It’s another busy Saturday across Europe’s top leagues, with key games in Spain, Germany, Italy and France – including a tough looking away day for Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman’s men started their La Liga campaign with an opening weekend victory, at home to Real Sociedad, but face a test of their title credentials at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday evening (21:00).
Barca are still without key injured players Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti and Ansu Fati, as they seek to claim three consecutive wins at the San Mames (Match Result – Bilbao 16/5, Draw 13/5, Barca 17/20).
The visitors are expected to stick with the attacking trio of Antoine Griezmann, Memphis Depay and Martin Braithwaite. Pedri scored the opener in a 2-3 win last season and can be backed at 11/2 to score at anytime on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, it’s a 2:30 kick off for Borussia Dortmund as they also look to make it two wins out of two in the Bundesliga when they travel to Freiburg.
Marco Rose saw his side start the season with a 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and The Black and Yellows are 3/5 to collect an away win on Saturday.
Freiburg, who started their campaign with a draw at Arminia Bielefeld, won this fixture 2-1 last season – a home win and both teams to score can be backed at 6/1.
The season kicks off in Italy today, with defending champions Inter Milan starting the defence of their title at home to Genoa.
Not only have Inter lost their title-winning coach, Antonio Conte, but several key players have moved on due to the club’s financial predicament.
Simone Inzaghi will take charge for the first time (5:20 BST) and will also be without the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Lautaro Martinez. Inter are 1/3 to win the clash, with Genoa at 17/2 and the draw available to back at 4/1.
It’s Matchday Three in France and champions Lille are in desperate need of a confidence boosting win, when they travel to Saint Etienne on Saturday evening (8pm).
After an opening game draw, Lille suffered a shock 0-4 home defeat to Nice on the opening weekend and Jocelyn Gourvennec is under pressure to turn things around.
The visitors, 6/4 to collect the three points on Saturday, are still without injured Portuguese star Renato Sanches due to a knee injury.