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Liverpool v 1899 Hoffenheim – Anfield at 19:45 Julian Nagelsmann was certainly riled after his side lost to Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League play-off match. His opposite number Jurgen Klopp claimed that Liverpool did well to keep Hoffenheim in the spaces where they wanted them and to limit the number of chances…

Liverpool’s homegrown talent Following the unsatisfactory yet highly entertainingly 3-3 draw with Watford to kick off their Premier League campaign, Liverpool responded in the best possible way by overcoming Hoffenheim 2-1 in their all-important Champions League qualifier. Even though they didn’t have things all their own way, the exceptional performance of Reds youngster, Trent Alexander-Arnold,…

Ipswich Town v Crystal Palace Life under Frank De Boer has not exactly got off to a perfect start for Crystal Palace and fans will be starting to wonder whether his ill-fated spell at Inter Milan was not just a one-off. An opening day humiliation against newly promoted Huddersfield was followed up by an away…

FC Astana v Celtic (Agg 0-5) Whilst Celtic have been dominant domestically for a number of years, the criticism has largely been of their record in European football. Last season, despite earning two respectable draws against Manchester City in the group stage, Celtic failed to register a win. Last week’s qualifying round thumping of FC Astana…

Seattle Sounders v Minnesota United The first-ever MLS meeting between these two teams resulted in a 4-0 Sounders win on the road. That was only a couple of weeks ago, so Minnesota will hope for an improved outcome here at CenturyLink Field. The big problem for the visitors is that the defending MLS Cup champions…

Inter Milan v Fiorentina – San Siro at 19:45 Live at BT Sport This time last year, Inter Milan were preparing to start the new Serie A season having given Frank De Boer just a fortnight in charge. Predictably, things turned sour rather soon and the Nerazzurri never truly recovered from the chaos. The Milan…

Marseille v Angers – Stade Vélodrome at 16:00 Live at BT Sport Since Marcelo Bielsa departed Marseille at the start of the 2015/16 season, Les Phoceens have been on a downward spiral. But fresh financial injection at the turn of 2017 enabled the club to reboot and the results were impressive. Former Roma head coach…

Girona v Atletico Madrid – Estadi Montilivi at 19:15 Live at Sky Sports Catalan minnows Girona get their first taste of top-flight football on Saturday night with Atletico Madrid the visitors to the compact Estadi Montilivi. With Pep Guardiola, his brother Pere and Manchester City part-owning the Blanquivermell, it was perhaps no surprise to see…

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