Weekend Wanderings: Neymar set to make PSG debut, Premier League new boys Brighton and Huddersfield to struggle, while Holger Badstuber gets second chance at Stuttgart


Alasdair Hooper takes a look at some of this weekend’s big talking points in football…

Ney more waiting for fans

The story that’s dominated global news this week is the eye-watering amount of money Paris Saint-Germain splashed to buy the Brazilian star from Barcelona.

The paperwork wasn’t processed in time for Neymar to make his debut last weekend against Amiens – a game PSG won 2-0 – but the 25-year-old is expected to play some part in Sunday’s match at Guingamp.

It’s time for PSG fans to see what you get for £198million now that the French football authorities have received international clearance.

Premier League new boys up to the job?

With the return of Premier League action this weekend there will undoubtedly be a lot of interest in how the top clubs are shaping up – but what about the newbies?

Newcastle United are back after a year away and, despite Rafa Benitez’s displeasure seemingly being reported on a near weekly basis, the current squad looks good enough to stay up.

Brighton and Huddersfield, however, are unknown quantities. Both have extremely likeable managers at the helm in Chris Hughton and David Wagner but the current squads don’t look strong enough to stay afloat.

The Terriers travel to Crystal Palace and the Seagulls face a daunting challenge as they host Manchester City on Saturday. On Sunday Newcastle also face strong opposition in Tottenham – although they did beat them 5-1 last time out.

Boro to bounce back

Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough are tipped to gain immediate promotion back to the Premier League and they have spent big in order to so.

Teaming a manager as highly regarded as Monk with Boro’s squad looks certain to be a success but their Championship opener did not go to plan as they were beaten 1-0 by Wolves.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to get the team brimming in confidence again – next up is Sheffield United at home on Saturday.

It’s looking gloomy for Glovers

Yeovil’s opening day 8-2 thrashing by Luton has done little to silence the doubters who predict their League Two stay could come to an end this season.

After a fairytale rise through the league system, the Glovers have been on a downward spiral since they made their debut in the Championship in the 2013/14 season.

Despite an encouraging performance in the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat by Wolves, they will need to drastically improve against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Can Badstuber get back to his best?

Holger Badstuber was tipped to be a star when he left Stuttgart for

to sign for Bayern Munich at just 15 before his career was hampered by injuries, including two ruptured knee ligaments and a broken ankle.

Now the 28-year-old – who has played just 41 times in the last five years – has a chance to overcome his injury hell and revive his career with the Reds 13 years later.

The defender is in contention to make his debut for Stuttgart, who travel to Energie Cottbus in the German Cup this Sunday, and everyone hopes he can get back to playing regularly.

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