European giants remain unbeaten
Six clubs, including three from the English Premier League, are yet to taste defeat this season22 October 2018 | Charlie Laurendi
Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Chelsea have started the 2018-2019 season in scintillating form. Whilst there is still plenty of games to play, it would be remarkable if any team remained undefeated come season’s end, but not impossible.
Juventus have already achieved an unbeaten season, in 2011-12 their first Scudetto in their current run of seven consecutive titles under the guidance of former manager Antonio Conte. The Bianconeri are eight wins from nine games played in Serie A, including home wins over closest rivals Napoli and Lazio.
In the UEFA Champions League Juventus are also undefeated, two wins out of two, despite Ronaldo’s red card in the opening match. With a rejuvenated attack, creative and industrious midfield and an uncompromising defence, Juventus are yet to drop a point in this current campaign, the Red Devils await.
Next four matches: Man Utd (A), Empoli (A), Cagliari (H), Man Utd (H)
The Parisians are riding wave of unbelievable form, becoming the first team in in Ligue 1 history to win their opening ten matches. Led by the front three of Edinson Cavani, Neymar and French world cup winning sensation Kylian Mbappe, have already combined for 22 goals. What is equally as impressive is the PSG defence, having conceded just six goals in the opening ten rounds.
We will be able to make a more comprehensive assessment of PSG over their next four games. They need to get their Champions League campaign back on track with games against Serie A powerhouse Napoli both home and away. Sandwiched in between those European matches are games against fourth placed Marseille and second placed Lille.
Next 4 games: Napoli (H), Marseille (A), Lille (H), Napoli (A)
Pep Guardiola’s side boast the premier league’s best attack (26 goals) and equal best defence with Liverpool (3 goals conceded). The Citizens missed their chance to be the sole leader at top of the table recently after squandering their opportunity to walk away from Anfield with three points, a ground Manchester City hasn’t tasted victory at in 15 years after Riyad Mahrez launched his penalty into the crowd.
The rotation of the squad is imperative over the next four matches as Guardiola manages his team over a treacherous Champion League away match against Shakhtar Donetsk, another tricky away match at Wembley against Tottenham a home match against Southampton in the Premier League, and a then home tie against Fulham the League Cup.
Next 4 games: Shakhtar Donetsk (A), Tottenham (A), Fulham (H), Southampton (H)
Whilst Bayern Munich continue to fight with the German press off the ground, Borussia Dortmund are quietly going about their business on the ground. Dortmund were the last team prior to Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga and are tracking to lift the crown yet again if their rich vein of form continues.
Undefeated after eight games in the Bundesliga with a six win and two draw record so far, with upcoming fixtures against Hertha and Wolfsburg coming up next. Dortmund sit equal top with Atletico Madrid in Group A and face them both home and away in their next two matches. A home cup tie against Union Berlin on the DFB Cup is a match up Borussia Dortmund would be expected to win.
Next 4 games: Atletico Madrid (H), Hertha (H), Union Berlin (H), Wolfsburg (A)
The Reds sit equal top of the Premier League with Manchester City and their next two matches against Red Star Belgrade could well determine their fate in the Champions League before blockbuster return fixtures against Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané are yet to hit the form of last season but if they do, could well lead Liverpool to that elusive Premier League title their fans worldwide have been so waiting for, last won in 1989/1990. With games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City already taken care of, it’s time for the red of Merseyside to put pay to the so-called lesser lights of the English Premier League.
Next 4 games: Red Star Belgrade (H), Cardiff City (H), Arsenal (A), Red Star Belgrade (A)
Chelsea have quickly rebounded since the departure of Antonio Conte. The entire squad has been revitalised under the guidance of new manager Maurizio Sarri, no one more so than the wizardry of Eden Hazard. Hazard’s form has inspired his teammates to be in the thick of the Premier League title race.
The second-best attack and an equally strong defence has Chelsea challenging for silverware in the Europa League and League Cup as well, with upcoming matches against BATE and Derby Country. The Rams are led by former Chelsea great Frank Lampard. Whilst Premier League games against Burnley and Crystal Palace should see them consolidate a top four spot.
Next 4 games: BATE (H), Burnley (A), Derby County (H), Crystal Palace (H)
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