Preview of the Weekend: Liverpool host Man City; Barca visit Valencia

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Preview of the Weekend. As Europe’s top leagues enter their pivotal stages, you should miss not even one game! Below are the best matches the world of football would bring to you.

Tottenham vs Cardiff City

Kick off: 15:00 CET

Date: Sat, 06-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is without Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Vincent Janssen, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen for the welcome of Cardiff.

Michel Vorm is a doubt for the home side, though with Hugo Lloris back at full fitness, he was unlikely to have started anyway.

Danny Rose and Eric Dier could come in for Ben Davies and Victor Wanyama from the side that started the 4-2 loss to Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Prediction:

Tottenham 3-1 Cardiff City

Udinese vs Juventus

Kick off: 17:00 CET

Date: Sat, 06-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Cristiano Ronaldo will return after missing the midweek 3-0 win over Young Boys through suspension.

Paulo Dybala scored a hat-trick in Ronaldo’s absence but could be rested this weekend.

Douglas Costa is still banned, while Leonardo Spinazzola, Sami Khedira and Daniele Rugani are injured.

Prediction:

Udinese 0-2 Juventus

Bayern Munich vs Borussia M.Gladbach

Kick off: 17:30 CET

Date: Sat, 06-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Jérôme Boateng will most likely start at centre-back, if Mats Hummels does not recover from a concussion in time for kick-off.

James Rodríguez could return to the starting XI, with Thiago dropping to a deeper role in midfield.

Serge Gnabry could rotate in on either flank, with Arjen Robben or Franck Ribéry getting a break.

Prediction:

Bayern Munich 3-1 Borussia M.Gladbach

Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Kick off: 17:30 CET

Date: Sat, 06-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are all expected to miss out for Manchester United, while Ashley Young is a doubt.

Jose Mourinho’s side are winless in four matches and struggling for the right balance in attack and defence.

The United manager still doesn’t know his best front six and more changes are expected on Saturday.

Alexis Sanchez didn’t impress against Valencia on Tuesday night, so Anthony Martial could return to the fold.

Romelu Lukaku has not scored in five matches and is not playing well. He could do with a rest, but that won’t happen this weekend.

Eric Bailly replaced Victor Lindelof in midweek but the Swede could get the nod against Newcastle.

Antonio Valencia apologised for liking an Instagram post calling for Mourinho to be sacked in midweek. He was poor against Valencia and could be dropped for Diogo Dalot.

Prediction:

Manchester United 1-0 Newcastle United

Alavés vs Real Madrid

Kick off: 17:30 CET

Date: Sat, 06-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Gareth Bale was given the all clear from a scan taken after the Madrid derby, but was given a rest in midweek.

Alvaro Odriozola will start at right-back for the visitors, after Dani Carvajal picked up a calf injury in Champions League action.

Should Bale be unable to start, Dani Ceballos will be expected to provide some inspiration from wide areas.

Prediction:

Alavés 1-2 Real Madrid

Fulham vs Arsenal

Kick off: 12:00 CET

Date: Sun, 07-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed Thursday’s victory over Qarabag through illness and remains a doubt here.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan did not travel to Azerbaijan due to safety fears but he will be fresh this weekend.

Aaron Ramsey’s wife is due to give birth and could miss out for a second straight game.

Bernd Leno will keep his place in goal with Petr Cech still sidelined for the away side.

Unai Emery rested a number of first-team players in midweek and will name a more familiar side at Craven Cottage.

Prediction:

Fulham 1-2 Arsenal

Southampton vs Chelsea

Kick off: 14:15 CET

Date: Sun, 07-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Maurizio Sarri has no injury concerns to contend with for the trip to St. Mary’s, with Marco van Ginkel the only absentee through injury.

It took 70 minutes for a strong Blues lineup to break down a resilient Vidi side, though Mateo Kovacic and Willian are the only outfielders likely to keep their place this weekend.

While it’s been a scintilating start for the Belgian, Sarri will hope to avoid becoming too reliant on Eden Hazard’s brilliance.

Prediction:

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Liverpool vs Manchester City

Kick off: 16:30 CET

Date: Sun, 07-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Liverpool

Naby Keita has been cleared of any serious injury after being forced off in the first half of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Wednesday with severe back pain. It would be a surprise if he started here.

Liverpool’s performances have dipped considerably in recent weeks, which will be a concern for Jurgen Klopp ahead of Sunday’s mouthwatering clash with reigning champions Manchester City.

Mohamed Salah is out of form but can Klopp risk dropping last season’s star man for a game of this magnitude?

Aside from Jordan Henderson’s return to the starting XI, few changes are expected from Liverpool before the international break.

Man City

Kevin De Bruyne has returned to training but is not expected to feature on Sunday.

There are still fitness concerns over Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, giving Pep Guardiola a problem at left-back.

Aymeric Laporte was unconvincing in that position against Hoffenheim in midweek but Oleksandr Zinchenko would be a risk up against Salah.

Ilkay Gündogan picked up a hamstring injury in midweek and is a doubt for Sunday’s trip to Anfield.

Prediction:

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City

Valencia vs Barcelona

Kick off: 19:45 CET

Date: Sun, 07-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Clement Lenglet will continue at centre-back for the away side, as Samuel Umtiti is carrying an ankle problem.

Ernesto Valverde may go with a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 at Mestalla on Sunday evening.

Nelson Semedo will feature at right-back once again for Barca due to Sergi Roberto’s injury woes.

Prediction:

Valencia 2-2 Barcelona

PSG vs Lyon

Kick off: 20:00 CET

Date: Sun, 07-Oct-18

Probable Lineups

Focus:

Adrien Rabiot misses out here through suspension, but Thomas Tuchel should otherwise have a similar side to the one that won in midweek.

Gianluigi Buffon could come into the side here after not playing through suspension in midweek.

Marquinhos could play in midfield in Rabiot’s stead after not being used in midweek.

Julian Draxler is fit again, but is unlikely to start here.

Prediction:

PSG 3-1 Lyon

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