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.