SIRIUS – HAMMARBY
Sirius hosts Hammarby in a game from the Sweden’s Allsvenskan. Here are our betting tips on soccer for this game.
Right now the difference between these two teams is just two points in Sirius’ favour. Sirius are currently 4th in the league standings, falling on six points behind the current leader Malmo FF.
Hammarby are currently 7th, but they could improve their position in the table if they manage to beat Sirius away from home.
In terms of current form, both teams are far from being really consistent. Sirius won just one of their last five games, doing a draw in three of them. As for Hammarby, they managed to two of their last five, but in the last round of the Allsvenskan they also made a draw against the leader Malmo FF.
The last time when Hammarby lost was against Ostersunds FK with a 1-2 away from home.
The last time when these two teams met was in Sweden’s second division – the Superettan. In September 2014 Hammarby hosted Sirius at home and crushed them with 4-1. Few months before that Sirius managed to win against Hammarby at home with 2-1.
The Nigerian striker Moses Obdu is the player in form for Sirius right now. The African player managed to score four goals since the start of the season. He also made three assists for his teammates, so it’s clear that he’s the most influental player for Sirius since the beginning of the new campaign.
As for Hammarby, there are two players who have scored two goals since the start of the season – Bjorn Paulsen and Arnar Smarason. Paulsen also have two assists on his record so far.
These were our betting tips on soccer for the game between Sirius and Hammarby. We wish you a good luck!
EINTRACHT – RB LEIPZIG
Eintracht Frankfurt hosts RB Leipzig in a game from the Bundesliga’s last round for the season. In our soccer predictions for today we will have a look at this match.
The home team is currently 11th in the standings, so they do not have anything to play for in this last game. But Eintracht still have a chance to improve their final position in the standings. If they manage to beat RB Leipzig, they could move to 10th place and leave Schalke behind them. But if they lose, they could lose the 11th place and move to 12th.
As for RB Leipzig, they are arguably the biggest surprise for the season in German football. Being a debutant in the Bundesliga, they managed to finish 2nd in the standings and win a direct qualification for the Champions League. In terms of performance, they were beaten only by the champion Bayern Munich.
If we have a look at current form, things are not good for Eintracht. They lost four of their last five matches, including last three – against Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg and Mainz 05. They only win in the last five games came against Augsburg at home.
RB Leipzig are travelling to Frankfurt after a thrilling game against Bayern in the last round. RB lost against the Bavarians with 4-5 at home, after leading with 3-1. It’s their only defeat in their last five matches in the Bundesliga.
Eintracht will be without the suspended Ante Rebic, while Marius Wolf, Jesús Vallejo and Makoto Hasebe are all injured. The good news come from the recovery of Andersson Ordóñez and Slobodan Medojevic, who are ready to come back and play.
RB Leipzig can’t rely on Willi Orban and Lukas Klostermann, who are most surely missing the match because of injuries.
This was our look on the game between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig. In case you decided to include this game in your soccer predictions for today, we wish you a good luck!
MALMO – OREBRO
Malmo FF are hosting Orebro in a game from the 6th round of the Sweden’s Allsvenskan football league. Here are our soccer tips for today for this very interesting clash in the Swedish league.
After winning the Allsvenskan in 2016, Malmo will try to do it once again this season as well. They have started well and they are currently leaders in the standings. They started the new campaign with a draw in the first round against Goteborg, but after that they won three consecutive times and led the table after the first few rounds.
As for Orebro, they are third after the first five rounds. But it’s safe to say that they hardly manage to find a consistency in their first five matches. Their record so far is 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 lose, but it’s enough for them to be among the first three teams in the league at the moment.
In its last game Malmo won at home against Djurgarden with 3-2. Tinnerholm, Berget and Yotun scored for the winners, who continue to show everyone that they are once again the big favourites for the title, after winning it last season.
In its last game Orebro shared the points with Hacken, dissapointing its fans with a 0-0 draw at home. Although they did not concede, they also didn’t show a good enough football in attack, which cost them two points in the end.
It’s safe to say Malmo are the big favourite to win this game. Not just because they are playing at home, but also because they seem to be the better team since the beginning of the new season.
In our soccer tips for today we advice you to trust on Malmo FF in this one. They are the current champions and they are the favourites to win the league again. Good luck!
MALAGA – SEVILLA
In our football betting tips for today we move to the Spanish La Liga and the match between Malaga and Sevilla from the 35th round of the league.
It’s safe to say that this game is much more important for Sevilla, than it is for Malaga.
The home team is 14th in the standings and honestly do not have what to fight for anymore until the end of the season. Now Malaga could already start planning their next campaign in La Liga, although they still have to finish this one, of course.
As for Sevilla, Jorge Sampaoli’s team still have to secure its Champions League qualification for next season. They are currently 4th in the standings, but they are on just 3 points behind Atletico Madrid and the 3rd spot.
They should also be careful of the 5th Villarreal, who is on just 5 points behind them in the league standings.
We could say that Malaga are showing some terrific form lately. Michel’s team won four of its last five matches in the league, including against Barcelona at the La Rosaleda. They suffered a defeat against Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor, but in general they have been great in the last month.
Sevilla on the other hand won just one point in its last two games away from home, losing from Barcelona and sharing the points with Valencia after a 0-0 draw at the Mestalla. Their goal is finishing the league in the Top 4, so they need to be as much consistent until the end of the season as possible.
These were our football betting tips for today and the match between Malaga and Sevilla at the Estadio La Rosaleda. Because of the great current form of Malaga, it should be a really great match to watch. Good luck!
ISTANBUL BB – BESIKTAS
Istanbul Basaksehir welcomes the leader Besiktas in a game from the 29th round of the Turkish Super Lig. We will examine this match and we are going to offer you our football betting tips for today.
This match is the last chance for Istanbul Basaksehir to come back in the fight for the title in the Turkish league. Right now they are on 7 points behind Besiktas, so beating them would ressurect their chances to clinch the title.
If the game ends with a draw or Besiktas wins, then The Black Eagles will most surely win the gold medals.
Istanbul Basaksehir was very close to Besiktas, but the wrong steps they made against Akhisar and Rizespor slowed them down a lot. Now Besiktas are the big favourite to win the league, as they have a comfortable lead on the top of the table.
As for Istanbul Basaksehir, they should be careful of not losing their Champions League qualification as well. They currently have just a 4 point advantage in front of Fenerbahce, so they could easily surrender the 2nd place, if they are not careful until the end of the season.
After being dramatically eliminated from the Europa League by Olympique Lyonnais, now Besiktas can concentrate on the league and win the gold medals. For The Black Eagles it would be a second title in a row.
Right now Besiktas are in a run of three consecutive wins in the Super Lig. In the last round they managed to beat Adanaspor with 3-2 at home. Before that they have won against Genclerbirligi and Trabzonspor. They are also the most effective team in the league this season, having scored 57 goals in 28 games. Their striker Cenk Tosun is on the top of the goalscorer list, having scored 17 goals so far.
This was our football betting tips for today, regarding the game between Istanbul Basaksehir and Besiktas. Good luck!
WOLFSBURG – BAYERN M
In our football bets today we’re going to examine the Bundesliga game between Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich.
Bayern are confidently marching towards another title in the German league, having a 8 point advantage in front of RB Leipzig. Although the Bavarians lost points in their last two Bundesliga games – against Leverkusen and Mainz, they remain unstoppable this season as well.
They had an unpleasant experience during the week, when they have lost the DFB Pokal 1/2-final game against Borussia Dortmund at home. Sadly for the manager Carlo Ancelotti, this eliminated the chance of him winning a double in his first season in the club.
Wolfsburg on the other hand remain in a difficult position in the league. The Wolves are just on one point above the relegation playoff, so they still need to fight until the end, if they want to be sure about their survival in the Bundesliga.
But if we look at their current form, Wolfsburg really need to improve their performance, if they want to survive. The Wolves have won just one of their last five games and they have lost three of them. Really not good, taking into account the position they are in at the moment.
After losing against Borussia Dortmund at the DFB Pokal 1/2-finals, we could expect that Bayern will try to react and please their fans with another win in the Bundesliga. They still need two wins to secure the title, so we guess they will try to make the first step against Wolfsburg away from home.
If you think to include the game between Wolfsburg and Bayern in your football bets today, have in mind that Bayerh have won just one of their last five games in all competitions – against Real Madrid in the Champions League. But even with that, they remain a strong favourite.
DJURGARDEN – NORRKOPING
Djurgarden hosts Norrkoping in a game from the 6th round of the Swedish Allsvenskan. Let’s offer you our vip soccer bets for this game.
Djurgarden didn’t start the new season in the Allsvenskan very well. They have won just one of their first four matches – against Elfsborg. They are currently on just one position above the relegation play-off spot in the Allsvenskan, so they will most surely want to improve their performance and start winning more points.
As for Norrkoping, they are also not performing much impressive so far. They are currently 10th in the league standings, winning two and losing two matches so far. This is certainly not the consistency they have hoped to have before the start of the season.
At least Norrkoping managed to win its last game – against Hacken away from home, which would probably give them a little more of a confidence before the visit to Djurgarden.
Last season Norrkoping finished at 3rd place, securing a qualification for Europa League as well. Now they will try to at least repeat this performance, but if they want to do this, they will have to start winning on a more regular basis.
As for Djurgarden, last year they finished the Allsvenskan at 7th place. This was not bad, but it remains to be seen if they have bigger ambitions this season. So far they are not showing that they have.
This is a difficult game to predict, mainly because this is just the start of the season and we don’t have a clear look at the strenghts and weaknesses of the teams. Plus, the difference between these two teams is just two points, so it’s early to say which team is better.
This was our look and vip soccer bets for the Allsvenskan game between Djurgarden and Norrkoping. We wish you a good luck!
WEST HAM – EVERTON
West Ham United welcomes Everton in a match from the 34th round of the English Premier League. Read here our football predictions for this clash at the English capital.
Both teams have totally different ambitions until the end of the season. If West Ham are mostly waiting for the season to end and start planning the next one, Everton still have a solid chance to aim for the 5th place and qualify for the Europa League.
Ronald Koeman’s team is currently 7th in the standings, but Everton are just on three points behind the 5th Manchester United. Although we should note that they have played two games more than the Red Devils.
As for West Ham, the Londoners are currently 13th with 37 points won, so there’s no real danger for them for a relegation. Now they could already start to plan their next season in the Premier League and how to improve their performance.
West Ham’s manager Slaven Bilic has a lot of problems with injured players before the game. Michail Antonio, Pedro Mba Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna, Doneil Henry and Gökhan Töre are all missing the clash because of injuries.Winston Reidand Alvaro Arbeloa are doubtful for the Hammers.
Ronald Koeman also have some problems in his squad before the game. Ramiro Mori, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie are all being unavaliable for the match, suffering from injuries.
Everton are showing an improved form lately, winning two consecutive games against Leicester and Burnley. They still have a chance for an European qualification this season, so we expect to see them highly motivated against West Ham.
These were our football predictions for the match between West Ham and Everton in the English Premier League. The away team have more reasons to win this one, but do not underrestimate Slaven Bilic’s Hammers as well.
BAYERN M – AUGSBURG
Bayern Munich is going once again to win the title in the German Bundesliga and there’s a little doubt about that. Carlo Ancelotti’s team is having 13 points advantage in front of RB Leipzig and the title race in league looks over now. The only question that remains is when exactly the Bavarians are going to be crowned as champions?
This weekend Bayern will try to make a new step towards the title, welcoming Augsburg at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Everything else, but a dominant performance by Bayern is going to be accepted as a huge surprise.
Carlo Ancelotti will have to make a few changes in his squad before the game. Xabi Alonso and Javi Martinez are suspended for the game, while Douglas Costa is still recovering from a knee injury. The good news come from the recovery of Manuel Neuer, who is once again ready to return in the starting line-up.
There are a lot of problems in Augsburg’s squad as well. Ja-Cheol Koo is suspended for the visit to Munich, while Jan Moravek, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, Raphael Framberger and Daniel Baier are still injured. Dominik Kohr and Caiuby Francisco Da Silva are under a doubt for the clash, but Kevin Danso and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker are ready to play once again.
If we look at current form, Bayern are performing just fine. They won four of their last five games in the Bundesliga, losing points only against Hertha BSC in Berlin.
Augsburg’s performance is not so good as they have won just one of their last five matches in the league. In their last game they finished 1-1 against Freiburg at home.
Bayern are the strong favourite in this game. Ancelotti’s boys are performing amazingly good lately, so they shall not have any problems against Augsburg as well.
ARSENAL – MAN CITY
Arsenal hosts Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in the most interesting game of the 30th round of the English Premier League.
Times are not good for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger was put under a serious pressure, after The Gunners lost four of its last five matches in the league. This serious dip in form was the reason for Arsenal to lose its place in the Top 4. At the moment the Londoners are 6th in the standings, 6 points behind the 4th Liverpool.
For Arsenal it would be a real disaster to miss a qualification for the Champions League next season. They still have chance to improve their performance, but they need to make it fast, because the end of the season is already near.
As for Manchester City, The Citizens are currently third in the league and they continue the battle for a Champions League qualification. It’s clear that Josep Guardiola won’t be able to lead City to the title in his first season at Etihad, but qualifying for the Champions League remains crucial.
Just as Arsenal, Manchester City are also showing some inconsistency in their form lately. Guardiola’s boys were unable to win their last two games against Liverpool and Stoke City, so now they will have the chance to get back to the winning ways at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s starting №1 Petr Cech is missing the game because of an injury, while the same could be said about Santi Cazorla and Lucas Perez. Mathieu Debuchy is doubtful for the game, while Yaya Sanogo is ready to come back for the Gunners.
Josep Guardiola can’t rely on Ilkay Gündogan and Gabriel Jesus, while Kevin De Bruyne, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are doubtful for the game. City’s captain Vincent Kompany is now fit and ready to play, if he recieves Guardiola’s trust for this one.
AJAX – FEYENOORD
The battle for the title in the Dutch Eredivisie continues. Ajax still have a chance to beat Feyenoord for the crown, but if they want to do it, they have to win the big derby at the Amsterdam Arena this Sunday.
Feyenoord are traveling to Amsterdam with a six points advantage after 27 rounds played. For now they are the big favourites to win the title, but if Ajax wins the derby, things are going to get really interesting once again. Because three points of difference is not the same as six and Ajax are going to be back in the game once again.
Feyenoord are really close to a dream they are chasing from almost 20 years now. The last time they have won the Eredivisie was in 1999 and this is a lot of time without a title. Now Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team is close to the gold, but they have to get a good result against Ajax. Feyenood won four of its last five games in the league, losing just once against Sparta Rotterdam.
In same time Ajax made two wrong steps in its last five games, losing points against Groningen and Excelsior. It was really dissapointing for the fans to witness it, because these two teams shouldn’t be a problem for Peter Bosz’ team, which is trying to win the title.
Now both teams are about to play their most important game for the season. If Ajax wins, it would mean that they are once again back in the title race. But if Feyenoord manages to get the three points, it’s almost sure that they are going to be crowned as champions.
We should expect a really interesting game between the two best Dutch teams at the moment. Who is going to win? We will get the answer on Sunday.
NAPOLI – ATALANTA
Napoli are looking too far away from the leader Juventus, but the Azzurri still have a lot to play for until the end of the season in the Serie A. And more precisely, they still have to secure their Champions League qualification for the next campaing.
Maurizio Sarri’s team is currently third in the standings, having a six points advantage in front of Inter and Atalanta. Napoli are in a really good position to qualify for the Champions League next season, but their job is still not done. The Azzurri still need to win some games, before starting to celebrate. Especially taking into account Inter’s improved form under the management of Stefano Pioli.
This week Napoli are about to host Atalanta at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples. This is going to be a really interesting game, because Atalanta are one of the big revelations in Serie A this season. The experienced Gian Piero Gasperini is doing wonders with the team, which is currently 5th with the same amount of points with Inter. Atalanta still dream even of Champions League qualification, but this is exactly Napoli which they should beat, if they want to move closer to that goal.
Napoli are generally injury-free before this game. Allan Marques Loureiro is out with an injury, while Vlad Chiriches is doubtful for the clash in Naples. But expect of them, most of Napoli’s key players are fit and ready to play.
Gian Piero Gasperini still doesn’t know if he could use Filippo Melegoni, who is doubtful with an injury. In same time Alessandro Bastoni and Abdoulay Konko are back and ready to play, recovering from their last injuries.
This is one of the most interesting clashes in Serie A this weekend, between two very good teams. Can Atalanta save their Champions League dream? Or Napoli will make an important step towards the most prestigious competition in the world?
RB LEIPZIG – HSV
There’s no doubt about that – RB Leipzig are the biggest sensation in German football this season. After coming from 2. Bundesliga, now RB Leipzig are shockingly the only real contender of Bayern for the league title and they look really close to historical first participation in the Champions League.
In the last round RB Leipzig lost against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park, but they are still comfortably placed as the second best team in the Bundesliga. They have a 7 point advantage in front of the third Eintracht Frankfurt, but they are already 4 points behind the leader and current champion Bayern Munich.
Now RB Leipzig will once again play in front of their own fans, welcoming Hamburger SV at the Red Bull Arena. The two teams are performing in a totally opposite manner since the start of the season. While RB Leipzig are fighting for the title, HSV are fighting to avoid relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. Once being champions of Europe, now HSV are just one point above the relegation zone of the Bundesliga.
In the last round Hamburger managed to achieve a precious win over Bayer Leverkusen at home, which allowed them to escape from the relegation zone. For now. For HSV it was just a fourth win from 19 games played, which is really not a good stat. And now they have an another very difficult task against the shockingly good team of RB Leipzig.
RB Leipzig’s Marvin Compper is missing the game because of suspension, while Lukas Klostermann is still recovering from a serious knee injury. Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano are doubtful for the game.
HSV’s manager Markus Gisdol will have to deal with the absence of Michael Gregoritsch and Finn-Dominik Porath, who are still injured. Albin Ekdal, Nabil Bahoui and Nicolai Müller remain doubtful for the next match.
OSASUNA – REAL M
Can anyone stop Real Madrid from winning its first La Liga title since 2012? The Los Blancos are just one point ahead of Barcelona at the first spot, but they have two games in hand. Which means that their lead could increase to seven points, which is a really serious advantage in the title race. Now Real Madrid will travel to Pamplona to meet Osasuna and their goal could be only one – another win and three more points to get closer to the gold.
Four wins and just one loss – this is how Real Madrid are performing in La Liga in the last few weeks. Their only loss came against one of the strongest teams in the league – Sevilla, but in the other four matches Zinedine Zidane’s team was flawless.
Osasuna on the other hand is currently the weakest team in Spain right now. Petar Vasiljević’s team have won just 10 points from 21 games played, winning just one game – against Eibar in October. After just coming back to La Liga from Segunda Division, it looks like Osasuna are once heading to relegation.
There was a time when playing in Pamplona was really tough, but right now Osasuna are not looking like a team who could poise any trouble to powerhouses like Real Madrid. Especially when Zinedine Zidane’s team is showing some really good consistency since the start of the season.
Real Madrid will travel to Pamplona without the German maestro Toni Kroos, who is suspended for the match. Luka Modric, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal are doubtful, while Gareth Bale is closer and closer to his return from a serious ankle injury. The good news for Zinedine Zidane come from the recovery of James Rodriguez and Pepe, who are once again avaliable for pick.
Osasuna can’t rely on the suspended Roberto Torres Morales, while Miguel Flano and Didier Digard are still injured. Javier Flano recovered from his latest injury and he’s ready to play.
BARCELONA – LAS PALMAS
After beating Athletic Bilbao for the Copa Del Rey, now Barcelona will welcome Las Palmas in high spirits for another La Liga game.The Catalan giants can’t let themselves to make any mistakes anymore. Barca are five points behind the leader Real Madrid, who is also with a game in hand. In the last round Barcelona lost two points against Villarreal and it could have been even worse, if it was not Leo Messi’s free-kick in the last minutes of the game.Las Palmas are one of the teams who are making a surprisingly good impression this season. They are currently 8th in the La Liga standings, just 5 points away from the Europa League spots. Although we could say that their biggest goal is the survival. And for now, they are doing just fine.Everyone at Barca is healthy and ready to play, except of the youngster Marc Cardona. Jeremy Mathieu is recovered from his last injury and Jasper Cilessen was in the starting line up against Athletic for the Copa Del Rey.Las Palmas welcomes back the recovered Artiles Oliva Aythami, while Angel Montoro and Sergio Ezequiel Araujo are still doubtful for the next match.After losing two points against Villarreal at the El Madrigal, we should expect to see a very motivated Barcelona. It’s not too late for the Catalans to shorten the distance from the leader, but this could happen only if they stop losing points.Is the deadly trio of Barcelona back to its best? Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez all scored against Bilbao on Wednesday, so now the Camp Nou is going to expect another spectacular performance from the MSN.
There was a time when Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte was put under a serious pressure and everyone thought that he’s going to be sacked really soon. Now Chelsea are in a run of a five consecutive wins in the Premier League and nobody doubts the Italian tactician anymore. Chelsea are back in the title run and they look like a really strong contender for the gold medals.
On Sunday night Chelsea will travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough. It’s the same Middlesbrough, who stole two points from Manchester City in the last round, when Marten de Roon scored in the injury time for the 1-1 draw. Now Aitor Karanka’s team will try to cause another upset to one of the strongest teams in the league.
Chelsea are simply unstoppable lately in the league. They won five consecutive times against Hull City, Leicester City, Manchester United, Southampton and Everton, scoring 16 goals in the process. It’s the best run of results any team has done since the start of the campaign. After a slow start of the season, the Londoners are now the team in the best form in the country, alongside the current leader Liverpool.
For Middlesbrough there’s nothing surprising so far, as they are currently placed at 15th position in the standings. Their ultimate goal remains survival, so nobody really expect big things from them in the league.
Cesc Fabregas is once again ready to play for Chelsea, while Antonio Conte’s biggest problems are related to the injuries of two of his biggest stars – Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Both of them are doubtful for the game, so most probably they will have a late fitness check.
Middlesbrough’s manager Aitor Karanka will be able to use his full squad for the game. The only quiestion for him remains the condition of Daniel Ayala, who is doubtful for the match.
SUNDERLAND – ARSENAL
Sunderland hosts Arsenal in a game between two teams in a completely different state at the moment. The Black Cats are currently on the bottom of the table with just two points won from nine games played, while Arsenal are among the leaders in the Premier League with 20 points, with just the goal difference separating them from the top and Manchester City.This is a really bad time for Sunderland and their manager David Moyes. The Black Cats are still unable to record a win this season. Sunderland lost four of their five games in the Premier League. They scored just 6 goals in nine games and conceded 16. Things are certainly not going well for them at the moment.A lot of pundits think that it’s just a matter of time before David Moyes face the sack, with the Manchester United former manager being unable to inspire his team to do better. Another bad result against Arsenal could mean that it’s all all over for Moyes.Arsenal on the other hand started the new season in an unconvincing way, but Arsene Wenger’s boys showed some great form lately. Arsenal won four of their last five games, although the home draw against Middlesbrough at the Emirates was certainly dissapointing. But now The Gunners will have the chance to fix their mistake and take all of the three points at the Stadium of Light.Most surely it’s a game between two teams in a completely different state and form. And also – quality. Everything, but a win for Arsenal would be a huge surprise here, although it was the same thing when The Gunners welcomed Middlesbrough at the Emirates. So, have this on mind. But overally speaking, Arsenal are a much better and inspired team at the moment, which is also proven by both teams’ position at the table.
MAN UNITED – BURNLEY
After winning against the big rival Manchester City in the League Cup, now we shall see a more inspired Manchester United against Burnley at the Old Trafford. The Red Devils are unable to win a Premier League game in their last three matches, which is something Jose Mourinho and his players simply cannot afford. Their last game in the league was also a pure disaster, losing 0-4 against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge.After winning against Manchester City during the week, now United will have the chance to bring some joy to its fans in the Premier League as well. The Red Devils are six points behind the current leader Manchester City, so they need to start winning games and points as soon as possible.Playing Burnley is a good opportunity to start doing exactly this. Burnley are currently 14th in the Premier League and their main goal this season will probably be fighting against relegation. They will travel to the Old Trafford with the idea of defending deep and probaly aim for a point, but even they know that it won’t be an easy task. Especially when it’s expected to see a very motivated United, striving to apologize to its fans after the big failure against Chelsea.Jose Mourinho will be without some of his players, who are injured. Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are all out, while Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney are slight doubts for the game.For Burnley the problems come from Stephen Ward’s injury and the state of Steven Defour, George Boyd and Ashley Barnes, who are all doubtful for the visit to Manchester.Manchester United are the big favourites to win this game, but we should remember that the Red Devils already dissapointed their fans a few times this season. They are far from being absolutely consistent, so we shall see how they will perform against Burnley.
AUGSBURG – BAYERN M
After worrying its fans with two consecutive draws in the German Bundesliga, Bayern Munich finally managed to win again, beating the usually strong Borussia M’gladbach at home last weekend. It was a breath of fresh air for the Bavarians and their manager Carlo Ancelotti, who already knows that winning is just mandatory at this club.Now Bayern will travel to Augsburg to face another challenge. The champions are the expected leader in the Bundesliga, but their advantage in front of the sensation RB Leipzig is just two points. Of course, Bayern remains the huge favourite for the gold medals, but this ambition could be underlined with just winning and nothing else.Augsburg on the other hand are currently holding the 12th spot in the Bundesliga, but being just two points away from the relegation play-off. It’s important to note that they won just one of their last five games and lost two of their last three. This is not a very good stat, before facing the strongest team in the league, so we shall see if they can offer something different against Bayern.Franck Ribery is still healing from injury for Bayern, while Rafinha is doubtful for the game. Except them, everyone else at Bayern is fit and ready to play, which is great news for Carlo Ancelotti.The situation is completely different at Augsburg, where a lot of players are sidelined with injuries, among them Framberger, Da Silva, Bobadilla, Usami, Friedrich and Opare.This is another reason to believe that Augsburg could hardly trouble Bayern Munich at this point. The Bavarians are starting to get in shape once again, so we could expect another good run of results from them. It seems highly unlikely that they will face any problems against Augsburg, but in the Bundesliga everything is possible.
VILLAREAL – CELTA
Villarreal welcomes Celta de Vigo in one of the most interesting games of the 8th round of the Spanish La Liga.After scoring four goals and winning against the champion Barcelona in the last round, now Celta could prove that they are a very solid team in a great form lately. Eduardo Berizzo’s team won its last three games in the league – against Barca, Espanyol and Sporting Gijon, which allowed them to swim back on the surface after some dissapointing results in the early rounds. It’s safe to say that Celta is one of the teams in the best form in La Liga at this very moment.Villarreal are currently keeping up their good performance from the last season. The Yellow Submarine is on equal points with the champion Barcelona at 5th place, which proves that Villarreal are once again going to be a big factor in La Liga. The club sacked its former manager Marcelino before the start of the campaign, but his replacement Fran Escriba is doing a great job so far.Villarreal will be without the injured Roberto Soldado and Jonathan dos Santos. The first one is going to miss all of the action at least until February 2017 with a serious knee injury, while the Mexican midfielder should be back at the end of this month.Celta’s manager Eduardo Berizzo will be without the services of Claudio Beauvue and Pablo Hernandez, while Carles Planas and Fabian Orellana are back in training.El Madrigal is a difficult ground to play at, but Celta’s confidence is surely over the top now after scoring four goals against Barcelona – something which does not happen every day. It’s still remain to be seen how the win against Barca will affect on Celta’s players and how they are going to perform after such a win. But most surely their task against Villarreal is not going to be an easy one.
WBA – TOTTENHAM
After beating the current leader Manchester City in their last game, now Tottenham will travell to West Bromwich to face the domestic West Bromwich Albion. Spurs are currently enjoying a great run of four consecutive wins, which allowed them to occupy the second place in the league, with just one point behind Manchester City. All of this is showing us that the Londoners are going to be once again one of the major favourites for glory in the Premier League this season.
Tony Pulis’ West Brom are currently holding the 9th place in the Premier League with 9 points won. WBA won just one of their last five games in the league – against West Ham at home, and now they will have a lot of harder task in front of them, because Tottenham are showing some great form in the last few weeks.
Tottenham will still be without the injured striker Harry Kane, who is having problems with his ankle. Without him, Spurs started with Heung-Min Son in attack against Manchester City, so now we could see a similar move by the manager Mauricio Pochettino. Another option for the forward line is the Dutch striker Vincent Janssen, who lost his place in Spurs’ starting line-up in the last few games.
Salomon Rondon is the man who will lead once again West Brom’s offensive line against Tottenham. The Colombian striker scored three goals in the Premier League since the start of the season, which makes him West Brom’s most profilic player so far, alongside Tottenham’s ex-player Nacer Chadli. These two must play on their highest level possible, if WBA intends to steal a point or three from one of the Premier League’s strongest sides at the moment.
If they win the game and Manchester City make a wrong step against Everton, Tottenham could lead the table for first time this season
WERDER – BAYER LEVERKUSEN
Werder Bremen welcomes Bayer Leverkusen at the Weserstadion in Bremen, with Alexander Nouri’s team looking to improve its position in the Bundesliga standings. Werder are currently sitting just one point above Schalke 04 and the relegation play-off, which does not corresponds with the club’s ambition and reputation.Their next opponent Bayer Leverkusen are enjoying some great moments in the last few weeks, winning two consecutive games in the league, with the last one against Borussia Dortmund at home. Leverkusen managed to improve their position in the standings and now the former Champions League finalists are holding the 6th spot with 10 points won from six games played.A big contribution to Leverkusen’s season so fa could be attributed to the Manchester United and Real Madrid former striker Javier Hernandez. Chicharito is currently the Bundesliga top scorer with five goals, alongside Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Vedad Ibisevic. It’s curious to see how Hernandez will continue with his performance and if he could keep a consistency, which will make him one of the Bundesliga’s top strikers.Werder’s most profilic striker so far is Serge Gnabry, who scored two goals in five Bundesliga games played for Werder this season. This is not speaking well Werder’s strikers, who are not showing their worth on the pitch so far. But could they start doing it against Leverkusen at the Weserstadion?Werder won just one of their six Bundesliga games this season, so they are currently in not good condition so far. This makes Leverkusen a favourite to win the clash, especially after beating Borussia Dortmund in the last round. But of course, Werder are one of the most traditional clubs in Germany, so everyone should be careful when playing against them. Right now Alexander Nouri’s team is facing some difficulties, but Werder has good players who could turn around the club’s fortune until the end of the campaign.
AIK – OSTERSUNDS
The fight for the title in Sweden’s Allsvenskan is still very open with three teams having a chance to win the gold medals – Malmo FF, Norrköping and AIK. This is great news for the fans of Swedish football, because we should expect some dramatic things to happen until the end of the season.
AIK is the third team in this company of contenders, currently occupying the third spot in the league, being 7 points behind the current leader Malmo. The only reason why Rikard Norling’s team is still in the title run is its brilliant form lately. AIK won four of its last five games in the Allsvenskan, losing points only in the draw against Elfsborg away from home. This type of performance kept AIK in the fight for the gold medals, so now they have to make another step to keep the dream alive.
Now Rikard Norling’s boys are welcoming Östersunds FK at the Friends Arena and they have to win the full three points, because there is no room for any mistakes. Östersunds FK are currently placed at the bottom half of the table, which make AIK a clear favourite to win the game. Östersunds FK lost three of their last five games in the league, but they won their last one against Falkenberg, scoring six goals in the process. This should boost their confidence before the travel to Solna to meet AIK.
AIK is the clear favourite to win this game and to eventually move closer to the top in the Allsvenskan. Anything, but a win for the team from Solna would be a huge surprise. AIK is cleary the better team of the two and they are also enjoying a great form in the last month. This is a “must win” game for the home team, so they should enter the pitch motivated to do the job.
MANCHESTER UNITED – LEICESTER
After losing two consecutive games in the Premier League, now it’s time for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United to bounce back and once again show its ambition for the gold medals in the end of the season. And what’s a better opportunity than doing it against the current champion of the league?
Manchester United are hosting Leicester City at the Old Trafford and it’s a must-win game for The Red Devils. United lost its last two games in the league against Manchester City and Watford, so Mourinho’s boys are already six points behind the current leader Manchester City.
During the week United managed to win against Northampton Town in the League Cup competition, but what’s more important is how the team will look against Leicester on Saturday.
Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester won just two of its first five games since the start of the campaign, losing two as well. The Foxes are currently placed at the wrong side of the table, so there’s a big room for improvement for them. Let’s see if they are able to show it at the Old Trafford against a team which is desperate to start winning once again.
Both managers rested their key players for the League Cup, so we shall see the two teams refreshed and ready for battle. Last season it was a 1-1 draw in both games between the two teams, with Manchester United winning the clash for the Community Shield before the start of this campaign.
This is a very interesting clash, because both teams are motivated to do better than their performance in the league so far. Both teams lost a lot of points already, which is not good for their high ambitions in the league. One of them could prevail and get a breath of fresh air. Or who knows – why not sharing the points once again?
HAMBURGER – BAYERN M
Can anyone stop Bayern Munich from getting another title in the German Bundesliga this season? After the first four rounds of the competition, the answer so far is “no”. Even with a new manager, Bayern remains an unstoppable force in German football, winning all four of its Bundesliga games so far.
What’s more, Bayern Munich scored 14 goals in the first four games of the league, conceiding just once. That’s an absolutely impressive stat for the Bavarians, who are currently on the top of the table with 12 points won from 12 possible. This is not a good sign for the teams who hope to break Bayern’s dominance in the Bundesliga, because FC Hollywood looks stronger than ever.
This weekend Bayern will travel to Hamburg to meet Hamburger SV. This really looks like a mismatch, taking into account that Hamburger have won just one point in the first four games so far. Bruno Labbadia’s team shared the points against Ingolstadt in the first round, but after that it was all a downfall for them, losing their next three games in the league against Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Freiburg.
Looking at the current form and overall class of the two teams, it would be a massive shock if Bayern lose a point in Hamburg. Carlo Ancelotti’s team is performing in a brilliant way since the start of the new season and they are not even close to stopping right now. It’s safe to say that the Italian manager is looking like a perfect replacement for Josep Guardiola, who led Bayern to three consecutive titles in the Bundesliga.
Hamburger on the other hand once again look like a team who is about to fight for its survival in the league. That’s really sad, because HSV is one of the historical clubs in German football, who even won the European Cup in the golden years of its existence.
WATFORD – MAN U
Just a week after losing the Manchester derby against Manchester City at the Old Trafford, Manchester United will try to redeem themselves against Walter Mazzarri’s Watford at the Vicarage Stadium in Watford.
Jose Mourinho’s team seriously underperformed against Manchester City, being outplayed and dominated in a big part of the derby. Surely United had chances for getting a draw in the clash against Pep Guardiola’s inspired side, but this was mainly because of Manchester City’s new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo being too shaky at the goal. Overall, Manchester United underperformed in their first big test for the new season, which was a serious worry for their supporters.
Watford is team which is currently placed at the half of the table in the Premier League. The Italian manager Walter Mazzarri led his boys to one win, one draw and two losses since the beginning of the season, with Watford scoring four times against West Ham away from home in the last round. This was a great way for Watford to stop their bad run of two consecutive losses in the league – against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho is troubled because of the injuries of two of his players. The Armenian winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the left back Luke Shaw got hurt a few days ago, which means that the Special One will have to find alternatives for them in hist starting line-up. Both of them started in the derby against Manchester City a week ago.
Walter Mazzarri will have to deal with the absence of his countryman Stefano Okaka. The Italian striker is still injured and he will not feature against United at the Vicarage Stadium.
This game is important for Watford, but it’s even more important for Manchester United. The Red Devils can’t afford to fall too much behind of the leader Manchester City, who are expected to win against Bournemouth at home.
TOTTENHAM – SUNDERLAND
Two wins and two draws. And still undefeated. That’s how Tottenham started the new season in the English Premier League. Now the Spurs will have the chance to secure a third win since the start of the new season, hosting Sunderland at home at the White Hart Lane in London.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team scored four times against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium last week, winning with 4-0 against the weakest team in the league so far. It was a one man show for Heung-Min Son, who scored two times and assisted for one goal that day. The other two goals were scored by Dele Alli and Harry Kane, while Stoke remained absolutely helpless on the pitch.
In same time David Moyes’ Sunderland remained one of the three teams which are unable to record a win since the start of the new season. The Black Cats lost against Everton at home, which left them with just one point in the first four games of the new campaign. Most surely it’s not the start David Moyes was dreaming about when he accepted the job at the Stadium of Light.
Right now Moyes is facing another difficult challenge, travelling to the White Hart Lane in the English capital. It’s difficult to think that a team in such a bad form like Sunderland could get something from Tottenham at this very moment, but during his time in Everton Moyes proved that he’s a specialist in beating the odds. It remains to be seen if he would be able to do at Sunderland what he already did at Everton years ago.
Tottenham remains focused on finishing once again in the Top 4 this season. Last season the Spurs were among the challengers for the title, but now the competition looks bigger than it was ever before.
STOKE CITY – TOTTENHAM
It’s never easy to play a football game at Stoke, but now Tottenham will have to do it, because the Spurs are travelling to Bet365 Stadium to face Mark Hughes’ boys.
Tottenham are once again aiming for a place in the Top 4 of the Premier League this season, although it looks like a really difficult task with all of the improved and strong teams in the competition right now. The Londoners won just one of their first three games in the league so far – against Crystal Palace, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team lost two points against Everton and Liverpool. It’s safe to say that they are still close to the Top 4, so these errors could be fixed in the games to come. And the match against Stoke City is a good opportunity for them to do exactly that.
Stoke City are not enjoying the best possible start of the new season in the Premier League. Mark Hughes’ team won just one point from nine possible since the start of the campaign. Stoke lost against Manchester City and Everton, wtih their only point coming from the draw against Middlesbrough in the first round. It’s not a good start for Hughes and his boys, so they need to start winning more points as soon as possible, if they want to be in a good position in the battle for survival this season.
It will be interesting to follow the decision which Mauricio Pochettino is about to take regarding his offensive line this time. Against Liverpool he put Harry Kane in the striker position and left the summer signing Vincent Janssen out of the starting eleven. This could change against Stoke City, because Tottenham are going to need a more solid offensive power, if they want to break the home team’s defense.
MANCHESTER UNITED – MANCHESTER CITY
Jose Mourinho and Josep Guardiola are ready to revive their famous rivalry, because Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to meet for first time this season in the English Premier League. And for first time since Mourinho and Guardiola are leading the two big clubs from Manchester.
Surprising or not, United and City are among the teams on the top of the table in the Premier League with a full active of 9 points after the first three games. Guardiola’s City is currently the team with a better goal difference, so that’s the reason why the Citizens are currently holding the first place.
Manchester United is being visibly inspired by the signing of superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba this summer. The Swedish striker already scored three times in the first three league games, while Pogba is starting to impress with his peformances as well. These two will have to be on the top of their game against a strong and inspired Manchester City side, if United want to win the derby. Eric Bailly is also looking like a great recruitment in the Red Devils’ defense so far.
There are some bad news for Pep Guardiola before the Manchester derby and it’s related to City’s goalscoring machine Sergio Aguero. The Argentine will miss the trip to Old Trafford because of suspension. Kun was sanctioned after the win against West Ham, so he’s about to miss City’s next three games in the league.
We shall expect an exciting derby between two huge football rivals. It’s a rivalry which is about to become just bigger this season, because of the ambition and reputation of managers like Jose Mourinho and Josep Guardiola. We shall expect that these two are going to be teams, alongside Chelsea, who are about to fight for the Premier League crown this season.
REAL MADRID – OSASUNA
Real Madrid’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is coming back to action. The Portuguese striker will have his first minutes since the beginning of the new season, when Real Madrid welcomes Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
The Euro 2016 winner with Portugal missed Real Madrid’s first two games in La Liga, after he was given a longer rest after the European Championship in France and the injury he recieved in the final against France.
It’s not expected Ronaldo to play a full game against Osasuna, but most surely he will feature among Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven for the game.
Real Madrid started well this season, which will once again see them in a thrilling battle with Barcelona and probably Atletico Madrid for the championship crown. The Los Blancos won their first two games of the new season, winning comfortably against Real Sociedad at San Sebastian and getting away with a late winner by Toni Kroos against Celta at home. Zinedine Zidane’s team is currently with a full active of six points after the first two games – same as Barcelona and the surprising leader in La Liga Las Palmas.
Osasuna on the other hand started without a win in the first two rounds of La Liga. The team from Pamplona came back to the elite of the Spanish football after one season in Segunda Division. In the first round they shared the points against Malaga away from home, but in the second round they lost at home against Real Sociedad.
It’s another must win game for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. It would be a huge surprise if the Los Blancos don’t take the full three points from this game, although this almost happened against Celta. We shall think that the game against Celta would be a good red lamp for Zinedine Zidane and his boys before their next test.
INTER – PALERMO
Will Frank de Boer achieve his first win as Inter manager? This is the question which everyone is asking before the clash between Inter and Palermo at the Stadio San Siro in Milan.
The Dutch manager inherited the sacked Roberto Mancini just before the start of the new season in Serie A, but he debuted with a loss against Chievo Verona. It was not the start Frank de Boer was dreaming about in Serie A, but now he will have the opportunity to record a first win in sight of the tifosi at the San Siro.
Just like Inter, Palermo did not enjoy the best possible start of the new season in Serie A. The Sicilians lost their first home game of the campaign against Sassuolo at Stadio Renzo Barbera, without scoring a goal. Now they will have the opportunity to do better agaisnt Inter, but it’s always difficult for anyone to play at the San Siro.
It’s curious to see if Frank de Boer is about to make any significant changes in his starting line-up. Against Chievo he left Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic, Felipe Melo and Stevan Jovetic on the bench, but now it’s expected for us to see some changes in his tactical approach to the game. The left back Cristian Ansaldi is still injured, so Frank de Boer will have to build his starting eleven without his services once again.
Palermo will be without the Serbian central defender Slobodan Rajkovic, who was sent off in the last minutes during the game against Sassuolo.
Everyone is expecting Frank de Boer to record his first win as an Inter manager and everything else would be a huge dissapointment for the Nerazurri’s tifosi. The Dutch tactician still has a lot of work to do, but this game is a good opportunity for him to show us a glimpse of what he is doing with his players since his arrival to Italy.
WATFORD – ARSENAL
New season in the English Premier League, but a same old Arsenal. That’s what a lot of Arsenal’s fans are telling to themselves after the club’s rocky start in the Premier League this season. Arsene Wenger’s team won just one point in the first two games of the league, losing against Liverpool and sharing the points with the champion Leicester City.
Arsenal have not won the title in the Premier League since 2004 and that’s why the majority of the Gunners’ fans are getitng impatient towards the club’s legendary manager Arsene Wenger. Winning just one point of six possible is also not something which helps the French tactician at this point.
Watford had a similar start of the season as Arsenal’s, winning one point in the first two games. Walter Mazzarri’s team took one point during the visit at Southampton, but dramatically lost at home against Chelsea with a late goal by Diego Costa.
It’s crucial for Arsenal to get the all three points at Watford, if they want to keep up with the other major contenders for the title. The two Manchester teams and Chelsea already have a full active of six points since the start of the season, so another wrong step for Arsenal could mean a serious lose of positions for the Gunners. And most surely, Arsenal’s fans would not tolerate another unsuccessful season for the club under the reign of Arsene Wenger.
It’s interesting to note what the statistics say about the clash between Watford and Arsenal. And to be honest, it’s not very good to Watford. The Hornets have lost all of their six Premier League matches against the Londoners, but how we all know very well, the statistics are meant to be broken. So who knows what Walter Mazzari’s team could offer this time?
TOTTENHAM – LIVERPOOL
Tottenham welcomes Liverpool in the first game of the third round of the English Premier League at the White Hart Lane in London.
Tottenham are aiming to record a second straight win since the beginning of the new season, after their home win against Crystal Palace just a week ago. In the first round Spurs lost two points on the road against Everton.
Liverpool on the other hand dissapointed their fans last week with an uninspiring performace, losing their visit to Burnley. In the first round Jurgen Klopp’s team enjoyed a terrific win against Arsenal at the Emirates, but the Reds were a shadow to themselves in their last league game.
It’s important to note that surprisingly Liverpool is the team with the worst defensive record in the Premier League at the moment, alongside Stoke City. The Reds conceded five goals in just two games, which is a serious concern for the manager Jurgen Klopp. It’s true that his team also scored four times for the first two games, but it’s hard to think that Liverpool will fulfill their ambitions in the league, if the German manager do not improve the team’s defense.
Speaking about Liverpool’s shaky defense, it’s a good chance for Tottenham’s strikers to use this in their favour. The summer signing Vincent Janssen is already finding his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven, while Harry Kane is supporting the Dutch forward from a second line. Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen will have to bring the creativity in midfield again.
It’s interesting to see how Liverpool and Klopp will react to the dissapointing lose at Burnley. The Reds are filled wih ambition for this season, but it’s obvious that their manager still has a lot of work to do. The game at the White Hart Lane is a great chance for Liverpool to show that they have the tools needed for a successful season in the Premier League
DORTMUND – MAINZ
The only team who can really stop Bayern Munich’s dominance in the German Bundesliga. That’s people say of Borussia Dortmund, who are beginning their new Bundesliga adventure against Mainz 05 at the Signal Iduna Park.Dortmund said goodbye to some key players like Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jakub Blaszczykowski during the summer, but they did a good enough job to replace them on the summer market. Mario Gotze was brought back to the club, while Dortmund paid 30 million euro to Wolfsburg for another German international – Andre Schurrle. Ousmane Dembele, Sebastian Rode, Raphael Guerreiro, Marc Bartra and Emre Mor are also among the new players who were signed to the club this summer.It’s difficult to think that anyone could break Bayern’s hegemony in Germany at this point, but it also looks like Dortmund are the only team, who could really come close to the Bavarians or bring some excitement to the title run this season.Borussia Dortmund are looking particularly exciting in attack, where the manager Thomas Tuchel can rely on great attacking talent like Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze. It remains to be seen how these players will click together, but if they do – then Dortmund are going to look like a some fearsome force to reckon with.There’s no much we could say against Mainz 05 at this point. They managed to improve their offensive line with the signing of the colombian strike Jhon Cordoba from Granada, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Gerrit Holtmann, Jonas Lossl and Jose Rodriguez were also bringed at the Opel Arena.It’s logical to expect that Borussia Dortmund will start their new Bundesliga campaign in a positive manner. Thomas Tuchel’s side is one of the major contenders for the gold medals this season, so anything but a win at the start woud be major surprise.
ESPANYOL – MALAGA
Espanyol are hosting Malaga in the first game of the second round of the Spanish La Liga. Both teams are looking for their first win in the Spanish league this season, after being unable to take the three points in their first game. Espanyol lost in a spectacular goal thriller against Sevilla last week, while Malaga took one point against Osasuna at home.It was all goals and action for Espanyol in their first La Liga game this season against Sevilla at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The amazing game at the Andalusian capital ended with a 6-4 win for Sevilla, Espanyol showing both a great promise in attack and a real weakness in defense. Pablo Piatti, Hernan Perez, Victor Sanchez and Gerard Moreno scored for the Los Pericos, with the game being an official debut for their new manager Quique Sanchez Flores.Malaga on the other hand didn’t show much against the newly promoted Osasuna at the Estadio La Rosaleda. Juan Pablo Añor opened the score for the Andalusians shortly after the break, but a late goal from Fran Merida silenced the home crowd. it was a great chance for Malaga to start their new campaign with a win, but Juande Ramos’ boys dissapointed in the last minutes of the game.Malaga’s most noticeable summer transfer was the signing of the Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez, who is expected to be the team’s new leading goalscorer. Sandro was among the starters against Osasuna, but he was unable to open his goal account for the team.Espanyol on the other hand signed well known players like Leo Baptistao, Jose Manuel Jurado, Pablo Piatti and Javi Fuego, so it remains to be seen how they will integrate themselves in the team under the guidance of an experienced manager like Quique Sanchez Flores.
BAYERN MUNICH – WERDER BREMEN
Can anyone stop Bayern Munich this season? Or the reigning champions of the German Bundesliga are going go rule once again the league, leaving everyone behind?This question is about to be answered with the 2016/17 season of the German Bundesliga, starting at Allianz Arena with the game between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen.This is going to be an official debut for Bayern’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti in the Bundesliga. The Italian manager inherited Josep Guardiola in Munich and he already managed to win the German Supercup, beating Bayern’s biggest domestic rival Borussia Dortmund. Now he will try to start his new adventure in the Bundesliga with a win in his first challenge.During the summer Bayern spent 70 million euro on just two players, signing Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund and Portugal’s new wonderkid Renato Sanches. And while it’s expected Hummels to make his official debut for the Bavarians against Werder, Sanches is missing the game because of an injury.Things are not perfect for Werder’s manager Viktor Skripnik too. The away team can’t rely on their most expensive summer signing Max Kruse, who injured his knee in a serious way just a few days ago. Kruse was signed from Wolfsburg for 7,5 million euro, but he now he’s going to miss a lot of action for his new team.Bayern is the heavy favourite in this clash, so anything else but a win for the Bavarians would be a huge surprise. Everyone expects Carlo Ancelotti to start his new Bundesliga adventure with a win, pleasing the fans at the Allianz Arena. Werder are probably going to sit back and wait for their chances on counter-attack, but they probably are not going to have many of them. It’s expected Bayern to be in full control of the game, starting the defense of its league title with a win.