For many leagues around Europe, this week spells the end of the regular domestic season and there is still plenty to play for.
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Alianza Petrolera v Rionegro Aguilas
Rionegro have been the story of the season. Under rookie coach Lucas Gonzalez, they’ve played the best football in the division so far and hold the famous “invisible point” after topping the first stage of the Colombian tournament. This means that if they finish level on points with any other side in the group, they can magically whip out their bonus card and jump into the league final. Aguilas have never been so close to winning a league title before. And what an achievement it would be for coach González who only became a football manager in January when taking over at the Antioquia side after spells living in Australia and Spain. Already, he’s being talked about as a future Colombia manager.
His attractive style of play has won over the neutrals and his attacking style of play means overs should definitely be on the cards here. González employs a high-risk game plan. If not quite Kevin Keegan’s mid-90s Newcastle side, González does gamble heavily on trying to push six players forward with every attack in a similar “we’ll outscore you” strategy.” That often leaves them with just one midfielder, the very impressive Kevin Castaño, to do battle with the opposition transition. Of their last five games, Rionegro would have cashed in at over 2.5 goals in four of them. It doesn’t matter who the opposition is, they will always seek to take control. With opponents Alianza Petrolera also recording at least three goals in all of their last six games, it’s best to turn to overs, specifically over 1.5 at odds of just under 1.40 for a fairly confident return
OIS v GIF Sundsvall
Last season, the hosts narrowly avoided relegation to the third and regional tier of Swedish football, whilst GIF Sundsvall were playing in the Allsvenskan.
Orgryte IS begin this weekend’s round of fixtures sitting in the bottom four and the relegation/promotion playoff places. The home team are one of two sides, alongside rock-bottom Skovde, who remain winless in their opening seven matches.
Their most recent outing was a goalless draw away to Orebro and that was, remarkably, their fifth draw in their opening seven matches. They have struggled in attack throughout the season with just seven goals scored in their seven games; only four teams have scored fewer goals than OIS.
Douglas Jakobsen was appointed at the start of this year ahead of his first season in charge of GIF Sundvsall. The visitors were automatically relegated from the top-flight last season. The side that they were relegated with, Helsingborg, they shared a 1-1 draw with last week.
The visitors had started the season very impressively and are expected to challenge for the top two and the automatic promotion spots. GIF Sundsvall have won three and drawn one of their opening four matches, though, as they sit just about inside the top-half ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures. They have managed just one win and collected just four points in their last five matches.
These are two sides struggling for any cohesion and rhythm at the moment, despite the visitors’ strong start to the campaign. Given that, OIS’ scoring issues and the fact that 60% of GIF Sundsvall’s goals this season have come in one game against Trelleborg, a low-scoring encounter is expected for this one.
Real Sociedad v Almería
This could be the matchday when Real Sociedad confirm their return to the Champions League for the first time since 2013/14. Currently holding a five-point lead over Villarreal, the Basque side will be fully motivated for this one, just like they were when they went away and won 2-1 at Barcelona on Saturday night.
Coach Imanol Alguacil was even able to spread the minutes out among his squad during that trip to the Camp Nou, so his La Real side should be fresh and ready to go again on Tuesday evening when they welcome Almería to town.
La Real already defeated this Almería side 2-0 in January, when David Silva and Alexander Sorloth netted on the south coast. That was an impressive win because Almería are the seventh-best home team in the division. On the other hand, the Andalusians are terrible on the road, with just seven points from their 17 away games so far. No team has collected fewer points away from home than they have this LaLiga season.
With Almería’s injury list growing, and potentially including their hat-trick hero from their last game, Lazaro Vinicius, this should be another very difficult away day for Rubi’s side.
Monagas v Colo Colo
Monagas may have been able to hold Boca Juniors to a 0-0 draw in their curtain raiser, but two defeats have followed, also against Colo Colo. Despite an improved performance away to Pereira, the Venezuelan club look destined to finish bottom of Group F after scoring just one goal in their three matches.
Colo Colo must win in Caracas in order to keep up with both Boca and Pereira – anything other than three points against Monagas will put even more pressure on their upcoming matches against those teams mentioned.
The Chilean outfit had to rely on a penalty in order to beat Monagas on home soil, but a dominant display with over 25 shots and an xG of 2.87 proved that they were in fact, worthy winners.
Despite that victory, Colo Colo have struggled to score with just two in three matches, with only one in open play. Monagas perform better at home and under 2.5 goals looks the perfect play in this encounter.
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