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.
Club Brugge entered Europa League after a participation in the group stage of the Champions League. The Belgian team beat Galatasaray for the third place in Group A, which allowed them to reach the second best competition on the continent. They did it despite of the fact that they won just three points in the group – all of them from draws.
For Club Brugge this is a fine season so far. They progressed to Europa League and they are currently leaders in the Belgian First Division A, losing just one game in 26 played so far. Brugge are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competition. Few days ago they secured their 18th win in the First Division A, beating Waasland-Beveren with 2-1 at home.
Manchester United had a fairly calm campaign in the Europa League’s group stage. The Red Devils comfortably won their group with four wins, one draw and one loss, qualifying for the 1/16-finals. United will try to win the competition again after their triumph under Jose Mourinho in 2017. This could be their ticket towards a return to the Champions League and they know it very well.
The manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is usually mixing the team when it comes to Europa League, but let’s see how he will do during the knockout phase. He must be happy with his players right now after the 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.
Manchester United approach this game against Club Brugge in a role of a favourite, but the Belgians could give them some trouble. Even a draw would be a good result here for United before the second leg at the Old Trafford.
Everyone is aware right now that for Liverpool winning the Premier League title is just a matter of time. The Reds are enjoying one of the best seasons in the history of the league, having won 22 of their 23 matches and still being unbeaten. They are 16 points ahead of the champion Manchester City and they even have a game in hand. That’s spectacular.
Last week Liverpool had a tough visit to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers, but everything went smoothly for the leaders. Liverpool conceded a goal against the Wolves, but also scored two. Jordan Henderson opened the score for Liverpool, while Roberto Firmino scored the winner just six minutes before the end.
Southampton are going to be more fresh for this game, because on Wednesday Liverpool will face West Ham in a postponed game from the Premier League. But will this actually help the Saints?
Southampton are a team which is doing very well since the Christmas holidays. Because of the good results which the Saints recorded, Southampton are now 9th in the league with 31 points. Not too while ago they were actually in the relegation zone and conceded 9 goals against Leicester City in one game. They were pretty bad, yes.
In the previous round Southampton enjoyed their 9th win for the season. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s boys visited Crystal Palace in the capital and scored a 2-0 win. Nathan Redmond opened the score for the visitors, while Stuart Armstrong doubled their lead. It was a pretty solid performance by the Saints.
Liverpool are looking so invincible right now that we can’t possibly say something else, but state the obvious – they are huge favourites against Southampton on Saturday. For them this is another step towards the title.
With just one win in their last five matches in the Premier League, Arsenal are probably aware that with this kind of performance they could hardly achieve anything this season. Right now the Gunners are 11 points behind Chelsea and the Top 4, so it’s now or never for them – they won’t qualify for the Champions League if they don’t start winning on a regular basis.
Mikel Arteta achieved his first win as a manager against Manchester United, but in the next round his team lost two points during the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal at the Selhurst Park was not enough for Arsenal to secure the win.
The bad news for Arteta is that Aubameyang got sent off in this game, so he won’t be avaliable against Sheffield United on Saturday. Meanwhile Hector Bellerin and Callum Chambers remain sidelined as well.
For Arsenal it won’t be easy on Saturday because Sheffield United are performing very well since their promotion from the Championship. Surprisingly for most of the people, the Blades are currently 6th in the league with 32 points, outperforming their next opponent. Only time will tell if Sheffield United will be one season wonder or not. But right now they are showing a lot of quality.
In the previous round United achieved another important win. Chris Wilder’s team hosted West Ham United and won the game with 1-0 at the Bramall Lane. Oliver McBurnie scored the only goal in the game in the beginning of the second half.
In most of the time we would say that Arsenal are clear favourite against Sheffield United, but right now we are not sure how true would be this. The visitors are better positioned in the league at the moment and there are reasons for this.
Despite of having a game in hand, Lazio are currently third in the league with 39 points, just 6 points behind the leaders Inter Milan and Juventus. This means that although some pundits don’t actually agree, we can call the Eagles a title contender at the moment. Because if they win their postponed game, they could be just three points behind the first place.
And just look at Lazio’s current form, because it’s impressive – five wins in their last five games in the Serie A. Few days ago Simone Inzaghi’s team visited Brescia at the Stadio Rigamonti and won a difficult, but important 2-1 win. Ciro Immobile was the hero of the day, scoring both goals for Lazio. Immobile is also leading the Serie A goalscoring chart with 19 goals scored so far.
Last summer Simone Inzaghi could have been sacked after a dissapointing season, but the board chose to keep him, which happened to be a great decision.
Napoli are living a new life now after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti and the appointment of Gennaro Gattuso. The problem is that with Gattuso Napoli lost two of their last three games in the league.
Few days ago the Azzurri hosted Inter MIlan at the San Paolo, but got beaten with 1-3. The Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik scored the hosts’ only goal in the match, but Napoli got outperformed on this day. Gattuso once again left the summer signing Hirving Lozano on the bench, which is looking like a strange decision to pundits and fans. Right now he prefers to use Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon on the wings.
Against a shaky Napoli, Lazio look like a favourite to win the three points. Inzaghi’s team is in a terrific form, while we can’t say the same about their next opponent.
Freiburg are havina very positive season so far. They are currently 6th in the Bundesliga standings with 25 points and with a record of 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. In their last three games they suffered two defeats, which hurt them in terms of position in the table, but they are still in the Top 6 and this is absolutely great for them.
Few days ago Freiburg suffered their 4th loss for the season. Christian Streich’s boys visited the capital to face Hertha BSC and got beaten with 0-1. The Czech midfielder Vladimir Darida scored the only goal in the game in the beginning of the second half. Christian Streich picked Vincenzo Grifo and Kwon Chang-Hoon from the bench, but this didn’t hurt the hosts.
Bayern Munich reacted well after suffering two consecutive losses in the league. On Saturday the Bavarians hosted Werder Bremen and entertained their fans with a crushing 6-1 win. Philippe Coutinho was the man of the match, scoring a hattrick and giving two assists. This is a perfect performance by the Brazilian midfielder. Robert Lewandowski twice and Thomas Muller also scored for FC Hollywood.
Bayern Munich has some catching up to do. Right now the champions are 5th in the Bundesliga with 27 points, being 6 points behind the leader RB Leipzig. Against Freiburg they will aim to record their 9th win for the season, but it won’t be easy – Freiburg are pretty decent since the start of the campaign.
Because of Freiburg being pretty good this season, this game between them and Bayern Munich on Wednesday promises to be really entertaining. The champions scored six goals in their last game, but are very solid at home right now.
Atletico Madrid are in a serious need of improving their performance in the league. In their last five matches in La Liga Los Colchoneros won just once – against Espanyol. Since this win, Atletico have won just two points in their last three matches. This is the main reason why Diego Simeone’s team is currently 7th in the league with 26 points, but just one point behind Real Sociedad and the Top 4.
During the week Atletico secured their place in the Champions League eliminations. Simeone’s boys didn’t make a mistake against Lokomotiv Moscow at the Wanda and won with 2-0. Joao Felix opened the score from a penalty kick while Felipe added one more goal after the halftime break.
Diego Costa remains sidelined for Atletico Madrid, while Stefan Savic and Sime Vrsaljko are also injured and still recovering. These players are not avaliable for selection by the manager.
Osasuna are newcomers in La Liga, but so far they are doing a good job since their return to the league. At this moment the Pamploners are 10th in the standings with 23 points, being 10 points away of the relegation zone. This is exactly the type of performance Osasuna wished to have before the start of the campaign.
In the previous round Osasuna scored their 8th draw in the league. Alongside Atletico Madrid, they are the team with the most draws in La Liga this season. Arrasate’s team hosted Sevilla and fought for a point with a 1-1 draw. Munir opened for the visitors, but Ezequiel Avila equalised for the hosts.
In this game Osasuna’s defender Oier was sent off, so he will be suspended for the match against Atletico on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid need to return to winning as soon as possible, but they will have a tough opponent on Saturday. They need to be focuces because Osasuna are a hard team to beat.
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?