Match preview for 06.09.2020: Spain vs Ukraine
La Roja have one of the most exciting squads in world football now – an inspiring mix of young talents and battle-hardened veterans. They are hungry to once again prove themselves in front of critics, after their surprising exit in the 2018 World Cup, in the Round of 16.
They had taken on Germany in their opener in this contest. The spoils were shared after a 1-1 draw. Timo Werner’s 51st minute strike was neutralized by a last-gasp goal by Jose Gaya.
Meanwhile, Shevchenko’s men had registered a 2-1 win at home, over Switzerland. However, the former have always struggled against La Roja in h2h meetings.
In fact, Enrique’s men would have had a perfect winning record against them if not for a single draw, and they have not even conceded a goal in such clashes in the past 17 years.
Moreover, the Yellow and Blue have a poor record on the road in the last two years. During this period, they have recorded a total of two wins away from home, and both had come against minnows (Lithuania and Luxembourg).
In addition, La Roja were unbeaten in 39 of their previous 41 overall match-ups, and they also are on a six-game winning run at home. Furthermore, they also have lost just once at home in their preceding 20 attempts.
For the reasons, expect Spain to deliver a win this Sunday.
Match preview for 30.08.2020: Metz vs Monaco
Metz have not played yet this season and this game represents their first of the campaign. This will be the clubs 2nd successive season in the top flight.
Metz had a very good pre-season where they lost just once from 7 games. They are scheduled to play Kaiserslautern of Germany in France during the mini break at the beginning of September. The clubs pre-season highlights were beating Dijon and Strasbourg both Ligue 1 teams away from home.
Monaco will be slightly disappointed as to how they started the season. They ended up drawing 2-2 at home to Reims but would have been expected to win that game. At the same time they found themselves 2 goals down early on and heading for a beating, so it was a good recovery.
The good news for Metz is that they have had a good pre-season but maybe not being able to play competitively yet could have a negative effect on their play in this game. Monaco have that under their belt and we think they will be strong here and a real threat.
Watch out for quality such as Stevan Jovetic the prolific striker wasn’t able to get on the score sheet last time and he will be raring to rectify that. Monaco have a decent side and in Niko Kovac as coach have some good experience and a lot is expected of them. If Monaco want to make advancements this season they need to be winning these type of games.
Match preview for 17.08.2020: Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk
The Italians recorded a 2-1 win in the Quarter Final, against Bayer Leverkusen. They had taken control in the game early itself, with two goals even before the 20th minute.
Meanwhile, Luis Castro’s men registered a 4-1 win in their QF, against Basel. However, this time around, they do have a quality opponent.
Conte’s men have been one of the best in the continent since football has resumed, and if not for their dropped points earlier in the season, they might have run away with the Serie A title.
As of now, they are on a five-match winning run, and a ten-game unbeaten run. Going on, they were also unbeaten in 15 of their last 16 overall fixtures, and had scored two or more goals in 13 of their last 15 match-ups.
On the other hand, though Castro’s men are in form as well, they have not had the opportunity to fight opponents of great quality and fighting spirit. They have had it easy in the one-horse race that is the Ukrainian League.
Their defects and weaknesses will be dissected and presented to the world by Conte’s men, who regularly lock horns with the best teams in the world.
Moreover, the Italians also do have a far more experienced gaffer, and importantly, they do have a 100% unbeaten record against this rival.
For the reasons, expect Inter to be the victor of this clash.
Match preview for 07.08.2020: Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Pep’s men recorded a 1-2 away win in the first leg, with two late goals. Kevin De Bruyne was the man of the match with his one goal and assist.
As things stand, the upper hand goes to the English contingent. The reason being, they could afford to lose 0-1, and still could progress to the Quarters. As far as they are concerned, all they need to do is make sure that they do not concede two goals.
On top of that, Sergio Ramos is suspended for the fixture as well. Moreover, the game takes place at the Etihad, and the PL runners-up are on a seven-fixture winning run at this venue – in which they managed to post a combined scoreline of 26-1.
The visitors will be forced to go after scoring two goals, and the tactician that Pep is, he will smartly take advantage of this – especially with the absence of skipper Ramos.
Furthermore, the Spanish gaffer has a point to prove that he is better than his French counterpart, and that he can make deep runs in the CL without Lionel Messi.
By the looks of things, expect Real Madrid to crash out of the competition this Friday.
Match preview for 31.07.2020: PSG vs Lyon
Apart from some club friendlies, PSG has faced St. Etienne post lockdown in the finals of the Coupe de France last time out in their schedule. They won the clash with a 1-0 score on the board, but Mbappe suffered an injury that will put him off in the Champions League fixtures ahead.
Les Parisiens earlier faced Lyon at the latter’s home in the semi-final of Coupe de France. They won the match with a 1-5 scoreline away from home.
They are also unbeaten in the last four matches in their overall schedule.
Lyon hasn’t played in any major competitions since the Ligue 1 was canceled this season. They will play with fresh legs and will also lack the touch in the middle. Their last two matches ended in a defeat, following a 1-0 loss on the road against Lillie in their previous league clash in the schedule.
Match preview for 23.07.2020: Lazio vs Cagliari
Inzaghi’s men lost 2-1 on the road the last match-day, against Juventus. Despite the loss, the fact that their main striker Ciro Immobile found his scoring touch back would be good news to fans.
Meanwhile, Walter Zenga’s men were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Sassuolo. It was their sixth straight winless fixture, and they also were winless in 19 of their former 21 overall match-ups. In the midst of it, they went through two separate four-game and five-game losing runs.
On the road, they have a single win from their last thirteen attempts. And to pile on, the Eagles are on a three-match winning run against this opponent, and are on an eight-fixture winning run in h2h clashes at this stadium.
In fact, they have always dominated h2h meetings over the years. As such, expect a convincing Lazio win this Thursday.
Match preview for 15.07.2020: Arsenal vs Liverpool
Arteta’s men lost 2-1 on the road the last match-day, against arch-rivals Tottenham. In the meantime, the current European champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield the past game week, by Burnley.
This unexpected draw has made it a bit tough for the Reds to go after the 100-point record. Anything other than wins from the remaining three games will deny them a chance to better that stat, and it just seems a gigantic waste to let this phenomenal season end on a sour note.
Consider that Klopp’s men have won the reverse fixture in style, and they are also unbeaten against this rival in the last five years. Importantly, they have been the best team in England this campaign, and their 21-point lead at the top vouches for that claim.
Furthermore, the newly-crowned team had scored a total of 31 goals from the last nine h2h games, and had won five of the former seven past PL h2h matches.
The Gunners are also winless in five of their last nine overall match-ups, and remained so in 11 of their past 18 appearances at this stadium.
Taking into account these observations, expect a Liverpool victory this Wednesday.
Match preview for 07.07.2020: AC Milan vs Juventus
The Red and Blacks recorded a 0-3 win on the road the last match-day, against Lazio. Despite the hosts being the sole contenders to challenge Sarri’s men for the title, the seven-time Champions League winners totally dominated them throughout.
In the meantime, the Old Lady registered a 4-1 victory at home the past game week, against Torino. Both Paulo Dybala and Ronaldo were on target for the hosts in the derby.
This Tuesday, expect the fierce rivalry between the teams to take centre-stage at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Either has a claim to be called the best team in the country’s history, and as always will go in looking for nothing but the win.
Moreover, a loss at this stage would be detrimental for Sarri’s men considering their CL ambitions, while Pioli’s men would face a setback in their quest to qualify for the Europa.
In addition, the Red and Blacks were unbeaten in 13 of their previous 15 overall match-ups, and remained so in nine of their last ten appearances at home. Coming to the title-holders, they are on a four-fixture winning run, and have scored a total of 13 goals in the process.
Likely, expect both teams to score goals this Tuesday. In regards to result though, understand that the Old Lady are the toppers, and are gunning for their ninth straight Serie A crown. They have also recorded the past nine h2h wins, and have registered 21 of the former 27 such victories as well.
Taking into account these factors, expect Juventus to win at least one of the halves.
Match preview for 01.07.2020: Arsenal vs Norwich
The Gunners recorded a 0-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Southampton. A goal apiece in each of the halves secured the much-needed three points for Arteta’s men.
In the meantime, the Canaries lost 0-1 at home the past game week, against Everton. In a crucial game, the hosts did manage to defend well all through the first half. However, ten minutes after the break, the Toffees slotted in a goal, and held the lead till the final whistle.
In terms of result, the Gunners are easily the favorites. They have been one of the Premier League titans for a very long time, and they are going after a European spot desperately.
On the other hand, not only are the Canaries a new, inexperienced team in this competition (they were promoted just last summer), but they are also placed dead last in the table, and are frontrunners to get relegated.
On top of that, the Gunners have a terrific h2h record against them. Going on, the Gunners are on a two-match winning run, and were unbeaten in seven of their past nine home appearances, whereas the Canaries are on a four-match losing run, and they have a total of one PL on the road this season.
As such, expect a win from Arsenal this Wednesday.
Match preview for 24.06.2020: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
The Reds were held to a scoreless draw the last match-day on the road, by Everton. Had they won that game, a win in this fixture would have presented them the title. Still, they did manage to reduce the required points from six to five.
In the meantime, the Eagles recorded a 0-2 win on the road the past match-day, against Bournemouth. Despite the current form of the former, the Reds are still favorites this Wednesday. They have been the best team in Europe for the past two years running.
On top of that, they are on a six-match winning run against this opponent, and scored a total of 20 goals from the last nine h2h clashes. Moreover, for all their heroics, the Eagles could manage a total of just five road wins this season, and only one of them was against a team from the top tier.
Most importantly, at this venue, the hosts are on a 26-game unbeaten run, and even managed to win an impressive 23 of those. Considering these stats, count on a Liverpool win this Wednesday.
Match preview for 20.06.2020: Bayern Munich vs Freiburg
The Bavarians recorded a 0-1 win on the road the last match-day, against Bremen. With the victory, they secured their eighth straight league title, and who else to score the title-winning goal but Robert Lewandowski.
In the meantime, Streich’s men registered a 2-1 win at home the past match-day, against Hertha. All three goals came in the span of just ten minutes late into the second half. The guests did try for an equalizer till full time, but ultimately were unsuccessful.
As things stand, the Bavarians are easily the favorites to post the three points on the board. They have been the best team in Germany by a mile for the last decade, and this weekend, they will be full of confidence due to them securing the title the last game week.
On top of that, not only have they recorded 26 of the preceding 27 h2h wins, but they have managed to post wins in 14 of the 15 h2h encounters at this stadium as well.
On the other hand, their counterparts have a total of five wins from their previous twenty overall match-ups. Considering all these stats, it’s estimated that Bayern Munich are about to extend their winning streak this weekend.
Match preview for 12.06.2020: Juventus vs AC Milan
The reverse fixture had ended in a 1-1 draw, for which Pioli’s men had played the role of the hosts. It was a pretty indisciplined affair from the hosts, as the referee had to brandish seven yellow cards, and a red card against them.
After a tough set of sixty minutes, the home team finally found the breakthrough via Ante Rebic. However, the Old Lady had other plans. Just when it seemed like Pioli’s men would walk away with the win, the guests were awarded a penalty kick, and the ever dependable Cristiano Ronaldo coolly converted it.
As things stand, the Old Lady have the upper hand. They have the opportunity to play at home with the aggregate scoreline being tied, while they have an away goal in the kitty. Moreover, the Old Lady have been on phenomenal form before the break. They had won ten of their preceding fifteen overall fixtures, and had won 18 of their last 20 appearances at home as well. Going on, they had also recorded a combined scoreline of 20-2 from their past seven home fixtures. On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in six of their past seven overall match-ups, and had even conceded four or more goals in two of their previous five road matches.
In addition, the Old Lady had won nine of the prior ten overall h2h clashes, and had scored two or more goals in seven of the preceding ten such games. Moreover, at this stadium, the hosts are on a seven-game winning run in h2h meetings, and the last they lost in such a match was back in 2014.
Taking into account these observations, it’s evident that Juventus are on course to record a win this Friday.
Match preview for 05.06.2020: Freiburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Streich’s men lost 0-1 at home the last match-day, against Leverkusen. Both teams battled all through the first half, before the guests found the back of the net in the 54th minute, which turned out to be the sole goal of the game. The hosts tried five substitutions in the space of ten minutes in search of an equalizer, but had to settle for a loss at the end.
The Foals recorded a huge 4-1 win at home the game week, against Union Berlin. Right in the 17th minute itself did the home team found the breakthrough and slotted in their first goal. Later, they added three more goals, and in return conceded a single goal – thus completing their victory.
As things stand, the Foals are easily the favorites. They were unbeaten in nine of their previous eleven overall games, and the two losses in the period had come against Leverkusen and Dortmund. They are also on a five-match unbeaten run on the road, and have scored three or more goals in three of their past four such road trips.
On the other hand, Streich’s men were winless in 16 of their preceding 20 overall match-ups, and had lost five of their past seven appearances at home. Moreover, the Foals are on a three-game winning run against this opponent as well. Taking these observations into account, it’s clear that Borussia Monchengladbach are about to deliver a win this weekend.
However, understand that the last six h2h clashes had goals from both teams, and that the hosts are unbeaten at this stadium against this rival since 2007. Impressively, they had also won eight of the prior nine such meetings at this stadium. Likely, expect goals to come from both teams.
Match preview for 26.05.2020: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Der BVB recorded a 0-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Wolfsburg. Raphael Guerreiro continued his stupefying form with a goal early in the game, while Jadon Sancho once again showcased his incredible playmaking skills. Curiously though, potent threat Erling Haaland was silent throughout the fixture.
Meanwhile, the Bavarians registered a 5-2 win at home over Frankfurt. Flick’s men have simply been unstoppable in the German top flight for the last several years, and they seem in no mood to stop anytime soon. With just seven game weeks remaining till the end of the campaign, the title-holders are close to defending yet another one of their league trophies.
However, they will have to address the challenge posted by arch-rivals Der BVB in the meanwhile. The Bavarians may be at the top of the table, but they are being closely followed by Lucien Favre’s men, and with no other team showing the potential to mount a meaningful attempt at the title, this game could determine the champions of this season.
As such, count on the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Haaland, Guerreiro, Sancho etc to show up and give some stellar performances. Moreover, with the return of the Champions League not yet announced, the teams could turn all their attention towards affairs in Germany.
Also do note that encounters between these two have always resulted in plenty of goals, and expect the same to happen this Tuesday, especially with a lot at stake.
Match preview for 22.05.2020: Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin
It is a good start for Hertha under Labbadia and they will be keen to carry the momentum to Olympiastadion this Friday. However, this won’t be an easy task.
Since this is a derby and the Old Lady managing only 1 home in 10 games, the bookies are pricing them at 2.30 odd, which means backing home win comes with a considerable risk.
I am in full agreement with this since Union can be a threat on the counter as well as from set piece situations. And we are talking about a team that scored in 9 of their last 10 games on the road.
Hertha are inconsistent in scoring department, but they have come to life in the last three games as they found the back of the net 8 times. The winter signing from Leipzig, Matheus Cunha is the man with golden touch, who scored in all three games.
Meantime, Sebastian Andersson is the man to watch on the opposite dugout, who is his team’s top scorer with 11 goals. The Swedish striker was deemed unfit to start against Bayern and only played 19 minutes as a second half substitute, having scored 3 times in the previous 4 games.
This is why I consider both teams to score as the top pick for this Bundesliga match.
While also considering three points are extremely valuable for both sides, over 2.5 goals full-time qualify as a strong alternate.
It won’t be a surprise if this match ends in a 2-2 or 3-2 full-time scoreline.
Match preview for 16.05.2020: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
Full focus back to Bundesliga, after Dortmund failed to hold on to a first leg 2-1 lead over PSG in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, eliminated with the 2-0 defeat in Paris. This happened to be the last time they took the football field before the lockdown and they were on a 5-match winning run across all competitions till then.
Back on the home front, with another win in Borussen derby against Gladbach, the Yellows of Dortmund pushed RB Leipzig down to third and now are Bayern’s closest competitors for the Meisterschale, with four points dividing two German giants.
Borussia’s terrific 2020 form is still a thing, with Lucien Favre’s men getting their fourth consecutive win, eight in nine league games this year; in front of their Yellow Wall, Der BVB are still undefeated, boasting more than an impressive record of nine wins and three draws and on a 4-game winning streak since that ridiculous 3-3 tie v Leipzig.
The Royal Blues under former Huddersfield boss David Wagner impressed many with their flamboyant football in the first half of 2019/20 season. Things haven’t gone well for the Gelsenkirchen outfit in 2020 with the team failing to win a single Bundesliga game since they edged Monchengladbach 2-0 on January 17th.
They put a good show against Hoffenheim on matchday 25, but sadly Weston McKennie’s goal wasn’t enough for all three points during last Saturday’s clash against Hoffenheim as Christoph Baumgartner’s second-half goal meant that the two sides had to share the points in the Veltins Arena.
On the road, the Blues remain winless since November and trip over to one of the worst sides in the league, making that six outings from which their fans travelled back with their heads down with the most recent case being one of the most shameful ones as Wagner’s men laid their weapons in Cologne, losing 3-0.
Match preview for 29.04.2020: BATE vs Slavia Mozyr
Borisov had finished runners-up in the prior edition of the Belarus Premier League, and they had the second-best offensive stats as well as the best defensive stats. Meanwhile, Martsinovich’s men could finish just eighth in the table, and had almost only half the points as that of their counterparts.
On top of that, Borisov have lost just once at home since May, whereas their opposite number have a total of two wins on the road in the whole of 2020 so far. In addition, Borisov have a phenomenal h2h record against this opponent, and especially so at this stadium.
In fact, the Yellow-Blues had recorded 16 of the previous 19 h2h wins against this rival over the years, and at this venue, they have been on an unbeaten run since 2000. To make things further precise, understand that Borisov have a 100% winning record at this ground since 2001 in every single h2h clash, barring a single encounter.
Taking these observations into consideration, it’s deduced that BATE will record a convincing win this Wednesday. Count on them to turn around the aggregate scoreline, and progress to the final.
Match preview for 25.04.2020: Diriangen vs Esteli
The Caciques had to come through the Quarter Finals, as they had failed to finish in the top two spots of the league table. In the Quarters, they defeated Juventus Managua at home, with a 1-0 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Sergio Rodriguez’s men were placed second in league standings at the end of the 18-match long campaign. And as a result, they secured a place directly in the semis.
As these two take on each other this weekend, the impressive run of Acevedo’s men will play a huge role in determining the outcome of the fixture. They are on a six-game winning run at this ground, and a nine-fixture unbeaten run (of which eight were wins). In addition, they have lost just twice here since April of 2019.
Going on, at this ground, the hosts had won three of the former four h2h clashes, and only once have they lost here in eight such meetings. Taking these observations into account, it’s deduced that the hosts Dirinagen are on course to record a win in this first leg.
However, do note that Rodriguez’s men are the reigning Clausura as well as Apertura champions. They have been one of the best teams in the league for quite some time, and they even finished second in the table this season. In addition, they were also unbeaten in nine of their latest ten overall match-ups, and have won the past two road trips.
Consequentially, expect both teams to score goals this Saturday.
Match preview for 18.04.2020: BATE Borisov vs Torpedo Zhodino
Alshevsky’s men had finished second in the league table the prior season, and they had scored the second-most number of goals in the process. Keep note that they had also registered the best defensive stats in the league in 2019.
Going on, they have lost just once at home since May of 2019, and in the last 12 months, only once have they failed to find the back of the net in front of the home crowd. Impressively, it was in the Europa League.
Also, Alshevsky’s men registered nine of the former ten h2h wins, and 14 of the previous 17 at this venue. On the other hand, Yuri Puntus’s men have recorded a single win away from home in the previous six months.
Taking all these observations into account, it’s estimated that BATE Borisov are on the course to post the three points on the board. However, note that Puntus’s men are at the top of the table at present, and in possession of the lone Champions League spot. They have also scored goals in 10 of the prior 11 h2h clashes.
Considering these stats, it’s deduced that goals will come from both teams this weekend.
Match preview for 13.04.2020: Slavia Mozyr vs Rukh Brest
With 3 rounds completed Rukh is already near the bottom of the table. After starting the season off to a win against Dinamo Minsk they are currently on a 2 match losing streak.
From 3 matches they have only scored once and conceded 2 in return. This is not surprising as this is their first season in the top division of Belarusian football.
But if they wish to stay for yet another season they will need to get along with the conditions. Slavia will be tough opposition for the newbie for sure.
The season of Slavia is just the opposite of that of their upcoming opposition. They started off with a defeat and bounced back with 2 back to back victories. They will want to improve on that 8th place finish in the previous season.
The lack of experience for Rukh will be visible yet again on Monday. They have not yet settled in and the competition so far has been overwhelming for them. Slavia has a well-coordinated attacking unit, but the same cannot be said about their backline. They have conceded all the 5 goals they scored so far in the league.
They are currently on a 3 match win streak in both the cup and league. Also, they lost only once in their last 6 competitive matches. They have won all the games against teams below them on the table. Also adding home advantage along with it I am backing a home win for Slavia with both sides finding goals.
Match preview for 12.03.2020: LASK vs Manchester United
The team from Linz collected 54 points from 22 games in Austrian Bundesliga this season, and they have big six points advantage over the reigning champions Salzburg.
Elimination of AZ Alkmaar in the previous round was a small surprise considering that experience was on side of the Dutch side.
Austrian team has won four out of six games in the group stages, and they definitely earned the spot in the playoffs. Can they take out giants like Manchester United? We don’t think so.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious after the match against Manchester City. Despite 2-0 victory thanks to the goals of Martial and McTominay, squad has missed so many great goal opportunity, especially the youngster Daniel James.
Overall the team is looking super-ready for Top 4 battles in the Premier League and to win Europa League.
Hosts definitely lack experience in playing big games. The biggest name they faced so far in Europa League was PSV Eindhoven.
We are backing away win here at solid 2.10 odds. As for the alternative bet, we don’t think this is going to be high-scoring affair. The Red Devils kept six clean sheets in eight EL matches.
Match preview for 04.03.2020: Juventus vs AC Milan
The match between the two most celebrated players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will be the main attraction of the game.
In the first leg, Ronaldo scored a late penalty in the dying minutes of the game to deny the victory for AC Milan after Rebic scored an early goal.
Juventus were on the road in their previous encounter. They faced the French side, Lyon, and lost 1-0 in the clash in Champions League.
AC Milan, in the meantime, will be coming on the back of a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in their previous encounter in Serie A.
Having a six-game winning streak at home with four clean sheets in it, Juventus will have ann upper hand in the match with their ground advantage.
To make things worse, AC Milan has not tasted victory in any of their last 11 meetings with Juve. Also, Milan is winless in three of their recent five trips on the road.
The teams have combined to score more than two goals in only one of their recent five h2h games. With both teams showing a more defensive game we cannot expect many goals in the game. The best betting tip in the goals area will be to go with under 3.5 goals at 1.40.
Based on their current form at home, Juventus can create more chances in the game. Hence, the betting tip for a home win at 1.50 will be a safe bet for the punters in the clash.
Match preview for 28.02.2020: Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hertha Berlin
Goals have been a usual occurrence whenever these two teams have locked horns with each other. In fact, every single encounter between the two since 2010 have had goals from both teams, and every single such battle at this venue, except for one, had four or more goals.
Moreover, Dusseldorf have scored two or more goals in six of the last seven face-to-face games, while Hertha had won the reverse fixture with a 3-1 scoreline.
In addition, as of now, either team are in danger of getting relegated, and to pile on pressure, the season is approaching its end. As such, the teams will not have much use from a drawn game, and they will be forced to go for a win, concentrating more on offense.
Taking into account these findings, it’s inferred that we are in line to witness a goal-fest this weekend.
Match preview for 20.02.2020: Olympiacos vs Arsenal
Two familiar foes will face each other on Thursday as Olympiacos host Arsenal. The hosts are having a great time in the Greek Super League. They are unbeaten in their last 10 games across all competitions. The Red-Whites, as they are called, are at the top of the table but are constantly followed by PAOK.
They finished 3rd in their Champions League table with just 1 win in 6 games. This was no surprise considering Bayern and Tottenham were also present in their group. The defense has been their major issue all season.
Arsenal is coming into this game after a rare win in the Premier League. A 4 match drawing streak ended with a 4-0 win over Newcastle at home. The team from London has problems all around, both in scoring and defending.
In Europa League, they finished the group stage as champions even without winning their last 3 games. Clean sheets are a rarity for them in Europe too, conceding to clubs like Guimaraes.
Match preview for 13.02.2020: AC Milan vs Juventus
AC Milan are unbeaten at the San Siro in their past seven fixtures. However, it needs saying that the hosts have come away with the win on just two occasions from those aforementioned clashes.
On the other hand, Juventus have admitted defeat just thrice on the road this season. That too, in all competitions. It is also worth mentioning that the visiting contingent have been faring well in their previous visits to this stadium.
In fact, they have secured the bragging rights in their past two trips here, and have stumbled just twice in their last ten as well.
Given that the visitors are also on a promising run in the Serie A, a win is certainly out of the question for AC Milan.
Be that as it may, the hosts have shared the spoils in five of their previous seven fixtures at home. Taking into account that the guests have been at the losing end in their last two outings, a draw no bet is sizing up to be the safest punt.
Furthermore, AC Milan’s front line have looked sharp in their clashes here as of late. Impressively, they have racked up nine goals from their previous four fixtures at home.
Meanwhile, Juventus have not failed to find the back of the net in any of their past thirteen outings on the trot. With Cristiano Ronaldo as lethal as ever, and Zlatan Ibrahimović scoring twice from his last two appearances, it looks like we have all the ingredients for a high scoring affair in the making, come Thursday.
Match preview for 05.02.2020: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Augsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt have beaten RB Leipzig for the second time this year as an André Silva penalty and Filip Kostic brace earned them a 3-1 win and a place in the quarter-final of DFB Cup.
That was third victory in the New Year for the Eagles and one helluva present for their fans following disappointing draw at Dusseldorf last week which kept Frankfurt at 11th step of Bundesliga ladder and very far from desired continental football…
Despite their faults, Adi Hutter’s men usually do well at Commerzbank-Arena with eighteen points collected from ten games; their poor, three-game winless run is a thing of the past as Eintracht got the better of RB Leipzig, ending their bad streak and inviting Bayern back in the title race during the last days of January.
Ruben Vargas and Florian Niederechner lead Fuggerstadter to a fantastic comeback victory as Augsburg pulled into top half with 2-1 win over wobbly Werder Bremen.
It was seventh win of the season for Martin Schmidt and his men, first one following a disastrous three-game losing run but ultimately it was enough for Fuggerstädter to crawl up to 10th and mid-table obscurity.
Augsburg have lost their last two games on the road which leaves bit of a sour taste in their fans’ mouths; context matters here, before these losses, they were unbeaten on excursions across Germany since October.
Gelson Fernandes, Nils Stendera, Lucas Torró, Marco Russ and Sebastian Rode won’t feature in Friday’s clash, but Bas Dost just might make it for Frankfurt.
Augsburg’s emergency room is filled top to bottom as Fabian Giefer, Tomas Koubek, Reece Oxford, Julian Schieber and Simon Asta are certainly out for Eintracht clash with Fredrik Jensen and Sergio Córdova still on the wire and Iago out on the international duty.
Match preview for 01.02.2020: PSG vs Montpellier
The champions look like they will have a fairly routine game on Saturday as they take on Montpellier at home.
PSG did play in the Coupe de France in midweek but most of their players were able to rest as they beat Pau FC 2-0. There is a confidence about the club after a few ups and downs this season and especially since the beginning of December they have been in excellent form.
PSG have a 10 point lead at the top from Marseille and at home they have won 8 of their 10 games. They did draw against Monaco last time here with that game ending 3-3. Overall form has seen the club pick up 13 points from 15 and they have no losses in their last 10 matches.
Montpellier are chasing 3rd place and are 4 points behind Rennes. When this game is played Rennes would have already played their game, so a lot does rest on this match.
Form is good for the club and they have won their last 3 games in a row. They have scored 8 goals in that time and their last match ended in a 2-1 win over Dijon.
Match preview for 23.01.2020: Wolves vs Liverpool
Wolves were about to lose their last league encounter, which was on the road against Southampton. The hosts were leading 2-0 at half time, before Wolves turned around the game with three unanswered goals in the next half.
Meanwhile, Liverpool faced one of their toughest challenges of the league season, the last match-day. Playing hosts to arch-rivals Manchester United, the Reds managed to secure a hard-fought, but inspiring 2-0 win at Anfield.
In regards to the result this Thursday, Liverpool easily emerge the overwhelming favorite. Such has been their form, that these days they are a shoo-in for returns for punters.
They were unbeaten in 33 of their last 35 games, and one of these two losses had come in the EFL Cup against Aston Villa (when the team’s U-23 players lined up for the game), and the other defeat had been in the group stage of Champions League, against Napoli.
In fact, disregarding the Aston Villa game, Liverpool are on a 13-match winning run in overall matches, and are on an eight-game winning run on the road.
On the other hand, Wolves were winless in five of their last six games, and are winless in their last two home fixtures.
In addition, Klopp’s men had won the reverse fixture, which took place just two weeks back, and they are also on a three-match winning run against this opponent in the league.
Considering these findings, we arrive to the conclusion that Liverpool are strong contenders to post the three points this game week.
On the same note, Liverpool boast of the best defense in the entire league. In fact, they have let in just 14 goals so far, which is nine fewer than any other team in the competition.
They have also kept clean sheets in their last seven games in a row in all competitions, and in their previous seven PL fixtures on the trot. They also kept a clean sheet in the reverse encounter, and in the former three PL match-ups on the road.
Furthermore, Wolves had failed to score in three of their previous six overall games, and they have scored a total of just two goals against this opponent in the prior ten league h2h meetings.
And finally, the last Wolves scored in a league fixture at home against the Reds was back in 2004.
Taking into account these observations, it’s estimated that Liverpool will be once again putting forth a great defensive display, which should award them a clean sheet.
Match preview for 15.01.2020: Monaco vs PSG
Because PSG has a game in hand over Marseille in 2nd place they will play Monaco for the second time in just 3 days.
The two teams battled it out in Paris on Sunday night where Monaco really impressed as the game ended 3-3. It is a rare sight to see PSG drop points at home and they were leading the game. For PSG they have the chance to get revenge and they will see the recent draw like a loss. Also there is just 5 points between PSG and 2nd placed Marseille, so PSG really do need a win here, if they lose Marseille will start to sense that they could produce a massive shock in French football. Only Monaco have won the title since 2012 apart from the domination by PSG.
Robert Moreno the new Monaco manager has started really well. His side knocked out Reims in the Coupe de France and that was followed by this incredible 3-3 draw. It put to an end the domination that PSG had over Monaco, although the Paris club still score goals almost at will against Monaco.
Monaco are in 8th place but are only 3 points from a top 4 position. At home they have lost twice but have also won their last five in a row with their last home game ending in an emphatic 5-1 victory over Lille.
PSG need this win and if they do so they will put some breathing space from Marseille and would go 8 points clear. PSG have won their last 3 away games and they have the best away record in the league having collected 21 points from a possible 27.
Match preview for 09.01.2020: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Barcelona have been hit by a sharp decline in form and have picked up a win just once in their past four games. Their last clash on the road saw them share the spoils with Espanyol in a 2-2 draw. While at home, they pulled off an emphatic 4-1 win over Alaves.
Nevertheless, the Catalans are still leading the La Liga standings, albeit only on superior goal difference.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid are sporting an impressive four-match winning streak under their belt, the most recent of which was a 2-1 win over Levante at home. The squad have also been at the losing end just thrice in their past nine games, in all competitions.
Be that as it may, Atletico have been vulnerable in their outings this season. Miserably, they have come away with the win just once in their last eight trips on the road overall.
In sharp contrast, Barcelona have not admitted defeat at home or on the road, since their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Levante, back in early November. Taking into account that Barca are also unbeaten in their past nine meetings with this foe as well, it looks like Atletico Madrid are in for a tough set of ninety minutes this week.
Furthermore, h2h history also indicates that both teams have been at their defensive best in recent times. All of their last five fixtures with each other have been low scoring affairs with fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
As such, count on more of the same when they square up on Thursday.
Match preview for 03.01.2020: Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla were on the road the last match-day, and had won against the newly promoted Mallorca. Meanwhile, Athletic too had a great experience, and that too on the road the prior game week. They had taken a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, and held the mighty Real Madrid to a draw.
However, as things stand, Bilbao are on the back foot right away. Not only are they on the road, but they have failed to make any kind of an impact in away games this campaign. In fact, the team has had a total of just two wins away from home this season.
One of those wins had come against Osasuna, a recently-promoted squad, and another one was in the Cop del Rey, against another lower tier team.
In addition, Bilbao were also winless in 17 of their last 20 road fixtures, and they are so in their last three overall straight league match-ups.
On the other hand, Sevilla won seven of their previous ten games, and were also unbeaten in 13 of their last 15 matches. At home, they have lost just twice in their prior fifteen appearances.
Moreover, Sevilla had won the most recent h2h encounter, and they also had recorded 15 of the last 18 h2h wins at this venue. In addition, 14 of the preceding 18 overall h2h wins had gone to the teams that hosted the fixture.
Taking these observations into account, expect a victory for the third-placed Sevilla, against a Bilbao side that have heavily suffered on the road.
Match preview for 26.12.2019: Leicester vs Liverpool
Leicester succumbed to their third defeat of the season last week, on the road, after the reigning champions mustered a stellar comeback from being a goal down at the break to recording a 3-1 win at the last blast of the whistle.
Despite getting off to a solid start in that latter matchup through Jamie Vardy who broke the deadlock, the hosts were stung by former Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez who put City back on level terms. Their counterparts soon doubled their lead through Ilkay Gundogan before the break, while the final nail in the coffin came courtesy of Gabriel Jesus, post the restart.
With thirty-nine points in the bag, the home side are playing second fiddle to Liverpool with a ten-point deficit to scale.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be making the trip to King Power stadium following their success in the Club World-Cup. The hosts are just not showing any signs of slowing down in their domestic campaign either. Currently, they are only unbeaten side in the Premier League.
Their last clash at home saw them slot two unanswered goals past Watford. While on the road, they picked up a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
It is also worth mentioning that Liverpool have dropped points just once away from home this term. Fittingly, they are the best away side in the cluster.
Furthermore, the visitors have made no mistake in securing the bragging rights in their last two visits here either. Taking into account that all three points went in their favor when the two met back in October as well, Liverpool are sizing up to be the favorites to come out on top in this one.
Be that as it may, Leicester are yet to stumble at home this season. Moreover, the hosts would have salvaged a point in their clash at Anfield, had it not been for a controversial late penalty kick given against them in the dying minutes of stoppage time.
Hence, a Draw no bet is the safest punt to back this week.
In addition, goals have not been hard to come by when these two sides feature on the pitch. The guests have found the back of the net sixteen times on the road so far. Meanwhile, nineteen of the forty-one goals for Leicester have come from their matchups at home.
To top it off, the likes of Jamie Vardy, Mo Salah, and Sadio Mane are on red form at the moment as well. As such, count on neither side to make it out of the ninety minutes with a clean sheet intact this Thursday.
Match preview for 21.12.2019: Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg
Bayern were almost held to a draw the last match-day on the road, by Freiburg. The score was tied at 1-1 even into the injury time, but the vast experience the Bavarians have had in dealing with crunch situations came to their aid, as they scored twice in the space of 180 seconds, after 90+2 minutes had passed on the game clock.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg had to dig deep to find the equalizer at home, against Schalke the last match-day. The hosts were trailing 0-1 even with just ten minutes left till final whistle, but Kevin Mbabu appeared savior for Wolfsburg in the 82nd minute, as he helped the home team to salvage a point.
This weekend, logic dictates that Bayern hold the upper hand. The prime reason for the deduction will be the frightening superiority they hold in h2h clashes over this opponent.
To quote some stats – Bayern have won nine of the previous ten such games, and drew the tenth. They had also recorded 30 of the preceding 33 wins, and had won the latest such fixture with a 6-0 scoreline.
Going on, the Bavarians have scored a total of 35 goals from the past ten h2h meetings, and have lost just once against this opponent since 2009.
In addition, at this venue, Bayern have been the top dog by a mile, over Wolfsburg. The former have not lost a single h2h clash at home in the past two decades, and frighteningly, won 24 of the previous 26 meetings here, while drawing the remaining two.
Moreover, the Munich outfit had managed to score a total of 50 goals from the previous 17 face-to-face meetings at this stadium, while keeping clean sheets in 12 of the last 21 such encounters.
Coming to recent form, Bayern are on a three-game winning streak, and Robert Lewandowski still is on a mission to break Gerd Muller’s record for most goals in a Bundesliga season.
The team has also won seven of the previous nine overall games, and have won 17 of the former 20 in front of the home crowd.
On the other hand, Wolfsburg were winless in 11 of their last 15 overall fixtures, and remained so in five of their preceding seven on the road.
Considering all these factors together, the defending champions Bayern Munich are rightfully on course to register another massive win against Wolfsburg this weekend.
Match preview for 10.12.2019: Inter Milan vs Barcelona
It is a tight finish in Champions League Group F and Inter must aim for no less than a win when they welcome FC Barcelona this Tuesday.
It was two late goals from Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez against Slavia Prague (3-1 ft) on matchday 5 that helped them stay in the qualification race.
Inter start this game level on 7 points with Borussia Dortmund, however the Serie A outfit hold on to second spot on the back of a 2-0 win over the Germans on matchday 3 before the 2-3 defeat in reverse leg.
Meantime, Barcelona have already qualified, thanks to their 3-1 home win over Dortmund on matchday 5. The LaLiga outfit have 11 points and won’t be dismantled from top spot regardless of matchday 6 results.
As far as Inter Milan is concerned, one must believe that Dortmund are going to win their home fixture against Slavia Prague, who sit at the bottom of the log with 2 points. So, anything less than a win here relegates the Italians to Europa League knockouts.
Match preview for 04.12.2019: Manchester United vs Tottenham
The Red Devils could not even secure a win at home against the newly-promoted Aston Villa the last match-day. Against the former Championship outfit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had a lead of 2-1 in the second half, and could not prevent them from firing in the equalizer.
Meanwhile, under new gaffer Mourinho, Spurs have been thriving. At home the previous game week, they recorded a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth to keep the winning streak alive for the Portuguese manager.
This Wednesday several factors are at play. Tottenham could no longer be judged upon their performances that had come under the now-fired Mauricio Pochettino. The ‘Special One’ has instilled confidence and winning spirit into the 2018-19 Champions League finalists, and consequentially, their fear-factor is on the rise.
In addition, they may be on the road, but consider the fact that Mourinho was the manager of this United squad last season, and is familiar of each and every player that would don a red shirt this match-day. He knows their weaknesses, and how to take advantage of it. And importantly, due to the manner, he was sacked, the two-time CL winner has serious enough reason to embarrass the Red Devils.
On top of that, Manchester United are struggling under their inexperienced coach Solskjaer. They are unbeaten in their last three match-ups and have conceded twice or more in each of these three. Importantly, these last three games were against two newly-promoted Championship clubs, and lowly FC Astana, from the Kazakhstan Premier League.
If they could not secure a victory against these minnows, the Devils really do not stand a chance against Jose Mourinho, who’s out for revenge, and his boys who are hungry again.
As such, expect a fearsome clash this Wednesday, at the end of which the visitors, Tottenham, would have the better result.
Match preview for 26.11.2019: Juventus vs Atletico Madrid
As expected Juventus are currently leading Group D, with a healthy three-point cushion over second-placed Atletico Madrid. The hosts are on an impressive form at the moment and are yet to stumble this season as well.
It is also worth mentioning that Juventus have been putting nothing but their best foot forward in their clashes at home. As of now, the home side are sporting an eight-match winning streak at the Allianz Stadium, with two of those victories coming against fellow group members Lokomotiv Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid were handed a shock 2-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in their last trip across Europe. The visitors are now without a win in their past four outings in all competitions and have just three to boast of from their last eight this season.
Hence, it certainly goes without saying that securing the bragging rights on the road has not been Atletico Madrid’s cup of tea. It is also worth mentioning that their previous trip to Turin did not end well for the visitors either, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring three unanswered goals past them.
Given the stellar run of form that Juve are on, especially in their own backyard, Atletico Madrid’s chances of salvaging even a point in this one are certainly looking bleak.
Furthermore, Maurizio Sarri’s men have been consistent in racking up the goals tally, and have scored two goals or more in seven of their last eight games here. Taking into account that all of their group clashes at the Allianz Arena so far have also featured over 2.5 goals on the charts, expect no dearth of goals when the two sides lock horns this week.
Match preview for 22.11.2019: Borussia Dortmund vs Paderborn
Paderborn was extinguished in their latest road game, within no time, by Hoffenheim. In fact, the former conceded three goals by the time the game-clock chimed 25 minutes, and in return, they could not score even once.
In the final three-quarters of the match, the intensity was a bit reduced by the hosts, and as a result, no further goal was scored.
On the other hand, Dortmund showed great conviction, in scripting a comeback, against Italian heavyweights Inter, in their last home tie. The Milan outfit had raced to a 0-2 lead by the 40th minute and looked set for a victory. However, the Germans completely dominated the second half.
They scored three goals with no return in the latter half of the match to complete the 3-2 win.
After their heavy defeat against Bayern, which saw Dortmund’s title-chances take a hit, the latter will be desperate for a huge win this Friday. Luckily, the situation is in favor of them to register the win.
BVB has the home advantage, and are one of the best teams in the country, along with the Bavarians. Whereas, their opposite number is placed dead-last in the table, and have conceded the most, and scored the second-least.
In addition, Paderborn has managed a single win so far in the competition, and most importantly, they are winless against this opposition in the last decade. Going on, the combined scoreline for the prior two h2h games is 13-2, in favor of Dortmund, and at this venue, the hosts boast of a 100% winning record in such games.
Taking all these observations into account, count on a win for Borussia Dortmund this weekend.
Match preview for 17.11.2019: Luxembourg vs Portugal
Luxembourg succumbed to their fifth straight defeat in the qualifiers last week after Serbia did just enough at home to post a 3-2 scorecard. Despite showing signs of promise with ten attempts at goal, four of which were right on target, the hosts were outclassed by the Serbs who managed seventeen shots of their own.
It is also worth noting that Luxembourg’s only win so far on home soil, came against rock bottom side Lithuania. At the moment, the home side on a two-match losing streak here. The reverse fixture of this matchup did not end too kindly for Luxembourg either as the visitors were able to post an emphatic 3-0 victory.
On the other hand, Portugal reiterated their intentions of grabbing a ticket to the finals by running riot over Lithuania in their most recent matchup. The visitors slotted six unanswered goals past them, half of which, came courtesy of their own talisman and skipper Cristiano Ronaldo.
Furthermore, the away side’s only stumbled so far was against current table-toppers Ukraine, that too by no more than a narrow 2-1 margin. With Luxembourg admitting defeat in their recent h2h clashes here as well, the visitors are more than likely to be too hot to handle for the hosts come Sunday.
Additionally, apart from bagging the win, the away side have not been shy in racking up the goals tally. Their skipper, in particular, is just one goal away from topping the goal scoring charts and has netted four of Portugal’s last seven goals as well.
The visitors have also scored ten goals from their previous three trips on the road alone. With Portugal netting thrice last time around too, it is certainly well within reason to expect a high scoring clash to unfold.
Match preview for 06.11.2019: Real Madrid vs Galatasaray
Things have not gone according to plan for Los Blancos, who are currently sitting behind PSG in Group A with a five-point deficit to scale. Their last clash across Europe was against this very same opponent, which they won courtesy of a first-half strike by Toni Kroos.
It is also worth mentioning that the hosts have not let down the home crowd in their clashes up till now and are currently unbeaten in their last six games here.
On the other hand, Galatasaray have got off to a poor start in their European campaign. The away side have garnered no more than a point from their clashes so far, and are deservedly at the bottom of the cluster.
The Turkish outfit have been struggling back in the Super Lig as well, where they are currently seventh on the ladder, five points behind the table-toppers. To pile on even misery, Galatasaray are without a win in their last four outings in all competitions and have failed to find the back of the net in their previous two on the trot.
With Zinedine Zidane’s men on a two-match winning streak at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid should be able to make light work of this foe on Wednesday.
Furthermore, Los Blancos have been consistent in netting two goals or more, in their past five games here. Taking into account that they have also won by a three-goal margin or more in their previous two h2h clashes at this venue, expect Real Madrid to rack up the goals tally with ease in this one.
Match preview for 30.10.2019: Juventus vs Genoa
Maurizio Sarri’s decision to rest talisman Cristiano Ronaldo certainly backfired in their previous clash, after Lecce did just enough to hold the hosts to a 1-1 draw on the road. The tie has subsequently brought their seven-match winning streak in all competitions to an abrupt halt.
Nevertheless, the home side are still on an unbeaten run at the moment and are a point adrift of Inter at the helm.
Genoa, on the other hand, managed to bring a six-match winless streak to a close last week after the visitors came back from behind to post a 3-1 victory. The away side have registered a win just twice so far, and are deservedly dwelling in the bottom half of the ladder with no more than eight points to their name.
It is also worth mentioning that the guests are sporting the third-worst away record in the cluster right now, and are yet to have a taste of success on the road. Thiago Motta’s side have also admitted defeat in six of their last seven visits here. With Genoa forced on to the back foot before the break, in their last two outings as well, Juventus are more than likely to win both halves with ease in this one.
Furthermore, the visitors have hardly shown any conviction in the defensive third, especially on the road. The visitors have conceded fifteen goals away from home, which is the most by any side up till now.
Considering that Juventus have scored two goals or more in each of their home games this season, brace yourselves for nothing short of a high scoring affair this week.
Match preview for 23.10.2019: Inter vs Borussia Dortmund
Antonio Conte’s men have been on a roll this season, especially in the Serie A. They had registered wins in the first six games in the league, and if not for their loss against Juventus the last day, the win-streak would still have been on.
Against Barcelona the last day, the team played really impressive for the majority of the tie. Do take note that the match took place at the Camp Nou. If not for two wonder-goals from Luis Suarez, the Milan outfit would have posted the three points on the board.
The home advantage surely will play into their favor. Disregarding their loss against reigning Italian champions Juve, the team is on a nine-game unbeaten run and had won five of their previous six fixtures as well.
In addition, they have lost just thrice in their previous 16 ties, and these had come against Juve, Barca, and Manchester United.
Moreover, the German opponents were winless in four of their prior five games, and in three of their last five on the road.
As such, the chances for Conte’s men to lose this fixture are very low.
Coming to goals, the stature of the guests alone provides some insight. Moreover, they have scored twice or more in 25 of their prior 28 match-ups, and have racked up a total of 19 goals from their seven games in the league. In addition, on the road, they are on a scoring streak of 15 trips, and likely BTTS holds great potential as these two take the pitch.
Match preview for 14.10.2019: Bulgaria vs England
The Three Lions holds renowned names in the club games like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander Arnold, and Tammy Abraham. And on the other side, it’s hard to find such established names.
Even in the overall stats, the host has not registered a win in the last nine-ties. Even so, they have maintained five wins in the last ten home clashes against small teams which will not prove worthy against the rampage of the English cannons. In the meantime, Three Lions are lossless for the past ten encounters and have lost only one out of the prior ten home fixtures in their schedule.
Besides that, the Englishmen are also undefeated against Bulgaria in their h2h meetings for the past 56 years of clash history. Alongside that, they have kept seven clean sheets from the last eight h2h encounters. Even so, they have also won the last three wins with at least a three-goal margin in the ninety minutes.
Surprisingly, one of the previous eight fixtures in their h2h meetings have seen both teams scoring goals. Along with that, two out of eight fixtures have seen the teams sharing the spoils in the end. Also, these are the only stats that can be said nearly favoring the hosts.
Moreover, in the current league, the host is yet to register a win. But with 5 goals scored in 5 games, they are sure to put up a fight. Meanwhile, England with its unbeaten league run will have the upper hand in the ninety minutes.
As such, the match will probably end with the visiting side to set up a rampage attack on the scarcely formidable host.
Match preview for 10.10.2019: Netherlands vs Northern Ireland
The Flying Dutchmen have two matches against this opponent remaining in the competition, and if they manage to win both, qualification would then just be a cakewalk. At present, Virgil van Dijk and his boys are placed third in the table but do have a match in hand.
They did lose against the Germans at home but responded in fantastic fashion by delivering a classic 2-4 win in German soil.
Opponents Northern Ireland did begin with four wins on the trot, but that was essentially due to the schedule doing them a favor, with them being pitted against Belarus, and Estonia twice each. The lucky run is now over, and the team is being exposed to the harsh realities of the group.
The Dutch contingent obviously has the home advantage, and they have a fantastic h2h record against this opponent. In fact, Netherlands have lost just five times in their previous twenty-five fixtures and won nine of their former nine in front of the home crowd. In addition, the team scored twice or more in ten of these eleven ties as well.
Furthermore, against this rival, who were winless in seven of their former nine games on the road, Ronald Koeman’s men have been unbeaten for the prior 55 years and registered a massive 6-0 win the last time they met. By the looks of things, we are surely in for a great performance from the Oranje.
Match preview for 03.10.2019: AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United
The Red Devils are a major presence in the Premier League, arguably the toughest league in the world. On the other hand, AZ comes from the comparatively weaker Eredivisie.
Moreover, the Devils have begun with a win, and this likely would give them momentum, whereas their opposite number received a red card in their game, and had to settle for a draw as well.
Count on Ole Solskjaer’s men to sweat it out on the pitch for a further three points.
Coming to goals, Arne Slot’s men are no pushovers, and they do have the home advantage. Moreover, the English outfit is yet to find full flow in scoring, and so far, their defense has been stepping up to lead the squad.
Finally, with the hosts having conceded just two goals from the last seven appearances here, the chances for this match to turn into a goal-fest are very slim.
Match preview for 28.09.2019: Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen
The usual top-two of the German league has struggled a bit at the initial stages of their respective campaigns, that the race for the podium has been blown a bit open. As of now, both Dortmund, and Bayern trail behind Leipzig in the table, but taking into account a tough fixture for the toppers this match-day, this is an opportunity to make amends for the earlier mishaps.
The unexpected loss against Union Berlin, a newly promoted side, which Der BVB experienced, knocked them off course, and ever since they have found it hard to return to the extraordinary form they were in.
In that regards, they do have the home advantage this weekend, and fans will rightfully hope for a monstrous performance from their players.
Opponents Bremen have every reason to be worried, taking into account the three losses they have suffered from the five match-days so far. Moreover, they have struggled against this opponent in h2h encounters, and especially in matches at this famed venue.
Match preview for 17.09.2019: Napoli vs Liverpool
The reigning champions have made an ecstatic start to their season that even the injury to their Golden-Glove winning keeper has not slowed them down. Their performance in the Premier League has been to such an extent that rival manager Pep Guardiola has joked that the title race is already over.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have posted 15 points on the board from a possible 15, and are once again in line to register the best defensive returns in the competition. Also keep in mind that while the rest 19 in contention have already lost the dream to manage an unbeaten PL campaign, the Reds are going strong with a 100% win-record.
As such, they are riding high on momentum, and the Italians will have to put forth the display of a lifetime to manage the day without incident.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men too have begun on a good note, though not on the same level as their opponents for the day. The 2018-19 Serie A runners-up have won two of their total three fixtures in the league, and their sole loss had come against none other than the defending champions Juve, and that too on the road.
Match preview for 14.09.2019: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace
The 2018-19 Champions League runners-up are beasts that have been forced into a corner. There’s no telling how fierce they might react, and if previous h2h clashes are any indication, the hosts should be having the upper hand this weekend.
Take into consideration the fact that Hotspur won eight of the previous ten such encounters and four of the last five at this venue. Moreover, they have the home advantage, and importantly, Palace is yet to record a league win at this stadium.
In addition, in the last 15 years, only once have the visitors won here too.
Moreover, a major chunk of these wins has been associated with a clean sheet as well. In fact, six of the former eight encounters between these two ended with Spurs recording wins to nil, and the guests have been able to register just two goals from their prior nine trips here.
As such, count on the hosts adding such a win to an already long series. And building on the same note – with the absolute master-classes of defensive performances under the belt for Roy Hodgson’s men, the fixture has all the probability in the world to end up as a low-scoring one.
Match preview for 05.09.2019: Romania vs Spain
Despite the initial stutter, Romania have got things back under control and are currently on a three-match unbeaten run. The hosts thrashed Malta by a 4-0 scoreline in their last trip on the road, while at home, they got the better of Faroe Islands who managed not more than one consolation goal against the four that the home team slotted.
Nevertheless, it needs saying the only defeat that Romania has succumbed in the table, was against Sweden who are currently second in the table.
On the other hand, the Spaniards, who are on their way to Bucharest this Thursday, will be coming into the matchup on the back of a very convincing 3-0 victory over the Swedes. They are also on a four-match winning streak in the qualifiers and have tasted defeat just twice in their last ten games.
The visitors have so far been winning without breaking much of a sweat and have racked up eleven goals to their names while conceding just twice. However, considering that Romania have also found the back of the net as many times as the away side, an exciting clash is definitely in the reckoning.
Match preview for 29.08.2019: Wolves vs Torino
Wolves overcame the odds in the first leg of their tie and subsequently posted an impressive 3-2 scoreline over Torino in their maiden clash in Turin last week. The hosts were much the more clinical of the two sides and would have had a comfy two-goal cushion to carry back to the Molineux, had it not been for a late penalty given against them, which Belotti coolly converted.
Torino surprisingly registered fifteen attempts at goal in that matchup, which was eight more than what their counterparts had achieved. Yet, they managed to beat the goalkeeper just once in open play.
Although the margin seems slender, the fact that they conceded three away goals in itself has reduced Torino’s chances of making it into the next round. With home advantage into the midst as well for the Wanderers, Torino will need nothing short of a miracle to make it into the group stages now.
Match preview for 22.08.2019: Braga vs Spartak Moscow
The Portuguese outlooks are under dilemma after their loss against Sporting when their 21 attempts failed to see the winning goal. They are sure to get right back into their strong suit with improved tactics and comebacks. That game constituted the lone defeat in this season fixture so far.
The opposition had already faced Thun in the Qualifiers and this is their second team to encounter. They have three wins out of their six Russian Premier League games in this season. The visitors have just made a comeback into winning ways after a series of draws and loss in the season.
The host has scored seven goals against Brondby in the Qualifiers on aggregate from both the legs of the game. Overall the host carries an average 2.6 goals per game from their last five clashes. The opposite side failed to see the back of the net in only one game in the last five overall encounters.
Match preview for 13.08.2019: Ajax vs PAOK
Ajax failed to clinch the win in the first leg of their tie which saw both sides share the spoils with two goals each. The hosts went into the break, in that fixture, trailing by a goal. However, the squad cut the deficit twelve minutes after the restart through Huntelaar.
Although the Dutch outfit missed out on the win, the ball is in their court this week as they have two crucial away goals in the bag. The visitors will have to score at least two if they are to salvage their hopes of staying in the competition and to put the pressure back on the home team.
Netting two in Amsterdam will not be as easy as scoring back home, especially with Ajax boasting a two-game unbeaten run here at the moment. The side from Greece will have to put in the extra effort throughout the ninety minutes as they are the underdogs by a mile in this one.