After some midweek action in the European cups, we can look forward to another slate of great games in the top European leagues. Chelsea takes on Liverpool, while Inter and Juventus will do battle in Milan. Here are some of the games to keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Chelsea – Liverpool (Premier League Matchday 5):
The weekend kicks off early with a big Premier League meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool on Friday at Stamford Bridge. With both sides missing out on European cup soccer this season, allowing Sky Sports to move this fixture to a Friday to allow maximum exposure.
Chelsea is coming off a 2-2 draw against Swansea City, with Diego Costa scoring both goals for the Blues. The Spanish international seems to have found his scoring touch again after struggling a bit last season. Liverpool have been a bit inconsistent to start the season, but took an impressive 4-1 win over reigning champions Leicester City last weekend. The last meeting at Stamford Bridge ended in a 3-1 win for Liverpool.
Hamburg SV – RB Leipzig (Bundesliga Matchday 3):
HSV welcomes Bundesliga newcomers RB Leipzig to the Volksparkstadion on Saturday. The newcomers have enjoyed a good start to the season, picking up a win and a draw, while Hamburg is still looking for the first league win of the season.
HSV opened up the season by getting a 1-1 draw against Ingolstadt and a 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. American international Bobby Wood has scored both goals for HSV this season. Leipzig got a 2-2 draw against Hoffenheim in the season opener, followed by a nice 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund last weekend.
Manchester City – Bournemouth (Premier League Matchday 5):
Manchester City looks to stay perfect as they take on Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
City tops the table after four straight wins. After grabbing a win at Old Trafford against United in the Manchester Derby last weekend, City took a 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Sergio Aguero netting a hat-trick.
Bournemouth got their first win of the season last weekend, as the Cherries defeated West Bromwich Albion 1-0 after a goal by Callum Wilson. Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for Bournemouth since joining the club on loan from Arsenal. Wilshere came off the bench, but could make his first start for his new club on Saturday.
Inter – Juventus (Serie A Matchday 4):
Inter would like nothing more than to pick up a win over league leaders Juventus on Sunday at the San Siro Stadium. The Nerazzurri have had an up-and-down start to the season, picking up a win, a draw and a loss. They grabbed a 2-1 win over Pescara last weekend after a late winner by Mauro Icardi. The Argentine has scored three goals in the opening three games and will be the main threat for the hosts.
Juventus have three wins in a row, defeating Fiorentina, Lazio and Sassuolo. They’re coming off a scoreless draw against Spanish side Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday.
When the sides met in the Copa Italia semifinals back in March, Juventus edged out Inter on penalties.
Fiorentina – Roma (Serie A Matchday 4):
Roma are trying to keep pace with Juventus at the top of Serie A as they travel to Florence and the Stadio Artemio Franchi to take on Fiorentina on Sunday.
The Romans currently sit in second place, two points behind leaders Juventus, after picking up two wins and a draw to start the season. They are coming off a 3-2 win over Sampdoria last weekend, with legend Francesco Totti scoring the winning goal on a penalty kick in stoppage time.
Fiorentina have only played two league games so far, losing 2-1 to Juventus in their season opener, followed by a 1-0 win over Chievo after a goal by Carlos Sanchez.
Roma won both meetings between the club last season by a combined score of 6-2.