Games to Watch over the weekend – Week 1, 2023

Welcome to the first edition from the new season of our series, “Games to Watch over the Weekend.” Get ready to dive once again into the heart of football frenzy as we bring you a concise preview of the weekend’s most thrilling matches. From intense rivalries to player updates, our series is your go-to guide for an unforgettable weekend of football excitement. Stay tuned and never miss a moment of the action!

Bayern Munchen – RB Leipzig

12.08.2023, 20:45 CET – German Super Cup

In the upcoming German Super Cup showdown on Saturday, August 12th, reigning champions Bayern Munich will lock horns with cup holders RB Leipzig. Bayern’s consistent prowess makes them favorites, a sentiment amplified by RB Leipzig’s recent key player losses, including Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Jasko Gvardiol.

On the other hand, Bayern are close to signing Harry Kane, which would be a huge statement to their ambitions. The match not only promises high-stakes competition but also showcases how Bayern’s strength and RB Leipzig’s challenges could influence the upcoming season.

Chelsea – Liverpool

13.08.2023, 17:30 CET – Poch versus Klopp

In a clash of heavyweights, Chelsea and Liverpool are set to ignite the pitch. Both teams have flexed their financial muscles in the transfer window, vying for supremacy. Adding intrigue to the matchup is the coveted player Lavia, who has attracted the attention of both sides, while Chelsea eyes the potential signing of Caicedo.

This fixture holds even greater significance as it marks manager Pochettino’s debut at Chelsea. The tactician’s presence on the sidelines adds an extra layer of anticipation to the game. With new signings and a fresh managerial approach, this duel promises a gripping showdown that could set the tone for their respective seasons.

Newcastle United – Aston Villa

01.05.2023, 17:30 CET – Podium contenders

A clash of ambitions awaits as Newcastle goes head-to-head with Aston Villa. Both squads have undergone improvements, fueling their aspirations for a coveted top 4 finish. This encounter showcases the determination of two rising teams eager to establish themselves among the elite. As the battle unfolds, it’s a match that could provide a glimpse into their potential to challenge the established order and shake up the league standings. Howe versus Unai Emery is also an interesting managerial matchup.

Athletic Bilbao – Real Madrid

12.08.2023, 21:00 CET – Still no Mbappe

A captivating showdown is on the horizon as Athletic Bilbao faces off against Real Madrid. The fixture carries added significance for Real Madrid as they continue their pursuit of Mbappe to bolster their center forward position. Notably, they’ve secured the signing of young English sensation Jude Bellingham. The clash also takes place at Bilbao’s formidable San Mamés stadium, historically a challenging venue for Madrid. As the teams take the field, all eyes will be on this encounter that could provide insights into Real Madrid’s evolving strategy and their ability to overcome the San Mamés challenge. Can Carlo Ancelotti win La Liga before leaving the team yet again?

PSG – Lorient

12.08.2023, 20:45 CET – The new PSG

In an upcoming fixture, PSG is poised to face Lorient in a clash that holds significant intrigue. As reigning champions, PSG’s roster has been bolstered with numerous signings and a new manager, yet uncertainty surrounds key players like Neymar and notably Mbappe, who remains linked to Real Madrid. Despite this uncertainty, PSG enters the match as clear favorites, showcasing their strength on the pitch. The encounter not only highlights the Parisians formidable lineup but also raises questions about the potential impacts of ongoing transfer speculation on the team’s dynamics and performance. Will the ultras boo Mbappe?