Back in the routine yet? You probably will be after this weekend!
Competitive soccer is back on the menu all over Europe, and after the Premier League curtain raisers were played out last weekend, a host of leagues across the continent begin their season too.
But such is the calibre of the fixtures that are to take place in the English football league this weekend, our focus falls primarily onto some potentially enticing clashes as we select our top five games to watch this weekend.
So we’ve got two age-old foes reuniting their rivalry in the Championship and three major clashes from the EPL. We also look at a battle between two of Germany’s biggest sides, as the Bundesliga gets back underway.
All kickoff times are Eastern Time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Programming note: For viewers in the United States, select games from this weekend’s La Liga, Championship and Serie A games are being shown exclusively on beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espanol and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website.
Ipswich Town vs. Norwich City
After the Canaries’ recent stint in the Premier League, one of English football’s biggest rivalries will be resumed at Portman Road this weekend. South-East sides Ipswich Town and Norwich City meet at the home of the former, and Mick McCarthy’s side will be keen to put a halt to their sworn enemy’s strong start to life in the Championship.
Some sides—as we’ve already seen from Fulham since their relegation—can really struggle to adapt to the abrasive nature of English football’s second tier. But after preserving a strong core of players through the summer, Neil Adams’ team have begun their stint in the Championship with two wins from their opening three wins.
But a trip to Ipswich, where they’ll face a very capable team and a hostile crowd, will undoubtedly be their toughest test of the season so far. The Tractor Boys have yet to find their best form as of yet, winning one, drawing one and losing one in their trio of games to date, but a win over Norwich could be enough to get their promotion push into gear.