EUROPEAN FOOTBALL PREVIEW: BLUES BATTLE AT THE BRIDGE
By Ayomide Oriade
Come Sunday, the Blue corner of London will be entertaining their visitors from the Blue corner of Manchester at the Bridge. Chelsea coming from the back of an impressive away victory at Shalke 04 in the champions League will hoping to continue their impressive home form in the league by beating Manchester City who also won at CSKA in their Champions League match on Wednesday.
City ended their dismal away form in the league last weekend with a victory at Westham United and will want to consolidate with at least a share of the spoils at the bridge on Sunday. Man City have won just two of their previous 16 Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge (lost 10 drawn 4), with both of their victories ending 4-2(January 1993 and February 2010). Other interesting match ups in the EPL will see Arsenal travel to Cristal Palace, Liverpool host Westbrom and Manchester United host Stoke City.
One of Europe’s impressive run of form will be on the line over the weekend when AS Roma travel to Udinese on Sunday. Roma who missed out on continental tickets last season have responded with a bright start to the season which has seen them hold a grip on the Serie A table with eight wins in as many matches. Roma’s run of form include an outright 3-0 away victory at Inter Milan and a 2-0 victory over last season runner up Napoli. Elsewhere in the Serie A, Juventus will host Genoa, Napoli will entertain Torino and AC Milan will travel to Parma
Having ended Arsenal’s twelve match unbeaten run on Tuesday, Dortmund will travel to Shalke 04 in what is the biggest fixture of the Bundesliga this weekend. Shalke who suffered a 3-0 humiliating defeat at home to Chelsea on Tuesday will be hoping to compensate their fans with a victory over Dortmund on Saturday, while the visitors will want to prevent the experience of their last away fixture in the Bundesliga in which they lost 2-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern Munchen will hope to extend their lead at the top of the table when they welcome Hertha Berlin to the Allianz Arena on Saturday, while Bayer Leverkusen will be at home to FC Augsburg.