ZENIT V MALMO
Zenit St Petersburg, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 2-1 Premier League success versus Krylia Sovetov.
In that match, Zenit St Petersburg managed 58% possession and 21 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. For Zenit St Petersburg, the goalscorers were Artyom Dzyuba (35') and Aleksey Sutormin (79'). For their opponents, Krylia Sovetov had 9 shots at goal with 5 on target. Anton Zinkovskiy (14') scored for Krylia Sovetov.
It’s not been often in recent games that Zenit St Petersburg have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Zenit St Petersburg have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 5 goals along the way. That kind of trend isn’t assured to be carried forward into this next game, though.
Malmö will go into the meeting following a 5-1 Allsvenskan win with the defeat of Örebro SK in their most recent game.
In that game, Malmö FF managed 61% possession and 24 attempts at goal with 11 on target. For Malmö FF, the goalscorers were Sebastian Nanasi (13'), Antonio Čolak (45'), Anders Christiansen (59'), Adi Nalić (68') and Jo Inge Berget (75'). At the other end, Örebro SK had 8 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Agon Mehmeti (22') scored for Örebro SK.
The numbers tell their own story, and Malmö have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 8 goals in total. Defensively, Malmö FF could really do with shoring things up.
Prediction: Both teams to score
ATALANTA V YOUNG BOYS
Atalanta enter this match after a 2-2 Serie A draw vs Inter Milan.
In that match, Atalanta managed 51% possession and 21 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. For Atalanta, the goals were scored by Ruslan Malinovskyi (30') and Rafael Tolói (38'). For their opponents, Inter Milan had 19 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Lautaro Martínez (5') and Edin Džeko (71') scored for Inter Milan.
In their prior six fixtures, Gian Gasperini's Atalanta have hit the back of the net a combined total of 8 times, with that being an average number of goals per match equal to 1.33.
BSC Young Boys will go into the clash after a 2-1 Super League win with the eclipse of St Gallen in their most recent outing.
In that match, BSC Young Boys managed 51% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For BSC Young Boys, the goals were scored by Jordy Siebatcheu (3') and Felix Mambimbi (47'). At the other end, St Gallen got 13 shots on goal with 4 on target. Kwadwo Duah (61') scored for St Gallen.
BSC Young Boys have been dangerous up front leading up to this encounter, having scored 22 goals in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that BSC Young Boys can also improve defensively after being scored against in 5 of those same matches. We will find out if that trend will be sustained in this game.
Prediction: Both teams to score
JUVENTUS V CHELSEA
Juventus fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 3-2 Serie A victory vs Sampdoria.
In that game, Juventus managed 50% possession and 16 shots on goal with 6 on target. For Juventus, the goals were scored by Paulo Dybala (10'), Leonardo Bonucci (43') and Manuel Locatelli (57'). Sampdoria had 5 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Maya Yoshida (44') and Antonio Candreva (83') scored for Sampdoria.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Juventus have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Juventus have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 8 goals in the process.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Manchester City in Premier League competition, Chelsea and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Chelsea managed 40% possession and 5 shots at goal with 0 on target. Manchester City had 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Gabriel Jesus (53') scored for Manchester City.
A series of effective showings by the Chelsea defence has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 3 from their past 6 fixtures combined. In that period of time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 9. However, time will tell if the trend shall be sustained in this next match or not.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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