The Premier League dominates the soccer landscape in Europe once again this weekend, with a trio of fascinating fixtures to savor from Week 9 of the 2017-18 season.
On Saturday the champions take on this season’s surprise package in what should be an absorbing clash of styles. Then on Sunday two teams from Merseyside take on two from north London in a pair of eyecatching encounters.
Elsewhere, in Italy the two most impressive teams in the division meet in what’ll potentially be the match of the weekend. We’ll then see two of French football’s biggest rivals meet in a match long known as Le Classique.
All kick-offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Chelsea’s defence of their Premier League crown appears to be in danger of fizzling out early after two successive losses and a lunchtime showdown with Watford will be another difficult assignment for the Blues.
While Antonio Conte’s side lost to an imperious Manchester City team at Stamford Bridge recently, few would have expected them to follow up that display with a loss at Crystal Palace. The nature of the performance will be most concerning to the manager, as the Blues appeared rudderless without the likes of N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata.
Watford, meanwhile, are a team on the up. A last-gasp win over Arsenal last time out was well deserved after a stellar second-half display from Marco Silva’s side. Tom Cleverley netted the dramatic winner, keeping the feel-good factor going at Vicarage Road and pushing them up to fourth in the table.
Also in favour of Watford is the respective records of each side. Chelsea have struggled at home this season, drawing one and losing two of their four Premier League games at the Bridge. Watford, meanwhile, have taken 10 points from a possible 12 on the road.
NAPOLI VS. INTER MILAN
Saturday, October 21, 2:45 p.m. ET, beIN SPORTS Connect and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)
With Juventus stuttering at the beginning of the Serie A season, Napoli and Inter Milan have emerged as serious contenders for the Scudetto.
Napoli lead the way as things stand and showed their title credentials with a brilliant win at Roma last weekend. Granted, they did come under pressure late on, but it was the kind of professional display many were hoping to see from Maurizio Sarri’s side; there’s no doubt they have the attacking pedigree to beat any side in the division.