Sports Journalist at FST, Gareth qualified as a journalist after graduating from university and spent over a decade as a freelance broadcast journalist, commentator and tipster before joining FST. Now living in Manchester, he is a long suffering Bolton Wanderers fan who also enjoys boxing, the NBA, tennis and rugby league.
This week starts off with a pair of fixtures from both La Liga and Serie A before some crucial European action in midweek.
The second legs of the Champions League play-offs take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Europa League and Europa Conference League fixtures on Thursday before league action returns on Friday.
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Monday – Inter Milan to win at Cagliari
Inter Milan opened the new Serie A season with a 2-0 win over Monza last week and perhaps could have won by a bigger margin.
Promoted Cagliari managed a draw at Torino in their opener but the Nerazzurri represent a far sterner challenge. Inter won seven of their final eight away games last season and can make it two wins from two this term when they head to the Unipol Domus.
Tuesday – Galatasaray to win vs Molde
Galatasaray won the first leg of their Champions League qualifier with Molde 3-2 but it is probably fair to say they rode their luck a bit and the Norwegian side will feel they could be taking a lead into this game.
At home, Gala are a far tougher outfit and as Molde arrive already chasing the game the Istanbul club can finish this tie off with a win. The Turkish giants have won their last four competitive home games without conceding and they should have too much for Molde here.
Wednesday – AEK to win vs Antwerp
AEK trail Antwerp 1-0 ahead of Wednesday’s second leg in Greece but they can make the most of home advantage.
Antwerp’s first leg win had a hint of smash-and-grab about it as they managed just eight attempts to AEK’s 21, with both sides managing four on target. AEK are unbeaten at their Athens home in six games, winning three, and they can keep their Champions League hopes alive with a win on Wednesday.
Thursday – LASK Linz to win at Zrinjski Mostar
LASK won the first leg of this Europa League qualifier 2-1 and in truth could be heading to Bosnia with a bigger advantage.
The Austrian outfit dominated possession and restricted the Mostar club to just one shot on target, and they can finish this tie off with a victory on Thursday.
Friday – West Ham to win at Luton
West Ham have enjoyed a great start to the season and they head to Luton seeking a third straight win after back-to-back 3-1 wins over Chelsea and Brighton.
The Hatters have found the step up tough and are still seeking their first points. Luton’s defeats have come against the two sides West Ham have already beaten and they have shipped seven goals across those fixtures, scoring just once, so an away win looks likely in Friday’s Premier League game at Kenilworth Road.
Saturday – Brentford to win vs Bournemouth
Brentford struggled to create a great deal against Crystal Palace on Saturday and are still looking for their first home win of the season after two draws.
The visit of Bournemouth next weekend looks like a good opportunity for that first three-point haul at the Brentford Community Stadium as the Cherries are yet to click into gear under new boss Andoni Iraola.
Bournemouth have lost their last two games and have a poor record as the visiting side in this fixture, losing the last four meetings – including a 2-0 defeat in January last season. As such, the Bees can continue their unbeaten start to the campaign with a win.
Sunday – Toulouse to win vs Clermont
Toulouse slipped to a first loss of the season at Strasbourg on Sunday but they should find next weekend’s assignment against Clermont a little easier.
Les Lanciers have lost all three of their fixtures so far and have gone two games without scoring, and their wait for their first points of the season may well stretch on beyond next weekend. Toulouse held PSG to a 1-1 draw in their only home game so far and that suggests they should be able to claim all three points against struggling Clermont in the next round of games.
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