Five Must-See Matches 15/9 - 16/9
After the international break, league football returns although it a curious weekend without any huge domestic clashes but with the return of action the plotlines will develop.
Jose Mourinho’s side have had a poor start to the new season, with just four points from their opening three fixtures and now there’s all sorts of reports about star man Cristiano Ronaldo’s future after he decided not to celebrate his goals a fortnight ago and later let on there was an issue with the club. Whatever the case, it hasn’t been ideal nor has Real’s form, so a trip to the plucky Sevilla won’t be an easy way to get over their early hiccup. Sevilla defeated Getafe in their only home game so far this term with Alvaro Negredo on the scoresheet.
These two sides are always contenders for the German title and with Bayern Munich’s blistering start to the campaign, two wins from two games including nine goals, this match takes on added significance. Champions Dortmund dropped points last time out at Nurnberg and will be looking to rebound. Star man Marco Reus scored for Germany in midweek and will hope to bring that form to club level.
Most ardent Premier League fans will recall this last clash between these two sides from last term when the Latics stunned the Red Devils 1-0 with Shaun Maloney netting the winner in a result which was one of the first setbacks in United’s ultimate demise with Manchester City eventually overtaking them for the title. So, will they be after revenge? Perhaps which should add some spice to this fixture where United could be without Robin van Persie after picking up a knock when away with the Netherlands.
The two West London clubs face off in a local derby on Saturday afternoon where there’s the added spice of Anton Ferdinand and John Terry’s race row. There will be plenty of attention put into whether they shakes hands before the game but hopefully they can put their differences aside. On the park, Chelsea have started the season brilliantly and they’ll be aiming to keep that form up, while the Rs need some serious points.
The Catalans are the early leaders in Spain with a perfect record so far, but the away trip to the capital to take on Getafe is never easy. Getafe are currently eighth, however most fans this season will remember their 2-1 home victory over Real Madrid fondly. Indeed, in this context, there’s going to be plenty of eyes on this game. Andres Iniesta will miss for Barca with injury too.
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