Four football matches to watch this weekend

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Graham Potter pits his unbeaten record against Erik Ten Hag and his resurgent United side on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out for petulance. In Italy, first through fourth face direct rivals in matches that could be a compass for how the season unfolds.

Chelsea v Manchester. United @Stamford Bridge @5.30pm October 22

Separated by a single point, Chelsea and Manchester United are in good form for Saturday’s encounter with four identical wins and a draw in their last five matches. United were fantastic against Tottenham and deservedly won as Chelsea battened down the hatches at Brentford to score a point.

Chelsea are yet to lose under Graham Potter even though their form hasn’t been great, it has improved since Thomas Tuchel’s last days. The big news is that Cristiano Ronaldo won’t play a role on Saturday, having been ruled out for his petulant show against Spurs.

Erik Ten Hag

Potter gave Thiago Silva a well-deserved rest against Brentford so he is likely to return as United test Chelsea’s tight new rearguard who hasn’t conceded in his last 533 minutes of action. Which form will survive to push its claim to the top four?

Current form: chelsea [D-W-W-W-W]; Man Utd [W-D-W-W-W]

Face-to-face

28/04/22 PRL Manchester United 1 – 1 Chelsea

28/11/21 PRL Chelsea 1 – 1 Man Utd

28/02/21 PRL Chelsea 0 – 0 Man Utd

24/10/20 PRL Manchester United 0 – 0 Chelsea

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19/07/20 FAC Manchester United 1 – 3 Chelsea

Prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

AS Roma v Napoli @Stadio Olimpico at 7.45pm on October 23

Napoli have not lost this season in any competition, Roma have lost four times, twice in the league, but the gap between first place Napoli and fourth place Roma is only four points. The most succinct difference is in the goals scored column. Where Roma have scored seven goals in their last five matches in all competitions, Napoli have scored 20, an average of four goals per game.

Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli have also shown a squad depth that many failed to reckon with at the start of the season, but Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s injury could deprive them of a key part of midfield. For Roma, the loss of Paulo Dybala is seriously depleting Jose Mourinho’s forward line. Will Roma concede three against Napoli?

Current form: AS Roma [W-D-W-L-W]; Naples [W-W-W-W-W]

Face-to-face

18/04/22 SEA Napoli 1 – 1 Rome

24/10/21 SEA Roma 0 – 0 Napoli

21/03/21 SEA Roma 0 – 2 Napoli

29/11/20 SEA Napoli 4 – 0 Roma

05/07/20 SEA Napoli 2 – 1 Rome

Prediction: Roma 1-3 Napoli

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao @Nou Camp at 8pm on October 23

Despite all the gloom and sadness in Catalonia because of Barcelona, ​​Xavi’s side have conceded just four goals in 10 La Liga appearances – three against Real Madrid and sit just three points below Real Madrid.

Robert Lewandowski already has 11 league goals and the investment seems to be paying off, but they can’t back down when they host a resilient Bilbao side on Sunday. Bilbao manager and former Barca manager Ernesto Valverde has his work cut out for him and his seventh-placed side have some decent players who will be looking to hurt Barcelona, ​​especially in transition.


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While Barcelona have won four and drawn this season at home, Bilbao are unbeaten in four away matches – two wins and two draws.

Current form: Barcelona [W-L-D-W-L]; Bilbao [D-L-D-W-W]

Face-to-face

27/02/22 LAL Barcelona 4 – 0 Athletic

20/01/22 CDR Athletic 3 – 2 Barcelona

21/08/21 LAL Athletic 1 – 1 Barcelona

17/04/21 CDR Athletic 0 – 4 Barcelona

01/31/21 LAL Barcelona 2 – 1 Athletic

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

Atalanta vs SS Lazio @Gewiss Stadium at 5pm on October 23

Three points and two places separate Atalanta and Lazio in the Serie A table. Gianpiero Gasperini has found a formula to revitalize the club and they are proud to be second and unbeaten. Lazio are in fifth place and have scored the second most goals, after Napoli.

Sadly, Maurizio Sarri has to shuffle his squad with the loss of captain and top scorer Ciro Immobile, who is out until 2023. A win for Lazio gives them the early lead to Champions League places as Sarri continues to rebuild his reputation in his homeland.

Current Form: Atalanta [W-D-W-W-D]; Lazio [D-D-W-D-W]

Face-to-face

22/01/22 SEA Lazio 0 – 0 Atalanta

30/10/21 SEA Atalanta 2 – 2 Lazio

31/01/21 WED Atalanta 1 – 3 Lazio

27/01/21 COI Atalanta 3 – 2 Lazio

09/30/20 SEA Lazio 1 – 4 Atalanta

Prediction: Atalanta 2-1 Lazio


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