Kop to tame Marauding Gunners

Saturday August 24 2019

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klop

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp embraces Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper Adrian (R) on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. AFP photo  

By Allan Ssekamatte

English Premier League

Jurgen Klopp’s table toppers haven’t yet hit full throttle but they know their way around this fixture. Keeper Adrian’s nervousness means Arsenal are good for a goal or two. Look out for African joint top scorers from last season Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to do damage.

Liverpool 3 1 Arsenal

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
United 2 0 Palace
Bournemouth 1 3 Manchester City
Norwich 1 2 Chelsea
Aston Villa 1 1 Everton
Brighton Hove 2 1 Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur 2 0 Newcastle
Wolves 2 1 Burnley
Watford 1 1 West Ham

FRENCH LIGUE ONE

Champions PSG will show no mercy for lowly visitors Toulouse as they try to bounce back from the ignominy of losing at Stade Rennais last weekend.

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PSG 3 1 Toulouse

Strasbourg 1 1 Rennes
Monaco 2 1 Nimes
Amiens 1 1 Nantes
Angers 1 1 Metz
Brest 1 0 Reims
Dijon 1 2 Bordeaux

BUNDESLIGA

Cologne 1 3 B. Dortmund
Thomas Tuchel’s Black and Yellows underlined their title credentials by obliterating Augsburg 5-1 on opening weekend. Newcomers Koln will feel the full wrath of Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard, Paco Alcacer and Julian Brandt.

Schalke 1 2 Bayern
RB Leipzig 2 0 Frankfurt
Berlin 2 1 Wolfsburg
Mainz 1 1 Gladbach
Augsburg 3 2 Union Berlin
Paderborn 1 1 Freiburg
Hoffenheim 2 2 Bremen
Düsseldorf 2 2 Leverkusen

LA LIGA

Barcelona 3 1 Real Betis

The pitfalls of making too many changes were evident as Blagruana fell 0-1 at Bilbao last Friday. Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets are all in contention to force their way into Ernesto Valverde’s starting line up.

Granada 1 2 Seville
Real Madrid 4 2 Valladolid
Osasuna 1 1 Eibar
Celta Vigo 1 1 Valencia
Getafe 1 0 Bilbao
Levante 2 1 Villarreal
Leganes 0 1 Atletico
Mallorca 1 1 Sociedad

SERIE A

Parma’s veteran Ivorian striker Gervinho Gervais will be a man to watch as Maurizio Sarri’s Old Lady seeks a ninth consecutive Scudetto. Look out for new signings Aaron Ramsey, Adrian Rabiot and Gigi Buffon as Cristiano Ronaldo has the final say.

Parma 1 2 Juventus

Fiorentina 1 1 Napoli
Inter Milan 2 0 Lecce
Udinese 0 0 AC Milan
Cagliari 2 1 Brescia
AS Roma 2 0 Genoa
Sampdoria 2 2 Lazio
SPAL 1 2 Atlanta
Torino 1 0 Sassuolo
Hellas Verona 1 1 Bologna
Parma 1 2 Juventus

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