Valencia – Arsenal

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 – Wolfsburg

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 – Manchester City

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 – Manchester City

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 – Tottenham Hotspur

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 – Arsenal

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.

Fiorentina – Inter

Fiorentina welcomes Inter in a match from the 25th round of the Serie A. These are our thoughts about this clash at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in the beautiful city of Florence. Let’s go.

Right now Fiorentina are 8th in the Serie A standings with 35 points. They have a record of 8 wins, 11 draws and 5 losses. In their last five matches La Viola are unbeaten, though – two wins and three draws. They will try to continue like this against Inter as well.

Fiorentina’s last game in league ended with a win. Stefano Pioli’s team achieved a big 4-1 win during the visit to SPAL. Andrea Petagna opened the score for the home team, but the visitors turned the game around with goals from Edimilson Fernandes, Jordan Veretout, Giovanni Simeone and Gerson. It was a very good win for Fiorentina.

Inter are 3rd in the Serie A with 46 points won so far. At this moment the Nerazzurri have just 1 point advantage in front of the 4th Milan, but also a game in hand. Inter’s record in the league goes like this: 14 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses.

Inter won their last two games in the league. After the win against Parma at the Ennio Tardini, Luciano Spalletti’s boys beat Sampdoria as well. The game at the San Siro ended with a 2-1 win for the Nerazzurri. Danilo D’Ambrosio and Radja Nainggolan scored for Inter.

During the week Inter officially reached the Europa League 1/8-finals, enjoying a 4-0 win against Rapid Wien at home. Matias Vecino, Andrea Ranocchia, Ivan Perisic and Matteo Politano scored for the winning team.

That’s what we had to say about the Serie A game between Fiorentina and Inter on Sunday. It shall be a pretty good clash at the Artemio Franchi.

Dinamo Zagreb – Viktoria Pilzen

Dinamo Zagreb faces Viktoria Pilzen in a second 1/16-finals clash from Europa League. Let’s head out to the Croatian capital Zagreb in order to see what’s going on between these two teams.

Viktoria Pilzen have a slight advantage after a 2-1 win in the first leg. Daniel Olmo gave Dinamo Zagreb a lead in Pilzen, but the Czech team turned the game around with goals from the central defender Ludk Pernica. It’s a rare thing to see a defender scoring two goals in one game, but this is exactly what happened in Pilzen.

This win gives Viktoria an advantage before the second leg, but this away goal scored from Dinamo could be very important.

In the Croatian 1. NHL Dinamo Zagreb are marching towards the title, having 14 points advantage in front of the 2nd Osijek. From 21 games played in the league so far, Dinamo lost only one of them. In their last five games they are just perfect – five consecutive wins. There’s no doubt that Dinamo Zagreb will be once again champions of Croatia at the end of the season.

Meanwhile Viktoria Pilzen are 2nd in the Czech Liga with 3 points behind the leader Slavia Praha. Viktoria have lost just 2 games in the league so far, but they are still behind the leader. In their last five games in the league Viktoria are almost perfect – four wins and one draw.

In their last league game Viktoria Pilzen enjoyed a 2-0 win against the leader Slavia Praha, which ressurected their chances of winning the title. Toma Chory and Jean David Beauguel scored for Viktoria in this derby.

Viktoria Pilzen have a slight advantage against Dinamo Zagreb in Europa League, but the Croatian team is still in a good position to eliminate its opponent. It’s going to be a tough game for both teams.

BATE Borisov – Arsenal

BATE Borisov welcomes Arsenal in another one of the UEFA Europa League 1/16-finals. The first game between these two sides is going to get played in Belarus. Let’s see what’s going on with them.

BATE reached the 1/16-finals of the Europa League after finishing 2nd in Group L. They were beaten for the first place by Chelsea, which was far from surprising, of course. BATE ended their participation in the group with 9 points and a record of 3 wins and 3 losses. They managed to beat Hungary’s MOL Vidi and Greece’s PAOK for the second position in the group.

In the Belarusian Premier League BATE are marching towards another title. They are leaders in the standings with 9 points advantage in front of the 2nd Shakhtyor. They have lost just 3 games so far from 30 matches played.

Last season Arsenal were eliminated by Atletico Madrid in Europa League, but now the Gunners are desperate to reach the final and fight for the trophy. Unai Emery’s team didn’t have any problems to win Group E of the competition, finishing with a perfect record of 16 wins from 16 possible. So far Arsenal are showing some great commitment to Europa League, showing everyone that they are taking this competition pretty seriously.

In the Premier League the Gunners are fighting for a Top 4 finish. Right now Emery’s team is 5th in the league with 50 points, being just 1 point behind the 4th Manchester United. In their last five games Arsenal won three times, but also suffered two losses. In their last match Emery’s boys achieved a 2-1 win during the visit to Huddersfield Town.

That’s what we had to say about the Europa League clash between BATE Borisov and Arsenal on Thursday night. Good luck!

Huddersfield Town – Arsenal

The outsider in the Premier League Huddersfield Town welcomes Arsenal in a game from the 26th round of the Premier League. Let’s take a look at this fixture.

For Huddersfield Town there is no more hope that they can survive this season. At this moment they are 20th in the league standings, trailing on 13 points behind the 17th Burnley and the safe zone. How you can see, they would need a miracle to survive. And miracles do not happen very often.

In their last five games Huddersfield Town suffered four defeats and won just one point during the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City. They have won just 2 matches since the beginning of the campaign. As it goes right now, they could finish the season as one of the weakest team in the history of the Premier League.

Huddersfield’s last game was another nightmare. Jan Siewert’s boys suffered a 0-5 defeat during the visit to Chelsea. But we doubt that anyone was really surprised of what happened at the Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal on the other hand are fighting for a Top 4 finish and a qualification to the Champions League. Right now the Gunners are 6th in the league with 47 points, having a record of 14 wins, 5 draws and 6 defeats. In their last five matches Unai Emery’s boys won three times, but also suffered two defeats. Right now Arsenal are 3 points behind the 4th Arsenal and the Top 4.

In their last game the Gunners suffered a 1-3 defeat during the visit to the champion Manchester City. Laurent Koscielny scored Arsenal’s only goal in the game, but City prevailed with a fantastic hattrick from their star striker Sergio Aguero.

Arsenal are the clear favourite against Huddersfield Town. We highly doubt that they can make a mistake against this opponent.