The experienced manager Roy Hodgson did his magic again last season and helped Crystal Palace keep their place in the Premier League. The club performed in a pretty solid way and finished on a safe distance from the relegation zone. It was a successful season for the club.
Crystal Palace did their best to improve the squad during the summer. The club paid more than 17 millon euro to Queens Park Rangers for the Nigerian attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze. He’s just 22-years old, so we could call it an investment for the future. Meanwhile the right back Nathan Ferguson was signed with a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion. If the new signings click well with the team then it could be a nice upgrade for Palace.
Southampton kept their place in the Premier League after a very strong second part of the 2019/20 season. The Saints made some strong performances under the manager Ralph Hassenhuttl, so now survival remains the main goal.
During the pre-season Southampton made two important deals on the transfer market. The club paid some good money for Tottenham’s right back Kyle Walker-Peters and Real Valladolid’s centre-back Mohammed Salisu. The team had some problems in defense last season, so it’s understandable why Ralph Hassenhuttl chose to improve his backline. Defense always comes first and the Austrian manager knows this pretty well.
We can say this is a game between two teams which would be in a fight against relegation this season. If they can do something more then it’d be very nice for them and their supporters. Crystal Palace start the season at home, but without fans it’s not really that important.
The Europa League will have a new champion after just a few days. Sevilla and Inter Milan will face each other in Koln and one of them will lift the important trophy. But which one? Let’s preview it.
Sevilla will try to cement their place as the most successful club in the history of Europa League. So far Los Rojiblancos have won the trophy five times which is impressive. Just few days ago the Spaniards eliminated Manchester United from the competition, showing everyone how good they are.
It was not an easy game against United. The Red Devils opened the score after just 9 minutes of playing, but Suso equalised for Julen Lopetegui’s team. The conclusion came at the end of the game. Jesus Navas crossed the ball in the penalty area where Luuk de Jong headed it past David De Gea. It was a memorable night for Sevilla despite the lack of fans at the stands.
Lopetegui took some interesting decisions. He left Munir and Luuk de Jong on the bench opting to the trio Ocampos – En-Nesyri-Suso in attack. On Friday the manager will have to take some difficult decisions again.
Inter Milan made a huge statement on Monday when they crushed Shakhtar Donetsk with 5-0 in the other 1/2-final. The Nerazzurri’s deadly duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez scored four of the goals while Danilo D’Ambrosio also put the ball in the net. It was one of Inter’s best games in Europe for the season.
Inter Milan’s manager Antonio Conte is aiming to win his first European trophy in his career as a head coach. The same could be said about Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui as well. We expect a terrific tactical duel between these two managers.
Sevilla are always playing with the confidence of being Europa League’s most successful team ever. Los Rojiblancos already qualified for the next edition of the Champions League, but you should not have any doubts that they will try to win Europa League again. The manager Julen Lopetegui is looking for his first trophy with the club and the players are hungry for trophies as well.
In the previous round Sevilla eliminated Romania’s CFR Cluj, but they didn’t shine in the way we expected of them. Lopetegui’s team didn’t win neither one of these two matches against the Romanians, but went through after two draws. At the same time you should not underrestimate Sevilla – they remain one of the strongest teams in Spain and one of the big favourites for the Europa League trophy.
Roma reached the 1/8-finals after eliminating the Belgian side Gent. For Roma it would be important to win Europa League. The Wolves finished 5th in the Serie A, so winning this competition would be their only chance of playing in the Champions League next season. The manager Paulo Fonseca and his players are perfectly aware with this, so we believe they will make an effort to do it.
In conclusion we can say that we expect a pretty great game between Sevilla and Roma. It’s pity that there won’t be fans at the stands because it’s a match which deserves attention from the public. The result in the first leg could be really important for the whole tie. We expect to see some goals at the Sanchez Pizjuan.
What’s happenning with Chelsea right now? The Blues are 4th in the league with 63 points, while the third Manchester United have the same amount of points. The 5th Leicester City is just one point behind and the Foxes are facing Manchester United in the final round. To be completely sure that they are going to finish in the Top 4 Chelsea need at least a point against Wolves on Sunday.
Frank Lampard’s team will try to recover after the dramatic 3-5 loss during the visit to Liverpool. It does not happen everyday to score three times at the Anfield, but Giroud, Abraham and Pulisic’ goals in Alisson’s net was not enough.
Chelsea will face Arsenal in the FA Cup final, but before this they must do their job and secure their qualification for the Champions League.
Wolverhampton Wanderers on the other hand will try to keep the 6th place in the league, being just one point ahead of the 7th Tottenham Hotspur. Nuno Santo’s boys had a terrific season, so keeping the 6th place will be a pretty major achievement for them. The problem is they need to win at the Stamford Bridge to be one hundred percent sure they got it.
Wolves are showing good form in their last three matches – two wins and one draw. But let’s see how they will do against a very motivated Chelsea team in London.
Roma and Inter Milan are ready to offer us a great derby at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. These two teams face each other in a fixture from the 34th round of the Serie A. Let’s take a good look at it.
After some awful period of negative results Roma finally started showing their true face again. The Wolves are in a run of three consecutive wins in the Serie A which is the reason why they got able to climb back to 5th place in the league. Most likely they won’t qualify for the Champions League as they are 12 points behind Lazio, but it’s still some improvement from them.
In the previous round Roma enjoyed their 17th win for the season. Paulo Fonseca’s team hosted Hellas Verona at home and celebrated a 2-1 win. Jordan Veretout opened the score from a penalty kick while Edin Dzeko doubled their lead in the end of the first half. This the Roma all of the fans want to see – a team which wins its games.
Inter Milan got back to second place in the Serie A after a win against SPAL in their previous game. The Nerazzurri were merciless at the Paolo Mazza winning the match with 4-0. It was not surprising as SPAL are currently the weakest team in the Serie A. Four different players scored for Inter. Antonio Candreva opened the score for the visitors while Biraghi, Alexis and Gagliardini scored in the second half.
Usually we see some good games between Roma and Inter Milan, so we are hopeful for a good spectacle at the Olimpico on Sunday. Both sides are in a winning form right now which makes this derby even more interesting. Inter are the team which do a better job this season, but Roma are in a run of three consecutive wins.
Manchester City will play this game just few days after their 0-1 loss during the visit to Southampton at the St. Mary’s. For the Cityzens this was a third consecutive defeat away from home, although for them it doesn’t matter much at the moment. Pep Guardiola’s side remain second in the standings with 66 points.
Guardiola put some of his best players on the pitch against the Saints, but Man City are clearly not motivated enough at the moment. They are focusing now on the Champions League and the FA Cup, so we highly doubt they are going to finish the Premier League on a high speed. These games are going to be nothing more, but preparation for them.
Newcastle United faced West Ham United on Sunday, but only won a point with a 2-2 draw at home. Almiron and Shelvey scored for Steve Bruce’s team, but the Hammers showed some desire to get at least a point from the game and they really did it.
With this point Newcastle improved their position in the league, though. The Magpies are now 12th with 43 points, just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur and the Top 10. With a little bit of a luck, Newcastle could finish in the Top 10 which would be a great performance.
In our preview for this game between Manchester City and Newcastle United we expect a calm game without much pressure between these two teams. It’s not really that important for neither of the teams, so let’s see. Maybe Man City will try to do better after their defeat on Sunday, but the truth is for them this game does not matter that much.
Despite of restarting their season with a loss against Granada away from home, Getafe remain a contender for a Top 4 finish and a return to the Champions League. At this moment they are 5th with 46 points, so their chances of a first qualification to the Champions League are pretty much alive. It depends on them how they will do.
Most probably Getafe feel some regret for this result against Granada because they scored the first goal in the game. Timor opened the score for Getafe at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, but Dakonam scored himself an own goal. The hosts secured the win with a winning goal from Carlos Fernandez in the 79th minute.
The Serbian goalkeeper Filip Manojlovic is the only absentee for Getafe because of injury. But at the same time he hasn’t played any minutes for the club this season, so that’s not something to talk about very much.
On Saturday Espanyol ressurected their chances for survival. Los Perricos recorded their 5th win for the season when they hosted Deportivo Alaves. Alaves’ goalkeeper Pacheco was sent off after just 18 minutes of play and things got easier for the Catalans. Bernardo Espinosa and Wu Lei scored the two winning goals for Abelardo’s team.
With this win Espanyol remain at the bottom of the league, but they have 23 points which moved them a bit closer to the big goal – survival.
The French defender Sebastien Corchia is not avaliable for Espanyol because of an injury. He’s missing this game for the Los Perricos.
We can say that this game between Getafe and Espanyol is equally important for both sides. The hosts are trying to qualify for the Champions League while the Catalans are fighting for their survival in the league.
After both teams losing their last games in the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg will meet at the Commerzbank-Arena, trying to do better. For Eintracht this season is not going well, while Freiburg still have a realistic chance to qualify for Europe next season. Let’s take a look.
Eintracht Frankfurt continued to lose even after the COVID-19 quarantine break. Adi Hutter’s team lost twice against Borussia M’gladbach and Bayern Munich, which makes us think that Hutter won’t be the manager anymore after the end of the season. Eintracht are clearly underperforming, being 14th in the table with 28 points. Reaching the Europa League 1/2-finals last year, right now Eintracht are in a run of five consecutive losses in the Bundesliga.
Freiburg on the other hand are still in a pretty good position to qualify for Europa League next season. At this moment Freiburg are 7th in the table with 37 points, just two points behind the 6th Wolfsburg. They have won just one of their last five matches in the league, though.
On Saturday Freiburg had a great chance to win against struggling Werder Bremen, but instead of this suffered a 0-1 defeat. Leonardo Bittencourt’s goal in the 19th minute was enough for the visitors to take the win.
Freiburg obviously need some kind of shaking up in order to improve. During the season this team proved that it’s good enough to qualify for Europa League. But most likely Freiburg won’t do it, if they don’t improve their current performance. That’s pretty much for sure.
Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg both need to win this game to improve their hurt confidence. The hosts can’t use the energy of the fans, but they need to remind themselves how good they were last season. Maybe this could help them to win against Freiburg on Tuesday.
The champion and leader in the Bundesliga Bayern Munich aim to enjoy their 19th win for the season when they host Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. This is a match from the 27th round of the league and the Bavarians are clear favourites to clinch the win.
At this moment Bayern Munich enjoy four points lead in front of the second Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga standings. They must stay consistent, though, because this is not such of a big gap. Borussia Dortmund are showing great form and they could use every slump in Bayern Munich’s form.
Last week Bayern didn’t show any sign of slowing down. The champion visited Union Berlin in the capital and didn’t face much of a trouble to record a 2-0 win. There’s no surprise that Robert Lewandowski scored again for Bayern Munich, whie Benjamin Pavard scored the second one.
The decision to leave Hansi Flick as manager after Niko Kovac’ sacking seems brilliant so far. Flick found his way to deal with Bayern’s dressing room and so far his results are almost flawless.
We can’t say the same about Eintracht Frankfurt, though. Eintracht do not enjoy their best season, being 13th in the standings with just 28 points. Because of this dissapointing performance it’s very likely to see some major changes at Eintracht for the next season.
Last week Eintracht restarted their campaign after the COVID-19 pandemic with another loss. They hosted Borussia M’gladbach and got beaten with 1-3. This was their 4th consecutive loss in the league – a proof that nothing is right in Frankfurt at the moment.
In conclusion we can say that we’d be really surprised if Bayern Munich don’t take the three points against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The champions are much better at the moment, so we don’t see how Eintracht will have a good day at the Allianz Arena.
Being hurt by too many injury problems, Tottenham Hotspur didn’t play their best Champions League game against RB Leipzig two weeks ago. The German side won the game with 1-0 after a penalty kick, scored by their star striker Timo Werner. After the game Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho likened his team to “a gun with no bullets”.
Tottenham are currently without their two best strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, which is a huge problem for the Portuguese manager. In the first leg against Leipzig he put Dele Alli and Lucas Moura upfront, but both of them are not really pure strikers. Mourinho was right – he really didn’t have much of a choice in attack.
RB Leipzig on the other hand did what they had to do – they defended well and scored a crucial away goal which guaranteed them the win. But on Tuesday they must be cautious – Tottenham are hurt, but they are still in the competition. Jose Mourinho is a tactician with a vast experience, so we won’t be surprised if he creates some unique plan to turn the tie in his team’s favour.
Except Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min who we already mentioned, Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth remain sidelined for Tottenham. In the same time RB Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann can’t use Kevin Kampl, Tyler Adams, Ibrahima Konate and Willi Orban who are all injured at the moment.
Can Tottenham Hotspur survive in the Champions League against RB Leipzig? That’s the pretty good question we must ask now. Spurs lost the first game at home, but they have 90 minutes to turn things in their favour.