Weekend review: Marseille starts the Ligue 1 in style. Zenit are sole leaders in Russia

Ligue 1 - Olympique de Marseille vs Toulouse

The French Ligue 1 started this weekend in great fashion as we saw 33 goals scored, the top 4 teams winning and a crazy 3-4 between Angers and Nimes.

On Friday Marseille received Toulouse, in a game that saw the first VAR decision in the league. A cross from the right side to Valere Germain was intercepted with the hand by a Toulouse defender and after the VAR review a penalty was given. Payet didn’t miss it and Marseille took the lead in the 45th minute. In the second half the home side kept the pressure, scored more 3 goals (Payet, Germain and Thauvin) to close the game with a 4-0 win.

Monaco had an expected though match in Nantes but after having a bad time during the first half, the vice-champions scored 3 goals in the second half to win 1-3. Rony Lopes, Jovetic and Falcao were the scorers for Monaco and Emiliano Sala for Nantes. With one more season selling some of their best players, Monaco hopes that Leonardo Jardim can make magic again.

cczEven with a lot of magic, will not be easy for someone to beat PSG in the race for the title. in the gameweek 1 they had no trouble to defeat Caen, even with some kind of alternative lineup. The youngsters Dagba, Nsoki, Bernede and Nkunku got a chance to start and see Neymar scoring his first of the season. Rabiot and Weah scored the other 2 goals of the game. This is the second goal for Weah, after also scoring in the Super Cup against Monaco. PSG has a very deep squad but the forward will look to have some more playing time when compared to last season.

In Angers we saw probably the craziest game of the weekend in Europe. The promoted side Nimes was down 1-3 on the 75th minute, saw their striker Clement Depres scoring the 2-3 only one minute after he came in and on the 79th minute they found themselves playing with 10. In a dramatic end of the game, Ripart scored the 3-3 on the 85th minute and Depres scored again on the 89th minute to give the 3 points to Nimes. Angers will certainly remember this game for a long time.

CSKA and Lokomotiv keep losing points in Russia

In Russia we go already with 3 rounds completed and Zenit is the only team only with wins. Yesterday they traveled to Kazan and beat Rubin 0-1. The only goal of the game came on the 78th minute by Erokhin, in a period when Zenit was one man down. Also yesterday and also with one man down, Krasnodar defeated Ufa 0-1 and they sit now 4th with 6 points.

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The teams from Moscow had a quite disappointing weekend, with Spartak having a narrow 1-0 win against Anzhi. Their mind looked to be already in the Champions League qualifier and the only goal came when the away team was playing with 9. Ze Luis scored the winner. CSKA was even less convincing, as they only managed to save a point in the game against the promoted side Yenisey. The striker Abel Hernandez scored the goal for them when when they were one man down. This was a round with several red cards.

The biggest surprise was the defeat of Lokomotiv Moscow against the other promoted side, Orenburg. In 3 games the champions have 0 goals scored and only 2 points. Orenburg is the early surprise of the season as they sit 3rd with 6 points.

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Saturday Football fever. Games to watch!

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What a great day of football today! The long Saturdays in front of the TV are back and the difficult is to select what to watch! Fortunately we got you cover with our selection of games that will make you travel to the Premier League, French Ligue 1 and Portuguese Primeira Liga.

13:30 (UTC+2) Newcastle – Tottenham

We start the day with a game between two teams who had a bit of a frustrating transfer window and for that reason both managers will have some extra work to do if they want to meet expectations.

The Spurs made history by becoming the first team not to sign a single player but they did sign a new contract with their star Harry Kane and they kept all their other stars. On the other side Newcastle fans are planning protests against the owner Mike Ashley.

Newcastle was one of the toughest teams to break at home last season and this should be a very close match. It can hardly be considered a surprise if the Spurs drop points today.

16:00 (UTC+2) Fulham – Crystal Palace

I’m really interested in watching this Fulham squad! They signed some very interesting names as Seri and Schurrle, Mitrovic moved on a permanent deal and they kept the hot prospect Sessegnon. Crystal Palace is always an exciting team to watch and I’m interested to see if Max Meyer is starting straight away. I feel this will be the game with most goals from the ones starting at 16:00 for the EPL.

18:30 (UTC+2) Wolves – Everton

Two high spending teams, two Portuguese managers, two teams who might need time to settle after so many transfers. The young Portuguese prospects Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves have now their opportunity to shine in the Premier League and Richarlison will be under pressure to deliver since day one, after the high fee that was paid.

20:00 (UTC+2) St Etienne – Guingamp

We will miss the first 15 minutes of this match but from the Ligue 1 this is the game I will follow. St Etienne ended last season really close to a Europa League spot (did not qualify due to the goal difference). They signed the Tunisian international Wahbi Khazri, player who had a really interesting World Cup. Guingamp come from a good pre-season and is a team who always finds some interesting players during the years. Drogba, Malouda and Candela for example appeared on a higher level on this Guingamp. This looks to be a team with a lot of experience but you know how it is in France. At any moment some kid from the Academy appears and takes the league by storm.

22:00 (UTC+2) Porto – Chaves

Just as the French Ligue 1, the Portuguese Primeira Liga is one of those who feeds the top Leagues for the last 20 years. This is also a league that several South American players use to start their adventure in Europe. FC Porto is the Champion and always a competitive team in the Champions League. They are a clear favorite against Chaves, but you can wait for a good and fast game and with some luck you will be also looking for some future signing of your team.

Premier League is back!

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Great Friday for the football fans as we have the Premier League finally starting! And as if that was not enough, Ligue 1 (France) Eredivisie (Netherlands) and the Portuguese Primeira Liga are also having their start today.

In England Manchester United receives Leicester after a depressing transfer window. The Red Devils were desperately looking for a defender but in the end they did not manage to get a deal done.

The big game of this first round will be played in London next Sunday, when Arsenal receives the Champions Manchester City. The Citizens are again the favorites to win the League but they should have high competition from Liverpool this season.

Walk in the park for PSG, Benfica and Porto in a close race. PSV and Ajax doing the same in the Netherlands

In France PSG should win the title again despite the fact that Ligue 1 is getting better and better every year. With Monaco and Lyon selling some of their stars, I think this might be a good year for Olympique Marseille and I can see them finishing second this year.

In Portugal we should have a race between Benfica and Porto. Sporting is having a though summer, they lost William Carvalho, Rui Patrico and Gelson. Jorge Jesus also left his coaching position, so I don’t see them strong enough to fight for the title. In my opinion Benfica will be champion and Porto the runner-up.

Just like in Portugal, we traditionally have a race with 3 candidates where Feyenoord is the underdog. I look to the Ajax team this season and there is so much talent that is almost an obligation for them to become champions. PSV will need to make sure they don’t lose points with the smaller teams so they can follow Ajax and maybe surprise them. I don’t see that happening and i believe Ajax will be first and PSV second.