Scouting for Fixtures (European Fixtures only) : Sept 12 – Sept 18

Scouting for fixtures is a weekly blog for people who love the beautiful game. They come out every Sunday and hand picks upcoming matches worldwide that week, which looks set for 90 minutes of non-stop action.

All times are GMT.

Champions League:

Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal ( Tue 13 19:45 )

Barcelona vs Celtic ( Tue 13 19:45 )

Manchester City vs Borussia M.Gladbach ( Tue 13 19:45 )

Bayern Munich vs FC Rostov ( Tue 13 19:45 )

Juventus vs Sevilla ( Wed 14 19:45 )

Tottenham vs Monaco ( Wed 14 19:45 )

Club Bruges vs Leicester ( Wed 14 19:45 )

UEFA’s disingenuous attempts to make the Champions League ‘better‘ has lead to a familiar backlash from the football community.

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‘Afraid, slammed, anger, backlash, rejected and revolt,’ is a word association list befitting a militarist dictator, not the Union of European Football Associations.

The Champions League is still the biggest club football tournament in the world, returning on Tuesday the 13th with so many fixtures to choose from. Usually I would preview each and every game but in this case, it seems futile. Chances are you know which fixtures you’ll be tuning into already.

Europa league:

Sassuolo vs Athletic Club ( Thu 15 16:00 )

Feyenoord vs Manchester United ( Thu 15 16:00 )

First timers Sassoulo come into the game heavy underdogs despite Atleti currently in 18th place. Sassuolo is a tough team to break down, conceding the 4th lowest goals in the league last season. Two of their defenders (Versaljko and Acerbi) were in the Whoscored. com Serie A team of the season. Atletic Bilbao is a fierce team themselves, winning the highest % of aerial duels last season. Atletic Bilbao actually rarely attack down their left side and Sassuolo’s influential Berardi will be operating at RW. The home side will have their hands full with the power of Aduriz, Inaki Williams’ pace and Benãt orchestrating from the midfield. Should be good. 

Manchester United come into their first Europa League fixture after losing to Manchester City and need a big win to regain their confidence. It looks like another difficult game for the Red Devils, as they’ve lost 6 out of their last 7 away games in European competitions (excluding qualifiers). Feyenoord has only won 1 out of their last 7 games against English opposition, so both teams are against the odds coming into the game. 

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