The European leagues kick off again after the international break, and we are treated to some excellent matches right off the bat. Manchester United and Liverpool come together on Saturday at Old Trafford in one of the most anticipated games of this young season. Premier League leaders Manchester City will look to stay perfect as they travel to London for a game against Crystal Palace. Here are a few of the games that you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Crystal Palace – Manchester City (Premier League Matchday 5):
Manchester City tops the Premier League table after four straight wins to start the season. Palace sits in second place, three points behind City, so it’s a top of the table meeting on Saturday at Selhurst Park in South London.
Palace has been a real surprise so far with wins over Norwich, Aston Villa and reigning champions Chelsea. They suffered a narrow 2-1 loss against London rivals Arsenal on Matchday 2, but the team is coming off an amazing 2-1 win over Chelsea.
City has beaten West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea, Everton, and Watford to start the season. City has scored 10 goals in the four games, and haven’t conceded a single one. Joe Hart is doing a great job in net for City and has given fantasy soccer owners something to cheer about.
Manchester United – Liverpool (Premier League Matchday 5):
There’s a heated rivalry between the cities of Manchester and Liverpool that goes back a long way, and nowhere is it more apparent than when these two soccer clubs meet. It will be a tough game, with many physical challenges and strong play.
United has started the season with two wins, a draw and a loss and sits in fifth place with seven points. Liverpool has the same record and sits in seventh place because of a -1 goal difference.
United lost 2-1 to Swansea before the international break, and manager Louis van Gaal will want the team to bounce right back with a statement win against The Reds. Liverpool is coming off a tough 3-0 loss to West Ham in which they saw Philippe Coutinho get sent off so he will miss the game due to suspension.
Atlético Madrid – FC Barcelona (Spanish La Liga Matchday 3):
Both teams have opened up the new La Liga season with two straight wins. Atletico Madrid beat Las Palmas 1-0 on opening night after a goal by Antoine Griezmann. They followed that up by beating Sevilla 3-0 on the road. Atletico is one of four teams that has opened up the season with two wins.
Another one of those teams is Barcelona. They have started the season with two 1-0 wins against Athletic Bilbao and Malaga. Luis Suarez scored the winner on opening night against Athletic Bilbao and Thomas Vermaelen was the unlikely hero against Malaga. The other two teams with perfect records are Celta Vigo and Eibar.
Leicester City – Aston Villa (Premier League Matchday 5):
Leicester has been impressive to start the season and is still undefeated after two wins and two draws. Riyad Mahrez has been particularly impressive for the Foxes, scoring four goals in four games. Mahrez, 24, has already tied his total tally from last season when he scored four goals in 30 appearances. Leicester played a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth before the international break.
Aston Villa signed a lot of new players during the transfer window, and now it’s up to manager TIm Sherwood to get all the new players to come together as a team. The Villans sits in 12th with four points after a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on opening day followed by two losses against Manchester United and Crystal Palace. They played Sunderland in a 2-2 draw before the international break.
Inter Milan – AC Milan (Italian Serie A Matchday 3):
Italy has its fair share of classic derbies, but the Derby della Madonnina is a special one. The two Milan clubs will do battle on Sunday at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. Both teams were extremely active during the transfer window this summer in an attempt to get back to the top of Serie A after a couple of disappointing seasons. Inter finished 8th last season and AC Milan finished 10th.
Two of Inter’s biggest signings during the summer were striker Stevan Jovetic and midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and they have both had a good start to the season. Jovetic scored the winner for Inter in the two opening games and has three goals in those two matches.
Last season, both meetings ended in draws, but both clubs will go for the win as they will look to capitalize on the poor start by reigning champions Juventus.