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