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The Top 5 Fixtures to Welcome us Back to Domestic Football After the International Break

13 October 2021 | Opinion
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The Top 5 Fixtures to Welcome us Back to Domestic Football After the International Break

After 2 weeks of international break, the top leagues start again. Let's take a look at the 5 most interesting fixtures to watch:

Leicester City vs Manchester United (16.10)

Leicester City will welcome a topsy-turvy Manchester United to the King Power Stadium this Saturday, where the club will be without their two main centre backs, Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire.

This will force Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly onto the scene, which can surely only cause worries for United fans who have witnessed their side keep just one clean sheet all season.

Lazio vs Inter (16.10)

A rivalry that has really been sparked into a new life in recent times is Lazio v Inter Milan, with both of them moving further up the table in past seasons and challenging within the top three. Inter, of course, are the champions and trail leaders Napoli by just four points, while Lazio are tracking further behind with 11 points from seven games.

What makes this game so intriguing, however, is Simeone Inzaghi. The striker spent 11 years at Lazio before retiring and moving into coaching roles 11 more years, with five of these being in with the first team. Inzaghi left for Inter this season and he will travel back to the Stadio Olimpico for the first time.

Barcelona vs Valencia (17.10)

Barcelona continue on in utter disarray having lost games in the Champions League and sit five points off the two Madrid sides leading the way in La Liga. They do have a game in hand, however, which should they win would bring them back into title contention.

Nevertheless, all eyes are stuck on Ronald Koeman and the Camp Nou these days, as this gargantuan club continues to fall. Valencia, on the other hand, are right next to them in the table and it is also a huge game for them.

Juventus vs Roma (17.10)

Jose Mourinho will travel to Turin once more where he has had success with both Inter Milan and United. He will seemingly be without Tammy Abraham, however, which should just give Juventus the edge here.

Also, after a torrid start, Juventus have climbed the league table with three wins in a row but still sit an incredible 10 points off the top. This is set to be an almighty clash in what is turning out to be a classic Serie A season.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (18.10)

Patrick Vieira will return to Arsenal terrority for the first time since he was at Manchester City back in 2011 and the Frenchman will head to the Emirates with his Crystal Palace side that has begun to find their feet.

They are still destined for a relegation scrap it seems, but with a four-point gap on the bottom three, things are looking better. Arsenal, however, are unbeaten since their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of City back in August, but there is still a very long way to go for Mikel Arteta if he is to impress.

Major League Soccer Eastern Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
New England Revolution 66 30 20 6 4 59 36 23
2
Nashville SC 48 29 11 15 3 46 26 20
3
Philadelphia Union 46 29 12 10 7 40 29 11
4
Orlando City SC 45 29 12 9 8 42 41 1
5
Atlanta United 42 29 11 9 9 39 33 6
6
DC United 41 29 12 5 12 49 41 8
7
Montreal Impact 41 29 11 8 10 42 39 3
8
New York City FC 40 28 11 7 10 44 32 12
9
New York Red Bulls 37 28 10 7 11 34 30 4
10
Columbus Crew 37 29 10 7 12 36 39 -3
11
Inter Miami CF 32 29 9 5 15 25 47 -22
12
Chicago Fire 28 30 7 7 16 31 48 -17
13
Toronto FC 25 29 6 7 16 34 56 -22
14
FC Cincinnati 20 29 4 8 17 29 55 -26
Major League Soccer Western Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Seattle Sounders 57 29 17 6 6 49 25 24
2
Sporting Kansas City 52 28 15 7 6 51 31 20
3
Colorado Rapids 51 29 14 9 6 42 31 11
4
Portland Timbers 46 29 14 4 11 46 46 0
5
Real Salt Lake 42 29 12 6 11 48 45 3
6
Los Angeles Galaxy 42 29 12 6 11 41 46 -5
7
Minnesota United 41 29 11 8 10 32 35 -3
8
Los Angeles FC 37 29 10 7 12 43 42 1
9
Vancouver Whitecaps 37 28 9 10 9 35 38 -3
10
San Jose Earthquakes 33 29 8 9 12 36 47 -11
11
Houston Dynamo 30 30 6 12 12 35 46 -11
12
FC Dallas 28 29 6 10 13 39 47 -8
13
Austin FC 25 29 7 4 18 29 45 -16

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