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WEEKEND PREVIEW: MAN UTD TRAVEL TO STAMFORD BRIDGE, REAL MADRID HOST SEVILLA & MORE 


Nottingham Forest v Liverpool  

Bottom of the table Nottingham Forest have had a chaotic start to life back in the Premier League which, in a way, mirrors their equally chaotic transfer window. While there is undeniable quality in the squad, their rather bizarre number of new signings always meant they would struggle to build chemistry in the first half of the season. They’ve scored just 7 goals in their 11 league games with 7 losses & just 1 win. Liverpool, on the other hand, seem to be turning their season around. After a slow start to both the Premier League & Champions League, they’ve strung together 3 wins in a row, including a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Manchester City. With Mo Salah & his teammates enjoying this newfound belief, things could get really ugly when they visit Forest.  

Expected Lineups: 

Nottingham Forest: Henderson; Williams, Cook, McKenna, Lodi; Mangala, Yates, Freuler; Gibbs-White, Dennis, Johnson 

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson;  Fabinho, Thiago, Carvalho; Salah, Firmino 

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Chelsea v Manchester United  

This heavyweight clash between two Top 4 hopefuls will be overshadowed by talks about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner refused to come on as a sub in Man Utd’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspurs on Wednesday and he walked out of the pitch and left the stadium before the final whistle; the second time he’s done this under Erik ten Hag. He’s been subsequently left off the team travelling to Chelsea and made to train on his own.  

Cristiano Ronaldo’s drama aside, both teams would really fancy their chances in this game. Graham Potter is yet to taste defeat since he became Chelsea’s Head Coach with 5 wins and 2 draws in 7 games in all competitions. Impressively, Chelsea have kept 5 straight clean sheets, thanks to Kepa Arrizabalaga who has been nothing short of amazing since he regained his spot in the starting lineup.   

Man Utd have been equally impressive with the defensive spine of Casemiro, Varane & Martinez proving very difficult to break down while Diogo Dalot & Luke Shaw have equally been solid defensively. They’ve kept 3 clean sheets in a row and 6 in total this season but there are still some concerns about their ruthlessness in front of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence coupled with Martial’s injury means Erik ten Hag would likely stick to the team that got the job done against Spurs.  

Expected Lineups: 

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Chalobah; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Sterling, Mount; Aubameyang 

Man Utd: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford 

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Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion  

Man City suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday as Mo Salah’s lone goal was enough to get the job done. For the second time this season, Erling Haaland was not on the scoresheet as Liverpool’s defence kept him quiet all evening. In front of the home fans at the Etihad, he’ll undoubtedly be looking to bounce back against a very good Brighton side but, perhaps the player looking forward to this game the most is Man City’s Cancelo whose mistimed interception led to Mo Salah’s goal. The newly crowned Club of the Year have 7 games left before the world cup (across 3 competitions) with 5 of those coming at home. They’ve won their last 12 games at home scoring a mind-blowing 51 goals in that period. 

 

Brighton have had a good start to the season and sit at a respectable 8th position on the Premier League table. Their 4pts from visits to Old Trafford & Anfield and their commanding 5-2 victory over Leicester City have been the highlights of their season. However, following Leandro Trossard’s stunning hat-trick against Liverpool a few weeks ago, the team has struggled in front of goal and have failed to get on the scoresheet in their last 3 games. They were held to a frustrating goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday despite having 71% of the possession and 19 shot attempts. New manager Roberto De Zerbi continues to search for his first win in charge of the club after replacing Graham Potter but it’s highly unlikely they get it at the Etihad.  

Expected Lineups: 

Man City: Ederson, Cancelo, Akanji, Laporte, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo; Foden, Haaland, Grealish 

Brighton: Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster; March, Caicedo, Mac Allister, Trossard; Lallana, Gross; Welbeck 

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Real Madrid v Sevilla  

Real Madrid captain, Karim Benzema will get to present his Ballon d’Or award to the home fans when his team hosts Sevilla this weekend. The newly crowned best player in the world led Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory away at Elche but saw 2 goals and an assist ruled out for offside before finally getting on the scoresheet. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are 3 pts clear on top of La Liga and will likely field their strongest side possible against Sevilla having already qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League ahead of their midweek trip to RB Leipzig, thanks to their 4-point cushion in Group F. 

Isco returns to Santiago Bernabeu for the first time following his departure in the summer. His time in Sevilla hasn’t been a pleasant one with his new team having won just 2 of their 14 matches in all competitions. Sevilla, who finished 4th last season, are currently 12th in La Liga – 10pts from the top 4 – and are winless in the Champions League where they face likely elimination.  

Former Real Manager Julen Lopetegui was sacked by Sevilla earlier this month following a string of poor results and his replacement, Jorge Sampaoli has picked up 1 win & 3 draws in the 4 games in charge. It’s hard to see Sevilla picking up points in the nation’s capital this weekend, especially with the return of recently crowned Goalkeeper of the Year, Thibaut Courtois. 

Expected Lineups: 

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr. 

Sevilla: Bono; Navas, Montiel, Nianzou, Telles; Gomez, Gudelj, Isco, Delaney, O Torres; Lamela 

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AC Milan v Monza  

Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani return to AC Milan for the first time following the promotion of Monza. During the “Berlusconi Era” (1986 – 2017), AC Milan won 5 Champions League & 8 Serie A titles; the most successful era in the club’s history.  

Now, the duo is in charge of 14th place Monza who struggled in the first few games in the season but have turned it around following the sacking of Giovanni Stroppa & the appointment of Raffaele Palladino.  

Under Palladino, Monza have won 3 of their last 4 league games including a 1 – 0 win over Juventus. They did lose their last league game to Empoli over the weekend but quickly bounced back with a 3-2 win over high flying Udinese in the Copa Italia with goals from Mattia Valoti, Salvatore Molina and Andrea Petagna. 

A win for Monza in this derby could be too much to ask. While AC Milan may be struggling in the Champions League, they have been in fine form in the league with 4 wins in their last 5 games and 7 wins in 10 overall. They sit in 3rd place, just 3pts behind leaders Napoli. AC Milan have won 6 straight home games against newly promoted sides with their last loss coming against Benevento, back in April 2018.  

Milan will have an eye on the UCL fixture away at Dinamo Zagreb with the Rossoneri desperately needing a win to keep their Round of 16 hopes alive and, coupled with the feistiness that comes with every derby, this could be a much closer game than many could imagine.  

Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani will love nothing more than to stick it to their old club and they’ll ensure their players are well motivated for this long-awaited game.  

Expected Lineups: 

AC Milan: Tatarusanu; Dest, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer, Pobega; Messias, Diaz, Rebic; Giroud. 

Monza: Di Gregorio; Marlon, Mari, Izzo; Carlos, Sensi, Barberis, Ciurria; Caprari, Pessina; Gytkjaer. 

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Fiorentina v Inter  

Inter have endured a shaky start to their Serie A campaign with 6 wins & 4 losses this season. They sit 7th in the league outside a European place which is worrying for a club with their resources. While they’ve had two consecutive league wins, their trip to Fiorentina is bound to present challenges. Fiorentina aren’t enjoying a good start either. 

Despite their decent form in the UEFA Conference League which has them 2nd in their group with a high chance of making it to the knockout stage, La Viola have struggled in the Serie A and sit in 14th place with just 2 league wins in 10.  

One thing we can bank on in this fixture, is goals. Inter’s last 9 league games away from home have produced 3 or more goals and they have both scored and conceded in each of these 9 games.  Also, Inter Milan are on a run of 19 matches without a draw in the Serie A – the longest run in the competition at the moment. Interestingly, their last draw came against Fiorentina on the 19th of March earlier this year.  

Expected Lineups: 

Fiorentina: Terracciano; Dodo, Milenkovic, Igor, Biraghi; Amrabat, Bonaventura; Gonzalez, Barak, Kouame; Cabral. 

Inter: Onana; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko. 

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Borussia Dortmund v Stuttgart  

Borussia Dortmund are 8th in the Bundesliga, no thanks to their recent poor form which has seen them pick up just 4 pts in their last 5 league games. They won 4 of their first 5 games to start the league season but have won just once in the following 5 games.  

They’ve found it very hard to compete with teams on their level or slightly lower with defeats against Werder Bremen, RB Leipzig, Koln and just last weekend, Union Berlin. In other words, they have beaten the bad teams and struggled against the good teams.  

Luckily for them, they have a shot to get back on track when they host 14th place Stuttgart who just picked up their first 3pts of the season at home to Bochum on Saturday following the sacking of Pellegrino Matarazzo. Michael Wimmer remains in charge of the visitors on an interim basis, and he’s delivered 2 wins in his two games – the aforementioned home win against Bochum in the league and a 6-0 win against Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal Cup. 10 goals in 2 games for Stuttgart in just 2 games will surely fill them with confidence heading into this game.  

Expected Lineups: 

Dortmund: Kobel; Meunier, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Ozcan; Adeyemi, Brandt, Malen; Moukoko 

Stuttgart: Muller; Mavropanos, Anton, Zagadou; Silas, Endo, Ahamada, Millot, Sosa; Pfeiffer, Tomas 

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Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich  

By their standards, Bayern Munich haven’t had the best of starts to the Bundesliga with 5 wins & 4 draws in their opening 10 games.  Nagelsmann’s side started the season with 3 consecutive wins but have won just 2 of their next 7 – a stat that should provide Hoffenheim with some confidence. 

However, they’ve been borderline flawless in front of goal with their 30 league goals in 10 games the 2nd best in all the top 5 leagues in Europe behind Manchester City’s 33 league goals in the same time frame.  

They travel to Hoffenheim, Julian Nagelsmann’s former team, who are enjoying a fine start to their season with 5 wins in their opening 10 games, just like Bayern. Hoffenheim are 4th on the table with 2 wins against Schalke in the last 4 days; a 3-0 win away from home in the Bundesliga and a 5-1 home win in the DFB Pokal to knock them out.  

Only Hoffenheim teams coached by Nagelsmann (20, 2016) and Ralf Rangnick (22, 2008) have picked up more points after 10 matches than Breitenreiter’s current side (17). So, the Bavarians have their work cut out for them.  

While a home game against Bayern Munich will undoubtedly present a bigger challenge than back-to-back fixtures against relegation candidates Schalke, Hoffenheim will be counting on Bayern’s midweek fixture away at Barcelona in the Champions League as a distraction for the reigning champions. 

Expected Lineups: 

Hoffenheim: Baumann; Akpoguma, Kabak, Nsoki; Skov, Promel, Geiger, Angelino; Baumgartner; Rutter, Dabbur 

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Musiala, Mane; Choupo-Moting 

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Marseille v Lens  

The race for Champions League qualification in Ligue 1 is arguably the most interesting it’s been in recent seasons. While PSG occupy the top spot, to no one’s surprise, the 2nd and 3rd spots are currently held by Lorient & Lens; two teams who gained promotion in 2020. Marseille’s 1-0 to PSG in Le Classique last weekend saw them drop out of the top 3 and into 4th position and they’ll be hoping to get it back when they host Lens.  

Marseille & Lens are very evenly matched heading into this game with both sides having won 7 games & conceded 8 goals apiece in 11 league games. Marseille have scored in each of their 6 home games in Ligue 1 this season, winning 4 and drawing 1 of those. However, they’ll be facing a Lens side that have kept games very tight recently. In their first 6 league games, Lens’ matches have featured 22 goals: an average of 3.7 goals per game. However, they have been involved in  four 1-0 games out of their last 5 Ligue 1 with a goalless draw at Nantes sandwiched in between. It’ll be very tough to separate these two sides given how well matched they are and perhaps, the value lies in how low scoring it promises to be.  

Expected Lineups: 

Marseille: Lopez; Mbemba, Balerdi, Bailly; Clauss, Rongier, Veretout, Tavares; Under, Guendouzi; Sanchez 

Lens: Samba; Haidara, Danso, Medina; Frankowski, Fofana, Abdul Samed, Machado; Sotoca, Said; Openda 

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