Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Erling Haaland during the Bundesliga match of Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin at Signal Iduna Park — Photo by vitaliivitleo

Some of the top European leagues resume this weekend headlined by the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern Munich

Friday 8:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

The Bundesliga returns on Friday night with the Europa League winners up against the reigning German champions. Bayern will look at bit different with Robert Lewandowski having departed for Barcelona but they have brought in Sadio Mane from Liverpool. Julian Nagelsmann’s side are also bolstered by the additions of Matthijs de Ligt and Mathys Tel. Eintracht have strengthened as well, in preparation for the Champions League, with Mario Gotze and Jens Petter Hauge headlining their signings.

Fulham v Liverpool

Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League

The Premier League resumes on Friday but the early Saturday kick-off presents an enticing match-up with newly-promoted Fulham against last season’s runners-up Liverpool, who won last weekend’s Community Shield. The Reds have lost the aforementioned Mane but added Darwin Nunez who starred in last weekend’s win off the bench. Marco Silva’s Cottagers won the Championship last term and have made some good signings including Bernd Leno along with Joao Palhinha and Kevin Mbabu.

Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen

Saturday 6:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

Life after Erling Haaland starts this weekend for Dortmund who take on serial top-four contenders Leverkusen in the opening round of Bundesliga fixtures. Dortmund will also be without new signing Sebastian Haller after undergoing surgery on a testicular tumour. Karim Adeyemi has arrived from Salzburg in a major boost along with Niklas Sule from Bayern and Nico Schlotterbeck from Freiburg to bolster their backline. Adam Hlozek is Die Werkself’s major off-season acquisition.

Clermont v Paris Saint-Germain

Saturday 9pm European time - French Ligue 1

French powerhouse PSG begin their title defence away to lowly Clermont, who finished 17th in Ligue 1 last term. PSG haven’t been as busy in the transfer market as they were 12 months ago, but they have added Vitinha, Nuno Mendes, Nordi Mukiele and Renato Sanches, whilst re-signing Kylian Mbappe and retaining Neymar amid speculation. Clermont, managed by Pascal Gastien, have a modest squad and modest expectations. The intrigue is in PSG’s synergy and if Lionel Messi can find his best.

West Ham United v Manchester City

Sunday 5:30pm European time - English Premier League

The English champions commence their title defence away to West Ham United, who have managed back-to-back top-seven finishes in the top flight under David Moyes. Haaland is set to make his Premier League debut in a major point of excitement after his 51 million pound move from Dortmund. Pep Guardiola’s side are the title favourites but this is a tricky first-up assignment, with the Hammers adding Italy international striker Gianluca Scamacca in the off-season.

Ben somerford
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