Weekend preview

Sooooo unfortunately I haven’t had any time this week to write a full preview, but I am gonna still make top 7 predictions, and since it is a crazy weekend for world football, I’m gonna toss in some other big games too!
Liverpool vs Man Utd
1-3

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
0-4

Man City vs Stoke
3-2

Spurs vs Bournemouth
2-1

Watford vs Arsenal
1-2

Brighton vs Everton
1-1

Spain

Atleti vs Barca
2-1

Germany

BVB Vs RB Lipzeg
2-0

Italy

Juve vs Lazio
2-0

Roma vs Napoli
1-3

Inter vs Milan
2-0

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Barcelona out of the La Liga?!

Referendums, the latest unfortunate trend. On the 1st of October, a referendum vote is in place in Spain to see if Catalonia can stay a part of Spain. Now, this brings in problems for football teams like Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona who will have to play in a Catalan football league as Spanish laws do not allow teams outside Spain to play in the La Liga. A new legislation would have to be passed in Spain to allow teams from Catalan to play in the La Liga. Real Madrid Manager, and Legendary football player Zidane had the following to say:

“I can’t imagine a Spanish league without Barcelona,” Zidane said. “That’s all I have to say. As a football fan, I can’t see it. I always think of Barcelona as part of this league and that’s that. I won’t go into it any further because I don’t know what’s going to happen. There are people who want one thing, and others who want another. It’s a complex debate. What I can’t imagine, and I don’t like the idea of, is La Liga without Barcelona.”

While Javier Tebas said, “This is a problem that the Catalan clubs will have to deal with,” Tebas said. “The league, for good or bad, will get through this.”

After the loss of Neymar this year, Barcelona face the prospect of seeing players like Messi leave the Nou Camp as he would like to play in the top football leagues of the world. He is out of contract at the end of this season and he will 100% not sign one till after the vote.

Watch this space for more on the vote.

Breaking News (Costa to Atleti Done!)

Chelsea FC have announced the sale of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid. Chelsea have named Costa in their EPL squad but not their UEFA Champions League squad, therefore Costa would be eligible to play for them in the Champions League should they progress beyond the group stages. Costa is going to be reuinted with his old manager, Diego Simeone. (pictured below)simione costa atleti.jpg

UEFA Champions League Group Stage predictions

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Group A

Group A sees Benfica, Manchester United, Basel and CSKA Moskova drawn together, this is a fairly straightforward group that should see Manchester United and Benfica progress with Basel taking home 3rd place. There should be a few interesting encounters in Moscow with the Russian capital being a hard place to play at.

Group B

Heavy hitters Bayern and cash bags PSG come together for 2 glorious games for all neutrals. Both teams will be dissapointed to get drawn against each other but the mouth watering ties will be amazing. Celtic and Anderlecht round off the group. We should see PSG and Bayern progress with Celtic heading to the Europa League

Group C

Ahh the 1st of 2 groups that can be classified as the Group of Death. Chelsea, Atleti and Roma are the heavy hitters while newcomers Qarabag from Azerbaijan will probably concede over 15 goals through the group stages. I think this is a group that could go anywhere due to following reasons, Chelsea’s early form has been shaky, Atleti will be at a new stadium and Roma is a wildcard. Nobody knows how they will fare. My top 3 will be Atleti, Roma and then Chelsea (Off to the Europa).

Group D

We see Juventus and Barcelona in a rematch from last season’s quarter finals. Juventus are 100% the stronger team at the moment with Barcelona struggling to replace the role of Neymar now that he’s playing for PSG. Sporting and Olympiacos round off the group and expect Olympiacos to finish in the Europa League spot.

Group E

Spartak Moskova, Sevilla, Liverpool and Maribor represent Group E, an easy group for Sevilla and Liverpool to navigate. Interesting to see the Europa League finalists from 2016 in the same group. Moskova will prove tricky to visit and are most likely going to snag 3rd place.

Group F

Shaktar, Manchester City, Napoli and Feyenoord round a very tricky group. It’s easy to say that City have too much class to not make it out of this group but any of these teams could qualify. All these stadiums will be tricky to play at and they all have quality players in their teams. Expect to see a close group that comes down to Matchday 6 when City and Shaktar face off in Ukraine and Feyenoord and Napoli face off in the Netherlands. I think City and Napoli will progress with Shaktar heading to the Europa League.

Group G

Group G welcomes newcomers RB Leipzig to the Champions League. Considering they were in Pot 4 they could not have asked for a better group. Expect them to progress with ease through a group that also has Besiktas, Monaco and Porto. Monaco’s ability to cope with the loss of quality players from their squad should be interesting. Expect RBL and Monaco to progress with Porto going to the Europa League

Group H

The real group of death. Yes. Pun inteded. Group H sees Real Madrid face Dortmund, Tottenham and APOEL. Anything can happen, espically when Madrid face Dortmund. The top three for this group should easily be Madrid, Spurs and Dortmund.

 

The Invincible’s round 2? (La Liga and Bundesliga Preview)

The Bundesliga

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The Bundesliga gets back into full swing later tonight with defending champions, Bayern Munich, taking on Leverkusen. Many are predicting that this season is not going to be as easy as the last few for Bayern, however, I disagree. Sure, there will be a few tricky ties, but I do not see Bayern facing any issues in retaining the title. Sure, teams like Dortmund, Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Schalke 04 would like to stake a claim at the title. However, I think Leipzig and Hoffenheim will struggle with the 2 games a week (Bundesliga + UCL), they will do well but not well enough. A key for RBL will be if they can hold on to Naby Keita, who has been a target for teams like Liverpool. I think the top four will be

  1. Bayern
  2. Dortmund
  3. Hoffenheim
  4. Schalke 04

 

La Liga

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The Neymar saga was the saga of the summer, the transfer of the decade. He has left a massive gaping hole of the left wing of an aging Barcelona squad. Going into the season, Barcelona have signed just Gerrard Deulofeu, Semedo and Paulinho for the first team. They haven’t really become a stronger team and this was reflected in their Spanish Super Cup matches against Real Madrid. Barcelona were truly awful in all areas of the pitch and Pique came out and talked about how his team is weaker than Real Madrid for the first time in almost a decade.

Speaking of the Los Blancos, they go into the season as the strongest team in the land, probably in the world. I honestly believe, if Barcelona do not sign anybody significant (Coutinho or someone at his level), in the next 13 days, Real Madrid could have an unbeaten season in front of them. This team that Zidane has, is a winning team; under Zizou, Real Madrid have lost just 7 games. They have 7 titles in the same time. This team is firm favorites to win the league but I think they will go one step further and do it without a loss. The team I haven’t spoken about yet is Atletico Madrid. They are moving into a new stadium this season and will have to settle in there. I think that they will do well for themselves as the best of the rest.

Prediction

  1. Real Madrid
  2. Barcelona
  3. Atletico Madrid
  4. Sevilla

 

While I am talking about clubs from Spain, I think Madrid will be targeting a treble. They have never completed the treble in their club’s history and will be looking to become the 8th side in history to complete this feat.