Club football returns in Europe this weekend after the international break, with a host of top fixtures on Saturday with several top players to debut for new clubs after deadline day moves.
Saturday 3:30pm European time - German Bundesliga
It’s a bumper weekend in Germany with two strong outfits meeting among the afternoon kick-offs, with second-placed Leverkusen hosting fifth-placed Dortmund. Leverkusen have seven points from three games while BVB have six. Both sides finished in the top six last term and have higher ambitions, particularly Dortmund who have retained the services of Erling Haaland after the transfer window closed. Haaland along with Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby have started the season strong for their respective sides.
Saturday 4pm European time - English Premier League
Champions Manchester City make the trip to Leicester City, who finished fifth the past two seasons and are always a difficult opponent. City appear set to be boosted by the return to availability of Kevin De Bruyne, while Ederson and Gabriel Jesus look set to miss out due to Brazil invoking a five-day rule following their non-participation in last week’s qualifiers. Both sides have six points from three games this season, with Leicester hoping to have Jonny Evans fit to bolster their backline along with Yannik Vestergaard.
Saturday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A
Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus will hit the park for the first time since Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit to join Manchester United. And it will not be an easy task for the Old Lady, traveling south to take on Napoli. Juve finished one point and one spot ahead of Napoli last season, with the pair fourth and fifth respectively. The interest really lies in how Juventus will function without Ronaldo, having signed Moise Kean from Everton on deadline day, with the striker netting for Italy in midweek. Manuel Locatelli is also settling in after his mid-August move from Sassuolo.
RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich
Saturday 6:30pm European time - German Bundesliga
Last season’s Bundesliga top two Leipzig and Bayern meet in Saturday’s late kick-off with the hosts having had a shaky start to the season, with two losses from three games. Bayern are third with seven points from three games and are clear title favourites. New Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann takes on his former club for the first time, while Marcel Sabitzer made the move from the Red Bulls to the Bavarians on deadline day, adding further tension. Leipzig landed Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona on deadline day too.
Sporting Lisbon v FC Porto
Saturday 9:30pm European time - Portuguese Primeira Liga
Sporting Lisbon broke through for their maiden Portuguese league title in 19 years last season and this clash with old rivals FC Porto marks the first time they have met in the Primeira Liga since. Both sides have claimed 10 points from four games this term, with Benfica out on top with a perfect record. Sporting added Pablo Sarabia on loan from Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day, so he’s in line to debut. Another Spaniard, Toni Martinez, has started the season well for Porto with three goals already.