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European Weekend Preview: Bundesliga kickoff, Tottenham-Liverpool and more


It’s an exciting weekend across the board as big matches headline each league’s action this weekend to accompany the opening weekend of Bundesliga football.

The German league kicks off with Bayern Munich opening their title defense against Werder Bremen. Borussia Dortmund gets underway on Saturday as they face a visit from Mainz 05, while Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen provide a tantalizing match featuring strong Bundesliga sides.

Meanwhile, the English Premier League continues where it left off with another titanic match-up, this time between Tottenham and Liverpool to start the weekend on Saturday morning. Hull City looks to continue their surprising start as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United comes to town, while Manchester City will have to wait until Sunday to welcome West Ham.

The Spanish Primera Division sees the two Madrid giants return to action on Saturday, while Barcelona is set to entertain on Sunday during a visit to Athletic Bilbao. Villarreal welcoming Sevilla to town provides an interesting match to close the weekend.

Serie A is set to have a must-watch Saturday as Lazio and Juventus face off to open the day before Napoli and AC Milan close it out. Sunday sees Inter Milan and Roma return to action as the former looks to avenge its upset defeat at the hands of Chievo Verona when they face off against Palermo, while the latter seeks to build on their 4-0 thrashing of Udinese when they face Cagliari.

Lyon and star striker Alexandre Lacazette return to action Saturday morning in Ligue 1 against newly promoted Dijon FCO, losers of their first two matches this season. But the headline belongs to Sunday afternoon’s showdown between Monaco and Paris Saint Germain.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s action:


Tottenham welcoming Liverpool to White Hart Lane is the cream of this weekend’s crop in the English Premier League.

The Spurs come off a solid victory, 1-0, over Crystal Palace last weekend, settling them at four points through two matches. Liverpool will be upset with themselves to be entering the match with only three points. An exciting first weekend victory over Arsenal, 4-3, was followed the next weekend by a hugely disappointing defeat at Burnley, 2-0.

Also on the agenda is a primetime Saturday showdown as Manchester United visit surprisingly undefeated Hull City. Their rivals Manchester City are in action on Sunday as they welcome West Ham to the Etihad.


  • Tottenham vs. Liverpool
  • Watford vs. Arsenal
  • Chelsea vs. Burnley
  • Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth
  • Everton vs. Stoke City
  • Leicester City vs. Swansea City
  • Southampton vs. Sunderland
  • Hull City vs. Manchester United


  • West Brom vs. Middlesbrough
  • Manchester City vs. West Ham


Hopefully, week two of La Liga will be as exciting as week one, a high scoring affair that featured three matches tallying six or more goals and one match even reaching ten goals.

The weekend opens with two Friday matches as Real Betis takes on Deportivo before Espanyol welcomes Malaga. The two Madrid giants are set to entertain on Saturday when Real Madrid hosts Celta Vigo prior to Atletico Madrid visiting Leganes. Sunday will see Barcelona travel to Athletic Bilbao before Villarreal and Sevilla are set to entertain in the last match of the weekend.

If it’s anything like the first week, this weekend will be worth watching.


  • Real Betis vs. Deportivo
  • Espanyol vs. Malaga


  • Osasuna vs. Real Sociedad
  • Eibar vs. Valencia
  • Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo
  • Leganes vs. Atletico Madrid


  • Las Palmas vs. Grenada
  • Alaves vs. Sporting
  • Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona
  • Villarreal vs. Sevilla


Kickoff has finally arrived for the Bundesliga! After having to watch as other leagues began their campaigns, the German league finally returns to action this weekend.

Bayern Munich kicks off the season on Friday as they welcome Werder Bremen to town to start their title defense. Their primary opposition, Borussia Dortmund, enter action on Saturday as they host a visit from FC Mainz 05. The best match from Saturday’s action comes elsewhere, however, as Borussia Monchengladbach welcome Bayer Leverkusen to town.

Closing the weekend action are two Sunday matches featuring newly promoted teams. SC Freiburg visit Hertha BSC in the early match of the day while RB Leipzig travel to Hoffenheim to close proceedings.


  • Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen


  • Hamburger SV vs. Ingolstadt
  • Eintracht vs. Schalke 04
  • FC Koln vs. Darmstadt 98
  • FC Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg
  • Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz 05
  • Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen


  • Hertha BSC vs. SC Freiburg
  • Hoffenheim vs. RB Leipzig


Week two in Serie A begins with a bang on a Saturday featuring two heavyweight match-ups.

Defending champions Juventus opened their campaign with a win against Fiorentina last week and seek to continue their winning ways as they visit Lazio to open the weekend. AC Milan also secured victory last week over Torino and will look to do so again when they travel to Napoli, surprise victims of a draw to Pescara last weekend.

Sunday begins with Inter Milan seeking to avenge their upset loss to Chievo Verona last weekend as they welcome Palermo to town. Also in action are Roma, who visit Cagliari, and Fiorentina, who welcome the Chievo Verona side riding high off their upset of Inter.


  • Lazio vs. Juventus
  • Napoli vs. AC Milan


  • Inter Milan vs. Palermo
  • Crotone vs. Genoa
  • Torino vs. Bologna
  • Udinese vs. Empoli
  • Cagliari vs. Roma
  • Sampdoria vs. Atalanta
  • Sassuolo vs. Pescara
  • Fiorentina vs. Chievo Verona


The French Ligue 1 returns to week three of action with a bona-fide heavyweight bought of its own on schedule.

Marseille will open the weekend festivities with a visit from Lorient on Friday, sitting on only a single point after a draw with Toulouse and a surprising loss to Guingamp last weekend.

Saturday features the bulk of the league in action with Dijon FCO welcoming red-hot Alexandre Lacazette and Lyon to town to start the day. OGC Nice will welcome a visit from Lille, while Guingamp seeks to build on their upset of Marseille as they visit Nancy.

Several strong matches headline Sunday, starting with Bordeaux hosting Nantes to start the day. A match between last week’s winners Toulouse and ASSE occupy the middle time-slot before making way for the big match of the weekend as Monaco hosts defending champion Paris Saint Germain.


  • Marseille vs. Lorient


  • Dijon FCO vs. Lyon
  • Metz vs. Angers
  • OGC Nice vs. Lille
  • Montpellier vs. Rennes
  • Caen vs. Bastia
  • Nancy vs. Guingamp


  • Bordeaux vs. Nantes
  • ASSE vs. Toulouse
  • Monaco vs. Paris Saint Germain

Which matches are you excited to see? Will Tottenham or Liverpool prevail in their battle? Who will come out on top of the Italian clashes? Will Monaco or PSG secure victory in their Ligue 1 showdown?

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