SPORTS: Weekend European football previews.

Another chaotic weekend in upon us. With more matches than eyes to watch them, focus is the name of the game. Here’s what we’re watching this week.

Torino – Juventus

The seventh round of the Italian Serie A brings us the Turin derby with Torino hosting Juventus.

The ‘Old Lady’ is the clear favorite to win but after their tough Champions League match against Chelsea, it might not be that easy this time.

Torino is playing great lately being undefeated in the last four games, with two wins and two draws.

Juventus will be playing with a chip on their shoulder since they have only two wins in six matches. That has them 10th place in the standings.

That said, Juventus has won seven of the last ten matches against Torino with the remaining three ending in a draw.

Player to Watch: Federico Chiesa scored the winning (and only) goal against Chelsea in the Champions League mid-week. He’ll need to pick up some of the slack with Paulo Dybala out with an injury.

Odds: Torino (+350) | Draw (+240) | Juventus (-118)

Sassuolo – Inter

One of the most interesting matches of this round of Serie A will be played in Reggio Emilia, where Sassuolo will host Inter. 

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Sassuolo are usually in the middle of the standings which will probably be the case this season as well but Domenico Berardi’s team seems ready for something more.

The best test for that will be the game against reigning champions Inter who are currently third with four points less than the leading Napoli.

Sassuolo has lost three of their last four Serie A matches while Inter has won two of the last three.

Both teams have won four out of the last ten head-to-head games.

Player to Watch: Nicolo Barela is the engine running Inter’s attack. The attacking mid-fielder has six assists under his belt so far. He’s completed 84.7% of his passes and logged 506 minutes of play coming into the clash against Sassuolo, the most by any other attacker on the squad.

Odds: Sassuolo (+350) | Draw (+333) | Inter (-150)


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Fiorentina – Napoli

Another interesting duel in this round will take place at the Artemio Franki Stadium, where Fiorentina will host Napoli.

The Viola started this championship quite well, as they are currently in fifth place in the table, good enough for a Europa League spot if the season were to end today. That is pretty much their primary goal this season.

In the last round, Fiorentina won a difficult away match against Udinese by 0-1.

Napoli, on the other hand, are at the top of the table with a maximum 18 points.

Last season Napoli won both matches against Fiorentina with a total result 8-0.

Player to Watch: Victor Osimhen has been on a tear. He’s got 7 goals in 6 matches, including Europa League fixtures. 

Odds:  Fiorentina (+280) | Draw {+250) | Napoli (+100)

Brighton – Arsenal

Surprisingly, Brighton is only one point shy of the leading Liverpool six weeks into the Premier League season.

Arsenal are in better shape after a slow start, winning the last five games in all competitions most importantly the last one against Tottenham in the EPL.

Still, they sit in 10th place with three wins and three losses. 

Both teams have won two of the last five games and once have played 1-1.

Arsenal have scored at least one goal in every one of their last ten matches against Brighton winning five of them.

Player to Watch: If Brighton & Hove Albion are going to keep the Gunners at 9 points, they’re going to need a top performance from Neal Maupay.

Odds: BHA (+200) | Draw (+220) | Arsenal (+145)

Borussia Dortmund – Augsburg

Dortmund usually plays high-scoring games but their last two have finished 1-0. First, they lost to Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga, followed by a Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon. 

One of the reasons for low-scoring games is the absence of Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian striker will miss the game against Augsburg but the ‘Millionaires’ are still a huge favorite to win since they have won three of the last five head-to-head duels.

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Another reason for that scenario is the fact that the visitors have scored only twice in the first six rounds winning only one game.

Player to Watch: As of the writing of this article, Erling Haaland is doubtful for the match with a thigh injury. If he is MIA, it won’t be doing Dortmund’s sputtering offense any favors.

Odds:  Dortmund (-350) | Draw (+475) | Augsburg (+900)

WORDS: Marko Mitevski.


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