After a week off to celebrate my birthday (I left you in the very capable hands of co-editor Axel) I am back with my timetable of luxury football watching! I would hasten to add that I might not watch all of them; I am probably heading to see Preußen Münster, my local team, on Saturday afternoon! I would however recommend when you get a free moment to get my guide up and switch on some new and exciting European football starting on Friday night as always with a cracker in the Bundesliga! (All times CET)
Friday 30/10, 8.30PM: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich
Axel's favourite Bundesliga team have a tough match this week against front-runners Bayern Munich. The Bavarians got back on track last weekend after a shock defeat in the Champions League against Arsenal, winning 4-0 against Cologne. They're likely to have similar goal scoring luck this weekend as Frankfurt have been conceding regularly this season. Frankfurt sit in mid-table with a goal difference of -1, so keeping Bayern out could be a challenge. Expect goals!
Saturday 31/10, 1.45PM: Chelsea vs. Liverpool
Jürgen Klopp faces his first real challenge as Liverpool manager as his side come up against a struggling Chelsea side desperate for an upturn in form. After their cup defeat to Stoke on penalties Chelsea will need talisman Eden Hazard to rediscover his form of last season if they are going to beat the high energy side that Klopp is trying to develop in Liverpool. I hope Roberto Firmino starts to show the talent he displayed on a weekly basis in the Bundesliga and that Klopp really starts to mould this team to how he wants them to play.
Saturday 31/10, 6.15PM: Villareal vs. Sevilla
If La Liga is your thing on Halloween night then there's a game with plenty of tricks and treats in store as Villareal take on Sevilla. The Europa League winners have seen their form take a dip as Champions League challenges have come knocking and they currently sit off the pace in 8th place. They have a squad capable of more and will hope that comes in the shape of a win against once-again high-flying Villareal. The Yellow Submarine are once again ready to fire missiles after a few years skirting around going bankrupt, something of a trend in Spain. They are 5th as things stand and only one point off the Champions League places and a win against Sevilla would further demonstrate that this is a club once again swimming in the right direction. (Sidenote: If you want to see goals, Real Madrid are at home to 3rd bottom Las Palmas at 4pm)
Saturday 31/10, 6.30PM: VfL Wolfsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Wolfsburg have recovered from their slow start and sit in 4th going into the weekend, with visitors Leverkusen occupying 6th place. This interesting clash between 2 Champions League sides looking to balance domestic and European responsibilities (and facilitate a cup run!) should offer up a fascinating watch as Wolfsburg continue to adapt to having Julian Draxler instead of Kevin de Bruyne or Ivan Perisic and Leverkusen continue their struggle to get their attacking impetus back. Of the top half of the table only FC Ingolstadt have scored fewer goals than Leverkusen; they need to get star signing Chicarito Hernandez firing in the league.
Saturday 31/10, 8.00PM: Toulouse vs. Montpellier
A quick look at the Ligue 1 table might require a double check. With Toulouse and Montpellier occupying 2 of the bottom 4 spots would certainly be one of the things that caught your eye and this clash certainly has the potential to be more entertaining than their position in the table suggests. With Toulouse heading to PSG next weekend (a match I will be attending, lucky me!) they need to start picking up points and quickly, whilst Montpellier will want to reverse their season's form and add to their 2 wins so far. Two leaky defences go face to face and it should be a good way to round off your Halloween watching whilst ignoring the trick or treaters!
Sunday 01/11, 6.15PM: Sporting Gijon vs. Malaga
An alternative story to the Villareal one is that of Malaga, who seem to be going backwards fast since the days of Roque Santa Cruz and Santi Cazorla. The find themselves in an early season relegation clash against 4th bottom Sporting. Malaga are only 5th bottom as things stand and have only picked up two wins all season. Goals have hardly been plentiful for these two teams, nor have they been conceding at a rate that their managers will be too concerned about, but they are struggling to pick up points nonetheless and whilst this may not be a classic it will fill up your Sunday schedule nicely.
Sunday 01/11, 8.45PM: Lazio vs. AC Milan
Round off your weekend with a top half of the table clash between 2 of the most prestigious clubs in Italy as two teams with hopes of qualifying for next years Champions League go head to head to bring the weekend to a close. Both have fallen slightly off the early pace but remain in contention for the most part and will be going at it to make up ground on the top four.
Enjoy your weekend of football and Halloween feasting, should be a good one!
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