Lens vs Reims
Lens are high flying at the 2nd spot but can't actually say they are safe as their 11th placed rivals are just 4 points adrift of them showing the tight competition at the top half of the table. In their impressive run of form, Lens have lost just a single match in the last 14 games which came in the hands of Strasbourg where succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat but in spite of all they beat all odds to triumph over Marseille getting a stunning 3-2 victory.
These two will be meeting for the round of 9 in the France's top flight league, Ligue 1 in what will be a heated exchange given the visiting Reims side barely concede defeats especially when they are to their level best.
Bilbao vs Alaves
At the smacking middle of the Laliga table ahead of this round of 8, Athletic Bilbao play host to a 19th placed relegation battling Alaves side. Athletic Bilbao can easily beat Alaves fair and square if at all they take advantage of the Alaves struggling form by stepping up their game.
An emphatic and unprecedented 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid was quite commendable and their biggest motivation after they had lost all their opening fixtures. It a win that not only halted their 5 match losing streak but also ensured 3 crucial points come in handy. Today offers a golden opportunity for them to once again fancy chances of breathing life to their poor start.
Cagliari vs Venezia
The Italian Serie A features two bottom placed sides who look reluctant this season. Surely, both must rise to the occasion with the all idea of breaking out of the venomous relegation zone.
Cagliari, who have convincingly won 3 against 1 of the last 5 head to head encounters, are favourites to get job done here as they eye to jump over their opponents being ahead of them with only two points. Winning has been a rare thing to them with the last 10 matches seeing Cagliari with only two as their opponents have only one and therefore a win for either of them will be warmly welcomed especially by fans.
Koln vs Greuther Furth
It's clearly a one sided affair in the Germany's Bundesliga as Greuther Furth who are languishing at the the 19th spot travel to face off a relatively better and stronger Koln home side. The visitors have picked only a single point in six matches as opposed to a superior 9 points managed by their rivals comparatively.
Greuther Furth have failed to win a single match in the last 10 matches who are currently in a disappointing 4 match losing streak they will look to overturn. They ought to fix their defensive woes having conceded 10 goals cumulatively in the last 4 which they lost all. Their straining form is something that will make Koln ride on them easily.
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