Barcelona seek to end 3-game winless streak



A look at what’s going on in European football on Sunday:


In turmoil after three consecutive matches without a win in all competitions, Barcelona welcome Levante to the Spanish league. Coach Ronaldo Koeman is under extra pressure and remains at odds with club president Joan Laporta and even some of his players. The Dutch coach will not be on the bench after receiving a two-match suspension for being sent off after complaining to the fourth official after the 0-0 draw in Cadiz on Thursday. The Catalan club are in eighth place, eight points behind leaders Real Madrid with two games down. Real Sociedad, fourth, welcome Elche, while Rayo Vallecano, starting well in the first division, welcome Cadiz. Getafe, last place, visits Real Betis.


Tottenham are aiming for a first Premier League win at Arsenal since 2010, with rivals north London having a mixed start to the season. Successive 3-0 Premier League defeats derailed what was an impressive start for Tottenham with a winning hat trick. Tottenham will recover striker Lucas Moura after missing the last two games with a blow, but Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon remain on the sidelines. Arsenal have just six points in five games. Arteta puts Granit Xhaka back in the running after suspension and COVID-19 crisis. In Sunday’s other game, Southampton host Wolverhampton and are still looking for a first league win of the season. Southampton coach Ralph Hasenhüttl needs forward Adam Armstrong to start finding the net, having scored in his debut but not in the following four league games. Wolves got off to a slow start under Bruno Lage, taking three points in five Premier League games with just two goals along the way.


Victor Osimhen will look to continue his fantastic form and bring Napoli back to the top of the table when he hosts Cagliari. Osimhen has scored five goals in their last three games and played an important role in Napoli’s perfect Serie A start. Juventus have finally claimed their first win of the season in midweek and will be hoping to build on that against Sampdoria. It is also José Mourinho’s first derby for the capital as his Roma team visit Lazio. The promoted Empoli and Salernitana face Bologna and Sassuolo respectively, while Udinese host Fiorentina.


Promoted Bochum are looking for a tonic against Stuttgart after losing their previous Bundesliga game 7-0 to Bayern Munich. Stuttgart can expect a furious start from the home side, but will expect to claim their second win of the season after beating another promoted side, Greuther Fürth, 5-1 for their first. Freiburg hosts Augsburg for its last game at the picturesque Dreisamstadion with its views over the Black Forest. Freiburg moves to a newly built stadium after using the Dreisamstadion since 1954.


The good start to the season for unbeaten Marseille coincides with a change of goalkeeper. Pau Lopez has kept three clean sheets since replacing captain Steve Mandanda, a veteran with 463 league appearances for the club. If he keeps another at home against Lens, then Lopez will become the first Marseille goalkeeper to keep his clean sheet in his first four league games since 1950. A victory for Marseille can strengthen their hold on second place but Lens does not. ‘lost only once so far. Elsewhere, Monaco are looking to move away from the intermediate table with a victory for the promoted Clermont, who conceded six goals in the middle of the week.


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