THE WEEKEND PREVIEW

This weekend will see most leagues around Europe play their first matches of the season, for the English premier league its match day 2 and we have a battle of the titans match which is the London derby, Cesc Fabregas is out of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with his former club Arsenal on Saturday. Fabregas’ minor knee injury could present a chance for Mateo Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, to make his debut. Belgium midfielder  Eden Hazard could make his first start since the World Cup Arsenal will be without Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the London derby. Maitland suffered a small fracture to his leg in last weekend’s defeat by Manchester City and faces up to two months out. But one summer signing more likely to make his first start is Lucas Torreira, the Gunners hope Torreira can add energy in the centre of the park – just as Jorginho is doing alongside N’Golo Kante at Chelsea Before this Saturday showdown, word is that Sarri is re-energizing Chelsea’s players, freeing them up tactically and allowing a talented squad to enjoy their football again. Emery, meanwhile, is struggling to get his message across and lacking the charisma to inspire an Arsenal squad which was in need of a more major overhaul than a tight budget allowed this summer. My prediction for this match of the weekend is a draw

Manchester United have no fresh injury worries heading into Sunday’s trip to Brighton in the Premier League Brighton lost their first match of the season to Watford 2-0, after beating Leicester city last Friday united look to be in a good shape especially after jose mourinho  confirmed that there is no problem between him and paul pogba. Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia returned to training but are not fit to be played, it is however unclear on the availability of Jesse Lingard. Paul Pogba will wear the captain’s armband again. Ander Herrera, Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot remain out, but those late back from the World Cup are likely to be available for selection. This fixture should be an easy one for the red devils and am predicting a win in favor of united

Champions Manchester City are without midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for the visit of Huddersfield in the Premier League on Sunday.  The Belgium international has been sidelined for three months with a knee injury but playmaker David Silva could return after a leg injury. Defender Danilo is still sidelined with the ankle injury that he suffered in the World Cup. After a great start against arsenal last week these are sure three points for city

After an  impressive start against westham united last Saturday Liverpool could bring Joel Matip and Fabinho into their squad for Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace. Defender Matip was back in training after hip trouble and may feature on the bench, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in place. Fabinho is also pressing for his debut after failing to make the season opener against West Ham, crystal palace manager Roy Hodgson has no injury concerns so  can pick from strength to host Jurgen Klopp’s men. This again should be an easy ride for Liverpool.

In other matches Cardiff hosts Newcastle, Everton lock horns with Southampton, Leicester will face wolves, and in form spurs will be facing Fulham as burley awaits Watford

Laliga, seria A, league 1, and Bundesliga will be kicking off from Friday night we await to see how will Christiano Ronaldo  perform in another new league, whether Mbape & Neymar  will transfer their  world cup form to club PSG, and if Messi will perform alongside new boy aturo vidal not forgetting  if Antonio Greezman & Diego Costa will inspire Atletico Madrid to greater achievements this season.

To know this and all the weekend showdown be sure to wait for the weekend review.

 

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