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.