Weekend preview: Club football returns

13 September 2019

Club football returns this weekend with a host of intriguing matchups on offer.

Two of the biggest teams in Bundesliga collide on Saturday as RB Leipzig entertain FC Bayern.

FC Bayern have won the league the last seven seasons and started the campaign strongly with two wins from three.

New signings Ivan Perisic and Benjamin Pavard have settled into the side nicely, scoring in the 6-1 hammering of Mainz.

The teams have played out a host of classic matches down the years including an incredible 5-4 victory for FC Bayern with Arjen Robben netting an injury time winner.

FC Barcelona host Valencia CF this weekend with the home team keen to improve on an indifferent start to the campaign.

An opening day defeat against to Athletic Bilbao has been followed up with a home victory over Real Betis before drawing at Osasuna.

Barça will be without Lionel Messi, who 28 goals in 32 matches against Los Ches.

Valencia’s last match against FC Barcelona saw the side pick up a first piece of silverware in 11 years, downing Barça 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final.

Meanwhile Real Madrid will face Levante at the Santiago Bernabéu having taken five points from the opening three games.

In the Premier League, Manchester City are looking to add to their 14 goals they’ve already scored this season when taking on Norwich City at Carrow Road.

It has been a happy hunting ground for the Citizens in recent years, winning 6-1 and 4-3.

Sergio Agüero has enjoyed an electric start to the campaign, lashing home six goals already.

The Canaries will be well versed in Agüero’s qualities having shipping six goals in as many games against the Argentine forward.

City’s rivals for the Premier League title, Liverpool, are in action in the early kick off, against Newcastle United.

Jürgen Klopp’s men are the only side in the Premier League with a 100 per cent record and have gone almost four years without losing to the Magpies.

Frank Lampard takes his Chelsea side to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers and is a ground that holds happy memories for the Blues boss.

The midfielder netted a last-minute winner against Wolves in January 2012, a similar outcome would lift Chelsea closer to the Champions League places.

Two games and two victories for Juventus have ensured it’s been a perfect start for Maurizio Sarri as life in charge of the Bianconeri.

Juventus will be looking to follow up on a thrilling 4-3 victory over Napoli before the international break then they head to Florence to take on Fiorentina.