It’s going to be really interesting at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt on Sunday, because Eintracht Frankfurt hosts Borussia Dortmund in a match from the fifth round of the German Bundesliga.
After selling some of their best players in the summer, Eintracht didn’t start the new campaign in the most consistent way. In four matches played so far, Adi Hutter’s boys won twice and lost twice. Now they are 9th in the standings with 6 points won, so they need to step up a little bit and do something to improve their consistency.
In the previous round Eintracht suffered their second loss for the season. The Europa League semi-finalists travelled to meet Augsburg and got beaten with 1-2. In the second half the Portuguese striker Goncalo Paciencia scored for the visitors, but before this Richter and Niederlechner gave Augsburg a very good advantage in the result.
Few days ago Eintracht Frankfurt had their first game in Europa League as well. They hosted Arsenal at home, but didn’t show nothing and suffered a 0-3 loss.
Borussia Dortmund started the new season with the ambition to win the title and so far they are showing it. They suffered a surprising loss against Union in Berlin, but they won all of the other three games they had.
In the previous round Dortmund hosted Bayer Leverkusen at the Signal Iduna Park and celebrated an exciting 4-0 win. Marco Reus scored a brace for the hosts, while Paco Alcacer and Raphael Guerreiro also scored.
During the week Borussia Dortmund hosted Barcelona in a game from the Champions League group stage. Lucien Favre’s team missed a penalty kick after the halftime break, while the game ended with a 0-0 draw.
Everything could happen in this clash between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. Both teams are pretty ambitious and capable, so a lot of things could happen on the pitch.
England are becoming better and better under the management of Gareth Southgate. The Three Lions have a spectacular and enormously talented generation at the moment. Last summer they reached the semi-finals at the World Cup, while the team’s performance in the European qualifying campaign is another proof of their quality. Let’s take a look at the Euro 2020 qualification between England and Bulgaria from Group A on Saturday.
England have played two games in this group so far and in both cases they scored five goals in their opponents’ net. The Three Lions journey in this campaign started with a crushing 5-0 win over Czech Republic at the Wembley. In their second game Southgate’s boys arrived in Montenegro and once again scored five.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is the team’s topscorer so far. Sterling is playing in fantastic way in the last three seasons and he’s becoming better and better. In just two games for England so far he has scored four goals. He’s going to be one of Three Lions’ main weapons against Bulgaria.
Speaking of Bulgaria, their campaign so far is nothing to be proud of. In four matches played so far, the Bulgarian team won just two points. The Balkan side seriously decreased its chances of reaching the European Championship.
Before their fourth game in the group against Kosovo Bulgaria changed their manager. The domestic Football Association appointed one of the country’s biggest legends Krassimir Balakov. But sadly for them, Balakov’s debut was not successful and Bulgaria suffered a 2-3 defeat in Sofia against Kosovo.
We have all the reasons to believe that England will enjoy themselves against Bulgaria on Saturday. These two teams are very different in terms of quality, plus the Three Lions are enjoying being in a great shape lately. It’s going to be a really rought night for the visitors at the Wembley.
Atletico Madrid hosts Eibar in a game from the third round of the Spanish La Liga. After winning two wins in the first two rounds, Atletico will try to make it three in a row. Eibar on the other hand won just one point from the first two games.
Atletico’s start of the season was entirely in their own style. Diego Simeone’s boys won both of the game with their favourite result – 1-0. After the win against Getafe in the first round, Los Colchoneros did the same against Leganes far from home.
It was a tough game for Atletico at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Los Colchoneros had to wait 71 minutes before scoring a winner. The summer signing Joao Felix provided an assist which the substitute Vitolo turned into a goal.
Right now Atletico Madrid are second in La Liga with 6 points, being only behind Sevilla because of goal difference.
Eibar won just a point from their first two games in the league. Los Armeros lost against Mallorca in the first round, while in the second one they won a point during the visit to Osasuna. The game at El Sadar ended with a 0-0 draw, so both teams went home with a point. Eibar’s head coach Mendilibar put Sergi Enrich and Kike in attack, but they were not able to beat Ruben and score a winner. In the second half Mendilibar put Charles, Exposito and Pedro Leon on the pitch, but Osasuna’s defense stood well.
Atletico Madrid are the clear favourite against Eibar on Sunday, especially at their own Wanda Metropolitano. Los Colchoneros are eager to fight again for the title and the two wins in the first two rounds are proving that. If Cholo Simeone and his boys want to win the gold, they must win games like this at any cost.
RB Leipzig hosts Eintracht Frankfurt in a game from the second round of the Bundesliga. This clash at the Red Bull Arena promises a lot of fun moments, because these two teams are really good. Let’s take a look at it.
RB Leipzig started the new season in the best way possible – with a win. The Bulls travelled to the capital to face the newcomers Union Berlin and celebrated a crushing 4-0 win. Marcel Halstenberg, Marcel Sabitzer and Timo Werner scored until the halftime break, while during the second half Christopher Nkunku added one more goal for the visitors.
This was a Bundesliga debut with RB Leipzig for the club’s new manager Julian Nagelsmann. The young tactician left Hoffenheim to move to Leipzig and start a new chapter in his managerial career. He’s regarded one of the most promising young managers in the world, so it’s going to be very interesting to follow his career at his new club.
Meanwhile Eintracht Frankfurt also started the new season with a win. The Eagles hosted Hoffenheim at home and celebrated a difficult 1-0 win. The only goal in the game was scored in the first minute when the centre back Martin Hinteregger scored after an assist from Filip Kostic. Last season Eintracht did well and reached the semi-finals of Europa League, but the team didn’t find a place in the Champions League. One of the primary goals this season is going to be a Top 4 finish, despite of the departures of influental players like Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller.
You can be sure that RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt will offer the fans a spectacular game on Sunday. Both of these two teams have ambition to qualify for the Champions League, so for them every point is important. Let’s see what’s going to happen.
Valencia hosts Arsenal in a second Europa League 1/2-final game at the Estadio Mestalla in Valencia. One of these two teams is going to reach the final in Baku and right now the Englishmen are in a better position to do it.
Arsenal are having an advantage after the first leg in London, which they won with 3-1. Mouctar Diakhaby opened the score for Valencia after just 11 minutes of playing, but until the end of the game Arsenal turned it around. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for the Gunners, while Pierre Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts an even bigger advantage in the last minute of the match. Now Unai Emery’s team is going to feel much more comfortable at the Mestalla with a good advantage of two goals.
For Arsenal winning Europa League could be the only way to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League. The team is not performing well in the Premier League and it’s currently not in the best position to finish in the Top 4.
Meanwhile Valencia are also 5th in La Liga, being 3 points behind the 4th Getafe. Los Che are in a similar situation. Most surely Marcelino’s boys are feeling sorry for the way they allowed Arsenal to turn around the first game in London.
But nothing is over just yet. Valencia can still turn it around – they know that a “clear” win with just two goals difference will allow them to reach the final of the competition. In some cases Arsenal were shaky in their Europa League visits, so this shall give the Spanish team some hope. As for Arsenal, they are aware that they must be very solid in defense on Thursday.
That’s what we had to say about the Europa League 1/2-finals clash between Valencia and Arsenal at the Estadio Mestalla on Thursday night.
Hoffenheim hosts Wolfsburg in a match from the 31th round of the German Bundesliga. How about to have a look at this game and see what’s the situation with these two sides at this moment.
RIght now Hoffenheim are 6th in the Bundesliga with 50 points, trying to secure their place in Europe for next season. Julian Nagelsmann’s team even have some solid chances to qualify for the Champions League, being just 3 points behind the 4th Eintracht Frankfurt.
So far in the league Hoffenheim have won 13 of their games, doing 11 draws and suffering 6 losses. In their last five games Hoffe are almost perfect – one draw, followed by four consecutive wins. Right now Hoffenheim are among the teams in the best shape in the Bundesliga.
In their last game Hoffenheim travelled to Gelsenkirchen and enjoyed a solid 5-2 win over Schalke 04. Ishak Belfodil scored a brace for the winning side, while Andrej Kramaric, Adam Szalai and Nadiem Amiri also scored for the visitors.
Meanwhile Wolfsburg are 9th in the standings with 46 points, but still having some chances to play in Europe. The Wolves are only 4 points behind their next opponent, so for them this is a perfect chance to ressurect their hopes of European football for next seaseon. So far in the league Wolfsburg have 13 wins, 7 draws and 10 losses.
Wolfsburg’s recent form is pretty inconsistent – two wins, two losses and one draw. In their last match Bruno Labbadia’s boys made a 1-1 draw at home against a very strong opponent – Eintracht Frankfurt. The Wolves were very close to losing this one, but a late equalising goal from John Brooks in the 90th minute saved them.
That’s what we had to say about the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg from the 31th round of the league. Good luck!
Crystal Palace hosts the champion Manchester City in a game from the 34th round of the English Premier League. Here’s the moment to talk about this match a little bit.
Right now Crystal Palace are 12th in the league standings with 39 points won and a record of 11 wins, 6 draws and 16 defeats. In their last five games the Londoners are winning and losing on a regular basis – three wins and two defeats. Of course, for Palace the most important thing is the fact that the team is on a safe distance from the relegation zone, which brings them closer to another year in the Premier League.
In their last game Roy Hodgson’s boys celebrated a 1-0 win during the visit to Newcastle United at the St. James’ Park. The winning goal in the game was scored in the 81th minute, when Luka Milivojevic put the ball behind Martin Dubravka’s net from a penalty kick.
Meanwhile Manchester City continue their fight for another title in the Premier League. Right now the Cityzens are 2nd in the league with 80 points, being 2 points behind the leader Liverpool, but also having a game in hand. City will hope that Liverpool will make a mistake against Chelsea on the same day.
In their last game in the league Manchester City hosted Cardiff City and celebrated a 2-0 win. Both goals were scored in the first half, when Kevin De Bruyne opened the score and Lery Sane scored another one in the last minutes of the first half.
During the week Manchester City had a tough game in the Champions League, which they lost against Tottenham Hotspur in London. Because of this, most probably the manager Pep Guardiola will make some rotations in his starting line-up.
That’s what we had to say about the Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Manchester City on Sunday. Good luck!
Fulham hosts the champion Manchester City in a first game from the 32th round of the English Premier League. Let’s take a look at this fixture at the Craven Cottage in London.
Fulham are already preparing themselves for another sting in the Championship. Right now Cottagers are 19th in the league with 17 points, losing all of their last five matches in the league. The sacking of Claudio Ranieri and the appointment of Scott Parker as a manager didn’t help much, too. Right now Fulham are 13 points behind the 17th Burnley and the safe zone, so for them it’s going to be near impossible to survive.
In their last game Fulham hosted Liverpool at the Craven Cottage and suffered a 1-2 loss. Until the 81th minute the result was 1-1, but Liverpool clinched the win after a penalty kick, scored by James Milner.
Manchester City on the other hand are 2nd in the league standings with 74 points, being 2 points behind the leader Liverpool. But here’s the moment to remind you that Man City have a game in hand compared to the Reds. If they win against Fulham, they will return at the top.
Manchester City won all of their last five games in the Premier League. In their last match Pep Guardiola’s boys enjoyed a 3-1 win at home against Watford. Raheem Sterling was the big hero of the night, scoring a hattrick for City. He’s in a great shape at the moment, proving that during his games with England in the last 10 days.
In conclusion we can say that Manchester City are the big favourites against Fulham and there’s nothing surprising about this. Pep Guardiola’s team is much stronger and aiming to win the title again. As for Fulham, they are in a desperate situation at the moment.
Southampton welcomes Tottenham Hotspur in a match from the 30th round of the Premier League.
It’s not an easy situation for Southampton at the moment. The Saints are currently 17th in the league standings with 27 points won, being just 2 points above the 18th Cardiff City and the relegation zone. The team surely needs to be as good as possible until the end of the season in order to guarantee itself survival.
In their last five games in the league Southampton won only once, made one draw and suffered three losses. One of these losses came in the last round against Manchester United. The Saints were close to winning a point, but they suffered a dramatic 2-3 loss at the Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku scored a late winner for United in the 88th minute. Before this Yann Valery and James Ward-Prowse scored in David de Gea’s net.
Meanwhile Tottenham are 3rd in the Premier League standings with 61 points won so far. Spurs have a record of 20 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses in their games so far. Right now Tottenham have 3 points advantage in front of the 4th Manchester United.
In the previous round Tottenham made their first draw for the season. It happened in the big derby of North London against Arsenal. The game at the Wembley ended with a 1-1 draw. Aaron Ramsey opened the score for the Gunners, but Harry Kane equalised for Spurs from a penalty kick.
During the week Tottenham had a game in the Champions League as well. Spurs managed to beat Borussia Dortmund for a second time, qualifying for the 1/4-finals of the competition.
That’s what we had to say about the Premier League game between Southampton and Tottenham at the St. Mary’s. Good luck!
Rennes hosts Arsenal in a first game from the Europa League 1/8-finals. Allow us to take a look at this fixture and see what’s the situation with these two teams at the moment.
In the previous round of the competition Rennes achieved a win over Real Betis. The first leg on French soil ended with a 3-3 draw, which gave Betis some advantage before the rematch. But it got really different at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, where Rennes enjoyed a 3-1 win. The French team won the game with goals from Rami Bensebaini, Adrien Hunou and Mbaye Niang, while Giovani Lo Celso’s goal for Betis did not change anything.
In the French Ligue 1 Rennes are currently at the middle of the table, being 10th with 37 points won so far. They are surely having an average season so far, but this could change if they manage to eliminate a club like Arsenal from Europa League.
Arsenal suffered a surprising defeat against BATE Borisov in a first 1/16-finals game, but in the second leg the Gunners did their job against the Belarusians and won with 3-0. BATE’s Volkov scored himself an own goal, while Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papasthathopoulos also put the ball in the net for the Gunners.
Arsenal will surely try to win Europa League this season. Not just because it’s a prestigious trophy, but also because it’s not guaranteed that the Gunners will finish in the Top 4 of the Premier League. Winning Europa League could be Arsenal’s key to the Champions League for next season and the manager Unai Emery knows this very well.
Rennes will have a tough task against Arsenal on Thursday night, but it won’t be easy for Arsenal as well. We have all the reasons to expect a great clash between these two teams.