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.
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.
Yesterday we saw PSG, Feyenoord and FC Porto winning the Super Cup of their countries and today we have Chelsea – Manchester City for the Community Shield and Galatasary – Akhisarspor for the Turkish Super Cup.
For the first game we have already the starting 11s and both team start the game with a British teenager. Sarri makes it clear that he trusts the 17 years old Callum Hudson-Odoi and he is starting on the left side of the attack. Guardiola also gives a place in the midfield to Phil Foden.
In Turkey we have Galatasaray as a clear favorite but Akhisarspor surprised Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup final and they will do their best to repeat it today.
Next weekend we have the Spanish Super Cup that will be played in Morocco. Super Cups in another countries is more and more an option and this year, France, Spain and Italy had/will have this trophy played outside their countries.
Some of the best European leagues are almost starting and this during this weekend he have the Super Cup in France, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey and England.
This afternoon PSG destroyed the rivals Monaco 4-0 with Di Maria scoring twice. With Cavani and Mbappe still on holidays and Neymar on the bench, the French champions made it visible of how deep is their squad as Nkunku and Timothy Weah also scored today.
In the Netherlands we also had two of the top teams facing each other, with Feyenoord beating PSV in the penalty shootout after a 0-0 in the 120 minutes. The goalkeeper Justin Bijlow had a huge game, saved Feyenoord from the defeat several times and is a name that you should keep an eye this season.
This evening in Portugal we have a match between FC Porto and Desportivo das Aves. Porto is a clear favorite here but after defeating Sporting in the Portuguese Cup final, Aves will want to surprise other of the Portuguese top teams.