Manchester United vs Newcastle United, Premier League, Round 8, October 6
Manchester United are aiming to end a run of frustrating performances when they host Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle at Old Trafford for Saturday’s Premier League scrummage.
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Dark clouds are piling up over Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho’s side booed by fans after Tuesday’s goalless Champions League draw with Valencia.
Benitez, whose side are still without a win this season expects to add pressure on his old friend.
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Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League, Round 8, October 7
The second place will face the first in the Premier League on Sunday in the match, in which Manchester City will try to avenge Liverpool following Champions League semi-final defeat and 4-3 loss at Anfield last season, which put an end to the “citizens’ ” invincible series.
The only City’s failure this season happened in the first round of the Champions League, when the team unexpectedly lost at home to Lyon, but the victory with a score of 2-1 in Hoffenheim returned their previous confident run.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, in their turn, lost to Napoli on Wednesday, and this added even more pressure to Liverpool, who spend a lot of energy in big games.
Valencia vs Barcelona, La Liga, Round 8, October 7
Both of these teams traveled to England in the middle of the week and both played in the Champions League quite successfully: Valencia disappointed Manchester United at Old Trafford, while Barcelona won a flashing game against Tottenham. But which team will be able to maintain momentum when they come back to their internal duties on Sunday?
Barça are still stand at the top of La Liga, though it is unclear how. Blaugrana have amassed only two points in the last three games against rather modest opponents.