The Biggest Club Competition in the World, the UEFA Champions League kicked off during the midweek as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Manchester City were comfortable winners while ‘The Happy One’ lost his third game in a row in all competitions as Chelsea lost at home to Basle marking the worst start for any manager during Roman Abramovic era. This was the biggest surprise recorded in MatchDay 1.
Leagues resume this weekend across Europe as several high profile matches take center stage. Roma will play host to Lazio in the Rome Derby while AC Milan welcome Rafael Benitez Napoli to San Siro. The two biggest spenders in France, Monaco and PSG battle each other, Schalke 04 host treble defending champions, Bayern Munich. Chelsea welcome Fulham to Stamford Bridge in a London Derby.
The Biggest tie is the Manchester Derby in England as David Moyes takes his charge to the Etihad to face bitter rivals. Manchester United ran out victors during their last visit to Eastland, a RVP deflected freekick was the difference. Despite both managers still finding their feet in their new jobs, the tie is surely going to be a cracker. Welbeck, Rafael, Silva, Clichy faces late fitness test but the host would welcome back their captain, Vincent Kompany which is a big boost to the side after midfielder, Javi Garcia has been deployed to center back in previous games. The Belgian has missed their previous matches and would be relinquishing a battle with in-form striker, Wayne Rooney. The England international netted twice against Bayern Levekusen before setting up United’s fourth on the night and his former Manager Alex Ferguson has spoken well of Rooney that the United no10 has regained his form after a disappointing pre season which was hampered with injury.
Moyes would surely want a win to prove his prowess against top oppositions in the league as he has not recorded a victory against any top 6 side despite only playing against Chelsea and Liverpool. Pellegrini would be looking to get back on track after his side luckily earned a point at the Brittana Stadium last weekend as they were on the backfoot during large spell of the game and the Chilean would depend on any of his talented stickers (Aguero, Dzeko, Negredo, Jovetic)that feature to keep David De Gea busy. This fixture as become the most anticipated fixture in England in recent times.
PREDICTION: Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United.
Kevin ‘Kaka’ Omokaro
D Sport Oracle