Weekend Preview 5! Featuring Napoli, Roma, Bayern, Dortmund, Man City and Man Utd.
Napoli vs Roma – Saturday 1st Nov – KO 14:00
There was a full schedule of fixtures in Serie A this week which saw Napoli miss out on cementing their semi return form, thanks to Higuain’s late penalty miss against ten man Atalanta. Since they were last featured on the Weekend Preview though Benitez’s boys have drawn two and won one (a 6-2 spanking against Verona) finding themselves in a clump of seven teams all within a point of third spot.
But high-flying Roma are in town this weekend who find themselves now tied in second place with an identical record to Juventus, after they slipped up against Genoa, so it really is all to play for at the minute in Serie A. Napoli really should have won on Wednesday night but overall they are starting to find their feet this season and that makes this look a tricky tie on paper at the very least for Roma.
At home Roma are imperious, but on the road they’ve been much less convincing which is why I think Napoli will get something here in Naples and after Callejons recent goal scoring heroics from midfield (seven goals in nine games) I wonder if he can continue that form here?
Score Prediction: Napoli 1-1 Roma
In Form Prediction: Jose Callejon
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund – Saturday 1st Nov – KO 17:30
I backed Gladbach versus Bayern last weekend, much to your amusement but The Borussians did me proud and proved that with the right application, the Bayern juggernaut can be stopped. Whether that will give a rotten Dortmund side any hope is another matter though, as hipsters favourite Jurgen Klopp has now presided over four straight defeats (no wins in six) in the Bundesliga leaving them hovering ominously above the relegation zone.
And after adding Shinji Kagawa, Adrian Ramos and Ciro Immobile over the summer to bolster what looked like an already excellent squad, their fall from grace has been rather alarming. And just as you need a nice easy fixture to restore some confidence and belief, the fixture fairy serves up Bayern away, which is hardly ideal. Especially as this year Pep Guardiola gets to smugly parade not one, but two Dortmund ex-lovers in the form of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, for whom Jurgen would no doubt walk over hot bratwurst to have back in his ranks right about now.
Sorry Dortmund lovers, I just don’t see a ‘Gladbach’ style result here i’m afraid, and if the punishment is going to continue it will most likely at the hands of your ex, who now draped over a hunkier man, is probably going to bag his first IF of the season.
Score Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-0 Dortmund
In Form Prediction: Robert Lewandowski
Manchester City vs Manchester United – Sunday 2nd Nov – KO 13:30
My beloved United are back for the second week running in the Weekend Preview and after basking in the glory of my correct result (not score) prediction, and my LOLZ ‘Combined XI’ it’s time for massive game number two; the Manchester derby. United’s tails are up, of that there’s no doubt and after their most consistent performance of the season against Chelsea, LVG will be looking at this game as a huge opportunity to turn the corner once and for all. And a after a hammering… (sorry) last weekend, and an early League Cup exit midweek to the Toon Army, City may just be there for taking.
But whether in-form or out of form, the thought of Aguero, even a half-fit Silva and a sulking Yaya, rampaging towards United’s current back four is enough to send shivers down the spine, and #DaveSaves trending worldwide. But Rooney IS back this weekend, and it’s his dynamism United have missed somewhat whilst Juan Mata has failed to cement the No 10 role during his absence. Wazza as we know is capable of very special things in this fixture and after his idiotic suspension, he needs to put in a performance which says to everyone, “I’m back”.
But the Manchester Derby is a funny old fixture, which normally see’s the form book go straight out the window, so it’s a tough one to call. But i’m more biased than a Fox News presenter so a United away win it is, corner turned, title charge underway at the Etihad.
Score Prediction: Man City 1-2 Man Utd
In Form Prediction: Wayne Rooney
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