Nürnberg – Kaiserslautern
I simply think that Nürnberg has been made too big a favourite against Kaiserslautern, which obviously stems from various circumstances.
Nürnberg is last on the formcharts, and Dieter Heckings young men are without a victory in eight league matches. They have completed six home games, of which only one has presented them with a win.
That came on August 27 against Augsburg, the current bottom placed newcomer who has only recorded 1 win so far this season.
Meanwhile, Kaiserslautern’s only defeat in their last five matches was at home last weekend against Leverkusen. Their last three away matches against Schalke 04, Hoffenheim and Hamburger SV have all produced points.
Kaiserslautern won at Nürnberg last season. Can they just manage a draw this season, I will be satisfied.
Crystal Palace – Millwall
Both teams have lost their last two league matches, and which of them will get their act together first? I bet on Millwall, who have been able to retrieve points from difficult awayfixtures at Leicester, Reading and Middlesbrough this season, and it also seems Palace have forgotten the art of scoring.
They have not managed a single goal in four matches, and they also didn’t manage to score when Millwall were visiting Selhurst Park last season.
Millwall triumphed 1-0, and they usually don’t have the slighest against facing this London rival. Millwall have only lost two of the last 12 matchups, and four of the last six visits here have resulted in victory, while only once have Millwall suffered defeat.
Another, and certainly no insignificant reason to try out Millwall is the
the upcoming midweek program for Crystal Palace. They have managed to get themselves into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, and here they
are facing Manchester United on Wednesday.
It is difficult imagine any of their players wanting to risk an injury before
for such a big experience.
OB – FC Midtjylland
OB has two games left before the winter break in Denmark to try and mend their current disappointing position in the league, and it is certainly not unrealistic for them to do, if at least it was a small turning point we saw in last week’s away game against Horsens.
A place where OB has been struggling in recent times, but the 1-0 victory showed that after all, there is still some fighting spirit left in the players.
FCM is going through a bit of a slump at the moment. None of their last four league matches has presented with a win, and the last two matches have seen them losing quite clearly with 4-1 at Silkeborg’s and 3-1 at home against AaB.
FCM won 4-1 here in Odense earlier this season, but OB’s defence seems to be a little better now, which can’t be said FC Midtjylland’s ditto, judging by the four aforementioned matches.
A victory wil take OB to within a point from FCM, who is currently
occupying fourth place, and I suppose that they’ll be very eager to avenge themselves.