete. Except for possession, they didn’t create much overall. It was the fourth game without a win, as they slipped down the table and are a point below play-off zone.
Leeds managed to fight out a really important win away from home against Wigan with a 1:2 result. Despite being down early, they managed to respond within minutes and seal the victory in the second. The win was deserved, as the hosts did almost nothing in attack with exception of the goal. The side now shares the first position together with Norwich and needs to get a victory here.
Right back Gibbs should be recovered on time. Doubtful are midfielder Barry (7/0) and forward Gayle (13/8). Visitors shouldn’t count at central back Berardi (8/0), right back Ayling (14/1) and offensive Bamford (5/0).