After weekends schedules thick which matches of much importance, Mondays’ tend to run a little lighter.
Here at Noob, we embrace the dark side of Monday by celebrating and getting to know some clubs that are on the verge of being Booted from their current league homes for poor performance.
But first, happier fare —
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Atletico Madrid – International Champions Cup
Whatever PSG may have hoping to see out of starters or reserves in this tournament of exhibitions, essentially, they can’t be seeing it. They lost 1-3 to Bayern Munich and 1-5 to Arsenal, which had a disappointing 2017 league campaign.
This will be Atletico’s second match of the three they all will play. For comparison, they beat Arsenal 1-1 on penalties. Today’s match will be at Singapore’s newish National Stadium. (7:30 AM, ESPNU)
RESULT: PSG 3-2
B. Riga FC vs. RFS – Latvia Higher League
Noob likes to include happy league matches where he can find it. I mean non-Relegation matches of import. And if we need to scan down to the 42nd-ranked league In Europe, we’re there. Hey. they’re playing.
Here. tied-for-3rd hosts 1st. RFS are six points up on the pack, looking good for the league’s only Champions League berth in 2019. They also fight over two Europa league invites. Riga would love to get any kind of result today, hope to keep pace with Leipaja. They’ll do so with their usual tactic of trying to take the air out of the ball, keep the score low.
RESULT: Riga FC 1-0
In its quest to displace Number Two in lists, Number B enlists alphabets of the world for support.
Latvian alphabet. Check.
And now, the Matches of Suckit000000000d!
Trelleborgs FF vs. Hammarby – Sweden Allsvenskanliga
This match in UEFA’s #22-ranked league is very important for both clubs, though for very different reasons.
Hammarby are tied for #B in the table, and only one club will get into the next Champions League. They trail undefeated AIK by six points. Even at just halfway through the season, there is no margin for error here. AIK won’t be collapsing anytime soon.
Trelleborgs might only be in 14th place because they’ve played 1-2 fewer games than other clubs. But since a win today is unlikely, their stay in this slot in the table is. It’s third-to-last. The team that finishes in this position will have a Relegation playoff with a Superettan (second-division) team.
Fun Fact (Though Maybe Not For Them): TTF aren’t a very popular club nationally, being thought of as rather rural. They also play a sometimes-unpopular style, not trying to score much, focusing on stout defense.
RESULT: Hammarby 1-3
TPS vs. Ilves – Finland Veikkausliga
Not far below average in the continental league rankings we find Finland (#36).
At second-to-last, TPS are also in a Relegation Playoff slot in the table. Neither of these clubs plays much offense. They’re the only two teams in the league that don’t average even a goal per match. Noob will Track it, but sure wouldn’t pick this one to watch. Ilves is in 7th.
RESULT: Ilves 1-3
Racing ships in Turku, Finland – home of TPS
Keflavik vs. Briedablik – Iceland Urvalsdield
Catching the theme? The “big” Euro leagues will be starting soon enough, but these northern ones need to finish up before fall weather sets in. This league is #40 in UEFA.
Keflavik still has yet to win a game. They’re dropping a division in a couple months and that’s just all there is to it. They make the Finnish teams above look like offensive juggernauts. Briedbalik are tied for #B and just three points out of 1st.
Fun Fact: Keflavik the town produced many musicians during the 1960’s and 70’s, and so became known as “Beatle Town”.
Leones vs. Alianza Petrolera – Columbia Premier A
This league uses a multi-year points system to determine who gets The Boot annually. Things are looking grim for Leones, last in that table. They finished last in the Apertura (first half-season), too. Still,
Noob gives thinks they’re an even match at home against A.P., which finished just 15th. If there’s much offense, though, it will be all Petrolera.
RESULT: A.P. 0-1
Fun Fact: Itagui – home of Leones – is believed to be named for an indigenous tribal chief who was named “Bitagui”.
3 de Febrero vs. Luqueno – Paraguay Premier
The Fighting Februari…ans… are in last in their leagues Relegation table as well. In a rare instance, though, Noob’s actually favoring them in a match. 3dF finished in last in the Apertura table, but their guests today were only two slots higher. Looking for a Monday miracle here!
Interesting Strong Rumor: CA3F’s home of Cuidad del Este is home to many Asian immigrants. Some Lebanese ones are thought to be heavily involved in trafficking cocaine money to Hezbollah.
RESULT: Luqueno 0-2
PS TIRA vs. Persib Bandung – Indonesia Liga 1
PS TIRA are tied for last in Asia’s 27th-ranked league. Yet they’re only a point from possibly daylight. Today’s not the day to look for a Miracle out of them, even at home. Bandung lead the league. This is a battle of the best and worst defenses in the country.
RESULT: Bandung 2-3
Fun Fact: PS TIRA are nicknamed “Army” and “Young Warriors”, as the club was formed by a merger with the National Armed Forces team and another club.
Kondzo vs. JS Talangai – Congo Ligue 1
This is at most, Noob believes, only the second time we’ve Tracked a match from the Republic! Theirs is the 10th-ranked domestic league in Africa.
That isn’t due to either of these teams, really, and certainly not tied-for last place Kondzo. Two teams will get demoted from this bunch. There’s one team down on their level, but all three are losing ground fast on the rest of the pack. Talangai are in just in 10th, so it’s hardly unthinkable Kondzo starts their push for daylight today.
Fun Fact: Kondzo are from the capital, Brazzaville. It is directly across a river from Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo. This is the only place the world where capital cities are positioned so.
Persiwa vs. PSS Sleman – Indonesia Liga 2
I know, Noob missed Indonesia, too – let’s double dip!
Persiwa is in last place. On paper, they may actually be better than four teams ahead of them in the table. Have to win some close ones. That will be a tall order against the #B team in the league. Sleman only concedes a goal about every other game on average.
RESULT: Sleman 0-1
So long from the Papua highlands of Wamena, home of Persiwa!