Club football is back! Hello and welcome to the first article in a new series in which we look ahead and pick the most interesting match(es) in each top 5 European football league. For now we are going to call the series “Games to Watch over the weekend”. Enjoy!
What a way to start, it’s the North London Derby on Saturday, around lunch time! Both teams are in great form. While Arsenal are first, they did lose one game, versus Premier League giants, Manchester United. On the other hand, Conte’s Tottenham are unbeaten so far, level on points with City. With a lot on the line, we can expect a great match, definitely a game to watch.
Not to be eclipsed by London, there is a big derby in Manchester as well! For the first time in quite some time, ManUtd are in great form, having won their last 4 games. It seems Ten Haag’s hand is finally showing, as the Red Devils are playing some good football. Their city rivals, City are the same as usual, dominating their opponents and probably aiming for the top spot by December. Will Cristiano be totally eclipsed by the young prodigy, Haaland, or is this his time to shine?
Moving to Spain, it was a bit harder to decide on this one. Even though both teams are struggling so far, this game will surely spice things up. Lopetegui’s Sevilla are only 15th and it seems the Spaniard’s days are numbered. This is quite a shock, as the Andalusyan side still has lots of talent, even with their two main CBs leaving. As for Atletico, they have also been unimpressive, sitting at 7th.
|Bayer 04 Leverkusen
There was a lot of hope around Leverkusen this season only for them to completely miss the mark in their first few matches. They are currently 15th, very close to the relegation zone. What a time to face Bayern, eh? As for the Munchen side, they are also struggling, compared to their usual self at least. They are 5th, failing to win their last 4 matches. With Nagelsmann and his boys, it’s always the case of “when” and not “if” when it comes to starting to dominate the league.
Spicy game in Italy as well! Even though both teams are out of the top 4 at the moment, there is a general feeling that both clubs will be close to the top spots in Serie A. Both teams lost their last Serie A games, which adds a little extra spice. In typical Mourinho style, Roma scored only 8(least in top 8) and conceded only 7 goals, while Inter scored 13 and conceded 11(most in top 8). A team that doesn’t score a lot comes up against a team that concedes a lot.
Galtier’s PSG faces the French manager’s old team, OGC Nice. PSG are currently first on the table, but only by 2 points ahead of Marseille, so every match is a must-win for them at this stage of the season. Messi, Mbappe and Neymar are by far Europe’s most effective trio, it will be interesting to see whether anyone will be able to stop them. It’s worth a watch even for them only!