The Klopp Era Begins…

5 Games to Watch This Weekend

1. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool – White Hart Lane, London

Saturday, October 16 – 7:45 am EST on NBCSN

The Klopp Era will officially begin this weekend as Liverpool travel to London to face Tottenham. While spirits may be high around the club, they face the team with the longest unbeaten run in the premier league at 7 games. Liverpool enters the game with a very long list of injured players, including two new names in Danny Ings and Joe Gomez. Benteke, Henderson, and Firmino are also out for the clash. Tottenham will be without Dier due to a suspension, meanwhile Heung-Min, Mason, and Bentaleb are all out with injuries. The two teams will play similar styles and have similar formations. Liverpool have won their last five meetings and scored 18 goals during those five games. Will Klopp get off to the winning start he needs?

Betting Odds

Match Result – Tottenham 6/4, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 5/2

First Goal Scorer – Kane 5/1. Sturridge 5/1, Eriksen 15/2

Predictions

My Prediction – Tottenham 1, Liverpool 1 – Goals from Sturridge and Eriksen

James’ Predication – Tottenham 2, Liverpool 1 – Goals from Kane, Erickson, Benteke

2. Werder Bremen vs. Bayern MunichWeserstadion, Bremen

Saturday, October 17 – 9:30 am EST on Fox Sports 1

Bayern Munich come into the first game after the international break as one of the hottest teams in the world with the most in-form player in the world in Robert Lewandowski. Bremen on the other hand are looking to kick start their season, as they sit in 14th place having lost four straight games in the league. Bremen have only managed 1 goal in their last four games as well. This could be a rough one for them. American Aron Jahannsson is injured and will likely miss out. Javi Martinez is healthy for Bayern and should feature at center back. Mario Gotze is out injured after suffering an injury with Germany. Robben and Vidal are both in doubt for the game.

Betting Odds

Match Result – Werder Bremen 16/1, Bayern Munich 2/11, Draw 6/1

First Goal Scorer – Lewandowski 2/1, Muller 3/1, Robben 4/1

Predictions

My Prediction – Bremen 1, Bayern 5 – Goals from Muller (2), Lewandowski, Costa, Alonso and Ujah

James’ Predication – Werder Bremen 0, Bayern Munich 5 – Goals from Lewandowski (3), Muller (2)

3. Napoli vs. FiorentinaStadio San Paolo, Naples

Sunday, October 18 – 9:00 am EST on beIN Sports

Two of the hottest teams in Italy face off in Naples this weekend. Fiorentina are on top of the table right now after winning 6 of their 7 league games. Napoli is unbeaten since their week 1 loss. They won 2 straight in the league and 3 straight in all competitions. Fiorentina can stay on top of the table with a win. Meanwhile, Napoli looks to continue their climb up the table. Both of these teams have been scoring for fun with Fiorentina scoring 7 goals in their last two games. Napoli has scored at least twice in 5 of their last 6 games. This match will go a long way in deciding who will be in the race for the top spot.

Betting Odds

Match Result – Napoli 8/11, Fiorentina 4/1, Draw 11/4

First Goal Scorer – Higuain 7/2, Gabbiadini 9/2, Insigne 5/1

Predictions

My Prediction – Napoli 2, Fiorentina 3 – Goals from Higuain, Insigne, Kalinic (2), and Ilicic

James’ Predication – Napoli 2, Fiorentina 1 – Goals from Higuain, Insigne, Kalinic

4. Internazionale vs. Juventus – San Siro, Milan

Sunday, October 18 – 2:45 pm EST on beIN Sports

Juventus have dominated this fixture in the last four years with 3 wins and a draw in the last 4 games in Milan. Inter have been winning by very fine margins with scoring just one goal in six of their seven games. The defending champions have really struggled this year, but have won their last two games. They have been great in the Champions League but are still struggling in the Serie A. Juventus currently sit in 12th place with just 2 wins. They are a whopping 10 points off the pace. Kondogbia could find his place in doubt as Gary Medal looks to move back into the midfield. Mancini has shifted his formation and will look for a bit more strength in defense at home following their 4-1 defeat at home to Fiorentina. Can Inter get back on top of the table? Can Juventus make some noise and remind people who they are?

Betting Odds

Match Result – Inter 13/8, Juventus 9/5, Draw 11/5

First Goal Scorer – Icardi 9/2, Mandzukic 5/1, Manaj 6/1

Predictions

My Prediction – Inter 1, Juventus 2 – Goals from Morata, Cuadrado, and Icardi

James’ Predication – Inter 2, Juventus 1 – Goals from Jovetic, Icardi, Morata

5. Villarreal vs. Celta Vigo – El Madrigal, Villarreal

Sunday, October 18 – 6:00 am EST on beIN Sports Connect

Two of the top three teams in Spain face off this weekend as Celta Vigo travel to the Valencian Community to face Villarreal. Villarreal suffered their first defeat in their last league game when they lost 1-0 to Levante. Celta Vigo has drawn their last two games, but before that they beat Barcelona 4-1. Both of these teams have been amazing so far. Villarreal sit on top of the table and Celta has held that spot this season. Could they stay there all year? Bojan Jokic is sidelined for Villarreal due to suspension. Mateo Musacchio, Leo Baptistao, Denis Suarez, and Bakumbu are working their way back. Look for Leo to start the match. Eduardo Berizzo is likely to only make one change for Celta as Augusto Fernandez has passed his fitness test. Nolito has been one of the best players and Villarreal will need to stop him.

Betting Odds

Match Result – Villarreal 1/1, Celta 14/5, Draw 5/2

First Goal Scorer – Soldado 9/2, Nolito 6/1, Baptistao 6/1

Predictions

My Prediction – Villarreal 1, Celta 2 – Goals from Baptistao, Nolito, and Aspas

James’ Predication – Villareal 1, Celta Vigo 2 – Goals from Bakambu, Nolito, Aspas

All odds provided by bet365

Other Games on Saturday

9:30 am EST – Schalke 04 vs. Hertha BSC – Fox Sports 2

9:30 am EST – Hamburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen – Fox Soccer Plus

10:00 am EST – Chelsea vs. Aston Villa – USA Network

10:00 am EST – Everton vs. Manchester United – NBCSN

10:00 am EST – Real Madrid vs. LevantebeIN Sports

12:00 pm EST – Roma vs. EmpolibeIN Sports

12:30 pm EST – Watford vs. Arsenal – NBC

12:30 pm EST – Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach – Fox Sports 2

2:30 pm EST – Barcelona vs. Rayo VallecanobeIN Sports

Other Games on Sunday

9:30 am EST – Koln vs. Hannover 96 – Fox Sports 2

11:00 am EST – Newcastle United vs. Norwich City – NBCSN

11:00 am EST – Bordeaux vs. Montpellier – beIN Sports

11:30 am EST – Stuttgart vs. Ingolstadt – Fox Sports 2

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