NEFTCI V ZIRA
Neftçi will play in this match following on from a 1-1 Premyer Liqasi tied result against Sumgayit.
Three or more goals per game were seen in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Neftçi have participated. Opposition teams scored 9 of them in these games whereas Neftçi bagged a total of 10.
In the game prior to this, Zira drew 1-1 in the Premyer Liqasi tie with Gabala.
In their previous half-dozen clashes, Zira have amassed a tally of 8 goals. Zira have additionally got on the scoresheet in every single one of those games. During that period, they’ve had 5 goals go into their own net. That kind of trend isn’t assured to be carried forward into this game, though.
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
SLUTSK V SMORGON
Slutsk won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 2-0 Premier League loss in their previous game against Isloch Minsk Raion.
Vitaliy Pavlov's Slutsk have found the net a sum total of 6 times in their past 6 outings. The corresponding tally of goals that have been scored against them in those same fixtures amounts to 9.
Smorgon head into the game after a 2-0 Premier League win with the defeat of Vitebsk in their most recent fixture.
Showing their fondness for productive encounters, goals have been scored 27 times in the prior 6 matches in which Smorgon have sent out their troops, yielding a mean average of 4.5 goals each clash. Opposing teams have managed 20 from this total.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
CERCLE BRUGGE V STD LIEGE
Cercle Brugge will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 2-1 First Division A loss in their previous game against Oostende.
In that game, Cercle Brugge had 46% possession and 12 shots at goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Cercle Brugge was Thibo Somers (66'). Oostende got 11 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Makhtar Gueye (75') and Alfons Amade (90') scored for Oostende.
It’s been seldom in recent games that Cercle Brugge have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Cercle Brugge have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 12 goals on the way. That kind of pattern might not be carried forward into this game, however.
In their previous fixture, Standard Liège drew 2-2 in the First Division A match with Oud-Heverlee Leuven.
In that match, Standard Liège managed 45% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. For Standard Liège, the goals were scored by Abdoul Tapsoba (39') and Denis Drăguș (50'). Oud-Heverlee Leuven had 12 shots on goal with 7 on target. Xavier Mercier (96') and Sory Kaba (99') scored for Oud-Heverlee Leuven.
The stats don’t lie, and Standard Liège have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 12 goals in all. At the back, Standard Liège just haven’t been too solid at all.
Going into this encounter, Standard Liège remain unbeaten by Cercle Brugge in games played away from home for the previous 7 league games. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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