LAF’s guide to the weekend: Big games in Italy and England

This weekend sees some big games in domestic football, as title challengers and fallen giants meet in Serie A and the Premier League respectively.

What we’re watching…
Manchester United vs Spurs (12.30 GMT / 13.30 UTC)

Make sure you tune into this one. United are, of course, one of the biggest teams in the Premier League every season but haven’t won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Under José Mourinho, though, and with the likes of a free-scoring Lukaku in their side, they look like a team that’s ready for a title challenge for the first time in years.

However, Tottenham Hotspurs will test their credentials. The young side has grown and grown since Pochetinno took the reigns, being part of the title race for each of the last two seasons and they’re in the right place again once more. They’re hard to break down and potent in attack with the likes of Ali, Eriksen and Harry Kane always a threat. But the latter, their golden boy, is injured and out of this one. Will it give United the edge in this tight encounter? We can’t wait to find out.

Milan vs Juventus (17.00 GMT / 18.00 UTC)

Later on the same Saturday afternoon, our attention switches to Italy. Two of the most decorated sides in the country meet at the San Siro, as Milan host their bitter Turin rivals, Juventus.

Milan, to an extent far worse than United, are a sleeping giant. They’re going through manager after manager, spending big money and as of yet, it hasn’t returned them to top of Serie A. they’re sitting in 8th whilst Juventus are just off the pace in another title race. The Old Lady have won every single title for the last six years, establishing themselves as THE team to beat in Serie A.

But it’s games like these where recent history is as useful as eating gazpacho with a fork. Milan will host Juventus and it will be 11 v 11, with all eyes on Leonardo Bonucci as the former Juve stalwart moved to Milan in the summer. Like United, it’s a chance for Milan to show the league that they mean business, as they begin to climb their way back to the top of their domestic game.