Weekend Wanderings: England Lionesses host Brazil whilst Brighton take on Tottenham and Barcelona face Sevilla
Another week has passed by with some eventful score lines – particularly if you are a Tottenham fan.
This weekend the drama looks set to continue with some vital fixtures and an international break in the women’s football calendar.
Alasdair Hooper has all the games you can look forward to in this Weekend Wanderings.
England v Brazil (Saturday, 12.45pm)
England are set to host Brazil at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium to a sell-out crowd of over 30,000 fans this Saturday.
While that undoubtedly means it’s good news off the pitch, you could argue Phil Neville’s Lionesses team have work to do on it.Embed from Getty Images
A 2-1 loss to Norway and a 3-3 draw with Belgium in their last outings can hardly be viewed as a success and there are some real question marks over the team’s defensive capabilities.
Millie Bright and Demi Stokes both dropped out of the original squad – with Gemma Bonner and Lucy Staniforth coming in – but should there be another defensively frail performance questions will be asked.
But with 30,000 fans inside the Riverside Stadium, the England players will want to put on a show.
Brighton v Tottenham (Saturday, 12.30pm)
Spurs fans may still be seeing the number seven in their nightmares, but it highlights just how troublesome the club’s state of affairs are right now.
Despite a brief glimpse of an upturn in their 2-1 win over Southampton, the result against Bayern Munich brought everyone back down to earth.Embed from Getty Images
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has called for his squad to stick together despite constant murmurings of discontent among the players.
This Saturday it’s a trip to Graham Potter’s Brighton who have won just one of their opening seven games.
The mood is still generally positive around the Seagulls but should Spurs lose here, then the pressure will increase even further on the North London side.
Liverpool v Leicester City (Saturday, 3pm)
Liverpool could claim their 17th consecutive Premier League victory with a win over Leicester in Saturday’s fixture.
But, if the midweek action taught us anything, it is that the team’s defence is pretty shaky at the moment.
Throw in the fact that Leicester sit third, and put five past Newcastle last week, then this game really has set itself up to be dramatic.Embed from Getty Images
Of course, there is also the fact that former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be returning to Anfield to face the manager that replaced him in Jurgen Klopp.
Either way, with Liverpool’s front three and the likes of Jamie Vardy running in behind the Reds’ back line this is a game that should deliver goals galore.
Inter Milan v Juventus (Sunday, 7.45pm)
First v second, Conte v Sarri, Inter v Juventus. This game could prove to be a crucial title decider when it comes to the season’s end.
Antonio Conte’s Inter – despite their European struggles – have a perfect record in Serie A.Embed from Getty Images
Six wins out of six puts them top of the table confirming that they are definitely a serious threat to Juventus’ crown.
However, just two points behind are Juventus who have clicked into gear under Sarri.
Matthijs de Ligt has settled in defence and a certain Aaron Ramsey has also got the nod in the number 10 role behind Dybala and Ronaldo.
With two title-worthy squads who will come out on top at the San Siro?
Barcelona v Sevilla (Sunday, 8pm)
The top of the La Liga table is heavily congested right now, which is good news for a team like Barcelona.
Despite the reigning champions losing twice already this season they are still just two points off first-placed Real Madrid.Embed from Getty Images
This Sunday, however, they face a team level with them on 13 points in Sevilla.
Julen Lopetegui’s team did – for a moment – also top the table and have enough quality to cause Barcelona a problem.
On paper, Barcelona will certainly be favourites. But based on their season’s form so far they have been known to slip up.
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