For Bayern Munich this is going to be a first Bundesliga game since the departure of the head coach Niko Kovac. The Croatian manager was sacked after the humilating 1-5 loss against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. During the week the caretaker Hans Dieter Flick debuted with a win in the Champions League with Bayern beaing Olympiakos with 2-0 in Munich.
While Bayern Munich’s board is still looking for a new manager to replace Kovac, Hans Dieter Flick must find a way to calm the dressing room and motivate the players before the big derby. Against Olympiakos he left Philippe Coutinho on the bench, but maybe his idea was to keep the Brazilian fresh for the game against Dortmund on Saturday. Thiago Alcantara and Ivan Perisic also sat on the bench on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund also had a game in the Champions League during the week, beating Inter Milan with 3-2 at the Signal Iduna Park in a dramatic and exciting fixture. Die Borussen were two goals behind, but in a heroic way they turned the game around with two goals from Achraf Hakimi and one from Julian Brandt.
What Borussia Dortmund can do now is try to use the managerial problems in Bayern Munich. The situation in the champions’ dressing room is not perfect and they are without a head coach now. This is a great chance for Lucien Favre’s boys to make a hit. So far Dortmund have lost just one game in the Bundesliga – against the newcomers Union Berlin.
Even without a manager at the moment, Bayern Munich remain a boogeyman. For Borussia Dortmund it won’t be easy at the Allianz Arena, but they also have the tools to win this one.
Right now Bournemouth could be satisfied with they way they perform as they are 9th in the league standings with 13 points won so far, which is absolutely okay for the Cherries. What can worry them is the fact that they are without a win in their last four games in the league, doing three draws and losing once against Arsenal at the Emirates.
In the previous round Bournemouth won a point during their 0-0 draw against Watford at the Vicarage Road, although they can feel regretful about some missed opportunities in this match.
Against Manchester United the manager Eddie Howe can’t use some of his players. Charlie Daniels, Junior Stanislas, David Brooks and Dan Gosling are all injured, missing the home clash against the Red Devils.
Manchester United right now are enjoying a run of three consecutive wins, achieved in three different competitions – Europa League, Premier League and the League Cup.
Last week United managed to enjoy a 3-1 during the visit to Norwich City in the Premier League, while on Wednesday the team progressed in the League Cup as well. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys visited Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge and clinched a 2-1 win. Marcus Rashford scored both goals for the Red Devils.
This is a good run of results for Manchester United. The manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was heaviliy criticized lately, but this kind of performance could improve his current situation at the club. What Manchester United needs right now is just one thing – wins, wins and wins.
Based on Manchester United’s current form, we can say they are in a good position to chase all of the three points against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. The Cherries are a tough opponents, but United are in a good shape right now.
After the last round in the Premier League, Manchester City improved their situation a little bit. Pep Guardiola’s team achieved a win during the visit to Crystal Palace, while the leader Liverpool made its first mistake in the league, losing two points during the draw against Manchester United. Because of this, now City are getting closer to Liverpool, being 6 points behind.
During the week Manchester City achieved a third consecutive win in the Champions League as well. The Cityzens hosted Atalanta at the Etihad and crushed their opponents with 5-1. Raheem Sterling made another great performance and scored a hatrick for the hosts, while Sergio Aguero scored two more.
In this game the manager Pep Guardiola once again took an interesting decision, starting two holding midfielders – Fernandinho and Rodri, as centre backs. Here’s the moment to remind you that Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones are fit to play, so they might start against Villa on Saturday.
Aston Villa are on the rise in their last three matches, doing one draw and winning twice. Because of this, now the newcomers are 12th in the league standings, which is way better.
In their last game the former European champions hosted Brighton & Hove Albion at the Villa Park and achieved a 2-1 win. The visitors opened the score after 21 minutes of playing, but Aston Villa turned it around with goals from Jack Grealish and Matt Targett.
Of course, for Aston Villa now it’s going to be much more difficult against the current champion Manchester City. It’s hard to get a result at the Etihad, although Wolverhampton Wanderers proved that it’s not impposible not too long ago.
Czech Republic welcomes England at the Sinobo Stadium in Prague in a match from Group A of the European qualifications. We will offer you a quick look at this fixture, because it’s the two best teams in the group facing each other.
England are perfect in the group so far – four wins achieved from four matches played. Gareth Southgate’s team have scored 19 goals, conceding just 4. It’d be really surprising if England don’t win this group, although if the Czech team beats them, they will get even in terms of points.
In their previous game in the group England hosted Kosovo at the Wembley and it was a pure football spectacle in the English capital. The fans saw 8 goals, which led to a 5-3 win for the Three Lions. Maybe most of them expected an easy game for the English team, but Kosovo proved to be a capable side as well.
Borussia Dortmund’s young star Jadon Sancho scored a brace for the hosts, while Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane also put the ball in the net. Kosovo’s Mergim Vojvoda scored himself an own goal. Of course, Gareth Southgate is probably worried that his boys conceded three goals in London, but maybe they underrestimated their opponents a litle bit.
Czech Republic are second in this group with 9 points won so far. They are just three points behind the leader England, but they also have played a game more. So far the Czech side lost twice in this group – against England and against Kosovo.
In March the Czech team visited England at the Wembley and got crushed with a heavy 0-5 defeat. Now Jaroslav Silhavy’s team will try to avenge this defeat, but it’d be a hard task.
Although England are a clear favourite agianst Czech Republic, we believe that the hosts could offer a good fight to the Three Lions. Maybe we will see a surprise here?
AZ hosts Manchester United at the Cars Jeans Stadion in Den Haag in a match from Group L of Europa League.
AZ are seeking their first win in the competition for this season, although it’s not going to be easy against Manchester United, of course. In the first round of the group phase AZ travelled to the Serbian capital Belgrade in order to face Partizan. The Dutch side won a point after a 2-2 draw, despite of the red card which the Norwegian right back Jonas Svensson recieved after just 27 minutes of playing.
Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu scored for the visitors, while Partizan didn’t find a way to use the advantage to play with a man more on the pitch.
Manchester United are the current leader in this group. Two weeks ago the Red Devils hosted Kazakhstan’s champion Astana at the Old Trafford, enjoying a 1-0 win. The hosts had to wait until the 73 minute in order to score a winner. It was the teenager Mason Greenwood, who put the ball in the net after an assist from Fred. Greenwood played the whole 90 minutes for United, proving once again that he’s one of the club’s brightest talents at the moment.
Just few days ago Manchester United had a Premier League derby against Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams. Scott McTominay opened the score for the Red Devils, but the Gunners secured a point after an equalising goal from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
It’d be curious to see what kind of a line-up the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will choose for the visit to the Netherlands. We expect that many youngsters will find a place in the starting eleven once again. Mason Greenwood entered the pitch as a substitute against Arsenal, but against AZ it’s a perfect chance for him to start.
We think that AZ and Manchester United will offer us a very competitive game in Europa League, so be careful with your picks here. We wish you good luck.
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.