The ‘Merseyside Derby’ and the ‘Milan Derby’ are part of this Weekend Bangers. – The highlighted fixtures for the coming weekend.

Weekend Bangers

Merseyside Derby.
Derby della Madonnina (Milan Derby)
Champions vs Newly-Promoted.
Top of the table clashes.
Chance to get points on the table.

On October 17th, we get to have two city derbies and  three games that include newly promoted facing the defending champions.

Two City derbies
Everton vs Liverpool (Merseyside Derby)
Inter Milan vs AC Milan (Derby della Madonnina)

Newly-promoted go against the defending champions
Arminia Bielefeld vs Bayern Munich
Real Madrid vs Cadiz
Crotone vs Juventus

October 16, 2020
Dijon vs Rennes (French Ligue 1)
Rennes’s first defeat of the season would be Dijon’s first victory of the season in Ligue 1.

Rennes are unbeaten in France; and to safeguard top spot in Ligue 1, a win at Dijon will be needed on Friday.

Luckily for Rennes, Dijon has been without a win this season.
Dijon have lost 5 of their opening 6 matches.


October 17, 2020
Everton vs Liverpool (English Premier League)
The current league leaders host the defending champions.

We have a Merseyside derby between an in-form Everton and a Liverpool side that is coming from a heavy and shocking 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa.

Everton have started their season by winning all their Premier League matches 4/4.

A decade ago on October 17th, 2010, Everton won their last Merseyside derby. It was 2-0 victory at Goodison Park with the goals coming from Tim Cahil and Mikel Arteta.

On October 17, 2020, Everton has another chance at Goodison Park to end a 10-year run of winless Merseyside derbies on the anniversary of their last derby win.

There’s been 22 meetings between the two sides since, and Liverpool have won (50%) 11 of those meetings over the decade.

Manchester City vs Arsenal (English Premier League)
Recent results and performance indicate progress for Arsenal’s game, while possible vulnerability in Manchester City.

Manchester City have dropped more points than their pre-season expectations. Next up is against Arsenal.

Augsburg vs RB Leipzig (German Bundesliga)
It’s a top-of-the-table clash in the Bundesliga.
An unbeaten start will be put on the line when RB Leipzig goes to Augsburg.

Both teams are still unbeaten and will both be in the need for a win to safeguard their position.

With the teams at bay, a defeat would be a steep drop in the standings.

Hoffenheim vs Dortmund (German Bundesliga)
It will be a consecutive defeat in the league for Hoffenheim if they are beaten at home by Borussia Dortmund.

And it will be a consecutive league victory for Dortmund if they manage to achieve a win.

Both teams are a point from the top of the league table. A win could see them finish the round as league leaders.

Arminia Bielefeld vs Bayern Munich (German Bundesliga)
A newly-promoted side faces the defending champions. Arminia Bielefeld vs Bayern Munich.

Granada vs Sevilla (Spanish La Liga)
Sevilla will put their unbeaten record on the line against Granada.
Granada has managed to grab the needed 3 points at home, but Sevilla will be their biggest test so far.

Both teams will be looking forward to making up for the points dropped in ‘1-1’ draw from their last league fixture.

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid (Spanish La Liga)
Atletico Madrid will try to secure maximum points against Celta Vigo.

They are tied on points in the league standings, but Atletico Madrid has two games in hand.
Atletico Madrid will be looking to get back to a win when they take on Celta Vigo.
Celta Vigo do know how to surprise.

Real Madrid vs Cadiz (Spanish La Liga)
A newly-promoted side faces the defending champions. Real Madrid host Cadiz.

Getafe vs Barcelona (Spanish La Liga)
Barcelona will be tested against a Getafe side that is coming off a 3-0 defeat against Real Sociedad.

The objective here for Barcelona is to quickly return to a win after dropping points at home against Sevilla.

Napoli vs Atalanta (Italian Serie A)
Napoli host Atalanta. Which shade of blue will be superior?

Napoli have 8 without conceding in 2 matches.
Atalanta have 13 goals scored while allowing 5 goals in. A goal difference of 8.

They are both unbeaten and look like title contenders from the early rounds of games in Serie A.


Inter Milan vs AC Milan (Italian Serie A)
Inter Milan has been the winners in the last 4 Milan derbies. Will that continue?

Derby della Madonnina – The first Milan derby of the season in Serie A.
Both teams are unbeaten but AC Milan is the team with a perfect record to protect.

January 31, 2016 was the last time AC Milan were victorious in a league meeting against their city rivals.

Crotone vs Juventus (Italian Serie A)
A newly-promoted side faces the defending champions. Crotone vs Juventus.

Marseille vs Bordeaux (French Ligue 1)
Bordeaux have enjoyed a better goal difference but other than that, everything between them and Marseille are even.

Marseille needs to find an end to their streak of draws while Bordeaux will want to start a winning streak.

Sporting CP vs Porto (Portuguese Primeira Liga)
Porto are coming from a 3-2 defeat at home to Maritimo. Should Benfica keep their streak going, Porto is looking at consecutive defeats in the league.

Benfica have not won a league match against Porto since the 2015/17 season.

Porto have won 5 of the 7 meetings since; including a season double last season.
But as things stand in the current season, Benfica are top of the table in the Primeira Liga, unbeaten after 3 games.”

October 18, 2020
Sheffield United vs Fulham (English Premier League)
Bottom of the table clash in the Premier League.
Finally Sheffield United and Fulham have a good shot at getting some points in the league.

They’ve both lost all 4 of their league matches. The ideal outcome will be a draw for both teams to get points.

Leicester City vs Aston Villa (English Premier League)
Aston Villa will be looking to win 4 of 4 when they go to Leicester.

It won’t be the first time in recent history that a team that narrowly escaped relegation from the  Premier League and went on to lift up the title in the following season. Leicester City was the team to do that in 2016. 
Aston Villa are looking like a team that will repeat the miraculous season that Leicester City had. 

The objective for Leicester City is to avoid a consecutive defeat at home after the 3-0 defeat to West Ham. This is a task when you consider that the opponent are coming from a 7-2 win against the defending champions

Saint-Etienne vs Nice (French Ligue 1)
Slight goal-difference is what Saint-Etienne have over Nice.
Three matches without a win has cost Saint-Etienne their place at the top of the league.

Lille vs Lens (French Ligue 1)
A top of the table clash in Ligue 1 when second-place Lille take on 3rd-place and newly promoted Lens.

October 19, 2020
Leeds United vs Wolves (English Premier League)
The best game on the menu for Monday.
Leeds and Wolves are proving to be contenders in the league (outside of the traditional Big Six).

Who is coming out on top at the end? This should be an open game if it lives up the expectations.

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