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Another weekend, another stacked lineup of soccer action. All the buzz is about Jurgen Klopp and his first game in charge of Liverpool. Will the Reds be able to get a win over Tottenham Hotspur? Spurs haven’t lost since Opening Day and will fancy their chances at a win at home. Here are a few of the games that you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur – Liverpool (Premier League Matchday 9):
All focus will be on Jurgen Klopp for his first game as the manager of Liverpool. The Reds take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in London in the early game on Saturday. Klopp hasn’t had much time with the player due to the international break, but a lot of people will be eager to see what sort of effect his appointment has had on the squad.
Liverpool sits in 10th with 12 points, one point behind eighth-placed Tottenham. Klopp will be without striker Christian Benteke (hamstring) and attacking midfielder Firmino (back), but the hopes are that both players will be available for selection next weekend. Liverpool recently lost Danny Ings and Joe Gomez to season-ending injuries.
Liverpool won 3-0 last season at White Hart Lane after goals by Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno.
Werder Bremen – Bayern Munich (Bundesliga Matchday 9):
Bayern looks to continue their perfect start to the Bundesliga season as they go on the road to Werder Bremen. With eight straight wins and a +24 goal difference, Bayern has been absolutely phenomenal, and with a win over Werder Bremen they would extend the gap down to second-placed Borussia Dortmund to seven points.
Bremen sits in 14th place, two points above the relegation zone and will look to try to snap a four-game losing streak. Last season, Bayern won both meetings (6-0 at home and 4-0 at Bremen). They also have the world’s most in-form striker in Robert Lewandowski who has nine goals in his last three Bundesliga games.
Everton – Manchester United (Premier League Matchday 9):
Everton hosts Manchester United on Saturday and there’s always some extra excitement when Wayne Rooney goes back to Goodison Park. The England and United captain broke into the Premier League as a youngster with Everton and he’ll be back once more on Saturday as United tries to keep up with rivals Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
United sits in third place with 16 points after suffering a 3-0 loss to second-placed Arsenal before the international break. The Red Devils are level on points with Arsenal and two back of leaders City.
Everton sits in 7th, three points behind United, and they played a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby before the international break.
Villarreal – Celta Vigo (La Liga Matchday 8):
Two of the top teams in the La Liga table square off early on Sunday as leaders Villarreal host third-placed Celta Vigo. Villarreal tops the table with 16 points, one ahead of Real Madrid, Celta Vigo and Barcelona.
The Yellow Submarines are enjoying a fine start to the season after some great results, including a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid. They suffered a 1-0 defeat to Levante before the international break, and will surely be motivated to get back on the winning track.
Celta Vigo has also done a great job to start the season, and got a huge 4-1 victory over Barcelona on Matchday 5. After that win they have had two straight draws against Eibar (1-1) and Getafe (0-0).
Inter Milan – Juventus (Serie A Matchday 8):
The Derby d’Italia caps off a great European soccer weekend as Inter plays host to reigning Serie A champions Juventus. Juve has been struggling in the league, and sits in 12th place with eight points heading into Matchday 8. Inter on the other hand sits in 2nd place with 16 points, two points behind leaders Fiorentina.
Inter has been really good on defense, with the exception of the 4-1 loss to Fiorentina. They have only allowed goals in three of the seven games so far this season.
Juventus has been losing a lot of close games, but is coming off a 3-1 victory over Bologna before the international break. Both teams have suffered injuries and Inter will be without Geoffrey Kondogbia, Gary Medel, Nemanja Vidic, and Felipe Melo. Juve has some big names out to with Paul Pogba, Mario Mandzukic, Alvaro Morata, and Claudio Marchisio all on the injury list.