Four matches to watch this weekend

Mo Salah of Liverpool
Mo Salah of Liverpool [Photo Credit: : Getty Images Europe]

Leicester v Liverpool @King Power Stadium @12:30pm on Sep.1

Matches between Leicester City and Liverpool have been close over the last three seasons and while the more storied Reds are still seeking to win the English Premier League for the first time while the Foxes surprised everyone and themselves by snagging the title two seasons ago.

And the Foxes have successfully hunted down the Reds in three of their last four visits to the King Power. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s team has started the season like a house on fire with three straight wins and three clean sheets.

The last time they started the season with four consecutive wins was under Kenny Dalglish in the 1990/91 season. Leicester will be without Jaime Vardy, who serves the last of his three-match suspension for the straight red card against Wolves – Liverpool should be unchanged.

Current Form: Leicester [W-W-W-L-W]; Liverpool [W-W-W-W-W]

Head to head

30/12/17       PRL     Liverpool     2 – 1   Leicester

23/09/17       PRL     Leicester      2 – 3   Liverpool

19/09/17       LEC     Leicester      2 – 0   Liverpool

22/07/17       PLA     Liverpool     2 – 1   Leicester

27/02/17       PRL     Leicester      3 – 1   Liverpool

Prediction: Leicester 1-2 Liverpool

Rossonneri get another stiff test in Roma

AC Milan v SS Roma @San Siro @7:30pm on Aug.31

For 52 minutes at the San Paolo Stadium last Saturday, Milan were trouncing Napoli away but fatigue and loss of concentration set in and the Rossonneri lost 3-2.

Roma meanwhile had to weather an Atalanta storm at the Olimpico, fighting back from 3-1 down to earn a 3-3 result. Both teams have not started the way they would like in contesting the Scudetto with Juventus and Napoli, who have maximum points from the two matches so a draw does not bode well for either side.

Gennaro Gattuso has his playmaker, Hakan Calhanoglu available again with the duo of Mattia Caldara and Ignazio Abate, also available for selection.

Current Form: AC Milan [L-L-W-L-L]; SS Roma [D-W-L-W-L]

Head to head

25/02/18      SEA    Roma     0 – 2     Milan

01/10/17      SEA    Milan      0 – 2     Roma

07/05/17      SEA    Milan      1 – 4     Roma

12/12/16      SEA    Roma      1 – 0     Milan

14/05/16      SEA    Milan      1 – 3     Roma

Prediction: AC Milan 2-2 Roma

Too early to lose touch with the leaders

Monaco v Marseilles @Stade Louis II @8pm on Sep.2

Monaco and Marseille finished last season in second and fourth place respectively but in the new season are currently ninth and 10th place o the Ligue 1 table – both with just four points from three matches.

Already playing catch-up to PSG, the two teams will be looking to gain more points to climb into the top part of the table and challenge for the title again.

After parting with Fabinho and Thomas Lemar over the summer, Monaco’s coach Leonardo Jardim says they have to win points. “Everyone knows that Monaco is a beautiful project but we need to win games. Our objectives are elevated and we need to do more in order to achieve them.”

For Marseille boss, they need to make up for points dropped at home away. “We’ll need to make up for these dropped points away from home. We’re struggling for points right now,” he said after Marseille were held to a draw by Rennes last weekend. This then promises to be an interesting encounter with both teams going all out for the available three points.

Prediction: Monaco 3-2 Marseille

Current Form: Monaco [L-D-W-L-L]; Marseille [D-L-W-L-D]

Head to head

28/01/18       LI1       Marseille      2 – 2   Monaco

Sun27/08/17            LI1       Monaco       6 – 1   Marseille

01/03/17       CDF    Marseille      3 – 4   Monaco

15/01/17       LI1       Marseille      1 – 4   Monaco

26/11/16       LI1       Monaco       4 – 0   Marseille

Gala seek away comforts at Trabzon

Trabzonspor v Galatasaray @Medical Park Arena @7:45pm on Sep.1

Defending champions know that their title credentials will be at stake on Saturday when they travel to Trabzon. Not an easy place to gain points, Trabzonspor have three wins over the champions in their last five meetings.

Known as Karadeniz Fırtınası (Black Sea Storm), Trabzonspor are seeking to improve on their fifth-place finish last term and they have not started as well as they would want – gaining four points from their first three matches. A win over the champions will do the team a world of good by raising confidence. It looks like the champions will be dropping points in the face of a storm.

Current Form: Trabzonspor [D-W-L-D-W]; Galatasaray [W-W-W-L-L]

Head to head

01/04/18       SUL     Galatasaray            2 – 1   Trabzonspor

29/10/17       SUL     Trabzonspor             2 – 1   Galatasaray

18/03/17       SUL     Trabzonspor             2 – 0   Galatasaray

22/10/16       SUL     Galatasaray            0 – 1   Trabzonspor

21/02/16       SUL     Galatasaray            2 – 1   Trabzonspor

Prediction: Trabzonspor 2-2 Galatasaray


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