5 Games to Watch This Weekend
Tottenham vs. Leicester – Last season champions seem to be finding their form again as they have won all of their Champions League games and their last Premier League game. They come into this game in 12th place. They travel to London this weekend to face Tottenham. Tottenham is the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League. Tottenham enter the game having drawn their last two games however. They are without Moussa Sissoko who was given a three match ban for his elbow on Harry Arter last weekend. Harry Kane and Toby Alderweired are back in training. Toby might play but it looks like it is too soon for Harry. Leicester are without Mendy and Benalouane. Matthew James and Andy King are doubts. It looks like Vardy and Slimani could start but Okazaki is close to starting. Is this Tottenham’s first loss? Will Leicester get back to their form from last season?
My Pick – Tottenham 1, Leicester 1: Alli and Slimani
Brad’s Pick – Tottenham 2, Leicester 0: Alli and Eriksen
Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga – This game is a must watch to see how Atletico Madrid respond to their first loss of the season. They were defeated by Sevilla last time out. This weekend they host Malaga who have won 3, drawn 3, and lost 3. They are unbeaten in their last three games including wins over Bilbao and Leganes. Atletico has dominated the last 5 winning 3 of the 6 with 2 draws. Atletico Madrid is without injured Cerci, Augusto, and Moya. Koke is out of the game due to his two yellow cards he saw against Sevilla. Look for Gaitan to start on the right-hand side. Gimenez is healthy but Savic looks set to hold his spot. Malaga are without Diego Llorente, Weligton, Charles, Keko, and Miguel Torres due to injury. Bakary Kone is doubtful but looks set to play due to a lack of options. Juanpi is back from suspension and should play behind Sandro. Can Atletico bounce back? Can Malaga continue their current form?
My Pick – Atletico 2, Malaga 1: Griezmann, Carrasco, and Sandro
Brad’s Pick – Atletico 2, Malaga 1: Griezmann (2) and Juanpi
Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin – Third and fourth meet in Germany this weekend as Hoffenheim host Hertha Berlin. Hoffenheim is one of the three unbeaten teams left in the Bundesliga as they have won their last four straight games after drawing their first four games. Hertha Berlin has only lost 1 game all season and that was against Bayern Munich. Hertha is 1 point above Hoffenheim right now and 3 points behind Bayern Munich. Hoffenheim is without Mark Uth. Otherwise, they should play a very strong side. Hertha Berlin have a much longer injury list. They are without Duda, Darida, Koerber, Lustenberger, and Plattenhardt. Valentin Stocker is suspended. Good news, American John Brooks has been great for Hertha this season. Can Hoffenheim stay unbeaten? Will Hertha keep pace with Bayern?
My Pick – Hoffenheim 2, Hertha 2: Wagner, Kramaric, Ibisevic, and Kalou
Brad’s Pick – Hoffenheim 1, Hertha 0: Demirbay
Juventus vs. Napoli – Probably one of the best games of the weekend as first place takes on third place in the Serie A when Juventus hosts Napoli. Juventus lost just their second game of the season last weekend but rebounded well with a win this week over Sampdoria. Napoli has won their last two after losing two games in a row. These two teams are separated by just four points this season and Napoli could really put some pressure on Juventus if they win. Juventus are without Dybala and Pjaca. This means that we will see Mandzukic and Higuain up front. Claudio Marchisio has returned and should start in the midfield. Evra is a doubt and likely not to feature. Napoli seems to have found some balance after losing Arkadiusz Milik to a knee injury. Manolo Gabbiadini was his replacement but he is out on suspension. Raul Albiol has returned to training but is not likely to play. Will Juventus stay on top of the league? Can Napoli tighten the gap?
My Pick – Juventus 3, Napoli 2: Higuain (2), Pjanic, Callejon, and Insigne
Brad’s Pick – Juventus 1, Napoli 1: Higuain and Callejon
Toulouse vs. Lyon – This weekend in France we have two teams that seem to be traveling in different directions. Toulouse has won 4 of their last 6 and only lost twice all season. They are currently in 4th place in the league. They host Lyon this weekend who has only won 3 times in their last 11 games. They started the season with two wins and won their first Champions League game, but since then have only managed to win twice in the league. Jessy Pi and Clement Michelin may return this weekend but Toulouse is without Tongo Doumbia and Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro. Dodi Lukebakio is ineligible. Lyon are without Jallet and Valbuena. Nabil Fekir is back and should partner with Lacazette up front. Lyon are in desperate need of a victory. Can they get back on track? Can Toulouse stay in the race for a European place?
My Pick – Toulouse 1, Lyon 1: Braithwaite and Lacazette
Brad’s Pick – Toulouse 1, Lyon 2: Braithwaite, Gonalons, and Lacazette