Greece, OFI-Xanthi x2, dnb2
OFI is in a really tough situation and due to huge economical problems almost all the players from last season had to leave the club. The coach is the same but the team is full of youngsters with only few experienced players like Veron, Koutsianikoulis or Papazoglou. On the contrary, Xanthi’s important misses from last season’s squad are only two. Edimar and Vlachodimos, who was transferred to Olympiakos. The guests have kept almost the same team, they aim to the top-8 of the table and, at least for the time being, they look much more prepared than OFI to claim points. In terms of quality Xanthi has the upper hand here but OFI has the advantage of the ground, which can be really hot and helpful for them. I can’t see them taking the home win but the draw should be a normal and expected result in case Xanthi won’t be able to capitalize on the quality and experience gap between the two sides. Last but not least, Xanthi has managed to get away 5 times with the win from OFI’s home after 2000 (4 wins for OFI and 2 draws). A record which worths to be mentioned. By Ellinas
Liverpool – Manchester City
Bolivia, Blooming – Oriente Petrolero
same city (Santa Cruz), same stadium, no important missigns on both sided, even oriente better team and value on their side
Hinduras, Real Sociedad – Motagua
Abner Mendez enters the nursing Motagua
The Blues are full of absences to face Real Sociedad.
Not only Mendez ….
Discua suspendo. The Cyclone has doubts fabric islander Georgie Welcome. The striker is suffering from a sprained ankle and underwent some tests to determine if he can play. “Welcome We saw quite well, had an ankle problem, but it worked great. Perhaps he was seen limping through the training load that was, but hopefully not serious. “
The Blues have Amado Guevara recovering from a torn, Alfredo Mejia with two months of disability, and Brayan García Padilla Ezra recovering from fractures, Ronald Martinez with some muscle problems and a few weeks ago Donaldo Morales was with some contractures.
“We never have contemplated the injuries, but we know that many together that we came and we must fight against it. For now we worry about those who are available to play, but do not neglect the injured, “said Gamboa.
Motagua could not repeat a starting 11 so far this tournament because there is always injured or expulsions. For the commitment on Sunday against Real Sociedad could also come some variants.
“It’s very difficult to find the starting 11 and have continuity by low but this is only 11 players. Against Real Sociedad are the must-win because we have the points we want, “concluded the AT.
Trabzonspor vs Elazigspor
Elazigspor new club but they suprised Fenerbahce in first round. Trabzon has this game between two european games. Also they will play on empty stadium. True, not 100 % empty, children and women can come..
Stoke City – Arsenal
Standard de Liege-KV Mechelen
Ogunjimi (BEN): Attacker who lost his spot to Ezekiel, is not fit to play.
Bolat (BEN): Goalkeeper who is injured.
Kanu (BEN): Defender who did not play yet this season.
Opare (BEN): Defender who did not play yet this season
Pedersen (BEN): Attacker/attacking midfielder who did not play yet this season.
Van Damme (BEN): Midfielder who did not play yet this season.
KV Mechelen (4-3-3)
Chen———————Biset———–De Witte————–Van Loo—–
Kaa Gent-Sporting Lokeren
Thijs (IMP): Very important player for Kaa Gent on the midfield. Is becoming more and more fit to play, but is still very doubtful to start the upcoming game.
Mareval (REG): Left back defender who is doubtful. Would be a big miss.
Mboyo (BEN): Attacker who did not play yet this season.
Boere (BEN): Attacker who did not play yet this season.
El Mouataz (BEN): Right back defender who did not play yet this season.
Kaa Gent (4-3-3)
————————–N’diaye————-Van der Brugge—————
KRC Genk-Zulte Waregem
Simaeys (REG): Considered to be the best defender of the squad, is long term injured. His ‘replacement’ (actually just right back Anele who moves to the center) acted really shaky last week against Cercle Brugge.
Barda (BEN): Is doubtful to be fit. Was just starting to claim a regular spot in the team.
Joneleit (BEN): defender who’s long term injured.
Sandomierski (BEN): goalkeeper who’s injured.
Leye (REG): Attacker who has quite a big share in the current success of the team, is most like not fit to play.
Serwy (BEN): Wing attacker who did not play yet this season.
KRC Genk (4-1-3-2)
Zulte Waregem (4-5-1/4-2-3-1)
RAEC Mons-Club Brugge
Sapina (REG): Defender who is supended. His replacement Van Gijseghem should be more than descent.
Franquart (REG): Defender who is injured.
Zimling (IMP): Midfielder who injured himself during the EL game last Thursday. Important element of the team, but his replacement Jorgensen should be more than capable to add something to the team.
Stenman (BEN): Defender who’ll come back in the team once he’s fit to play. Is recovered from a heavy injury, but the chance that he’ll start is rather little.
Buysse (BEN): Leftback defender who’s doubtful.
RAEC Mons (4-1-4-1)
Club Brugge (4-3-3)
Hannover – Schalke 04
PSG – Bordeaux
Boss Carlo Ancelotti has received some bad news as Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up an ankle injury that is likely to see him miss the Bordeaux game, which could be a problem now that Ezequiel Lavezzi is suspended.
Thiago Motta, Momo Sissoko and Nicolas Douchez remain sidelined, but Thiago Silva returns to the side after he was rested last weekend.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Sirigu – Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell – Verratti, Matuidi – Pastore, Nene, Menez – Gameiro.
Francis Gillot has announced that he will make some changes to the starting line-up, with Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Nicolas Maurice-Belay unlikely to start.
Landry N’Guemo, Jaroslav Plasil and Carlos Henrique are likely to be left on the bench as they are not fully fit, while David Bellion, Matthieu Chalme, Kevin Olimpa and Abdou Traore remain sidelined.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Carrasso – Mariano, Ciani, Planus, Tremoulinas – Sane, Sertic – Gouffran, Obraniak, Jussie – Diabate.
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