A look at what’s going on in European football on Sunday:
Lionel Messi is set for his home debut at Paris Saint-Germain against Lyon at Parc des Princes. But PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino will wait until morning before deciding whether Kylian Mbappe is fit to play. The forward twisted his ankle in the midweek draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League and is passing a late fitness test. PSG fans are ready for their first home glimpse of Messi following his summer arrival from Barcelona. Messi came close to his first goal by hitting the crossbar against Brugge. Lyon have won their last three games and coach Peter Bosz has spoken of playing for a win against PSG, who are aiming for a sixth straight league win. Elsewhere, undefeated Nice welcomes Monaco in difficulty in the Côte d’Azur derby and Angers, second, faces Nantes.
Manchester United and Chelsea face tough away games as they seek to remain unbeaten in the Premier League. United travel to West Ham as Cristiano Ronaldo look to score for the third game in a row in his second stint at Old Trafford. Ronaldo scored two goals against Newcastle last weekend and once in the Champions League midweek. Chelsea are visiting their London rivals Tottenham, who won their first three league games before losing to Crystal Palace last weekend. United and Chelsea both have 10 points after three wins and a draw. The other game will see Brighton at home against Leicester.
Valencia’s surprisingly strong start under coach José Bordalás will be put to the test for the first time when Real Madrid enter Mestalla Stadium with the Spanish League lead up for grabs. Bordalás turned Valencia into a compact block led by Carlos Soler. The midfielder has three goals for his club with two more World Cup qualifying goals for Spain this season. Both teams are one point behind Atlético Madrid at the top of the standings. Madrid will be without injured Gareth Bale, while Eden Hazard is again uncertain due to knee pain. Real Sociedad host Sevilla in a clash of teams aspiring to fight for a top-four spot. Villarreal travel to Mallorca in search of their first win in a so far disappointing season. Real Betis welcome Espanyol without a win.
It’s a big test at the start of the season for both teams when struggling Juventus welcome perfect AC Milan in Serie A. Juventus have just one point in three games and are desperate for a first league win in the return of Massimiliano Allegri as a coach. The Bianconeri gained momentum with a 3-0 Champions League win over Malmö, while Milan were beaten 3-2 at Liverpool for their first loss of the season. 39-year-old Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović is expected to miss the game with an Achilles tendon injury. Roma, who also got off to a perfect start, travel to Hellas Verona, who replaced Eusebio Di Francesco as Igor Tudor as their manager after losing three games in a row. It is also: Empoli against Sampdoria; Venice against Spezia; and Lazio against Cagliari.
In each of Borussia Dortmund’s and Union Berlin’s previous Bundesliga meetings, the home side have won. Dortmund will need to improve on a fragile defense to ensure the trend continues, while Union hope to deny the home side’s formidable forwards. Erling Haaland has already scored nine goals in six games in all competitions. Struggling Stuttgart welcomes fit Bayer Leverkusen, and Wolfsburg hosts Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner is back at his old club and hasn’t got off to a good start at his new one. Frankfurt have just one point from their first four Bundesliga games. Wolfsburg is the only team with a 100% record.
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