German football – and football in general – is in rude health at the moment. Borussia Dortmund are the Bundesliga leaders and have that bit of extra spice of taking on Bayern Munich. Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen are also off to strong starts. Another London derby on Saturday finds Tottenham meeting Arsenal. Leicester City have been the story of the season so far, but Liverpool have found form – albeit in their early-season form – and are sixth. The draw between the two sides last weekend was interesting: Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool players opened the scoring but were pegged back for a draw before half-time.
With a predictable atmosphere of doom at Anfield, Liverpool fans will also be hoping for the same at the Signal Iduna Park. Sadly, it will probably be the former. For a few days at least. If you want to kick-start your weekend with an evening in front of the television, you’re in luck. The Audi Cup between Manchester City and Napoli is on BBC 1 later on Saturday, with the end of the Bundesliga and the La Liga derbies on Sunday evening.
In the Eredivisie, nine teams – APOEL Nicosia, Eredivisie reigning champions AZ Alkmaar, Heracles Almelo, Groningen, PSV Eindhoven, PSV Eindhoven, PSV Eindhoven, Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax – are in action this weekend. AZ are in action at Feyenoord, while Heracles face off against ADO Den Haag. Sparta Rotterdam, already having a tough start to the season and facing competition from PSV for top spot, take on VVV Venlo in the first game.
England – and David De Gea – are out on Wednesday, although there is a game on the early Saturday (18:00 BST) featuring Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. It’s difficult to say where they will land for that game, but let’s hope it’s not on TV. At 17:00 on Saturday night, Celtic visit Rennes. BT Sport 1 will be showing that game. The following day, on Sunday, Der Klassiker sees Bayern Munich try to do what they did to Liverpool last week. Mainly because this week would have seen Dortmund go on a late training camp, according to VfL Wolfsburg’s coach, Felix Magath. “With or without Borussia Dortmund we will face Bayern Munich. But I don’t understand why we have to wait so long for Borussia Dortmund to return from their training camp.” His side, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, beat Dortmund 2-1 last weekend. At 19:45, meanwhile, we will have just the Bundesliga derby between Hertha Berlin and Schalke 04, which both sides lost last weekend. In the first half, at 19:30, we have the first of the two derbies in Spain, the Villarreal-Celta Vigo match, which concluded late on Thursday, after both teams failed to score in two extra-time periods.