Today’s Mid-Week European Leagues Fixtures & Previews

Man United to return to winning ways against Tottenham

Today’s tantalising Premier League battle at Old Trafford, sees Manchester United seek to return to winning ways against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils were forced to accept a point in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United last time out, while Antonio Conte‘s men ran out 2-0 winners over Everton.

Having seen his side’s three-game winning run come to an abrupt end on Sunday, Erik ten Hag must pick up the pieces and help his side regain some ground on the top four, as the fifth-placed Red Devils have now fallen three points behind Chelsea after nine matches.

Antonio Conte’s men had to be patient to break down a dogged Everton defence, and they have been rewarded heavily for their efforts, moving level on points with Manchester City in third place following the champions’ loss to Liverpool and ensuring their gap to leaders Arsenal would stay at four.

The introduction of Bissouma proved pivotal in Tottenham getting over the line against Everton, but the Lilywhites have flattered to deceive on the road so far this season, whereas Man United are a tough nut to crack at Old Trafford.

It remains to be seen if Christian Eriksen will recover from illness in time to line up against his former club.

The Red Devils will also take confidence from their recent spate of goal-laden wins against the Lilywhites, but it is difficult to back Ten Hag’s side to prevail against Conte’s resilient crop, and we think a low-scoring draw is the most likely result in this Big Six battle.


Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Liverpool lock horns with West Ham at Anfield

The Premier League returns to the fold with another round of matches this week as West Ham United lock horns with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in an important clash at Anfield on Wednesday.

West Ham United have not been at their best so far this season. The Hammers were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Southampton in their previous game and will need to take it up a notch this week.

Liverpool have failed to meet expectations this year, however, the Merseyside outfit stunned Manchester City with a 1-0 victory over the weekend and have a point to prove in this fixture. Mohamed Salah seems to have found his feet this season and will look to add to his goalscoring tally this weekend.

West Ham United can pack a punch on the counter but have not been at their best this season. Liverpool are in better form at the moment and should be able to win this game.



Mason Mount, Chelsea

High-flying Chelsea face Brentford in West London derby

Seeking to continue a perfect October with a sixth win on the bounce in all competitions, Chelsea travel to face Brentford in Wednesday’s West London derby in the Premier League.

An inconsistent Brentford lock horns with Graham Potter’s impressive Chelsea outfit at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Brentford have been inconsistent so far this season but managed to pick up an important 2-0 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion over the weekend and will be confident ahead of this fixture.

After a slow start to their Premier League campaign, Chelsea have bounced back under new Manager Graham Porter. The Blues defeated Aston Villa by a 2-0 margin in their previous game and will look to achieve a similar result this week.

Chelsea have shown drastic improvement under Graham Potter and have managed to reclaim their place in the Premier League top four. The likes of Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling have stepped up under the new regime and will be intent on making their mark today.

Brentford have relied heavily on Ivan Toney in the final third this season and do have a few issues to address ahead of this match. Chelsea are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.



Benzema, Real Madrid

Struggling Elche welcome league leaders Real Madrid

Struggling Elche welcome league leaders Real Madrid to the Estadio Martinez Valero on Wednesday, still searching for their first win of the season.

After Cadiz’s recent upturn in form, Elche have sunk to the bottom of the LaLiga table after a winless start to the campaign. The hosts were unfortunate not to take all three points in their 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday, while the visitors won the 250th instalment of El Clasico to go three points clear at the top.

Returning home on Wednesday, Elche will be carrying some confidence into this tie, off the back of their best performance this season, but face a whole different proposition with the visit of the defending European champions.

Visitors Real Madrid could hardly be in more contrasting form to their relegation-threatened opponents, after a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona took the capital club three points clear at the top of the table.

Unbeaten in their last 18 competitive fixtures, and with just four defeats in their last 47 LaLiga outings, Carlo Ancelotti‘s men are churning out results in formidable fashion as they look to defend their title, having only dropped two points so far this campaign.

Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema grabbed his first goal in five appearances, ending a mini goal drought by the prolific Frenchman’s standards. He will certainly be licking his lips ahead of a trip to the league’s leakiest defence.



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