Another weekend means another dose of the Continental Breakfast landing at your table, and this week we've delivered the goods again, with four belting games with all the ingrediants to be superb watches. So without further ado, we'll get on with it!
An Andalusian derby to start of with and it’s set in the sensational surroundings of Seville, as Malaga go cross-country to tackle the hosts at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. It’s been a case of contrasting seasons for both of these sides, with Sevilla riding high in third place at the moment and Malaga with just one point and lingering only a place above the bottom of La Liga. A win could potentially push Sevilla just behind Barcelona, but only if second place Atletico Madrid drop points over the weekend. Sevilla have won the last four meetings against Malaga on home soil and haven’t lost to their neighbours on their own patch since 2012. Lacking in confidence, we can’t see Malaga getting anything from this one, particularly with Sevilla unbeaten at home so far this season with three wins and a draw in all competitions.
Pressure is on for Zinedine Zidane’s men who are in desperate need of the points at home to Espanyol following their surprise defeat at the Bernabeu to Real Betis last time out in La Liga, which leaves them quite a way behind table-topping Barcelona, even at this early stage of proceedings. It’s pretty much a must-win for Madrid against Barca’s Catalan rivals on home turf. They surely won’t lose two games in a row, right? Well the last time Espanyol won at the Bernabeu was back in 1996, and they’ve also lost the last ten against the Spanish giants, scoring just the two goals in those games. You’d have to expect the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to have a good day at the office for the club in the capital against a side who have won two, drawn two and lost two in their opening half-dozen La Liga matches so far.
Both sides have had decent enough starts to the campaign, with the new look AC sitting in sixth place with four wins and two draws in Serie A so far, whilst Roma are a place above them despite playing a game less. They are both already six points off table-topping Napoli and second placed Juventus, who are fighting it out to be the leading lights in Italy so far. Roma have won the last three meetings against AC Milan, which includes the latest result at the San Siro – an emphatic 1-4 victory. Closer inspection tells us that amazingly, Milan have won just won of the last ten clashes against the club from the capital, which will be a concern for Roma legend Vincenzo Montella, who spent ten years playing for the club before returning to coach the U15s team prior to really getting into the management game.
Normally there are the three big heads in Portugal fighting it out for honours – these two and Benfica, which shows how big this clash is in the capital. These are the current top two, with Porto having a 100% record from their opening seven games, whilst the hosts are a place and two points behind their great rivals. But depite Porto leading the way in Portugal, they’ve surprisingly gone a long, long time without defeating Sporting. The last time they triumphed over the team in green was nine years ago, in October 2008, which perhaps shows that their superb record at the moment is under threat. One thing for all you punters to also consider is that Sporting have won three of the last four, but also that three of the last seven results have ended 0-0…
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