Every weekend I plan out what I am going to be doing and when I will have time for football, both matches and highlights shows. Often I utilise various catch-up services through the week, but I do like to have a rough idea of what I will watch on any given weekend and I'm sure you are the same. Here are my intended matches this weekend, mostly from the European leagues (all times CET):
Friday 20.30: Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund
The return of Thomas Tuchel to his previous employers Mainz coincides with Dortmund's first dip in form since his arrival and after the demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich before the international break the Schwarzgelb will be aiming to get back to winning ways against a Mainz side who haven't done badly despite the loss of midfield maestro Johannes Geis to Schalke 04 over the summer.
Saturday 13.45: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool
No escaping it so might as well embrace it: Jürgen Klopp takes charge of his first Liverpool game and everyone expects them to be lifting the title in May, if not this year then next. Incredible though it seems, I'm backing Spurs to win this one; I think that Mauricio Pochettino has got a good thing going on in North London and the dearth of star quality in the Liverpool line-up might be too much even for Klopp.
Saturday 22.00: Valencia vs. Malaga
3rd place Valencia can keep the pressure on the big two in La Liga if they can beat Malaga, a side who are gradually recovering from their financial meltdown a few years back and are residing in upper-mid table at the moment in the Spanish top division. With Valencia having started so well they will be hoping of a Champions League qualification berth at the end of the season and it is games like these, against Malaga, that they must win in order to fight off the likes of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Sunday 15.00: Napoli vs. Fiorentina
These two are the early front runners in Serie A this year, somewhat surprisingly, but with Fiorentina making the most of Juventus' slow start to top the table at this stage (only losing 1 game in the process) and with Napoli aiming to recover from the disappointment of not qualifying for the Champions League last season this promises to be an entertaining game.
Sunday 20.45: Inter Milan vs. Juventus
If watching heavyweights go toe-to-toe isn't your thing then I'd suggest this might not be the game for you. Inter are finally getting back to their old selves, sitting second in the league before this weekend, whilst Juventus will be nursing sores after losing key players over the summer and starting very slowly this season. It promises to be a match like the good old days of Serie A.
What games will you be watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments or on social media!