Mechelen faced some problems during their last on the road against Ostende, but they still managed to pull out a 2:2 draw after a complete reversal.
They looked completely absent during the first part and went on a break with a 2:0 deficit. However, their play visibly improved in the continuation, and with two goals scored over Druijf and Bateau managed to took a point in this very important encounter.
They are currently at 2nd place in the Conference League Group, sharing the same amount of points as the leaders from Gent.
Goalkeeper Coucke (16/0) is injured for the home side in this one, as well as forward Storm (33/11). Midfielder Vranckx (34/4) is suspended.
Gent grabbed the winning momentum, as they are currently on a three matches positive run, defeating Standard last time out at home with a routine 2:0 result.
Ried couldn’t do much more last Saturday on the road against Altach when they come with a pretty convincing 3:0 loss, showing a great deal of passivity in their overall appearance.
They conceded early in the 12th minute, while their downfall continued in the 40th when they were left with a player less on the field.
It wasn’t much of a problem for the home side two score two more in the continuation, as the visitors were simply too uncreative in this one to be more challenging.
Ried is currently at 10th spot in the relegation group, safe and without any further competitive motive.
Defensive midfielder Lackner (22/0) is suspended for this one, while injured are midfielders Gragger (8/0) and Canadi (14/0).
Genk managed to reduce the deficit which they had compared to the leading Club Brugge, and now have revived their chances at least a bit.
In their last clash on the road against Anderlecht, they made a good appearance and took a 1:2 victory, despite being underestimated by the bookie’s side. The guests took the lead first in the 16th minute over Onuachu but failed to keep for a long time, as they conceded an equalizer in the 31st.
However, they remained calm in the continuation and crowned their better performance with another one scored over Dessers in the last five minutes of the encounter.
Central defender Wouters (8/0) should be only unavailable player for the home side.
Antwerp isn’t coping in the best way since the beginning of the Championship campaign, as they failed to record a positive result in four matches played, and are currently sitting at the bottom among four.
Copenhagen is coming to this clash with positive thoughts, as they did a good job in the last round at home against Brondby when they recorded a 2:1 victory.
They took the lead in the 27th after an own goal scored by the visitors, but let their guard for a bit and conceded an equalize only twelve minutes later.
However, their impression was far more aggressive, and they managed to be effective one more time from the penalty in the 55th while having a player more on the pitch since the 68th, made their job much easier in this encounter.
Copenhagen is at 3rd spot in the rankings, having five points less compared to the leaders from Midtjylland.
Left-back Oviedo (7/0) and central defender Bjelland (3/0) are both out injured for the hosts.
The Red Devils are coming to this clash after a very interesting one last time out at home against Liverpool, when, unfortunately for them, they suffered a 2:4 loss.
They opened the match in a better way, taking the lead over Fernandes in the 10th, but overly looking, had some difficulties in the back, as they conceded three times in the next forty minutes.
Even though they managed to respond over Rashford in the 68th, Liverpool appeared better in the offense, and with another one scored just before the fulltime, deservedly took all three in this encounter.
Manchester is at 2nd spot in the general rankings, having their Champions League ticket mathematically secured.
Bournemouth ended the regular part of the season in the 6th spot and is approaching this first leg of the playout phase shaken a bit, as they were in three matches losing streak prior to this one.
In their last match at home against underdogs from Stoke, they appeared quite passive and suffered a 0:2 loss, not using the huge ball possession advantage which they had during the whole encounter.
As mentioned, they conceded two in total, over Forrester in the 36th and Smith in the 52nd, but this match had no competitive signature, so their poor appearance was understandable to a certain level.
Monaco did just enough in their last Ligue 1 clash on the road against Reims when they took an important 0:1 victory.
Overly looking, they kept their guard up during the whole clash, not taking any unnecessary risks, but never the less appeared slightly sharper at the finishing and scored the only one in this clash over Matazo back in the 20th minute.
Monaco is currently at 3rd spot in the general standings, having only two points less than direct ticket Champions League-placed PSG.
The home team will miss suspended forward Geubbels (14/1), plus defender Matsima (9/0) and midfielder Matazo (9/1). Offensive Diop (32/7) is doubtful for the moment, with forward Jovetic (29/6) also being unlikely to play.
Xamax did a good job last time out on the road to Lausanne when they managed to took a point in a 1:1 draw, despite being underestimated by the bookie’s side.
After a conceded goal in the 25th, the guests managed to respond with an equalizer over Dominguez only eight minutes later and successfully kept their goal safe till the end, despite having a player less in the last ten minutes.
Xamax is at 9th spot in the general rankings, having only three points more than relegation-placed Chiasso.
The hosts will miss right-back Gomes (25/1) due to injury, as well as central midfielder Rodriguez (2/0) and forward Koura (8/0). Midfielder Beloko (15/0) is suspended for this one.
Den Haag positively surprised in the last away match against favored Zwolle, as they took a close 0:1 victory, thus keeping their chances for survival in Eredivisie.
They took an early lead in the 12th minute over Adekanye and appeared dangerous in transition for the rest of the clash. Zwolle, on the other hand, failed to be creative despite having the ball to its feet, leaving the guests with a much-needed three points in this one.
Den Haag is in the last place in the rankings, but with two matches ahead, they have enough room to compensate for the deficit they had compared to the safely-placed Willem II.
The hosts will miss central-backs Janmaat (3/0), Bijen (6/0), Del Fabro (19/0), Amofa (6/0), but also midfielders Kishna (16/0), Mokhtar (8/0), and Elmkies (9/0).
Cagliari did a good job in the last round on the road against Benevento, as they come with a much-needed 1:3 victory.
They opened the match in the best way possible, scoring their first one already in the 1st minute, but overly looking, the hosts were a better side during the first part, and deservedly equalized in the 16th minute.
The second half was a bit different story, as even though a balanced play was seen, the guests appeared sharper at the finishing, scoring two more in the 64th and in the third minute of added time, and have every reason to approach the upcoming clash with positive thoughts.
Cagliari is currently in 16th spot in the general rankings, four points ahead of relegation worried Benevento.