Manchester United – Chelsea

Manchester United – Chelsea

Manchester United hosts Chelsea at the Old Trafford in a match from the 6th round of the Premier League. Here is our thoughts about this derby fixture at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday.

Manchester United approach the 6th round from 15th place in the standings, so certainly they have a lot to work on at the moment. The Red Devils have just 6 points won from four matches played and there’s a huge room for improvement at the moment.

During the week Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team achieved an amazing win to boost its confidence. Manchester United faced PSG in the Champions League and went home with a terrific 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes. Bruno Fernandes from a penalty kick and Marcus Rashford scored for the English side.

Everybody is talking about Axel Tuanzebe’s performance against PSG. The 22-years old defender played 90 minutes against PSG and made an amazing impression with his capabilities. Most surely he’s going to start the next game as well.

Chelsea also had a Champions League game during the week, but they didn’t win it. The Blues hosted Europa League winners Sevilla at the Stamford Bridge, but they game ended with no goals – 0-0. Chelsea had some chances to score a winner, but the Spanish side defended well.

Frank Lampard could be making some changes for Chelsea’s next game. Players like Hakim Ziyech, Mateo Kovacic, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi all started from the bench against the Spaniards, but they could be in the line-up for the next game.

Manchester United and Chelsea are usually giving us some great matches, so we don’t have any doubts we are going to see one at the Old Trafford. The Red Devils’ performance in the Champions League was better, but Chelsea didn’t lose their game as well. It’s going to be a great one.

Crotone – Juventus

The reigning champion of Serie A Juventus will have only winning in mind when they visit the newcomers Crotone in a match from the 4th round of the competition. This is a great moment to preview this fixture. Let’s get to work.

With 7 points won from three rounds, Juventus are currently 4th in the Serie A standings. The Bianconeri are just two points behind the leaders Atalanta and AC Milan, so they could easily reduce this gap in the remaining of the campaign. It’s not a secret that Juve remain the main favourites for winning the Serie A again. But this season could be a little bit more difficult for them.

Coronavirus is Andrea Pirlo’s biggest enemy right now. Because of COVID-19 two of his players are going to miss the next game and one of them is Cristiano Ronaldo. The other one is the young American midfielder Weston McKennie. These two players can’t be used against Crotone.

With Ronaldo’s absence most likely Pirlo is going to use the new signing Federico Chiesa in attack. The Italian international is ready to impress after his arrival from Fiorentina.

Crotone are in a difficult situation from the start of the season. The newcomers are at bottom of the Serie A standings with 0 points won so far. It seems that Crotone are going to be one of the major contenders for relegations in the 2020/21 season. We didn’t expect anything different, though. We are not surprised.

That’s our preview for the Serie A fixture between Crotone and Juventus on Saturday. Even without Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus remain a much bigger force than Crotone. We’d be surprised if the Bianconeri have any problems to take the three points here. Cristiano Ronaldo and McKennie will be missed, but Andrea Pirlo has enough players to replace them with.

Tottenham Hotspur – Maccabi Haifa

Tottenham Hotspur – Maccabi Haifa

Tottenham Hotspur hosts Maccabi Haifa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a game from the playoffs of Europa League. For both teams a win here would mean qualification for the competition’s group stage. Let’s preview it.

Tottenham started the 2020/21 season with a defeat against Everton in the Premier League, but since then they are unbeaten in four consecutive games in all competitions. In two of them they achieved wins in Europa League.

In the third qualifying round of the competition Tottenham traveled to North Macedonia to face Shkendija. Erik Lamela opened the score for Spurs, but Valjmir Nafiu equalised for the Macedonians. Tottenham needed two goals from Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane in order to eliminate their opponent.

On Tuesday, just two days before, Spurs will face Chelsea in a match from the Carabao Cup. It’d be interesting to see how the manager Jose Mourinho will deal with playing two matches in the matter of two days. Most certainly he will be making some rotations of the line-up.

Maccabi Haifa had a very difficult task in the third round, but they still found a way to progress in the competition. The Israeli team traveled to Russia to face Rostov and achieved a 2-1 win away from home. Rostov opened the score after just 9 minutes of playing, but Maccabi turned the game around with goals from Rukavytsya and Abu Fani. This is how they reached the playoffs of the competition.

In the Israeli Ligat Ha’al Maccabi Haifa have played two games so far and they are leading the standings with 6 points.

We expect to see Tottenham Hotspur serious about reaching the group stage of Europa League. This competition is not a priority for the English club, but it’d be good to qualify for the next stage. They must be careful with Maccabi Haifa, though – the Israeli team proved its class during their visit to Russia.

Werder Bremen – Hertha BSC

Werder Bremen – Hertha BSC

Werder Bremen hosts Hertha BSC at the Weserstadion in a match from the first week of the Bundesliga. One of the best competitions in the world is starting again, so we can’t wait to see these teams in action.

Few days ago Werder Bremen played their first official game for the season and it was a positive experience. They visited Carl Zeiss Jena in a game from the first round of the DFB Pokal and enjoyed a pretty easy 2-0 win. Werder scored both of their goals after the halftime break. Joshua Sargent opened the score, while Tahith Chong made it 0-2.

Tahith Chong is probably the most interesting signing for Werder this summer. He’s a pure Dutch talent who was loaned to Werder by Manchester United. Let’s see if he can make a breakthrough season with his new team.

Florian Kohfeldt is starting his fourth season as a Werder Bremen manager. So far he’s doing his job and he’s keeping the team safe from relegation. That’s Werder’s main goal at the moment.

Hertha BSC didn’t start the 2020/21 season in the best way possible. The Old Lady said goodbye to the DFB Pokal after a dramatic 4-5 defeat from the hands of Eintracht Braunschweig. It was dissapointing for the fans to see such a result, especially against a non-Bundesliga opponent.

It’s still strange that Hertha scored four goals in this game and they still got eliminated. Dodi Lukebakio scored a brace for the Old Lady, while Pekarik and Matheus Cunha scored as well. But how we said it – it was simply not enough for the visitors.

We have a feeling that Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC will offer us a good game on Saturday. The away team didn’t start the new season in the best way possible, but maybe now they will have a chance to do better. Let’s see.

Crystal Palace – Southampton

Crystal Palace – Southampton

Crystal Palace hosts Southampton at the Selhurst Park in London in a game from the first round of the Premier League. Let’s preview this match in the coming few paragraphs.

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.

Sevilla – Inter Milan

Sevilla – Inter Milan

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.

Be sure to watch the Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan on Friday. Two great teams are facing each other, so we expect some fireworks there.

Sevilla – Roma

Sevilla – Roma

Sevilla versus Roma is the big derby of the Europa League 1/8-finals. On Thursday these two teams will face each other in the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Which one is going to get an advantage before the second leg? We shall watch and see.

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.

Chelsea – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Chelsea – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Chelsea will look to keep their place in the Top 4 when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers in a game from the final 38th round of the Premier League. The situation regarding the Top 4 race is really interesting right now, so let’s take a look.

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.

We believe that Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers will offer us one of the best games from the final 38th round of the Premier League. Both teams have their reasons to seek the three points. Let’s see.

Roma – Inter Milan

Roma – Inter Milan

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 welcomes Newcastle United

Manchester City welcomes Newcastle United

Manchester City welcomes Newcastle United at the Etihad in a fixture from the 34th week of the Premier League. Allow us to take some preview of this match on Wednesday.

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.