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Dicey fixtures in week-end European leagues

botchway September 20, 2019

Leicester v Tottenham

In Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, Leicester will welcome Tottenham to the King Power Stadium.

There were high hopes for Leicester at the beginning of the season that they could gate-crash the top-six in the top-flight this season. The Foxes have made a solid start to their Premier League campaign, picking up eight points from their five league starts so far.

Tottenham will head into this clash as favourites, but in truth, the team from north London have made a very unconvincing start to the Premier League campaign.

Last time out, Spurs threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in their opening Champions League group game.

This game is Leicester’s chance to send out a real signal of intent that the Foxes are capable of mixing it with the big teams this season.

West Ham United vs Manchester United

Normal service resumed at Manchester United after ousting Leicester City, but the Premier League grind continues. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side aims to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the intimidating West Ham United lie in their path.

The London Stadium won’t be at all sympathetic to their struggles, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side desperate to get back to winning ways themselves.

While United did look a much stronger unit keeping a clean-sheet against Leicester, the Hammers attack is a different beast altogether.

Indeed, the colossal Sebastien Haller has taken the league by storm with three goals already, and with his creative midfielders help, could be a massive thorn in United’s quest to successive victories.

 

Chelsea vs Liverpool

All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge when Chelsea and Liverpool face each other in the Premier League derby on Matchday 6.

The Blues impressed in a 5-2 win at Wolverhampton, with England rising star Abraham scoring a hat-trick for the capital club. Frank Lampard’s troops aim to rejoin the race for the title and we predict that they will go for a win in Sunday’s showdown in London.

The Reds, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1 in their last league fixture, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah helping Jurgen Klopp’s team keep their 100% record in the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign intact.

Liverpool are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Chelsea and, taking everything into account, the visiting team might win the day.

AC Milan vs Inter Milan

This is without a doubt the biggest game of the week in Italy, and perhaps the biggest anywhere in Europe as two old foes take each other on. Bragging rights are at stake, but also a very important three points after both teams have made a good start to proceedings in Serie A.

Inter come into this race on at the top of the table, with three nice wins from their first three games. This is a team that boasts attacking talent, but it is defensively where they have really excelled so far, conceding just one goal in those three opening games.

AC Milan were beaten on the opening day of the season but have since recorded two victories to climb the table.

The way these two play, how good they have looked defensively and the extra edge of a local derby all points towards a low scoring game. With Inter playing so well though, they could well nick this and we are going to back them to do so.

 

 

Granada vs Barcelona

Lionel Messi’s domestic seasonal debut is expected at Granada – as Barcelona seek a first away win of the season at the fourth attempt.

The Argentine maestro has been sidelined with a calf injury sustained in pre-season training and was only fit enough to play for the first time in a 31-minute substitute’s outing in the 0-0 Champions League draw away to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

His recovery is of huge importance to Barca, as ever, but even more so now because they have drawn two and lost the other of their three matches so far this term away from Camp Nou – where they have won both their games 5-2.

Granada played three of their first four games away from home, Diego Martinez’s side will be pleased with their back-to-back decisive wins against Espanyol and Celta Vigo.

But will Messi be back to inspire the Spanish champions to get an away victory.

 

Sevilla vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid visiting Sevilla is one of LaLiga Santander’s historic fixtures, and Sunday’s top of LaLiga Santander clash is full of more intriguing storylines than ever. Both Sevilla and Madrid will come into Sunday’s game after beginning their European campaigns.

The Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan is always buzzing at its loudest when Madrid come to town, with the latest meeting even more eagerly awaited as Sevilla sit proudly atop the LaLiga standings, and Madrid are just two points and two places behind while also still unbeaten themselves.

New Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui has overseen an excellent start to the 2019/20 LaLiga campaign, with last Sunday’s hard-fought 1-0 victory at Deportivo Alaves lifting the Andalusians to the top of the pile with 10 points from their first four outings.

Madrid has had a more up and down time and Zidane needs to win before patience runs out onhim.

 

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