Four football matches to watch this weekend


Kwara Utd v RSB Berkane @Mobolaji Johnson Arena at 4pm on October 8

It’s a huge game for Kwara United against defending Confederation Cup champions RSB Berkane, but anything is possible in 90 minutes of football. Kwara United play in Lagos, away from their home stadium in Ilorin, but coach Azeez Mohammed told Brila his players had prepared well for the Herculean task.

“We are ready for the game; the boys prepared well; we know it will be a difficult match against a good team, but we are confident in our abilities.

The Moroccans aren’t in great form at the moment, having won only one of their last five games, but they are the defending champions and have a continental pedigree.

Current form: Kwara Utd [W-W-L-W-D]; RSB Berkane [L-D-W-L-L]
First meeting
Prediction: Kwara Utd 2-1 RSB Berkane

Arsenal v Liverpool @Emirates Stadium at 4.30pm on October 9

It was unthinkable at the start of the 2022/23 English Premier League season for Arsenal to lead Liverpool by ten points after eight matchdays. The reality is that Arsenal are on the rise, while Liverpool have plenty of questions to answer, not to mention Klopp’s seven-year crisis.

This season, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold haven’t been at their best, which has coincided with a drop in form. A defeat for the Reds on Sunday would raise red flags for the season. Klopp demands a response from his players, but Arsenal are flying under Mikel Arteta.

Current Form: Arsenal [W-W-W-W-L]; liverpool [W-D-D-L-D]
16/03/22 PRL Arsenal 0 – 2 Liverpool
20/01/22 LEC Arsenal 0 – 2 Liverpool
01/13/22 LEC Liverpool0 – 0 Arsenal
20/11/21 PRL Liverpool4 – 0 Arsenal
03/04/21 PRL Arsenal 0 – 3 Liverpool
Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool

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AC Milan vs Juventus @San Siro at 5pm on October 8

After a recent slump, Stefano Pioli demands a positive result against Juventus at San Siro on Saturday. The defending champions lead the Old Lady by four points but are hampered by injuries, as evidenced by the 3-0 loss in London last Wednesday.

Due to injuries to Alexis Saelemaekers, Simon Kjaer, Mike Maignan, Junior Messias and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pioli will have to change tactics to face a Juventus side who have found some form with two straight wins. Juventus are still without Federico Chiesa and Mattia De Sciglio, while Angel di Maria is serving a three-match ban.

Current form: AC Milan [L-W-L-W-W]; Juventus [W-W-L-L-D]
23/01/22 SEA AC Milan 0 – 0 Juventus
09/19/21 SEA Juventus 1 – 1 AC Milan
09/05/21 SEA Juventus 0 – 3 AC Milan
06/01/21 SEA AC Milan 1 – 3 Juventus
07/07/20 SEA AC Milan 4 – 2 Juventus
Prediction: AC Milan 1-2 Juventus

Dortmund v Bayern @Signal-Iduna-Park @5.30pm on October 8

Both teams have 15 points after eight games, but Bayern Munich are the undisputed goalscoring leaders with 23 goals, while Dortmund have only scored 11 goals, underlining the real challenge facing Edin Terzic, the Dortmund coach.

Julian Nagelsmann looked under pressure ahead of the international break after three defeats and one loss, but normal services resumed with the 4-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen. Dortmund’s last victory over their rivals came in August 2019, and Saturday’s game may not change that.

Current form: Dortmund [W-L-W-L-L]; bavaria [W-W-L-W-D]
23/04/22 BUN Bayern 3 – 1 Dortmund
04/12/21 BUN Dortmund 2 – 3 Bayern
08/17/21 SUC Dortmund 1 – 3 Bayern
06/03/21 BUN Bayern 4 – 2 Dortmund
07/11/2020 BUN Dortmund 2 – 3 Bayern
Prediction: Dortmund 1-3 Bayern

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