Straight off the international break, the full fury of European football is unleashed once more this week, with at least 7 American likely to feature in Champions League, plus a plethora of other competitions, including Europa League, MLS, Argentine and Brazilian domestic ties, and Conference League.
Let’s get into it!
- Celtic v Ferencváros, 10:30a on Paramount+, fuboTV (free trial), TUDN.com: These two teams both have 0 points after 2 Europa matchdays. Cameron Carter-Vickers has played every minute for Celtic since arriving from Spurs on loan. With his help, Celtic have conceded just 3 goals in 6 domestic games, but they’ve allowed 8 in 2 Europa League games. Their Europa opponent features American RB Henry Wingo, who has racked up 1,365 minutes already this season, going back to July.
- Club Brugge v Manchester City, 12:45p on Paramount+, TUDN, UniMás, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Who would’ve believed Brugge would be above Man City in Group A? Two games in, Brugge has 4 points, City has 3. Zack Steffen earned rave reviews from Pep Guardiola after holding Burnley to a clean sheet Saturday. The American could get his second-ever Champions League start depending on Ederson, whose availability is still up in the air following international duty with Brazil. Owen Otasowie signed with Brugge two months ago, but has yet to play with the first team, making the matchday squad twice for league matches and once in Champions League.
- PSG v RB Leipzig, 3p on Paramount+: Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig are clawing their way back up the Bundesliga table, with 2 wins out of 3, but things are not as rosy in the Champions League. They have zero points and a -4 goal differential after 2 matchdays, and things don’t get any easier as they travel to the Parc des Princes. Adams will have another ultimate defensive assignment if he stops on the field opposite PSG’s forward line of Messi, Neymar, and Mbappé.
Also in action:
- Bayern II v SpVgg Bayreuth, 1p: Neither Taylor Booth nor Malik Tillman are in Bayern’s Champions League travel squad, so expect them in action with the reserves.
- Bristol City v Nottingham Forest, 2:45p: It’s been over a month since Ethan Horvath has played for Forest, who have won 3 straight.
- Gillingham v Doncaster Rovers, 2:45p: Charlie Kelman has 1 assist for Gillingham in 185 minutes over 5 league games.
- Ajax v Dortmund, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Gio Reyna is expected to miss this match, with reports saying he is in doubt for the USMNT’s matches in November.
- Tenerife v Eibar, 3p on ESPN+ (free trial): Shaq Moore looks to work his way back into Tenerife’s starting lineup; the club are making a promotion push and sit sixth in the table.
- Querétaro v Monterrey, 6p on TUDN, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Bryan Olivera has 1 goal and 3 assists for Querétaro in 10 Apertura matches, but the club are 16th of 18 in Liga MX.
- Puebla v Mazatlán FC, 8p on fuboTV, TUDN.com: Sagir Arce started the Apertura hot for Mazatlán, logging 205 minutes in their first 5 games, but has just 18 minutes since August 18. He has two assists on the season.
- FC Barcelona v Dynamo Kyiv, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Sergiño Dest made headlines for his performance Sunday, as Ronald Koeman deployed him as a winger and he provided an assist to Coutinho in Barça’s 3-1 win over Valencia. Barcelona sit bottom of Group E on zero points and a -6 goal differential. If they have any hope of advancing past the group stage, they’ll need all three points at home against Dynamo Kyiv.
- RB Salzburg v Wolfsburg, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Brenden Aaronson and John Brooks go head-to-head at Red Bull Arena in Salzburg. The Austrian club are top of Group G with 4 points.
- Young Boys v Villarreal, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Jordan Pefok and Young Boys will be looking for a win over Villarreal at home.
- Lille v Sevilla, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Tim Weah and Lille need a win here at home; they sit bottom of Group G.
- Zenit v Juventus, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Weston McKennie and Juve are top of Group H with 6 points, and will be looking for another win away to Zenit at Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg.
- Banfield v Huracán, 6p on Paramount+, Fanatiz, fuboTV, Sling TV, AFA Play: Joel Soñora made his return from injury ten days ago; Banfield are 23rd of 26th in Argentina’s top tier.
- Atlanta United v NYCFC, 7:30p on ESPN+, fuboTV, Sling TV: Miles Robinson and George Bello welcome James Sands and Keaton Parks into the Benz.
- DC United v New England Revolution, 7:30p on ESPN+, fuboTV, dcunited.com: Paul Arriola and Kevin Paredes face Matt Turner, whose Revs are chasing an MLS best-ever points total.
- FC Dallas v LAFC, 8p on ESPN+, fuboTV, Sling TV, fcdallas.com: Ricardo Pepi, Jesus Ferreira, Paxton Pomykal, and Justin Che welcome LAFC into town.
- Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders, 9p on ESPN+, Prime Video: Kellyn Acosta and Cole Bassett face Cristian Roldan and Josh Atencio, as Jordan Morris gets closer to his return from injury.
Also in action:
- Fulham FC v Cardiff City, 2:45p: Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream welcome Cardiff to Craven Cottage.
- Huddersfield v Birmingham City, 2:45p: Duane Holmes scored a lovely goal for Huddersfield on Saturday.
- Chelsea v Malmö, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Christian Pulisic is close to returning, but won’t be available for Chelsea as they have Champions League action at Stamford Bridge.
- San Jose Earthquakes v Austin FC, 10:30p on ESPN+, fuboTV: Cade Cowell and Jackson Yueill face MLS’s newest member.
- Orlando City v CF Montréal, 7:30p on ESPN+: Daryl Dike faces Djordje Mihailovic.
- FC Cincinnati v Chicago Fire, 7:30p on ESPN+, fccincinnati.com, chicagofirefc.com: Gabriel Slonina will attempt to build on his rising stardom as a young goalkeeper.
- León v Pumas UNAM, 8p on TUDN, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Sebastian Saucedo and Pumas make the trip to Guanajuato.
- Toluca v Necaxa, 8p on fuboTV, TUDN.com: Alex Zendejas and Fernando Arce pay a visit to Toluca.
- Houston Dynamo v LA Galaxy, 8:30p on ESPN+: Sebastian Lletget will try to regain his form with the Galaxy, having come on as a substitute in their last two games.
- Nashville SC v Columbus Crew, 8:30p on ESPN+, nashvillesc.com: Walker Zimmerman and Gyasi Zardes play a game of “unstoppable force, immovable object”.
- Lazio v Marseille, 12:45p on Paramount+, Galavision, fuboTV, Sling TV, TUDN.com: Konrad de la Fuente is tied for fifth in goal creating actions per 90 among U23 players in top 5 leagues. He’ll get the chance to build on that in Marseille’s Europe match.
- Rangers v Brøndby, 3p on on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Christian Cappis scored the winner for Brøndby Sunday. He’ll be looking to re-live those scenes in this Europa League match at Ibrox Stadium.
- Lokomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray make the trip to Moscow for their Europa game.
- West Ham v Genk, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Mark McKenzie could face Michail Antonio and play in the London Stadium if he features for Genk in this Europa match.
- Independiente v Sarmiento, 6p on Paramount+, Fanatiz, fuboTV, Sling TV, AFA Play: Alan Soñora has 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 8 matches for Independiente, who are 9th of 26 in Argentina.
- Internacional v RB Bragantino, 7p on Paramount+, Fanatiz: Johnny Cardoso got his first start since August for Internacional on Sunday.
Also in action:
- Fenerbahçe v Antwerp, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Sam Vines is back in training with Antwerp and could be available for this Europa League clash.
- Bodø/Glimt v AS Roma, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: The search for minutes under Jose Mourinho continues for Bryan Reynolds in this Conference League affair.
- Maccabi Haifa v Slavia Prague, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Josh Cohen and Haifa have a home match in the Conference League.
- PSV v Monaco, 3p on Paramount+, Galavision, fuboTV, Sling TV, TUDN.com: Richie Ledezma returned to training with PSV last week, but isn’t likely to feature in this one.
- Eintracht Frankfurt v Olympiacos, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Timmy Chandler and Frankfurt welcome their Greek club opponents for Europa action.
- FC Basel v Omonia Nicosia, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Mix Diskerud and Omonia continue Conference League play.
That’s it! Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below. Let’s see who impresses this week!