This weekend brings several blockbusters between top clubs in Europe’s top three leagues in England, Spain and Italy.
Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League
European champions Chelsea host English champions Manchester City in a repeat of last season’s UEFA Champions League final. Both sides bolstered in the off-season, with the additions of Romelu Lukaku and Jack Grealish, although City seemed to want more, in the form of Harry Kane. The Blues sit top after five games, with 13 points from five games, sweeping aside Tottenham last weekend. Spurs beat City in the opening weekend, meaning the Sky Blues are back on 10 points from five games in fifth. This match looms as an early statement for either side.
Internazionale v Atalanta
Saturday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A
Italian champions Inter Milan have quickly put aside a difficult off-season to start the new campaign strong, collecting 13 points from five games to sit second behind perfect Napoli. But the Nerazzurri face a tough home assignment against Atalanta, who have been a power in recent seasons and already have 10 points from five games. Inter smashed Bologna 6-1 in their last home game and have netted 18 goals, the most of any club in Serie A this term, spearheaded by Edin Dzeko. Atalanta have not been their freewheeling selves but have quality.
Saturday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid have enjoyed an exceptional start to the new season. collecting 16 points from six games to sit atop La Liga by two points from champions and city rivals Atletico. But Los Blancos face a tough test against Europa League winners Villarreal, who are unbeaten this league campaign. However, Villarreal drew their first four games before winning over Elche last time out, so don’t be fooled. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior have been in stellar form for Real early.
Sunday 5:30pm European time - English Premier League
Both Arsenal and Tottenham have had criticism already levelled at them this season, makes this North London derby increasingly tense. The Gunners started the season with three straight losses before Mikel Arteta’s side steadied with back-to-back wins. Spurs, on the contrary, started the campaign with three successive wins before back-to-back defeats, saw them slip from first down to seventh. Harry Kane is yet to score in the league, so this looms as a big opportunity for the England skipper. Arsenal have only netted twice this season and that looms as an issue.
Sunday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A
Sunday night’s Derby della Capitale is a return to big crowds for these occasions and Jose Mourinho’s presence at AS Roma adds further excitement to this contest. Lazio are seventh after five games but winless in their past three, creating concerns, while Roma are fourth with four wins from their five games. Both sides boast excellent attacking threat in Lazio’s Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile along with Roma pair Lorenzo Pellegrini and Jordan Veretout who have netted three goals already this term.