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.
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 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 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!
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.
RB Leipzig welcomes Borussia Dortmund in a game from the 18th round of the Bundesliga. Let’s take a look at this clash on Saturday night in Leipzig.
RB Leipzig continue the fight for a Top 4 finish and another qualification for the Champions League. Right now they are 4th in the standings with 31 points, having 3 points advantage in front of the 5th Wolfsburg. Most surely they’d want to keep this gap, because it gives them some calmness at the moment. Since the beginning of the season, RB Leipzig have a record of 9 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses.
In their last game Ralph Rangnick’s team enjoyed a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen at the Red Bull Arena. Lukas Klostermann, Timo Werner and Bruma scored for the winning team, while Kruse and Sargent’s goals for Werder were not enough for the visiting team.
RB Leipzig really needed this win, because in the previous game they have suffered a defeat from the hands of the champion Bayern Munich.
Borussia Dortmund are once again fighting for the title in the Bundesliga. At this moment Dortmund are leading the standings, having 42 points and 6 points advantage in front of Bayern Munich. The team’s record at the moment shows 13 wins, 3 draws and only one defeat.
In their last game Dortmund enjoyed their 13th win for the season, beating Borussia M’gladbach with 2-1 at home. Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus scored the winners for the home side, while Cristoph Kramer scored M’gladbach’s only goal in the match.
This is a great game at the Red Bull Arena. Borussia Dortmund are leaders in the league and they are fighting for the title, but it won’t be easy for them against RB Leipzig. The home side is one of the strongest teams in the country right now, so Dortmund shall expect a fight here.
Levante welcomes Girona in a game from the 18th round of the Spanish La Liga. Here are our thoughts about this clash at the Estadio Cuidad de Valencia on Friday night.
At this moment Levante are 10th in La Liga with 22 points won and a record of 6 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses. In terms of current form, they are not doing really well lately, winning only one of their last five games – against Athletic Bilbao. In the other four matches they made two draws and suffered two losses.
In their last fixture Levante suffered a second consecutive defeat, losing against Rayo Vallecano away from home. Ruben Rochina scored Levante’s only goal in the game, but Rayo managed to win with an own goal from Tono and Raul de Tomas.
Before this unsuccessful visit to Rayo, Levante suffered another loss against the champion Barcelona, conceding a heavy 0-5 defeat at home against the Catalans.
As for Girona, the Catalan club is 9th in the standings with 22 points, being on par with their next opponent. At this moment Girona’s record in the league shows 5 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. In their last five games the Catalans won only once – against Espanyol, also doing two draws and suffering two defeats against Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.
In their last game Girona made a 1-1 draw against Getafe at home. Angel opened the score for the visitors, but Girona managed to win a point thanks to an equalizing goal from Bernardo Espinosa just 5 minutes before the end of the game.
That’s our thoughts about the La Liga fixture between Levante and Girona from the 18th round of the Spanish league. These two teams are very close to each other in the standings, so it’s difficult to pick a favourite here. Good luck.
In a match from Group A of the Champions League, Club Brugge hosts Atletico Madrid at the Jan Breydelstadion in Brugge. Let’s take a look.
For Club Brugge everything in this group is already pretty clear. The Belgians will finish at 3rd place, which will allow them to continue their European campaign in Europa League. Right now they have 5 points won in the group, being 5 points behind the 2nd Borussia Dortmund and 4 points ahead of the 4th Monaco.
The Belgians started their Champions League campaign with two consecutive losses, but after this Brugge managed to win 5 points in their next three games. In their last match they made a prestigious 0-0 draw during the visit to Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.
Before the start of the competition, most people thought that Club Brugge are the weakest team in this group. But the Belgians showed everyone that they can play good football and achieve good results.
For Atletico Madrid this game is important, because the Spanish club could guarantee itself the first place in the group. Right now Los Colchoneros are leaders in the group with 12 points, being 2 points ahead of the 2nd Borussia Dortmund. If Atletico win at Brugge, they will finish as winners in the group. You can be sure that this is exactly what they want right now.
In October Atletico suffered a shocking 0-4 loss during the visit to Borussia Dortmund, but Cholo Simeone’s boys reacted pretty well to this, winning their next two games – against Dortmund and Monaco. In the last few years Atletico reached twice the Champions League final and now they will try to do it again. Their goal is winning the competition for a first time.
That’s what we had to say about the Champions League clash between Club Brugge and Atletico Madrid.
It’s time once again for the big Catalan derby of the Spanish La Liga. Espanyol hosts Barcelona in a match from the 15th round of the league. The game is going to be played on Saturday night in the Catalan capital.
Espanyol are having a decent season so far. Los Pericos are 7th in the league standings with 21 points, having a record of 6 wins, 3 draws and 5 defeats. In a certain moment of the season Espanyol even had a place in the Top 4, but their three consecutive losses in the last three games made them lose some positions.
Since their win against Athletic Bilbao, something really messed up for Espanyol. They conceded three consecutive defeats, losing against Sevilla, Girona and Getafe.
In their last game Espanyol visited Getafe, but conceded a crushing 0-3 defeat. Jorge Molina, Jaime Mata and Antunes scored for Getafe, dominating the game.
Barcelona on the other hand are leading the standings with 28 points won so far. The Catalans have a record of 8 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats. In their last game Los Cules enjoyed a 2-0 win over Villarreal at the Camp Nou, thanks to goals from Gerard Pique and Carles Alena.
Barca had some difficult moments since the beginning of the season, but now Ernesto Valverde’s team is once again leading the standings. Of course, Barcelona could lose the first place really qucik, because their lead in front of the 2nd Sevilla is just one point. As it goes right now, the title race in Spain is going to be really intense.
This was our look at the Catalan derby between Espanyol and Barcelona in La Liga. Barca are the usual favourite here, but traditionally these games are very unpredictable. Everything can happen, we can say. Be careful.