There’s a number of excellent fixtures this weekend including a few blockbuster derbies in England in Manchester and London.
Friday 8:30pm European time - German Bundesliga
The pressure is mounting on German champions Bayern and boss Julian Nagelsmann after four league games without a win seeing them slip to fifth spot. Bayern host perennial top-four contenders Leverkusen, who are experiencing their own issues, sitting down in 15th with one win from seven games. Needless to say, Leverkusen boss Gerardo Seoane is under pressure too and he has a raft of injury concerns along with poor form from goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky.
Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League
The North London derby looms as one of the biggest in recent years, with the Gunners sitting top of the table after seven games, while Spurs are third and unbeaten. Harry Kane is in excellent form with six goals for Spurs, while Gabriel Jesus has proved a good addition for Arsenal with strikes already. Remarkably the home side has won the past five North London derbies, while Spurs haven’t won away to the Gunners in the league since 2010.
Saturday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A
The Nerazzurri host Jose Mourinho’s Roma with both sides off the title pace early in the campaign. Inter are down in seventh with 12 points from seven games, while Roma are sixth one point above them. For context, leaders Napoli have 17 points. But there’s bigger issues to solve at Inter, having conceded 11 times already this season, which is the equal fifth worst in Serie A. Inconsistency has plagued the Giallorossi during Mourinho’s time in charge and that’s missing this term too.
Saturday 6:30pm European time - Spanish La Liga
This season hasn’t gone to plan so far for either Sevilla or Atletico, who are typically top-four contenders. Sevilla have only managed one win and five points from six games, sitting down in 15th, while Atleti are seventh, with 10 points from six games. Both sides desperately need three points to get back in the European hunt, with Real Madrid and Barcelona set to race away in a top-team title battle.
Sunday 3pm European time - English Premier League
Sunday’s Manchester derby is an intriguing one, with only five points separating the sides and with United having a game in hand. The Red Devils’ season started poorly under Erik ten Hag but things have drastically improved on the home front with four straight wins catapulting them up to fifth. Champions City are second but they are also unbeaten this term, with Erling Haaland banging in 11 of their 23 league gols.