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|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Freiburg||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Hertha have won one of their last 15 Bundesliga matches
Expert Verdict: These sides have only two points between them but Freiburg look the more likely to improve as the season goes on. Freiburg played well in the recent 0-0 draw with Gladbach and were handed a tough task at Dortmund last week, while Hertha’s home defeat to Mainz should send alarm bells ringing in Berlin.
REFEREE: STADIUM: Dreisamstadion, Freiburg
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Partick||Recent Form|
Key Stat: St Mirren have lost on just one of their last ten visits to Partick
Expert Verdict: Although St Mirren have failed to score in their first four league matches, Partick are difficult to trust on their own patch. Thistle surprisingly beat Inverness at home last week but only won twice at Firhill last season and the Buddies can hold firm for a point.
REFEREE: William Collum STADIUM: Firhill Stadium
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Elche||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Elche have kept eight clean sheets in their last ten home games
Expert Verdict: Elche were solid at home last season - only Atletico Madrid had a better defensive record on their own patch - so it is difficult to see Eibar breaching them in this encounter. A low-scoring affair looks likely, and Elche are fancied to build on last week’s victory over Rayo Vallecano.
Recommendation: Elche 1-0
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Watford||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Watford have scored 11 goals in their first three home games in the Championship
Expert Verdict: Two of the Championship’s most entertaining teams meet and Watford can underline their promotion credentials with a win. The Hornets are strong at home and Bournemouth’s defensive frailties were exposed at Blackburn, where they went 3-0 down in 25 minutes.
REFEREE: Oliver Langford STADIUM: Vicarage Road
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at QPR||Recent Form|
Key Stat: QPR lost just two home league games last season
Expert Verdict: QPR, still smarting from their 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester United, will be desperate to avoid defeat against their former gaffer Mark Hughes. While Stoke beat Man City at the Etihad in August, they won just three league games on the road last season, averaging under a goal a game.
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson STADIUM:
|Recent Form||Last Head-To-Heads at Newcastle||Recent Form|
Key Stat: Newcastle have won just five times since New Year’s Day
Expert Verdict: The pressure continues to grow on Alan Pardew after Newcastle’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Southampton but a visit from Hull may do little to appease the Toon Army’s discontent. Hull were victorious on their last visit to Tyneside and with an array of new firepower in their ranks may repeat the trick.
REFEREE: Neil Swarbrick STADIUM:
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