PLACE-IT: Arsenal to lose second game in row; United, City, Barca victories

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The Grand game selection continues to grow as the Spanish Primera Liga and Italian Serie A add to the numbers after their extended summer breaks come to an end.

While Girona and Betis hosted the first games of Europe’s finest soccer league, defending Champions FC Barcelona begin their title defense on Saturday, with a few changes to light up their new campaign.

After getting in Arturo Vidal, Malcom, Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo, Barca look like they are headed for another run at arch rivals, Real Madrid. They host Deportivo Alaves and this should be an easy win on Saturday.

While Barca starts on an easy end, last season’s runners-up, Atletico Madrid will have to prove their title winning credentials as early as their first game when they play away to Valencia on Monday. After defeating Real Madrid in UEFA’s Season opener, are they ready to break the Barcelona’s hegemony in Spain?

Los Blancos are looking more broken than they have ever in their last six seasons and it remains to be seen if Julen Lopetegui will last longer than he did as a la Roja manager.

After the Galactico expenditure being demystified by Zinedine Zidane, can Real Madrid maintain their spending cap on new signings as they have done in recent times? They host Getafe on Sunday in their opener and that should be their first test for a clearer picture of how their first season without Ronaldo in almost 10-years will be.

Lionel Messi will have another year at FC Barcelona as he looks for more players to challenge for Spain’s top player’s gong. Spain has dominated the accolade for more than 10-years now.

Grand Selection

Saturday, August 18

Celta de Vigo v Espanyol – 1

Villarreal v Real Sociedad – 1

Barcelona v Alavés – 1


Sunday, August 19

Eibar v Huesca – 1

Rayo Vallecano v Sevilla – 2

Real Madrid v Getafe – 1


Saturday, August 18

Cardiff City v Newcastle United – 2

Leicester City v Wolves – 1

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham – 1

West Ham United v Bournemouth – 1

Everton v Southampton – 1

Chelsea v Arsenal – 1X


Sunday, August 19

Burnley v Watford – 1

Manchester City v Huddersfield Town – 1

Brighton and Hove Albion – Manchester United – 2


Saturday, August 18

Chievo v Juventus – 2

Lazio v Napoli – 1


Sunday, August 19

Torino v Roma – 2

Empoli v Cagliari – 1

Sassuolo v Inter Milan – 2

Bologna v S.P.A.L. 2013 – 1

Parma v Udinese – 2



Saturday, August 18

Guingamp v Paris Saint-Germain – 1

Amiens v Montpellier – 2

Monaco v Lille – 1

Caen v Nice – 2

Rennes v Angers – 1

Dijon v Nantes – 1


Sunday, August 19

Strasbourg v St Etienne – 1

Toulouse v Bordeaux – 1

Nîmes v Marseille – 2


Saturday, August 19

Burton Albion v Doncaster Rovers – 1

CF Cordoba v CD Numancia – 1

Antalyaspor v Atiker Konyaspor – 1

US Quevilly Rouen v Troyes AC – X2

Aldershot Town v Harrogate Town – 1

CF Cordoba v CD Numancia – 1

Sporting Braga B v Estoril Praia – 2

FK Krasnodar v Spartak Moscow – 1X


Sunday, August 19

Philadelphia Union v New York City – 1X

BFC Dynamo v 1 FC Cologne – 2

Randers FC v Hobro IK – 1X

FC Emmen v AZ Alkmaar – 2

Real Zaragoza v Rayo Majadahonda – 1

Krylia Sovetov Samara v Lokomotiv Moscow- 2

Valerenga IF v Tromso IL – 1X


Saturday, August 18

Ipswich Town v Aston Villa – 2

Sheffield United v Norwich City – 1

West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers – 1

FC Slovan Liberec v Bohemians 1905 – 1

FK Mlada Boleslav v SFC Opava – 1

FC Erzgebirge Aue v Mainz 05 – X2

Fortaleza CE v Boa Esporte Clube – 1

AD Alcorcon v Sporting Gijon – X2


Sunday, August 19

Pachuca v Lobos – 1

FC Utrecht v Pec Zwolle – 1

FK Austria Wien v Admira Wacker – 1

SK Sturm Graz v SCR Altach – 1

San Martin de San Juan v Patronato Parana – 1X

Las Palmas v CF Reus Deportiu – 1

Botafogo RJ v Atletico Mineiro MG – 1X


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