It’s a weekend like no other you’ve experienced in recent weeks. And that’s because it’s the weekend that sees the return of action in the Premier League. After some two months plus of silence, controversial transfer stories and moves, the Premier League joins the French Ligue 1 to become the center of focus for football fans this weekend.
While the Premier League was away, football action continued in other parts of the world. The Serie A in Brazil, the MLS in the U.S. and the Japanese League were some of the leagues that kept the football fans going and the punters permutating.
While August will see the return to action of all of Europe’s top five leagues, we focus on this weekend’s action and the games that you can’t afford to miss this weekend.
- The El Clasico
It’s the Spanish Super Cup clash that sees La Liga champions, Real Madrid take on Copa del Rey winners, FC Barcelona. It’s an understatement to say that bragging rights are at stake in this one game. Being the season opener and a game that will be played over two legs – the first being at the Nou Camp – you can expect fireworks, amongst other things.
Throw the Spanish Super cup into the mix and you have one hell of a match you can’t afford to miss. Sunday’s the day, Nou Camp is the venue.
- Manchester United vs. West Ham
The Hammers will be visiting the Theatre of Dreams in their opening round of the new Premier League season. And there’ll be a special guest in their ranks by the name of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. It’s not sure whether the Mexican who joined West Ham over the summer will start against his old club but he had this to say about the game:
“It’s my old club with my old fans and my old stadium, so probably I cannot celebrate,” he told reporters. “But as well it would be my first goal with my comeback with a club that has a lot of confidence in me. “I don’t know – in this type of game and with these type of opportunities I will not think about celebration.”
- Shanghai SIPG vs. Chongqing Dangdai Lifan
It’s impossible to talk about a weekend of football without mentioning the stars plying their trade in the East. Featuring names like Hulk and Oscar, Shanghai SIPG have only failed to score at home once this season. They take on a side that has only managed one clean sheet away from home this season. Seems straight-forward, right?
- PSG vs. Guingamp
With Barcelona confirming the receipt of the transfer fee for PSG’s new signing, Neymar, the Brazilian is now set to make his debut for the French side. Coincidentally, it will be PSG’s first home game of the new Ligue 1 campaign. The wait is over and the world will be looking out for the performance of the most expensive football player on the planet.
After outspending all other Premier League teams in the summer transfer window, it will be hard to look away from Pep Guardiola’s first game in charge of a young Manchester City side. All eyes will be on the noisy neighbors of Manchester who will be looking to hit the ground running just like they did at the beginning of last season.
- The DFB Pokal
Instead of resuming action in the Bundesliga this weekend, the Germans have chosen to allow the German Cup to get under way first before the league resumes next week. In the DFB Pokal, it’s Chemnitzer FC vs. Bayern München, Rielasingen-Arlen vs. Borussia Dortmund amongst the many other games available.
John Terry could only lead his new team to a draw in Aston Villa’s first Championship game this season. After being appointed captain by Steve Bruce, he will be looking to marshal his team past a Cardiff City side that won their opening game by a lone goal.
- Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire
It’s the highest scoring side in the MLS Eastern Conference (Chicago Fire) up against the side with the second-worst defense in the conference (Columbus Crew). This is the ultimate game for punters to look out for. As straight-forward as it may seem, what’s your prediction for this game? Click here to predict and earn some money.
- Partick Thistle vs. Celtic
The Scottish League is only a week old, but Brendan Rodgers’ men are already on top of the table after winning the first game of the season 4-1. Of course they are favorites to defend their league title, they will be facing 10th place Thistle who have conceded 3 goals already. Over 2.5 goals? Over3.5 goals? What’s your prediction? Click here to back your prediction and win yourself some money.
- Juventus vs. Lazio
It’s the Italian Super Cup, the game that signals that the start of the Italian Serie A is in sight. The league champions take on a Lazio side that hasn’t beaten them in the last 5 meetings.
There you go, 10 games to look forward to this weekend!
Before you run off to start placing your bets, tell us: which games are you looking forward to seeing this season? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
Cheers to a great weekend ahead!