Here we are! The action is in full swing now as La Liga and Serie A sides start their season this weekend, joining the other European leagues that kicked things off last weekend and leading to a full list of shares. There are already injury concerns affecting our watch schedule, as well as transfer rumors suggesting some people could be on the move, but at least for now here’s what we’ll be watching:
SC Freiburg vs. Borussia Dortmund – 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Gio Reyna was in last weekend’s matchday squad for Borussia Dortmund but was an unused substitute in the team’s 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen at 10. He is not surprising that the club are continuing their cautious approach with Reyna, who has barely seen playing time during pre-season. Marco Reus scored 10 minutes into Dortmund’s opener, and the side would hang on to win 1-0 in what was an important, if unconvincing, win over a Leverkusen side who look likely to be a contender for Champions League qualification by the end of the season.
This weekend, Dortmund will face a Freiburg side who finished last season in 6th place and opened their new campaign with a 4-0 win over Augsburg. Their game was scoreless for the first half, but Freiburg scored twice in the first three minutes of the second half kickoff and took the win with a balanced attack that saw four players different find the back of the net.
- Timothy Weah missed Lille’s opener last weekend (a 4-1 win over Auxerre) due to an accumulation of yellow cards and now it looks like he will miss a few weeks with a foot injury . Lille face Nantes at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports.
Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano – 3p on ABC
Sergiño Dest could still be on the move this month as Barcelona have reportedly made him available, and it looks like he’s third in the pecking order at right-back, having seen limited playing time during the pre-season. season. It’s no secret that Barcelona have salary and money problems, but it’s also no secret that they don’t operate in the typical way, so it remains to be seen if they are looking to move Dest to grab some cash and save some of the many players they’ve already added this summer or if they try to replace him with another signing.
For now, Dest remains at Barcelona as the team kick off their season against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday afternoon on ABC. Barcelona finished a distant second behind Real Madrid last season and, as mentioned above, brought in a number of reinforcements (Robert Lewandowski, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha, to name a few). -uns) in an attempt to close the gap. However, it is not without a high degree of risk. In fact, it’s been argued that unless Barcelona are able to close the gap to Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League and reap the financial rewards, president Joan Laporta’s summer strategy could send the club in an irrecoverable financial fall. They will face a different kind of pressure this season as they look to get through this. They start their campaign on Saturday against a Rayo Vallecano side who finished 12th in La Liga last season, just four points from relegation.
- Ricardo Pepi came off the bench last weekend in Augsburg’s 4-0 loss to Freiburg. This weekend, the team will face Bayer Leverkusen at 9.30am on ESPN+.
- Timothy Chandler was an unused substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt last Friday as they were crushed by Bayern Munich 6-1. Things should get easier this weekend as they take on a Hertha Berlin side who needed to win the relegation playoff to escape dropping to the 2. Bundesliga. This match will also be played at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN+.
- Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson and Jesse Marsch are looking to build on last weekend’s season-opening win over Wolves when they face Southampton at 10 a.m. on Peacock. Southampton opened the season with a 4-1 loss to Tottenham.
- Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson and Fulham were involved in last weekend’s shock result as the newly promoted club drew the title in contention liverpool 2-2. Fulham take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at 10am on Peacock.
- Luca de la Torre could make his La Liga debut as his new club Celta Vigo open their season against Espanyol at 11a on ESPN+.
- Joe Scally was granted the start of Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend in the team’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim. “Gladbach are looking to build momentum as they take on a newly promoted Schalke side who lost to Cologne 3-1. The game will be played at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN+.
MLS Mashup (all matches on ESPN+):
Mainz vs. Union Berlin – 9:30 a.m. on ESPN+
Jordan Pefok got his Bundesliga career off to the perfect start last weekend, scoring Union Berlin’s first goal in the Berlin Derby’s 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin. Pefok redirected a cross with a header from a sharp angle in the 30th minute and his side were in full swing, taking a 3-0 lead before conceding a consolation goal in the 85th minute. It was a dream start for Pefok, who joined Union Berlin in the summer after a prolific year for BSC Young Boys of Switzerland, scoring 27 goals in all competitions. It would be unreasonable to expect Pefok to maintain such a high goalscoring rate with the league leap, but if he is able to continue scoring home goals with some regularity for Union Berlin, it would should help keep USMNT fans focused and more importantly. , USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter.
- Christian Pulisic saw 25 minutes off the bench for Chelsea F.C. last weekend in the club’s rather unremarkable 1-0 win Everton. They now face a Spurs side who looked quite explosive last weekend as they netted four goals past Southampton. The game will be played at 11:30 a.m. on USA Network.
- Yunus Musah has played regularly in midfield for Valencia during pre-season which is a welcome development for USMNT fans. His side open their 2022-23 campaign against Girona at 1.30pm in a game which can be seen on ESPN Deportes and ESPN+.
- Walker Zimmerman and host of Nashville SC Minnesota United at 9 p.m. on FS1. Nashville is only one point ahead of Seattle Sounders in the playoff race.
- Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes started their difficult season last weekend by suffering a 3-2 defeat against Montpellier. They will look to bounce back this weekend against Toulouse at 9 a.m. on beIN Sports.
- Real Sociedad start their season with a trip to Cádiz at 11.30am on Sunday in a game which can be seen on ESPN+. Jonathan Gomez is said to have first-team opportunities this season, but it remains to be seen in what capacity. It would take a flurry of activity to get Gregg Berhalter’s attention ahead of November’s World Cup.
MLS Mashup (all matches on ESPN+):
- Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan and the Seattle Sounders host Diego Luna and Real salt lake at 10 p.m.
Monday bonus action:
- Weston McKennie stays out for Juventuswho begin their Serie A campaign by taking on Sassuolo at 2.45pm on Paramount+.
- Chris Richards was an unused Crystal Palace substitute last weekend. The team now face Liverpool at 3pm on USA Network.
Let us know what you want to keep an eye on this weekend and what other action you see in the comments section below.