Weekend Football Review

League football comes to a close.

Serie MW 38

Brescia 1 vs. 1 Sampdoria

Leris gave Sampdoria the lead in the 41st minute but Torregrossa equalised for Brescia in the 49th minute. Askildsen was sent off for Sampdoria at the end of the game. Brescia finish the season in 19th and will be playing Serie B football next season. Sampdoria remain 15th in what has been a poor season for the team. 

Juventus 1 vs. 3 AS Roma

Higuain gave Juventus the lead in the 5th minute but the Champions seem to have gone into relaxation mode as Roma came back. Kalinic equalised in the 23rd minute while Perotti scored in the 44th minute and 52nd minute to seal the comeback for Roma. Juventus end the season a point above Inter but as Champions of Italy while Roma finish 5th in the table having secured Europa League football for next season. 

Atalanta 0 vs. 2 Inter Milan

D’Ambrosio and Young scored in the 1st half as Inter sealed a win on the final day and finish 2nd in the table a point behind Juventus. Atalanta finish the season in 3rd on goal difference but it has been a great season for Atalanta and to scored 98 goals is something else. The two teams will be playing Champions League football next season. 

Napoli 3 vs. 1 Lazio

Pena gave Napoli the lead in the 9th minute, while Immobile equalised in the 22nd minute for Lazio. Napoli posted a 2nd half comeback in the 2nd half with Insigne restoring Napoli’s lead while Politano got a goal late on. Napoli finish 7th in the table as they won’t be playing any European football next season while Lazio finish 4th on goal difference, and will be playing Champions League football next season. 

AC Milan 3 vs. 0 Cagliari

Klavan scored an own goal in the 10th minute while Ibrahimovic and Castillejo scored in the 2nd half to seal a win on the final day for Milan. Milan finish 6th in the table in what has been a very successful post lockdown period with Europa League football secured for next season. Cagliari finish the season in 14th. 

SPAL 1 vs. 3 Fiorentina

Duncan gave Fiorentina the lead before D’Alessandro equalised for SPAL in the 39th minute. Fiorentina mustered a late comeback though with Kouame restoring the lead in the 89th minute and Pulgar sealing the win in the 94th minute. SPAL end the season in 20th and are heading to Serie B while Fiorentina finish the season 10th in the table.

Genoa 3 vs. 0 Verona

Genoa had to win their game to stay in Serie A and win they did as Sanabria scored 2 goals in the 1st half while Romero scored a 3rd goal in the 44th minute. Romero was sent off in the 61st minute while both Cassata and Verona’s Amrabat were sent off in the 91st minute. Genoa finish the season in 17th 4 points clear of the relegation zone while Verona end the season in 9th. 

Bologna 1 vs. 1 Torino

Svanberg gave Bologna the lead in the 18th minute but Torino equalised through Zaza in the 66th minute. Bologna end the season in 12th while Torino end the season 16th. 

Lecce 3 vs. 4 Parma

Lucioni scored an own goal and Caprari scored in the 24th minute to give Parma a 0-2 lead. Barak scored in the 40th minute for Lecce while Meccariello scored right before half time to make the score 2-2. Cornelius and Inglese scored to make 2-4 for Parma by the 66th minute but Lapadula got one back for Lecce 2 minutes later. Lecce had to win and hope that Genoa dropped points but neither happened. Lecce go down fighting into Serie B while Parma finish the season in 11th.

Sassuolo 0 vs. 1 Udinese

Okaka scored in the 53rd minute to give Udinese the lead and eventually the 3 points. Sassuolo finish the season in 8th while Udinese finish the season in 13th. 

Coupe De La Ligue Final

Paris Saint Germain 0 (6) vs. (5) 0 Lyon

Traore missed a penalty for Lyon in the shootout as PSG beat Lyon to win the Coupe De La Ligue after a fairly uneventful 120 minutes. 

 

 

Weekend Football Preview

Serie A bows out for the season.

Serie MW 38

Brescia vs. Sampdoria

Brescia go into this game with only pride to play for as they sit 19th and are heading to Serie B next season. Sampdoria sit 15th and 3 points can potentially take them up into 14th. Sampdoria won the reverse fixture 5-1.

Juventus vs. AS Roma

Juventus will be lifting the title and will want to start the evening festivities off with a win after losing to Cagliari during the week. Roma sit 5th and that won’t change as their only objective would be to ruin Juventus’s party. Juventus won the reverse fixture 1-2.

Atalanta vs. Inter Milan

3rd vs. 2nd as Atalanta take on Inter in their final game. A point separates the two teams and the winner will finish 2nd as while the loser could drop down to 4th if Lazio win. A big game for both teams as finishing higher could give them an easier group in the Champions League. Atalanta are also looking to score a 100 goals for the season having 98 right now. An exciting game. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw.

Napoli vs. Lazio

7th vs. 4th as Napoli entertain Lazio. Napoli can’t finish higher than 7th or lower than 7th while Lazio can go up to 2nd with a win if results elsewhere are favourable. An open game that either team can win. Lazio won the reverse fixture 1-0.

AC Milan vs. Cagliari

AC Milan secured Europa League football during the week and have been brilliant post lockdown as they look to end their season on a high. Cagliari sit 13th and can finish as high as 10th and so will want to build on their against Juventus with a win in Milan. Milan won the reverse fixture 0-2.

SPAL vs. Fiorentina

Bottom of the table SPAL will want to bid farewell to Serie A with a point or more as they take on Fiorentina who sit 10th. Fiorentina can finish 9th if results go their way and a top 10 finish means more money. Fiorentina won the reverse fixture 1-0.

Genoa vs. Verona

17th placed Genoa sit a point above the relegation zone as they take on 9th placed Verona. Verona can finish 8th if Sassuolo lose and so they have some money to play for. A win for Genoa would mean safety while a draw or a loss would be enough if depending on what happens in Lecce’s game. Verona won the reverse fixture 2-1.

Bologna vs. Torino

12th vs. 16th as Bologna takes on Torino. Bologna can finish as high as 10th while Torino can finish in 15th. Not much to play for. Torino won the reverse fixture 1-0.

Lecce vs. Parma

Lecce sit 18th and a point from safety as they take on Parma who sit 11th and can finish as high as 9th. Lecce have to win and hope Genoa lose for the them to keep their place in Serie A for next season. Massive game. Parma won the reverse fixture 2-0.

Sassuolo vs. Udinese

8th vs. 14th as neither team can finish higher than where they are. Udinese won the reverse fixture 3-0. 

Coupe De La Ligue Final

Paris Saint Germain vs. Lyon

PSG take on Olympique Lyonnais as they look to gain another trophy having won the Coupe de France last weekend. Lyon have the likes of Depay back though and will pose more of a competition than St.Etienne. PSG are also without Mbappe and Di Maria for the game. 

 

Midweek Football Review

Usual suspects.

Carabao Cup Round of 16

Burton 1 vs. 3 Leicester

Iheanacho and Tielemans scored in the 1st half to give Leicester a comfortable lead at half time. Boyce then scored in the 52nd minute to give Burton some hope but Maddison scored at the end of the game to seal a win for Leicester. 

Everton 2 vs. 0 Watford

Holgate and Richarlison scored in the final 20 minutes of the 2nd half to get Marcos Silva a win against his former side. Watford continue their form without a win while Everton get some momentum. 

Man City 3 vs. 1 Southampton

Otamendi and Aguero scored in the 1st half while Aguero added a 3rd in the 2nd half before Stephens got a consolation goal for Southampton. City continue their form in a usual win while Southampton manage to concede less than 5. 

Liverpool 5 (5) vs. (4) 5 Arsenal

An entertaining game to say the least as Liverpool won on penalties. Mustafi scored an own goal in the 6th minute to give Liverpool the lead. Torreira then equalised for Arsenal in the 19th minute following which Martinelli scored in the 26th and 36th minute to give the Gunners a 1-3 lead. Milner then scored a penalty in the 43rd minute to make it 2-3 at half time. Maitland-Niles scored in the 54th minute to give Arsenal a 2-4 lead but the Gunners could not hold on as Chamberlain and Origi scored in the following ten minutes to make it level. Willock then scored a belter of a goal in the 70th minute and it seemed like that would be the winner for Arsenal but Origi scored in the 94th minute to take the game to penalties. Liverpool finished all their penalties as they move on to the quarter finals.

Aston Villa 2 vs. 1 Wolverhampton

El Ghazi gave Villa the lead in the 28th minute but the 2nd half saw Cutrone equalise for Wolves in the 54th minute. Elmohamady then scored the winner for Villa in the 57th minute. 

La Liga MW 11

Atletico drew against Alaves 1-1, Barcelona beat Valladolid 5-1, Sevilla drew against Valencia 1-1, and Real Madrid beat Leganes 5-0. Barcelona move to the top with Granada still to play while Real Madrid, Granada, and Atletico make up the top four. 

Serie MW 10

Inter beat Brescia 1-2, Napoli drew with Atalanta 2-2, Roma beat Udinese 0-4, Juventus beat Genoa 2-1, and Milan are yet to play. Juventus, Inter, Atalanta, and Roma make up the top four while Milan could go up to 10th with a win. 

DFB Pokal 2nd Round

Bayern beat VFL Bochum 1-2, Leverkusen beat Paderborn 1-0, Leipzig beat Wolfsburg 1-6, Dortmund beat Monchengladbach 2-1, and Frankfurt beat St.Pauli 1-2. Usual wins for Germany’s top sides in the cup but Dortmund had to fight hard while Leipzig were dominant. 

Coupe De La Ligue Round of 32

Nice lost to Le Mans 3-2, Monaco beat Marseille 2-1 to make it twice in a row as they begin to gain some form in recent weeks. 

 

Midweek Football Preview

Cups and Leagues continue!

Carabao Cup Round of 16

Burton vs Leicester

Burton beat Bournemouth 2-0 to reach the Round of 16 while Leicester beat Luton 0-4. Burton sit 13th in League One having won 2 of their 6 games since, while Leicester are 3rd in the Premier League having won 3 of their 4 games. Leicester should win this on paper and on the pitch but since Luton are home they will make it a difficult game. 

Everton vs. Watford

An all Premier League fixture as Everton take on Watford. Everton beat Sheffield Wednesday in the last round while Watford beat Swansea. Everton have been inconsistent but Watford are at the bottom of the league although they have drawn their last three games. League form never matters when cup games come along and so this should be an interesting fixture. 

Man City vs. Southampton

City 2nd in the league go up against Southampton who are 18th. City beat Preston in the last round while Southampton beat Portsmouth and both teams face off in the league once again next weekend. Southampton lost to Leicester by 9 goals and so City will be licking their lips at the prospect of causing more damage even though City have not been at their best themselves.

Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Another all Premier League clash as league leaders Liverpool face off against Arsenal who sit 5th. Liverpool beat MK Dons in the last round while Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest. Liverpool have not been their best but unlike previous seasons they are grinding wins out and Arsenal are suffering some turmoil within the club. Arsenal did not have a great weekend and if Liverpool are solid they can easily pile even more misery on the London club.

Aston Villa vs. Wolverhampton

Premier League clash once again Villa who are 15th take on 12th placed Wolves in this round. Villa have been decent since being promoted but have been too inconsistent while Wolves have improved over the last few weeks after a poor start. Villa beat Brighton in the last round while Wolves won on penalties against Reading. This should be a close and interesting game.

La Liga MW 11

Atletico travel to Alaves, Barcelona take on Valladolid, Sevilla travel to Valencia, and Real Madrid welcome Leganes. Barcelona and Real Madrid play catch up to the rest as they return to games after a week off. Granada travel to Getafe looking to keep their lead at the top of the table. 

Serie MW 10

Inter travel to Brescia, Napoli take on Atalanta, Roma travel to Udinese, Juventus take on Genoa, and Milan welcome SPAL. Several draws at the top during the weekend shortened the gap at the top as Juventus and Inter look to return to winning ways. 

DFB Pokal 2nd Round

Bayern travel to VFL Bochum, Leverkusen take on Paderborn, Wolfsburg take on Leipzig, Dortmund welcome Monchengladbach, and Frankfurt travel to St.Pauli. Some tough fixtures in this round of the German League Cup but Bayern should have an easy win.

Coupe De La Ligue Round of 32

Nice travel to Le Mans, Monaco take on Marseille as these teams look to win a domestic trophy rather than the league.