The last weekend of league football before the first international break of the season is done. The Serie A finally joined in the fun with its opening round fixtures. Just as with last weekend, there were some big transfer moves to end it all off. Radamel Falcao moved to Manchester United on loan, while Javier Hernandez joined Real Madrid in a similar capacity and Shinji Kagawa returned to Dortmund. Today was transfer deadline day so look out for the roundup of all the August and September transfers in the coming days.
So, on the fixtures. As stated last week, the focus will be on the bigger clubs in all leagues with special performances or shock results getting a mention as well.
Primeira Liga(Round 3) and Eredivisie(Round 4)
Never a dull day in Portugal and the Netherlands as both leagues continue to march on. Porto is now the only big boy to have won all its games, while Benfica and Sporting Lisbon played to a draw. PSV continues to rattle in goals and pick up wins with 14 goals in four games and a perfect record. The shock of the week is Ajax falling to a second straight loss, this time to Groningen. Here’s the highlights of that game.
Ligue 1(Round 4)
Both PSG and Marseille turned on the style this weekend with big wins to climb up the table into familiar positions. Bordeaux still leads the league but things may return to normality soon enough. Monaco again continue to falter, and have left themselves in even more of a precarious position for the season after the departure of Falcao. Why do you enter the Champions League after so many years without arguably the best centre-forward in the game? An ever solid Lille side was the opposition this weekend, so excuses could be made. Meanwhile, gone are the days of the perennial title-winners Lyon.
Ligue 1 highlights here
Serie A(Round 1)
The Serie A returned with plenty of questions. A few of which were answered on day one, as Juventus, Roma and Napoli picked up where they left of with wins. The trio is again expected to battle it out for the title, with Roma and Napoli hoping the departure of Antonio Conte leaves Juventus a bit weaker. The two Milan sides had different fortunes as Inter seemingly couldn’t muster the energy to win after midweek play, while a Europe-less AC Milan started life post-Balotelli in style.
Serie A highlights here
Bayer Leverkusen continued its good start with a solid home win. Schalke held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw, while Borussia Dortmund squeaked into the win column. All of that action leaves Bayer as the lone leader in the league now, and neutrals will be hoping they can hold on to put up a strong challenge this season. Conventional wisdom would have Bayern winning it all, yet again, but this season could be different.
Bundesliga highlights here
La Liga(Round 2)
Things have already taken an interesting turn in La Liga after this weekend’s results. Real Sociedad pulled of an absolute shocker with four unanswered goals to defeat Real Madrid. Angel Di Maria won’t be feeling to bad about drawing with Burnley now. It was pretty much business as usual everywhere else though, with Barcelona picking up a hard-fought win as well as Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla getting in on the act.
La Liga highlights here
Premier League(Round 3)
Things got really interesting this weekend in the Premier League with the highlight being a thrilling, from what I’ve heard, encounter between Everton and Chelsea. Will be watching that replay soon enough. Manchester United continued to do an Arsenal with a draw at Burnley, while Arsenal did an Arsenal at Leicester City. Liverpool is the only other big team to come away with positive vibes after decimating Tottenham at White Hart Lane, as Manchester City fell to Stoke City.
Premier League highlights here
Until next time.