Four football matches to watch this weekend

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It’s El Clasico weekend, and some levers will be pulled or uprooted at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday when Barcelona visit Real Madrid. Plateau United will be looking for a win at Radès to qualify for the CAF Champions League group stage, while PSG must overcome internal divisions in order to beat a resurgent Marseille, not to mention a visit to Man City in a frail Anfield.

Espérance against Plateau United @ Stade Olympique de Rades at 5 p.m. on October 15

Plateau United staged a return to Abuja last weekend and picked up a narrow win over Rades where they will ‘attack’ the home side as promised by coach Fidelis Ilechukwu. Both goals scored by the Nigerian team came due to long throw-ins that wreaked havoc in Esperance’s defence, and thanks to that, they scored their goals. This will be a tactic to refine for the Battle of Rades.

Esperance vs Plateau United

The league in Tunisia has just started and Esperance are yet to kick the ball, meaning the match fitness is almost the same as the visitors, but they will rely on their pedigree and an Olympic Stadium noisy sold out to create the atmosphere needed to get the necessities. Goals. Will Plateau hold on or will it continue as if nothing had happened?

Current form: Hope [L-W-D-W-L]; United Plateau [W-W-D-W-L]

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09/10/22 CCL Plateau United 2 – 1 Esperance Tunis

Prediction: Esperance 3-2 Plateau United

Liverpool v Man City @Anfield at 4.30pm on October 16

Is this the last chance saloon for Jurgen Klopp and the Reds? Liverpool are in trouble. But at Anfield they remain formidable opponents, having not lost in the Premier League in the last 589 days. It was a 1-0 loss to Fulham on March 7, 2021. Klopp’s men have conceded 17 goals in 12 matches in all competitions while City have scored 43 goals in 18 matches, an average of more than two goals per game . City are led by the irrepressible Erling Harland, who already has 15 league goals.

Liverpool-vs-Man-City
Liverpool-vs-Man-City

Will Virgil van Dijk catch up and will the space between midfield and defense grow? Trent Alexander-Arnold, Luis Díaz and Joel Matip are all out and Liverpool look lighthearted, but Klopp and his team must respond now or the title race might as well end in October.

Current form: liverpool [W-L-W-D-W]; City of Man [D-W-W-W-W]

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30/07/22 COS Liverpool 3 – 1 Manchester City

16/04/22 FAC Man City 2 – 3 Liverpool

10/04/22 PRL Manchester City 2 – 2 Liverpool

03/10/21 PRL Liverpool 2 – 2 Manchester City

07/02/21 PRL Liverpool 1 – 4 Man City

Prediction: Liverpool 2-4 Manchester City

Real Madrid v Barcelona @Estadio Santiago Bernabéu at 3.15pm on October 16

Normal service has resumed in La Liga with Barcelona and Real Madrid stuck at the top of the table. On the continent, Los Blancos are through to the knockout stages with two games to play while Barcelona sweat after pulling vital levers at the start of the season.

Both teams are missing big names such as Thibaut Courtois for Madrid while Barcelona are without their best defenders – Jules Kounde, Héctor Bellerín, Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen – although Xavi’s Barcelona have conceded just eight goals all the way. season.

FC BARCELONA - REAL MADRID
FC BARCELONA – REAL MADRID

The last meeting against Inter Milan in Champions League exhibited a scattergun approach when under pressure. Will the first El Clasico of the season tell us more about Barcelona’s new level?


READ ALSO: Real Madrid 0-4 Barcelona: Aubameyang brace typifies Barcelona brilliance


Current form: real Madrid [D-W-W-D-W]; Barcelona [D-W-L-W-W]

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24/07/22 CLF Real Madrid 0 – 1 Barcelona

20/03/22 LAL Real Madrid 0 – 4 Barcelona

01/12/22 SUC Barcelona 2 – 3 Real Madrid

24/10/21 LAL Barcelona 1 – 2 Real Madrid

10/04/21 LAL Real Madrid 2 – 1 Barcelona

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona

PSG – Marseille Parc des Princes at 7:45 p.m. on October 16

There’s a storm in Paris and it has nothing to do with Marseille’s visit, although it will add to the tension building between Kylian Mbappe, his manager Christophe Galtier and his team-mates. Three successive draws in all competitions and a three-point gap with the visitors means there is plenty to play for.

But PSG must achieve this without Nuno Mendes, Presnel Kimpembe, Sergio Ramos, and possibly Lionel Messi and Renato Sanches. Marseille are winless over their wealthiest opponents since September 2020. They are the fourth top scorers heading into Sunday’s game and they have the second best defense, but can they hold off PSG and score their revival?

Current form: PSG [D-D-D-W-W]; Marseilles [W-L-W-W-D]

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04/17/22 LI1 PSG 2 – 1 Marseille

24/10/21 LI1 Marseille 0 – 0 PSG

07/02/21 LI1 Marseille 0 – 2 PSG

01/13/21 TDC PSG 2 – 1 Marseille

09/13/20 LI1 PSG 0 – 1 Marseille

Prediction: PSG 2-1 Marseille


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