8/8 champions league preview

  VASLUI V FENERBAHCE  1-1

Romanian side Vaslui did great to hold Fenerbahce to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but that does not necessarily makes them favourites to go through.

The Turkish champions have invested a lot of money this summer and they desperately need to reach the Champions League group stages in order to justify the heavy spending.

Vaslui have really raised their profile over the last few years and they are becoming regular in top European competitions.

The team reached Europa League group stagelast term, where they proved a worthy opponent to Lazio, Sporting Lisbon and Zurich, while finishing the league campaign just one point behind CFR Cluj.

That, nonetheless, proved enough for a place in the Champions League qualifying stages, where they have been pitted against very good Fenerbahce side.

Despite their squad undergoing major changes in the summer, Valsui played a great game in Turkey, but they had to settle for 1-1 draw after Liviu Antal’s opener was canceled by Bekir Irtegun in the dying moments of the game.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Coman – Milanov, Varela, Charalambous, Salageanu – Antal, Caue, N’Doye, Sanmartean – Stanciu – Niculae.

After they were denied a place in the Champions League group stages because of their involvement in the match-fixing scandal last term, Fenerbahce are determined to make things right this season.

Just like their next opponents, Fenerbahce missed out on the league title, but the second-place finish saw them make it to the Champions League qualifying round.

The Turkish giants have heavily reinforced the squad this summer, bringing Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Egemen Korkmaz, Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo, while Issar Dia and Emre Belezoglu were the only notable departures.

With the start of their domestic season still a couple of weeks away, Fenerbahce somewhat struggled in the first leg against Vaslui and they were fortunate to avoid defeat having scored in the closing stages of the game.

New signings Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo are unavailable, while Korkmaz, Topal and Sow should start despite carrying minor knocks.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Demirel – Gonul, Irtegun, Korkmaz, Kaldirim – Topal, Cristian – Kuy, Alex, Stoch – Sow.

  PARTIZAN VS AEL LIMASOL  0-1

Serbian champions may have been the favourites before the first leg, but that is no longer the case after they were completely outclassed andbeaten 1-0 by AEL Limasol.

Partizan Belgrade have long ago established total domination on domestic stage and their run of five successive league titles is pretty impressive, but the fans are hoping for some European success as well.

The Serbian giants have made it to Champions League and Europa League group stages on several occasions over the last decade, but haven’t had a lot of success of late.

The squad have been reinforced over the summer, with Goran Lovre, Branko Pauljevic and Stefan Scepovic all arriving, while several talented youngsters were promoted from Teleoptik, their B side.

As a result, Partizan looked really good against Valletta from Malta, but they were completely outplayed by AEL Limasol in the third qualifying round.

Coach Vladimir Vermezovic is expected to make a couple of changes to the starting line-up, with Lazar Markovic likely to come in for Goran Lovre.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Stojkovic – Aksentijevic, Ostojic, Ivanov, Volkov – S. Markovic, Babovic – Tomic, Ilic, L. Markovic – S. Scepovic.

AEL Limasol shocked everyone by beating APOEL and Omonia to the league title last season, but the Cypriot side didn’t need a lot of time they fully deserve to be playing at this level.

With no major arrivals or departures in the summer, boss Pambos Christodoulou didn’t need extra time to prepare his squad for the Champions League qualifying rounds and his side eased off to a 3-0 aggregate win over Linfield.

AEL were then pitted against very good Partizan side, but the Cypriots largely impressed in the first leg and deserved to win the game by a bigger margin.

The team that conceded just 10 goals in 32 league games last term kept their third successive clean sheet in the Champions League, meaning that Djilli Vouho’s early goal proved enough for a valuable victory.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Degra – Marco Airosa, Dossa Junior, Ouon, Carlitos – Dede, Bebe – Monteiro, Nikolaou, Gilberto – Dickson.

 Ekranas Panevezys – Anderlecht 0-5  

Ekrenas missing: Fofana, Kymantas

Anderlecht missing: Vargas, Cyriac, Kouyate, Juhasz, Suarez, Wasilewski, Reynaldo, Jovanović, Mbokani

Anderlecht 11: Proto, Odoi, Mbenza, Deschacht, Safari, Gillet, Biglia, Kanu, Praet, Iakovenko, De Sutter

  HJK – Celtic Glasgow  1-2  

HJK was resting some players in league game. They are playing on artificial turf. HJK will miss Makela, Celtic probably  without Brown and Forrest

  F91 Dudelange – Maribor  1-4  

Maribor was resting almost all key players in league game

  • Jaubert, Melisse, Tournut, Caillet, Prempeh, Payal, Legros, Steinmetz, Idazza, Da Mota, Joachim
  • Handanović; Trajkovski, Arghus, Rajčević, Potokar, Mertelj, Cvijanović, Mezga, Ibraimi, Tavares, Berić.

  Neftchi – Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona  0-4  

ARTIFICIAL TURF

Israel club had Toto cup game after that but was resting some players

  Helsingborgs IF – Slask Wroclaw 3-0  

Slask showed their weakneses in defence in first game. Helsingborg didnt played league game after that but they arrange friendly with England premier league team Sunderland, coach was rotating players (while Sunderland played with almost best squad) and they beat them. So players get extra selfconfidence. Slask had cup game with KS Polkowice, also rotate but won minimally. Hosts without Hanstveit, Slask will mis important midfielder Rok Elsner and Socha

  Panathinaikos – Motherwell  2-0  

PAo won first game in Scottland and now will have support of  crazy fans

PAO hools at football factory video

  Dinamo Zagreb – Sheriff Tiraspol  

Fact is that Dinamo not playing good. They played awfull in Razgrad (Bulgaria) and somehow saved game with goal for 1-1 in 93th minute. Than they played home draw (0-0) with poor Inter. After that come 2nd game with Bulgarian champs, they didnt palyed well, they was loosing 1-0 and 2-1 on half time but than Brazilian player from Ludogorec get red card and dinamo was attacking. They scored goal but after that bulgarians was defending good, closed all entrances to their goal. Bulgarians was shame simulating fauls, was lying on field for few minutes, sometimes even two players in same moment..than when was out one player come to throw in and than he throw bal down and than other player (who was not close) come that he would throw..than goalkeeper had goal kick and put ball on 5 meters but than he decide slowly to take ball on other side of ‘5 meter’..there was cards but  it’s seems that dinamo will relegate from Champions league while come last corner kick in 97th minute and Vida scored in 98th for 3-2 and dinamo come in nextr round. Yes it was 8 minutes extra time (referee showed 5) but as i spoke what bulgarians was doint, it should be 10+…so i am speaking abouth bad games of dinamo..that’s not everithing. they played after it vs Cibalia home, won 2-1, also wihtout some inmpresive game. Than come this first game of this round in Moldavia (they are from Transnistria, they want own republic, they are on border with Ukraine and there are Ukraine and Russians)..So Dinamo won 1-0 there, didnt played good but was controling game mostly. Sheriff disanpointed me, i thouth they are stronger, i thouth they will try to do something more but seems they have no quality…4 days ago dinamo played one more game, vs Istra in Pula and had two penaltyes but again won tight, 1*0.

Dinamo had problems with Sammir. When manny good clubs was asking abouth him before 2-3 seasons Miminho didnt want sell him for that proce, he was waiting more. After that Sammir start to party and every few months something happened (balotelli). So he was few days ago in night hours on party and club suspend him. Also other midfielder, defensive one – Pokrivac, was driving his car drunk and club suspend him too. Both played first squad in Modova (pokrivac usually reserve played but it was coach’s tactic). Third midfielder Ademi was also suspended (because he was not happy with low minutes playing) but his suspension is over (because now are other two mf banned). Striker Krstanovic is long term injured, two more midfielders are out: most talented ofensive midfielder Kovacic is injured, just like defensive mf Callelo. 

So what to said, Dinamo has quality but they are not playing good. Even in domestic league where they always scored few goals with half of strenght they are not convincigly. But, Sheriff is weaker than last season (2010 they eliminated Dinamo) and Dinamo should promote into next round. Odds are very low and i would NO BET on thiS one, no bet on dinamo while they are not playing good..

Croatia, 1. HNL

Zadar Zadar-:-Osijek Osijek dnb 1 @ 1,55 / 1 @ 2,1

1. HNL, 20:00, Zadar – Osijek

DNB 1 @ 1,55 cannot drop imo

Osijek dont have players, they dont have quality, they dont have money, they dont have bench and dont have fans (it’s administration fault, people wants to go and look european games but they put most expencive tickets of all, bigger than hajduk, dinamo, slaven belupo) and there come 500-600 people. Only which club from my city has are problems. No money so there was no transfers. It’s ambelivable how club which play europe (loose in cup finale) go much weaker in that europe than buy (bring) somebody. only player who arrived is zulim (will not play first squad). I wached 2nd game in 1st ql round against poor amatuer team Santa Coloma from Andora (1st they won 1-0) and they won but they shouwed lot weakneses. Osijek is poor team and couldnt won convincigly even amatuers (which come without tree players which must stay at work). 6 players left club, Marko Babic (mf 18/3, ex international palyer, captein), Vidakovic (mf 9/3, important player, was injured), Bubalo, Gavric (df 21/1, important player), Lukacevic (mf 24/1, important player) and Maglica (att 23/7, topscorer and one of most perspective players, left in Hajduk). 2nd striker Ljubojevic (14/5) leave club before, 3rd striker šorša (29/4) is injured and probably will not be readdy for this game..So what expect when you never buy nobody, just wait to your young players showes few good games and than you sell him chief just to have for costs (for salaries of course there is no money). And same every year, just is difference that each year are playing younger and younger players..There is talent but there will not be resaults and they cannot play good in continuity. So Osijek in big problems. But that’s whole shitty league. That article was made after games with Andorian club, yesterday they played good with Sweden side Kalmar but they showed how they are young, unexpirienced and ‘green’. First, in 63rd minute Leskovic got 2nd yellow and they must play half hour with 10 polayers (which also can be plus for this pick) and than they recived 2 goals (and loose their hope in next round) in just two minutes. Coach still hope they can make miracle and maybe chance from first minute get youngsters like Dugandzic, Aleksic, Misic..They was better side but they won themselfs alone (once again). When goalkeeper Kardum left club last season (Austria W) they dont have goalkeeper. Kalmar yesterday shoot tree times on goal and scored 3 goals. You can look it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQBP2Wx1vaA&feature=player_embedded#! So on goal will debut young Mikulic (or even younger Malenica)

Zafar played good in friendlyes (Zadar – Kupres 5:1, Zadar – GOŠK 2:1, Zadar – Široki 1:2, Zadar – Jedinstvo Bihać 5:1 ). In Zadar is situation nothing better than in Osijek but they are always good at home and they have very hard scedule first rounds so this is game where they must try to find points (after first round coming to new Rijeka, than Hajduk coming, than new trip to Koprivnica to another home team, Slaven Belupo and than Dinamo coming – very hard scedule). They are, same as Osijek without money so they couldnt bring some names, Jolić, Brnadić i Conjar are new names (Jolic and Conjar are good players for HNL). jonjic leave club and Tomasov whic i dont count (was here quickly when argue with Hjaduk). So most important for them is they have almost same team. Two important players, Antonio Mrsic (son of Osijek’s coach) and Igor Prahic left in pre season in Zilina but when they make agree something happened and they stayed in Zadar. Another good news for them (but not for this game) is that very dangerous striker, Zelimir Terkes  (21 goals for zadar in season 07/08 in 29 games) will be fit soon after long injury.Two poor teams but my pick here is home win. Zadar was always home team, always most of their points won at home and Osijek will have one of longest trips.

osijek didnt won in Zadar from 2004 year

Zadar lineup: Gluić, Bilen, Prahić, Šimurina, Conjar, Banović, Jerbić, Begonja, Vasilj, Čurjurić, Ivančić
Osijek lineup: Mikulić, Ibriks, Smoje, Vrgoč, Aleksić, Lešković, Jugović, Petrović, Kvržić, Miličević, Perošević

Cibalia Cibalia-:-Slaven Belupo Belupo

This article i wrote before Slaven Belupo European game:
Slaven is tipiucal home team, most of their points win at home. They are, IMO, weaker than before. Ante Batarelo (Istra 1961), Nikola Rak (Luckko), Mateas Delic;are new players while tree important midfielders left club, Polak (26/2), Brezovec (26/5), Mujanovic (26/4). Alsdo Jaksinic; (mf 14/1). Best player Leon Benko (16/7) left before. They have injured Gregurina (mf 23/1), Glavice (mf 23/5) i Canadija (mf 12/0). Also, Bojan Vrucina come on half season as big star, first striker but he is injured from than and almost forgoten player. Also Maras suspended.  So if we want thing abouth squad, i cannot imagine how it will be, speciall midfield. Most dangerous will be 38 yeard old Davor Vugrinec (all time league topscorer). Busic (scoredc5 goals last season) shoved some skills and was scoring infirendlyes, but..

pre season friendlyes

Polet Cestica – Slaven Belupo 1:8, Polet SMNM – Slaven Belupo 0:3, Slaven Belupo – Borac Banja Luka 2:1, Lokomotiva – Slaven Belupo 0:2, Slaven Belupo – Sloboda Tuzla 1:0,Slaven Belupo – Koper 2:0, Slaven Belupo – Kaposvar 2:1

Thzey played that game and destroyed amatuers from North Ireland 6-0 (but they are not be relevant).
And what to say abouth Cibalia. They didnt bring no one, just players come back from loan ( Leopold Novak (Split), Josip Martinović (Mladost Cernik), Tomislav Maras (Mladost Antin), Stjepan Kvesić (Marsonia 1909), Petar Mišić (Dinamo), Marko Terzić (Marsonia 1909). Tree important players left, Culjak, Radotic and prgomet. Also important striker Kresinger and main midfielder Vitaic can leave if there will be some good offer. So they are weaker than last year

Cibalia will be without injured  Jurić, Matoš and Bartolovic is doubtful (it would beproblem).

Cibalia lineup: Matkovi, Gegić, Župarić, Lučić, Rugašević, Bartolović, Vitaić, Mazalović, Pavličić, Novak, Koledić
Slaven Belupo lineup: Rodić, Purić, Grgić, Bubnjić, Pilipović, Kokalović, Batarelo, Rak, Vugrinec, Delić, Bušić

Istra 1961 Istra 1961-:-Hajduk Hajduk Split no bet

Istra was one of refresh last season (loose just two games in 2nd half of season). They are stabile club with good financies (Russian is a president). They made solid team. Players like Belle, mance, Batarelo leave club and that was good players but they bring good players too, Linic, Jugovic, Blagojevic and Cagalj are great players for this elague and they are even stronger Imo than before. They are missing: Anđelković, Pamić, Havojić, Horvat, Bačelić-Grgić, Ljubović

Line up: Prskalo, Sušić, Čagalj, Stranatić, Milić, Prgomet, Jerković, Linić, Prelčec, Roce, Križman

Hajduk played in thursday Europa league game with Skonto. I will put what i wrote before that game:

I belive it’s weakest Hajduk i ever seen. No money, no president, no players, no wages, and first time that fans are not interested. I belive more in Split and Rijeka (ifor 2nd place in league) than in Hajduk. Hajduk was banned because of doubts to Sibenik and they couldnt play friendly games (they played few weak friendlyes but couldnt play as hajduk). They bring only young perspective striker Maglica from Osijek. Other players come back from loan. Club left manny important players: Neretljak (Rijeka), Gabrić (Rijeka), Tičinović (Nordsjaelland, Dan), Lendrić (Waregem, Bel), Buljat, Lima, Vejić, Andrić, James, Režić, Sačer (Tomasov left before). Also Sharbini (anas best player) will leave and will not candidate for this game. Only good news if we can spoke abouth something good in Hajduk is that striker Vukusic stayed (for now).Istra was one of refresh last season (loose just two games in 2nd half of season). They are stabile club with good financies (Russian is a president). They made solid team. Players like Belle, mance, Batarelo leave club and that was good players but they bring good players too, Linic, Jugovic, Blagojevic and Cagalj are great players for this elague and they are even stronger Imo than before.

Hajduk won that game, played good (suprised me) but Skonto is poor team (i belived they are little stronger). Oremuš and Ljubičić out

Linje up: Blažević, Vršajević, Maloča, Jonjić, Jozinović, Andrijašević, Radošević, Ozobić, Trebotić, Caktaš, Vukušić