Thinngs to look out for this weekend.
IN ENGLAND …
• Are bosses taking the “P” out of Chelsea?
Jose Mourinho’s last six Premier League defeats have all been against clubs whose manager’s name begins with “P”: Pellegrini, Pochettino, Pulis, Pardew and Poyet. Next up for his side are Tony Pulis’ West Brom on Sunday
IN FRANCE …
• Is Michel the man for l’OM?
Second bottom and yet to score, Spanish coach Michel has replaced Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille and will hope for a winning start at home to Troyes on Sunday.
IN GERMANY …
• Do Wolfsburg rest Kevin De Bruyne?
The subject of intense transfer speculation, with Manchester City particularly keen, the Belgian was disappointing against Eintracht Frankfurt last week and could sit out Saturday’s game at Cologne.
IN ITALY …
• Can Juventus make it five in a row?
Massimiliano Allegri’s side will hope to win the Serie A title for a record-equalling fifth consecutive campaign, starting with a home game against Udinese on Sunday.
IN SPAIN ….
• Are Barcelona set to make amends?
Having lost 5-1 on aggregate to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup, Barca get an early opportunity for revenge as they travel to San Mames for their opening La Liga game on Sunday.
IN THE REST OF EUROPE …
• How long will title dreams last?
The new top-flight season kicks off in Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Malta and Wales.
IN AFRICA …
• Will Mazembe reach the knockout stage?
With two rounds of games left in the CAF Champions League group stage, victory for the DR Congo side in Sudan against Al Hilal will put them in the semi-finals.