Domestic football returns: Things to look out for

18 October 2019

Domestic football returns after a fortnight away with all the big sides preparing for a host of crucial fixtures.

Here we examine the crucial talking points ahead of a busy fixture list before the final international break of 2019 in November.

FC Bayern looking to kick on

FC Bayern Munich face-off against FC Augsburg as Serge Gnabry continues to impress at both club and country level.

He notched another goal and an assist during the international break for the German national team.

FC Bayern have plenty of firepower returning in form, Robert Lewandowski arrives back in Munich making an unbelievable start to the 2019-20 season, the Polish sharpshooter is now up to 18 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.

LaLiga title race gathers pace

Real Madrid will be looking to continue their unbeaten streak this weekend against a struggling RCD Mallorca side.

FC Barcelona are in hot pursuit of the La Liga leaders though, sitting just two points behind Los Blancos.

Both teams will be looking for positive results ahead of a busy schedule with two UEFA Champions League fixtures before the next break.

Big rivals clash in Premier League

Looking to the Premier League, the biggest clash of the weekend sees Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to face an injury plagued Manchester United side.

Undoubtedly the in-form side, Liverpool go into the clash unbeaten and will be looking to match the Premier League win record of 18 games.

A number of the Merseyside stars impressed on the international stage, forwards Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané both added to their tallies for the season, while Gini Wijnaldum’s brace excelled the Netherlands to victory in Minsk.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea host Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be eying a fifth consecutive win in all competitions as the club’s youthful team continue to impress.

Last year’s champions Manchester City travel to South London to face Crystal Palace.

Raheem Sterling returns to the citizens in fine form scoring twice and claiming one assist in the Three Lions’ fixture against Bulgaria.

City also saw a double from Germany’s İlkay Gündoğan against Estonia and Portugal’s Bernando Silva added his fifth international goal against Luxembourg.

Ronaldo back after milestone goal

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Juventus on 700 career goals after he completed the remarkable milestone with a consolation penalty in the defeat to Ukraine.

The Turin side remain unbeaten on their return to Serie A football, coming up against Bologna FC 1909.

Antonio Conte’s Inter side will be looking to keep the chase up with the Bianconeri as they hope to clinch their first Serie A title in 10 years.

Inter head to Sassuolo following defeat at home to Juve last time out.

Paris Saint-Germain head to south of France without Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain may enter their fixture against OGC Nice without Neymar, who was escorted off the pitch with an injury in just 12 minutes against Nigeria during Brazil’s Singapore tour.

Which is good news for FC Nantes who are currently three points behind the French giants and come up against FC Metz who reside at the bottom on the French first division.