• Arthur Barratt

WEEKEND WATCH: PIRLO PANIC, BARCA BEGGING FOR A WIN AND RAMPANT RB

Updated: Oct 30, 2020


Serie A


Key Match: Spezia v Juventus

Sunday 1st November, kick off 14:00


It’s been a very tough start for Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, with the club suffering a number of big injuries and absences, most notably Cristiano Ronaldo, but this is no excuse for the team’s poor form.


The Bianconeri brought in a number of young players during the summer including Frederico Chiesa, Weston McKennie, Arthur and Dejan Kulusevski, in a transfer window that was meant to refresh the club, but instead the team has performed awfully and looked lethargic.


The club currently sit in 5th place, with 2 wins and 3 draws in the league this season. They have drawn both of their last games one-all against Crotone and Verona, teams that Juventus should have easily beaten.


This week’s match against league newcomers Spezia is absolutely critical for Pirlo. With how inexperienced Spezia are in the league, Juventus should win, but given how bad the teams performances have been this season, it is if far from a foregone conclusion.

Other Notable Fixtures:

Roma v Fiorentina, Sunday 1st November, kick off 17:00

Lazio v Torino, Sunday 1st November, kick off 14:00

Bundesliga


Key Match: Borussia Monchengladbach v RB Leipzig

Saturday 31st October, kick off 17:30


RB Leipzig have had a flying start to the season and are currently sitting top of the Bundesliga unbeaten. Despite losing Timo Werner in the summer the club has continued to be one of the best sides in Germany and could compete for the title this season.


Leipzig’s coach, Julian Nagelsmann, has the team playing some of the best and most dynamic attacking football in Europe, with their top scorer this season being Ex-Man City left back Angelino with 4 goals.


Borussia Monchengladbach have also started the season pretty well, currently residing in 6th place with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.


The side has not quite hit the form that they did last season to qualify for the Champions league, but they have managed to hang onto their star players Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea, with the pair recently combining to earn the club a 2-2 draw against the mighty Real Madrid.


Leipzig go into the match as favourites, but expect it to be a highly competitive game.

Other Notable Fixtures:

FC Koln v Bayern Munich, Saturday 31st October, kick off 14:30

Arminia Bielefeld v Borussia Dortmund, Saturday 31st October, kick off 14:30

La Liga


Key Match: Alaves v Barcelona

Saturday 31st October, kick off 20:00


Barcelona are a club in turmoil, following a vote of no-confidence in the board the clubs President Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, bringing an end to his shambolic reign as the club’s leader.


The Catalan side are no better on the pitch, with the team losing their last two league games, including a 3-1 loss against a Madrid team which is the weakest it has been in years.


There is some hope for Ronald Koeman’s side, with youngsters Ansu Fati and Pedri performing well this season, their performances in sharp contrast to the poor form of the club’s stars.


Lionel Messi only has 7 goals in 20 games, 4 of them being penalties. Frenkie De Jong, viewed as one of Europe’s top prospects just a season ago, looks completely out of place in the side. His failings come no-where close to that of Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann’s though, with the £100 million signings unable to even get into the starting line-up.


This week the club face Alaves, who have had a decent start to the season, and currently sit on 7 points, the same as Barca.


If Barcelona win, as they should, it could provide a glimmer of hope to the club in these dark times, if they fail to do so however the fallout could be immense.

Other Notable Fixtures:

Real Madrid v Huesca, Saturday 31st October, kick off 13:00

Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla, Saturday 31st October, kick off 15:00

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