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Atalanta vs Shakhtar Donetsk It was a shock opening gameweek for Champions League new boys Atalanta a fortnight ago. A crushing 4-0 defeat against a perceived weaker side in Dinamo Zagreb should’ve give them a real kick up the backside ahead of what is now a crunch home tie against Ukranian champions Shakhtar Donetsk. It’s…

FC Lahti v HIFK The mysterious saga of Moshtagh Yaghoubi at SJK – or actually not being at SJK – saw its official end this Thursday, with the club informing that the parties had mutually terminated the midfielder’s contract. Not that he ever was that spectacular for SJK – scoring only once and giving one…

Angers v Amiens – Stade Raymond Kopa at 19:00 GMT +1 Angers return to their fortress Stade Raymond Kopa home on Saturday for a very winnable showdown against Amiens. Few Ligue 1 teams can match Les Scoistes for consistency and continuity and the Loire Valley outfit are excelling in their fifth consecutive season in France’s…

Fortuna Dusseldorf v Freiburg – MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA at 14:30 GMT+1 Fortuna Dusseldorf finished in mid-table after promotion to the top-flight last season with Friedhelm Funkel’s men winning many admirers for their attacking approach. The side lost Dodi Lukebakio in the summer but brought in an exciting prospect in Nana Ampomah, as well as USA goalkeeper…

Sassuolo v Atalanta – Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore at 19:45 GMT +1 There’s a midweek card of action in Serie A that makes previewing the weekend’s matches a little tricky. However, Saturday night’s showdown between Sassuolo and Atalanta should prove to be a very watchable affair regardless with a goals-based angle of attack…

Getafe v Barcelona – Coliseum Alfonso Pérez at 15:00 GMT +1 Getafe upset the odds to almost pinch a Champions League qualification place last term and many are surprised to see the Madrid minnows enter the 2019/20 campaign with their squad largely intact. Los Azulones will therefore be expected to offer their standard competitive service…

Wolves v Watford Both these sides have had an underwhelming start to the season, with Wolves in 19th and Watford in 20th. Some were tipping both to potentially challenge the top six and, although there’s still a long way to go, it looks like a bottom-half finish is more likely. Watford parted company with Javi Gracia…

Rosenborg v Brann Rosenborg had a nightmare start to the season but have really improved as the year has progressed. RBK are unbeaten in ten Eliteserien games and won 10 of their last 14 contests. That sort of form is title challenging ability but unfortunately Eirik Horneland’s men find themselves 10 points adrift of Molde….