This week’s preview begins by looking at tomorrow’s Europa League playoff second legs, as Borussia Dortmund look to cement a place in the group stages following their 4-3 away win against Odds BK in the first leg. Following the departure of long standing manager Jurgen Klopp in the summer, Dortmund are looking to continue a bright start to the season that has seen them score 19 goals in the last 5 matches. Their front 3 of Reus, Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang have started on fire and have 8 goals between them in their 2 previous Europa League matches. However, this tie may not be as straightforward as it looks, as Odds will take confidence from their first leg performance that saw them 3-0 up within 22 minutes!
Elsewhere in the Europa League, Southampton travel to Denmark with a 1-0 lead as they take on current Superliga champions FC Midtjylland. The Saints go into the match as favourites, despite their only goal in their last 3 games being a penalty in the first leg of this tie and FC Midtjylland being in undefeated in their domestic season after the first 6 matches. Ronald Koeman is expected to make a number of changes from his sides goalless draw against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday, so don’t be surprised to see a few products of the infamous Southampton academy.
Moving to domestic action and Barcelona and Real Madrid will be hoping to put on a show in front of their own fans, having both failed to impress on the road in their season openers last weekend. Barcelona, who welcome Malaga to the Camp Nou, are hoping to have Neymar back to lead the line following his absence through a bout of mumps. After some outlandish rumours linking the Brazil captain to Man United this week, he is now expected to sign a new contract with the Catalan Giants and build upon his 2014/15 goal tally of 39.
Over in Madrid, Rafa Benitez takes charge of his first La Liga match at the Bernabeu and will be hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale can show some of the form that has made them 2nd and 1st most expensive footballers in the world respectively. They face a Real Betis side who are managed by Pepe Mel, who may or may not be remembered for his ill-fated time in charge at West Brom. Following an opening stalemate against Sporting Gijon, we can expect far more from Los Blancos as they look to get their season up and running.
There is also a whole host of other action this week, with some notable highlights listed below.
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