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.
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.
Lokomotiv Moscow hosts Galatasaray in a match from Group D of the UEFA Champions League. Let’s see what we can tell you about these two teams before their clash at the Russian capital on Wednesday night.
Lokomotiv Moscow are the clear underdog in this group with 0 points won so far and a record of four defeats. Lokomotiv started their participation in the group with high hopes, but their performance so far is pretty awful. They have scored just 2 goals so far and conceded 11.
But they still have a chance to finish 3rd in the group and at least qualify for Europa League. Lokomotiv are 4 points behind Galatasaray at the moment, so a win against the Turkish side will ressurect their chances of finishing 3rd. If this happen, everything will be decided in the last round of the group stage.
These two sides already met once in Istanbul, where Galatasaray enjoyed a stellar 3-0 win.
In their previous game Lokomotiv Moscow suffered a heavy 1-4 loss against Porto at the Estadio Do Dragao. The Peruvian veteran Jefferson Farfan scored for Lokomotiv in Iker Casillas’ net, but Porto were just much better than them on this day.
Galatasaray are 3rd in the group with 4 points won so far. The Turkish champion needs to win this match at any cost, if they want to keep their chances of progression in the competition. Right now Galatasaray are 4 points behind the 2nd Schalke 04.
In their last game the Turkish side suffered a 0-2 defeat during the visit to Schalke at the Veltins-Arena. Since their win against Lokomotiv Moscow in the first round, Galatasaray are unable to win again.
These are our thoughts about the Champions League clash between Lokomotiv Moscow and Galatasaray. Who do you got?