We’re just four games into the Premier League season and the competitive division has bared its sharp teeth already.
No team has a perfect record, we have our first managerial casualty of the campaign and as the season gets into gear again, the fascinating contests come thick and fast. There are two selections this week from English football’s top tier.
There’s a similar sort of edge in La Liga in 2017-18 too, with the champions dropping four points already and facing an extremely tough trip this weekend. Elsewhere, glamour ties from Major League Soccer and Ligue 1 round off the selections.
All of the kick-off times noted are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
WATFORD VS. MANCHESTER CITY
One of the most impressive sides in the early weeks of the Premier League season have been Watford and they’ll put their fine recent form to the test when they meet an illustrious Manchester City outfit.
Marco Silva took over at Vicarage Road in the summer having done an impressive job with Hull City last season. The team have purred under his guidance too, with a 3-3 draw with Liverpool on the opening day setting the tone for a positive start to 2017-18; they sit in fourth place on eight points after four games.
It means City should brace themselves for a difficult 90 minutes. There have been times under Pep Guardiola, particularly away from home, when the Etihad Stadium club have found it tough to compete in physical matches. The early indications from Watford so far this season are that they’ll make this a battle.
Nevertheless, City were exceptional in their 5-0 hammering of Liverpool last time out and have the attacking potency to cause problems for any team in the division. After winning 5-0 at this venue to finish Guardiola’s debut season in charge, they will not be taking a backwards step and that should make for a watchable contest.
LA GALAXY VS. TORONTO FC
Saturday, September 16, 10:30 p.m. ET, TSN, MLS LIVE, Spectrum SportsNet
Although the 2017 season has been one to forget for LA Galaxy, they will sense there’s an opportunity to find some momentum on Saturday against Toronto.
Granted, regardless of the result here, any upturn in form for Sigi Schmid’s side will likely come too late to force a playoff spot, as they currently trail sixth-place FC Dallas by 10 points going into this game. But after a dismal run of nine defeats and one draw in 10 games, the last two matches, from which four points have been taken, have offered some ray of light.