Thu 15 Oct by Mark Gleeson
SOCCER 6 POOL OF THE WEEKEND
Sunday 18 October S6 V1 P1
M1 Sheffield United v Fulham: Both clubs have yet to pick up a point in the new Premier League season, losing their opening four games.
M2 Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United: Chiefs have a new coach on board in Gavin Hunt but have been unable to buy players because of a FIFA ban. Maritzburg did not win any of their six games in the end-of-season bubble in August and September.
M3 Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion: Palace have lost their last two Premier League outings. Brighton have lost three in a row, conceding 10 goals in the process.
M4 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United: London derby for two in-form clubs. Spurs have won four of the past five meetings between the two clubs.
M5 Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic: Sundowns beat Celtic 1-0 in the last game of last season last month to take the Nedbank Cup. Now without Pitso Mosimane in charge, Sundowns begin a new era.
M6 Leicester City v Aston Villa: Leicester were 4-0 home winners over Villa last season. Villa have won just seven times in 43 past visits to Leicester.
SOCCER 10 POOL OF THE WEEKEND
Saturday 17 October S10 V1
M1 Everton v Liverpool: The last time Everton beat Liverpool in any competition was a 2-0 victory in October 2010 at Goodison Park. Since then it has been a sea of red.
M2 Glasgow Celtic v Glasgow Rangers: First Old Firm derby of the season. Rangers have a one-point advantage at the top of the table, but have played one game more.
M3 Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila v SuperSport United: Opening match of the new South African soccer season as SuperSport begin the defence of their MTN8 title. TTM have bought the franchise of BidVest Wits.
M4 Napoli v Atalanta: Napoli have emerged from isolation after missing their last match at Juventus because of COVID-19 infections in the squad. Atalanta have won their opening three matches of the new Serie A season.
M5 FC Augsburg v RB Leipzig: These teams are top of the Bundesliga with seven points apiece from their opening three games.
M6 Chelsea v Southampton: Southampton held Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago and then last season upset them with a 2-0 win on Boxing Day.
M7 Orlando Pirates v Cape Town City: City are unbeaten in their last six matches against Pirates, winning three of them.
M8 Manchester City v Arsenal: City’s last three games at home against Arsenal have all ended in wins for the home side, who scored three goals scored in each of the games.
M9 Getafe v Barcelona: Barcelona have not lost in their past 17 clashes against Getafe, who have had just three successes overall in 34 past meetings with the Catalan giants.
M10 Newcastle United v Manchester United: Two of United’s last three visits to Newcastle have seen the home side win 1-0. But overall United have a 29-28 lead in the win count of matches between the clubs at St James’ Park.