A preview of what’s happening in European football on Sunday:
Arsenal can take a four-point lead atop the Premier League if they maintain their perfect record with a win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. It would be the first time Arsenal have started a Premier League with six straight wins. Manager Mikel Arteta is dealing with midfield injuries and will be hoping playmaker Mikel Odegaard will be available after limping off in Wednesday’s win over Aston Villa. United manager Erik ten Hag will have to decide whether new signing Antony is ready to play straight away and whether to give Casemiro a first start after leaving Real Madrid. At the start of the match, Brighton welcome a Leicester side still in search of their first victory.
Roma will be looking to return to the top of Serie A with a win at Udinese. Jose Mourinho’s side have lost points only once, in a draw at Juventus. However, Udinese come into the game after a confidence-boosting victory against Fiorentina. At the other end of the table, Cremonese is still looking for his first points and he receives Sassuolo. Sampdoria travel to Hellas Verona with both teams looking for their first win. Bologna is also still winless and visits Spezia.
Ernesto Valverde is enjoying his return to coaching at Athletic Bilbao with the Basque club unbeaten and aiming for a third straight win when they host Espanyol. Valverde, who hadn’t coached since his dismissal from Barcelona in 2020, is on his third stint with Bilbao. In three games, Bilbao have still not conceded a goal while scoring five. Bilbao striker Iñaki Williams, who holds a league record with 236 consecutive appearances, is trying to recover from a leg injury in time for the game. Unai Emery also had Villarreal unbeaten before hosting Elche, who are yet to win. Gennaro Gattuso’s Valencia are aiming to snap a two-game losing streak by hosting Getafe, while Osasuna are seeking a third successive home win against Rayo Vallecano to stay in the top half of the table.
Lille travel to Montpellier hampered by injuries and looking for consistency. The 2021 champion has won just two of his five league matches under manager Paulo Fonseca. Remy Cabella and Tim Weah are out with thigh and foot injuries respectively. Adam Ounas, who joined Napoli on transfer deadline day, will also be missing with a pulled hamstring. In other fixtures, Lens are unbeaten at Reims and Nice host Monaco in the Riviera derby, with both sides looking to shake off disappointing starts after picking up just five points from their opening five matches.
Borussia Moenchengladbach is one of four unbeaten Bundesliga sides. It hosts Mainz, who have won their last three away matches. Gladbach have won their last four home games. A third consecutive draw between them is a good bet. Augsburg host Hertha Berlin in the only other game.
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This story was originally published September 3, 2022 2:54 p.m.