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Weekend Football: A look at all the fixtures

The weekend is almost here and so is the weekend football action. There are several intriguing encounters across the five major Leagues in Europe, starting with Bayern Munich’s hosting of Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena today.

The action continues tomorrow and on Sunday with high profile matches including Manchester United’s return to action against Crystal Palace and the clash of the new boys with Leeds United taking on Fulham in the Premier League.

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In the Italian Seria A, Andrea Pirlo will also take charge of his first official game as Juventus boss when Sampdoria visit the Allianz Stadium while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan will host Bologna in the first game of the season.

Here are all the fixtures in the top 5 five European Leagues.

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English Premier League 

Stamford Bridge will be the centre of attraction this weekend when Chelsea host Liverpool in Matchday 2 of the 2020/2021 Premier League season. Both teams will be hoping to make it two wins out of two with a win on Sunday.

But that game is just one of several exciting fixtures in this Matchday. Manchester United’s return to Premier League action after their Matchday 1 absence couldn’t have been any trickier as they face Roy Hodgson’s Crytal Palace. There is also Monday football action with Manchester City visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium.

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Below are the fixtures for Matchday 2 of the 2020/2021 Premier League season and you can read our preview here.  

19.09.   Everton  11:30 West Brom
19.09. Leeds  14:00 Fulham
19.09. Manchester Utd 16:30  Crystal Palace
19.09.  Arsenal  19:00 West Ham
20.09.  Southampton 11:00  Tottenham
20.09.  Newcastle 13:00 Brighton
20.09.   Chelsea 15:30 Liverpool
20.09.  Leicester 18:00  Burnley
21.09.  Aston Villa 17:00  Sheffield Utd
21.09.   Wolves 19:15 Manchester City

Spanish La Liga 

Barcelona will still not be available for Matchday 2 duties after having their first game of the season postponed due to their prolonged involvement in the Champions League last season. Their fixture against Athletic Bilbao has also been postponed due to the club’s involvement in the Joan Gamper trophy.

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The competition is hosted by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium and is named in honour of Joan Gamper, a founding member, player, and former president of the club.

But rivals, Real Madrid will be back in action against Real Sociedad on Sunday as Zidane’s men look to win the trophy for the second consecutive time. Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also out of action due to their prolonged involvement in last season’s Champions League and Europa League respectively.

Below are the fixtures for Matchday 2 of the 2020/2021 La Liga season.

19.09.  Villarreal 14:00  Eibar
19.09.   Getafe  16:30 Osasuna
19.09. Celta Vigo 19:00  Valencia
20.09.   Huesca 14:00 Cadiz CF
20.09. Postp  Levante 15:00  Atl. Madrid
20.09.   Postp  Sevilla 15:00 Elche
20.09.   Betis 16:30 Valladolid
20.09.  Granada CF 16:30  Alaves
20.09.   Real Sociedad 19:00 Real Madrid

Italian Serie A

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on target for AC Milan when they defeated Shamrock Rovers on Thursday to secure qualification to the third round of the Europa League and he will be eager to translate that form when his side begins the season against Bologna.

Zlatan’s form will also be crucial in stopping Juventus and new boss Andrea Pirlo from clinching a tenth successive Scudetto this season. The defending champions begin their campaign against Sampdoria on Sunday.

Below are the fixtures for Matchday 1 of the 2020/2021 Serie A season.

19.09.  Fiorentina  16:00  Torino
19.09.  Verona  18:45  AS Roma
20.09.   Parma 10:30 Napoli
20.09.  Genoa 13:00  Crotone
20.09.    Sassuolo  16:00 Cagliari
20.09.  Juventus  18:45  Sampdoria
21.09.  AC Milan 18:45   Bologna

German Bundesliga 

Defending Champions, Bayern Munich, fresh after winning the Champions League will host Schalke 04 in the first game of the new Bundesliga season. With Thiago Alcantara officially indicating his exit from the club, it is interesting to see how Hansi Flick sets his team up for a ninth consecutive Bundesliga triumph.

But they will face competition from Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig who open their campaign against Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz respectively.

Below are the fixtures for Matchday1 of the 2020/2021 Bundesliga season and you can read our preview here.

18.09.  Bayern Munich 18:30 Schalke
19.09.  Eintracht Frankfurt 13:30 Arminia Bielefeld
19.09.   FC Koln 13:30 Hoffenheim
19.09.   Stuttgart 13:30 Freiburg
19.09.   Union Berlin 13:30 Augsburg
19.09.  Werder Bremen 13:30  Hertha Berlin
19.09.  Dortmund 16:30 B. Monchengladbach
20.09.   RB Leipzig 13:30 Mainz
20.09.  Wolfsburg 16:00 Bayer Leverkusen

French Ligue 1 

St. Etienne sit on top of the French Ligue 1 table after winning their first three opening games, scoring 6 goals and conceding none in the process. They face Nantes this weekend and will look to continue their perfect start and challenge PSG for the trophy.

Defending champions, PSG have had a poor start to the season, picking just three points out of a possible 9. They face Nice in Matchday 4 of the season while Marseille face Lille in an interesting encounter.

Below are the Matchday 4 fixtures of the 2020/2021 French Ligue 1 season.

19.09.   Lens 15:00 Bordeaux
19.09. Rennes 19:00  Monaco
20.09.  Nice 11:00  Paris SG
20.09.   Brest  13:00 Lorient
20.09.   Metz 13:00 Reims
20.09.  Montpellier 13:00  Angers
20.09.  Strasbourg 13:00 Dijon
20.09.  Nantes 15:00  St Etienne
20.09.  Marseille 19:00  Lille

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