PSG vs Bayern, UEFA Champions League
Date: 27th September 2017 Kickoff Time: 20:45 CET
An interesting clash where the Qatar investment will be proven to be successful or not. With Mbappe, Neymar, PSG are expected as the second candidat after Real Madrid to be champion, even their best result is only going to quarter-final. They are expected to beat Bayern Muchen in 2nd round of the group phase.
German side are in 2nd year under management of Ancelotti and they seem to be much weaker than recent years. Ancelotti set Ribery and Robben back to main squad, the veterans who passed the top of performance from a couple of years. This summer he pushed younger name on loan as Sanches and Costa, and bring James from Real Madrid. So I don’t think he is expert on transfer, not only this summer but also from when he worked for Chelsea or Real Madrid. Bayern lost a lot of power and motivation and I think the empire of Ancelotti will come to an end soon.
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid , UEFA Champions League
Date: 26th September 2017 Kickoff Time: 20:45 CET
Borussia have been looking pretty solid in their domestic championship, winning all games except draw with Freiburg. That 0:0 draw was a surprising one since Freiburg played with a man down sice 29th minute, but then they went on to lose in London against Tottenham. However, they bounced back perfectly, having won next three games with a goal difference 14:1. They beat Koln, HSV and Monchengladbach in the last game. It`s needless to say that Dortmund were in complete control, and with three goals from Aubameyang, two from Philipp and one from Weigl, they recorded their biggest win of the season. Hosts are coming here without injured Durm, Guerreiro, Reus and Schmelzer, while Rode and Schurrle are questionable.
German Bundesliga : Hamburger vs Borussia Dortmund
20th September 2017 – Kickoff 20:30
Both teams started their season with two wins in a row, but since then Hamburger has suffered two defeats and dropped to the middle of the table, while Borussia played one draw and won again and they are currently the leaders with ten points. The sides are separated by four points in the standings. Both sides suffered another defeat where Hamburger lost in the Cup while Borussia at the start of the Champions League.
The return of Julian Weigl is a huge boost for Borussia Dortmund. The promising midfielder has been out of action through injury, making his first senior appearances as a second-half substitute against FC Köln.
Peter Bosz confirmed that Marc Bartra, André Schürrle, and Mario Götze all trained “to a limited extent” on Monday, with the latter of Dortmund’s three returning stars in contention for a place in die Schwarzgelben’s squad.
For Hamburger SV, Nicolai Müller and Filip Kostic’s absence from their hosting of Dortmund will seriously hinder the ability to attack the visitors. Centre-back Rick van Drongelen, signed from Sparta Rotterdam for £2.7m in the summer, is also missing for Markus Gisdol’s side.
Schalke opened the season with a bit surprising victory at home over Leipzig, but then suffered defeat away to Hannover with a narrow result, however bounced back in a positive way after international break. They firstly won at home over Stuttgart 3:1, but also recorded their first victory on the road, last Saturday afternoon when the side won over Werder Bremen 1:2.
Their opponents opened the game a bit better and took the lead in 20th minute with a goal from Sane, but the visitors were a bit lucky too since they managed to level up the result just two minutes later via an own goal. However, players of Schalke proved to be much more concrete in the second halftime and were willing to risk a bit more towards the end, scoring the precious goal via Goretzka in 83rd minute. The team is now sharing the third position with Bayern Munich, being just a point below first placed duo from Dortmund and Hannover.
Schalke should be playing in 3-4-2-1 formation with Burgstaller as central striker, plus Harit and Konoplyanka as his offensive support. Offensive midfielder Alessandro Schopf (3/1) is doubtful but with chances to play.