The top European leagues are back. With the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 all underway, it’s time for the Bundesliga to kick off this weekend. So, here are some of the games to keep an extra eye on.
Bayern Munich – Werder Bremen (Bundesliga Matchday 1):
Bayern Munich kicks off their title defense on Friday as they host Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Bayern are on the hunt for a fifth straight domestic title, after grabbing their 26th league title last season. With the arrival of Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches, the champions are looking to continue their dominance in Germany and push for the Champions League trophy. Bremen finished in 13th place last season, and has a had a lot of turnover in the squad.
Bayern spanked Bremen 5-0 last season when they met at the Allianz Arena, and they won all three meetings between the teams in the league and the DFB Cup.
Tottenham Hotspur – Liverpool (Premier League Matchday 3):
Tottenham will look to build on last weekend’s narrow win over Crystal Palace, as they host Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Liverpool were snubbed on the nose, suffering a 2-0 defeat to newcomers Burnley last weekend after getting that thrilling 4-3 win over Arsenal in the season opener. Liverpool were dominating possession against Burnley, but they probably won’t see as much of the ball against the Spurs. Tottenham got to taste victory thanks to new signing Victor Wanyama who scored the lone goal against Palace.
Both meetings last season between the clubs ended in draws (0-0, 1-1).
Lazio – Juventus (Serie A Matchday 2):
Both teams are coming off wins in their openers, and Lazio will hope that they can pull off an upset against the champions when they host Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
Lazio grabbed a 4-3 win over Atalanta after goals by Ciro Immobile, Wesley Hoedt, Cristiano Lombardi, and Danilo Cataldi, while Juventus grabbed a 2-1 win over Fiorentina after goals by Sami Khedira and new signing Gonzalo Higuain.
Juventus are heavy favorites to take home a sixth straight Serie A title, especially after the signing of Higuain who won the Serie A Golden Boot last season. Lazio are pushing to improve on their eighth-place finish last campaign and earn a European cup spot.
Manchester City – West Ham United (Premier League Matchday 3):
Manchester City will look to continue their positive start to the season on Sunday when they welcome West Ham United to the Etihad Stadium.
With Champions League qualification in the bag and two straight wins to start league play, Pep Guardiola has gotten off to a good start as City manager. West Ham enjoyed a good campaign last season under Slaven Bilic, and the Hammers had a win and a draw against City during the 2015/16 season.
With City picking up a 2-1 win over Sunderland in their opener, followed by a 4-1 win over Stoke City, they top the table after two games. West Ham suffered a narrow loss to Chelsea in their opening game, followed by a 1-0 win over Bournemouth after a goal by Michail Antonio.
AS Monaco – Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1 Matchday 3):
Monaco finished in third place last season, 31 points behind league winners Paris Saint-Germain. Monaco will have an early opportunity on Sunday to show that they intend to close that gap this season.
PSG has lost their big star in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but there’s still several quality players left in the squad, who has started off with wins over Bastia (1-0) and Metz (3-0). Monaco rescued a 2-2 draw against Guingamp in their opener, followed by a 1-0 win over Nantes after a goal by Boschilia.
The teams split the games last season, with the visitors grabbing the win.