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..

august

 

UEFA – Champions League 

20:45 Fenerbahce – Vaslui

Fener lineup: Volkan, Gokhan Gonul, Korkmaz, Bekir, Hasan Ali, Cristian Baroni, Topal, Topuz, Alex, Stoch, Kuyt

Vaslui lineup: Coman, Milanov, Varela, Elias, Sălăgean, Antal, N.Stanciu, N’Doye, L.Sânmărtean, M.Niculae, Sburlea

20:45 Slask Wroclaw – Helsingborg

Slask lineup: Kelemen, Socha, Kowalczyk, Jodlowiec, Mraz, Cetnarski, Kazmierczak, Sobota, Mila, Patejuk, Gikiewicz

Helsinborg lineup: Hansson, Wahlstedt, Atta, Sadiku, Uronen, Lindstrom, Gashi, Mahlangu, Andersson, Sorum, Finbogasson

20:00 Kopenhagen FC – Club Brugge

19:00 Molde – Basel

Molde lineup: Pettersen, Linnes, Hovland, Vatshaug, Rindaroy, Mostrom, Eikrem, Berg Hestad, Stamnestro, Angan, Chima

Basel lineup: Sommer, Steinhofer, Sauro, Dragovic, Park, D. Degen, Cabral, Yapi Yapo, Zoua, Streller, A.Frei

19:00 Sheriff – Dinamo Zagreb

Sheriff linup: Stojanov – Joao Pereira, Samardžić, Bagarić, Metoua – Georgijev, Marjanović – Balima, Stojanović, Ivanov – Pešić

Dinamo lineup: Kelava – Šimunić, Tonel, Vida, Pivarić – Leko, Pokrivač – Rukavina, Sammir, Badelj – Beqiraj

18:00 BATE Borisov – Debrecen

BATE lineup: Gorbunov, Volodko, Radkov, Šimić, Bordačev, Lihtarovič, Olehnovič, Hleb, Pavlov, Vasiljuk, Kontsevoj

Debreceni lineup: Novaković, Nagy, Meszaros, Šimac, Korhut – Bodi, Szakaly, Varga, Yannick, Kulcsar, Coulibaly

Injuries & suspensions

Fenerbahce v Vaslui

Fenerbahce –
Vaslui miss: Temwanjera

Slask Wroclaw v Helsingborg

Slask –
Helsinborg miss Hanstveit, doubt is Gashi.

Celtic v Helsinki HJK

Celtic miss: Stokes, doubt is Commons.
Helsinki have full squad.

Cluj CFR v Slovan Liberec

Cluj miss: Celestino, Ganea, doubt is Felgueiras.
Slovan miss: Rabušic, Delarge, Nezmar

Kopenhagen FC v Club Brugge

Kopenhagen miss: Diouf, doubt is Ottesen.
Club Brugge miss: Stenman, De Jonghe, Jorgensen, Blondel, Tričkovski, Vleminckx

Anderlecht v Ekranas

Andrlecht miss: Vargas, Cyriac, Kouyate, Praet, Juhasz
Ekranas –

Molde v Basel

Molde miss: Gatt, Hoseth, Berge, all are doubtful.
Basel miss: F.Frei

Sheriff v Dinamo Zagreb

Sheriff miss: Rouamba, Dedov
Dinamo miss: Tomečak, Ademi, Kovačić, Puljić

BATE Borisov v Debrecen

BATE miss: Bressan, Filipenko, Baha, Gutov, Šerbakov
Debrecin miss: Bouadla