Weekend Wanderings: Premier League Matchday 2, Return of La Liga and Bundesliga

Alasdair Hooper brings you the top five fixtures to keep an eye on in this edition of Weekend Wanderings.

There have been some exhilarating matches already this season and we are just at the beginning. But the excitement doesn’t stop there with the Bundesliga and LaLiga seasons getting started this weekend.

Manchester City v Tottenham (Saturday, 5.30pm)

Pep Guardiola and the reigning champions gave us a glimpse of what is to come this year after putting five goals past West Ham in game one.

The relentless attacking talent Manchester City have at their disposal looks like it will thunder them to another title bid but things are likely to get much tougher this weekend.

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That’s because they play Tottenham who – according to most pundits – seem to comfortably be the third best team in the country after their summer transfer recruitment.

After seeing off Aston Villa, thanks in part to a promising display from new midfield man Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs have enough talent to give City a headache and a real battle.

Should City and Liverpool be as good as they were last year, then every dropped point could prove vital.

Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 3pm)

When Steve Bruce left Sheffield Wednesday to take the Newcastle job it left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Wednesday fan-base.

But here we are, two games into the Championship season, and The Owls are top of the table with back-to-back victories.

All this points to the classy work carried out by caretaker manager Lee Bullen. The former club captain is in the dugout for the third time in less than two years.

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Wednesday’s start could also get better as they face a Millwall side that struggled last season.

They also have the added benefit of enjoying a mid-week break – while other Football League sides were involved in Carabao Cup action Wednesday’s game was postponed as they were scheduled to play financially-stricken Bury.

The Owls best league start for 23 years could be about to get better this weekend and perhaps Bullen could be on his way to being named permanent boss.

Borussia Dortmund v FC Augsburg (Saturday, 2.30pm)

The Bundesliga campaign gets underway on Friday night but, for some, serial winners Bayern Munich aren’t the favourites for the title this time around.

Despite blowing a healthy lead last year, much of the attention is on Borussia Dortmund.

Lucien Favre’s team still has the youth and exuberance of last year, with Jadon Sancho likely to continue his exciting rise, but some impressive summer transfer business has added the skill and experience that was lacking.

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Quality additions Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard add more creativity and flare in the attack while the re-signing of Mats Hummels from Bayern adds championship-winning know-how to the backline.

The arrival of Nico Schulz also helps to sure up the defence.

Dortmund have been granted a relatively straightforward opening fixture in the Bundesliga this season against Augsburg – this game could be a sign of what is to come.

London Bees v London City Lionesses (Sunday, 2pm)

After the World Cup the FA Women’s Championship is gearing up for its big kick-off this Sunday.

One team who have put down a real statement of intent is London Bees under new manager Lee Burch.

As well as the former Yeovil boss arriving in the summer, the club has also brought in 10 new players including the likes of Rosie Kmita, Billie Brooks and Hayley West.

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While London Bees’ plans are intriguing there’s also plenty to see from their opponents on Sunday.

Following Millwall Lionesses financial problems last year a new club, in the form of London City Lionesses, has been formed to be run independently.

The FA agreed to the transfer of their Championship licence and so begins the dawn of a new club.

Just what they can give to the league remains to be seen.

Atletico Madrid v Getafe (Sunday, 9pm)

As well as the Bundesliga, LaLiga also gets underway this weekend with Barcelona looking the most likely to retain their title.

But this Sunday, Atletico Madrid will get a chance to showcase themselves as title challengers.

If Real Madrid’s pre-season is anything to go by, they have plenty to work on but for people looking towards the Wanda Metropolitano there is a lot to be excited about regarding Atletico.

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Not only will there be English interest in Diego Simeone’s side after Kieran Trippier’s move, but the £113-million acquisition of Joao Felix is one of the biggest transfers of the summer.

At just 19 he already looks to be a superstar in the making.

Getafe will try to halt this new-look Atletico on Sunday but there is every chance Diego Simeone’s squad could have a special season in store.

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