Through Enitan Abdultawab
After the second international break, league football officially resumed following the matches when South American teams advanced toward the 2026 World Cup and European nations completed their last qualifying matches for EURO 2024. League clubs will now carry on their efforts to secure the top rank in their respective leagues.
Here are six games to keep an eye on this weekend.
On October 21, Manchester City will play host to Brighton.
For the first time since December 2018, Manchester City fell to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal in back-to-back league games. It’s a rare moment for the Champions League champion from last season, and they’ll face a formidable challenge once more this weekend. They face a tough Brighton team that has lost their last four games and has been injured itself in recent weeks. The team of De Zerbi will be hoping to change their reputation by playing offensive football that is swift and fluid, much like Pep Guardiola does.
On October 21, Chelsea and Arsenal will square off.
An Arsenal team that made headlines two weeks ago after claiming its first league victory against Manchester City since 2017 will host a redeemed Chelsea team. It will be a fun match as Chelsea looks to solidify their comeback after many setbacks this season. Arsenal will be a severe test for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, and a win or loss there could hurt the Blues’ chances in the upcoming difficult games.
Sevilla vs Real Madrid – Saturday, 21 October
After Sevilla’s 2 – 2 draw versus Rayo Vallecano two weeks ago, head coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was sacked as the head coach and Diego Alonso replaced him. Just like last season, they have started poorly this season and currently sit 14th. The new coach has a huge task ahead of him as they host a brilliant Real Madrid side which will, no doubt, suffer the host like they are known for. As usually the tradition most times, Sevilla will be injecting a new approach to their style and it thus remains to be seen how it will work out.
Aston Villa vs West Ham – Sunday, 22 October
Unai Emery and David Moyes sides are two of the most fearsome teams in the Premier league at the moment and it will be interesting how both teams play this weekend. Aston Villa are getting stronger every matchday and are gelling well with their summer signings. West Ham were once a league table but will try to push harder after falling off. Both teams haven’t lost on their past three matches and clinched a draw two weeks ago against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle respectively.
Athletic Bilbao will play Barcelona on Sunday, October 22.
a wound-filled On Sunday, Barcelona will visit Athletic Bilbao in a game that could make or break Xavi Hernandez’s team. Athletic Bilbao is now in fifth position. They have something to prove at this stage in the season. Barcelona has had a very difficult few weeks because they have consistently struggled to secure a win or a draw. They will be put to the test both physically and emotionally against Ernesto Valverde’s team, and it might establish a precedent for their upcoming matches against Shahktar Donetsk and Real Madrid. In their last five games, Athletic Bilbao have won three and drawn one, thus they are also doing well.
On October 22, AC Milan and Juventus will face off.
AC Milan is comfortably in first place in the league with 21 points after being undefeated in their past five games. They should anticipate stiff opposition from Juventus, who are trying to rebuild their reputation following two seasons of problems and controversy. With four victories in their most recent matches, they are currently ranked third and unmistakably resemble the Old Ladies they are known for.