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Soccer Insights – September Vol. 3

Derby weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo unstoppable and upcoming UEFA Champions League games. This week’s Soccer Insights:

Premier League



Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool
Everton 3-1 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City
West Ham 2-0 Newcastle
Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham
Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa
Norwich 3-1 Bournemouth
Watford 1-0 Swansea
West Brom 0-0 Southampton


1 Manchester City 15pts
2 Leicester 12pts
3 Manchester United 10pts
4 Arsenal 10pts
5 West Ham 9pts

Talking points

  • Manchester United claimed the Red derby against Liverpool in an intense game. Christian Benteke scored an astonishing overhead kick for Liverpool, while new boy Anthony Martial made his Red Devil debut with his first goal at Old Trafford.
  • Manchester City continue to be unbeatable, with full victory record after five games without conceding any goals.
  • Chelsea is slowly sinking, their loss to Everton was a huge blow that have many questioning Mourinho’s side.
  • Leicester City keep demonstrating a quite surprising form, they came back from a 2-0 score to defeat Aston Villa and jump to the second spot.

La Liga


Espanyol 0-6 Real Madrid
Atlético de Madrid 1-2 Barcelona
Rayo Vallecano 1-3 Deportivo de La Coruña
Granada CF 1-3 Villarreal
Athletic Club 3-1 Getafe
Celta de Vigo 3-3 Las Palmas
Málaga 0-0 Eibar
Sporting de Gijón 0-1 Valencia
Real Betis 1-0 Real Sociedad
Levante 1-1 Sevilla


1 Barcelona 9pts
2 Real Madrid 7pts
3 Celta de Vigo 7pts
4 Villarreal 7pts
5 Eibar 7pts

Talking points

  • Cristiano Ronaldo showed he has no confidence problems by scoring five goals in Real Madrid’s victory over Espanyol.
  • Barcelona got three decisive points from their visit to Atlético Madrid. Fernando Torres opened the score, just to see Neymar level things a few minutes later. Lionel Messi was the one who made the difference, scoring the winner with 13 minutes left.
  • Getafe is the only club that has not made any points after three games, and Sevilla is surprisingly within relegation zone. It’s too early to talk about real danger, but a bad start could be a sign of tough times ahead.



Hannover 96 2-4 B. Dortmund
Bayern Munich 2-1 FC Augsburg
Ingolstadt 04 0-0 VFL Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 1-3 Werder Bremen
Schalke 04 2-1 Mainz 05
B. Leverkusen 0-1 SV Darmstadt 98
Hertha BSC 2-1 Stuttgart
Frankfurt 6-2 FC Köln
B. Mönchengladbach 0-3 Hamburger SV


1 Borussia Dortmund 12pts
2 Bayern Munich 12pts
3 VFL Wolfsburg 8pts
4 Frankfurt 7pts
5 Schalke 04 7pts

Talking points

  • Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich continue on top of the league with perfect record. It is clear they’re both main candidates for this season title, following a year when Bayern Munich had no competition from Dortmund.
  • Frankfurt beat Köln by a overwhelming 6-2 score. This was the game with most goals this weekend in Germany.
  • Mönchengladbach and Stuttgart continued their full-losing streak. Augsburg, Hoffenheim and Hannover 96 are the other clubs stuck at the bottom of the table with just one draw each.

Serie A


Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan
Juventus 1-1 Chievo Verona
 Frosinone 0-2 Roma
Lazio 2-0 Udinese
Sampdoria 2-0 Bologna
Hellas Verona 2-2 Torino
Empoli 2-2 Napoli
Palermo 2-2 Carpi
Sassuolo 2-2 Atalanta
Fiorentina 1-0 Genoa


1 Inter Milan 9pts
2 Chievo Verona 7pts
3 Sampdoria 7pts
4 Torino 7pts
5 Roma 7pts

Talking points

  • Inter Milan got a narrow victory against AC Milan at the Derby Della Madonnina. Colombian midfielder Freddy Guarín made the difference with a surprising strike that Diego López could not stop.
  • An uncommon set of five consecutive games ended with 2-2 scores on Sunday, being Lazio-Udinese and Inter-Milan the games that did not register the same result.
  • Juventus still does not now what it feels to win in the 2015/16 season. The reigning champions had lost their previous two games and just managed to get one point from Chievo Verona.

Ligue 1


PSG 2-2 Bourdeaux
Ajaccio 0-1 Monaco
Nantes 0-2 Rennes
Marseille 4-1 Bastia
Lyon 0-0 Lille
Lorient 3-1 Angers
Montpellier 1-2 St. Etienne
Nice 0-1 Guingamp
Toulouse 2-2 Reims
Troyes 1-3 Caen


1 PSG 13pts
2 Rennes 12pts
3 Reims 10pts
4 St. Etienne 10pts
5 Caen 9pts

Talking points

  • Paris Saint-Germain was stopped by Bordeaux in a game where Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani scored twice for the hosts, who could not hold their advantage and conceded a draw.
  • Rennes’ good start started giving good results, they are just one point shy from reaching PSG at the top of the table. Both are being closely followed by Reims and St. Etienne.
  • Marseille have shown again their offensive power in their 4-1 victory against Bastia. The had defeated Troyes by a 6-0 score a couple of weeks ago.



Orlando City SC 3-1 Sporting Kansas City
Philadelphia Union 1-2 Columbus Crew SC
FC Dallas 2-1 New York City FC
Houston Dynamo 1-3 Real Salt Lake
Colorado Rapids 1-1 D.C. United
LA Galaxy 2-0 Montreal Impact
San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Seattle Sounders FC
Toronto FC 1-3 New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls 3-2 Chicago Fire


Eastern Conference

1 NY Red Bulls 45pts
2 DC United 45pts
3 Columbus Crew 44pts

Western Conference

1 Vancouver Whitecaps 48pts
2 FC Dallas 47pts
3 LA Galaxy 47pts

Talking points

  • Kei Kamara is unstoppable at Columbus Crew attack. Teh Sierra Leonean player has scored 20 goals this season, and is getting closer to be this year’s MVP according to media.
  • Orlando City recovered from their last loss ad defeated Sporting Kansas City with a 3-1 score without Kaká.
  • New York City FC got their 14th defeat of the season and are sunken at the bottom of the eastern conference alongside Chicago Fire.

Liga MX


Monterrey 1-1 Cruz Azul
América 0-1 Tigres
Tijuana 2-1 Chivas
Pumas UNAM 3-0 Veracruz
Querétaro 0-1 Morelia
Atlas 3-2 Dorados
 Chiapas 6-2 León
Puebla 0-1 Santos
 Pachuca 3-4 Toluca


1 UNAM 18pts
2 León 18pts
3 América 15pts
4 Toluca 15pts
5 Tigres 13pts
6 Chiapas 13pts
7 Veracruz 13pts
8 Puebla 10pts

Talking points

  • Pumas sit atop of the general table, with 18 points and better goal difference than León, who suffered an overwhelming 6-2 defeat at the hands of Chiapas.
  • Chivas are at the bottom of the relegation table, and decided to part ways with their coach, Jose Manuel de la Torre to bring in Argentinian Matias Almeyda.
  • Cruz Azul’s auwful season has them below everyone else in the general classification, something that had not happened since 2009.

What to look out for this weekend

UEFA Champions League

The top European club tournament officially begins today, with some big games on board:

  • PSV vs Manchester United – Tuesday, September 15 at 2:45 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1/ESPN3
  • Manchester City vs Juventus – Tuesday, September 15 at 2:45 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 2/ESPN Deportes
  • AS Roma vs FC Barcelona – Wednesday, September 16 at 2:45 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes

UEFA Europa League

  • Ajax vs Celtic – Thursday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3
  • Bordeaux vs Liverpool – Thursday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1

Premier League: Chelsea vs Arsenal – Saturday, September 19 on NBCSN/NBC Universo at 7:45 a.m. ET.

La Liga: Real Madrid vs granada – Saturday, September 19 on beIN Sports/beIN Sports en español at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen – Sunday, September 20 on Fox Sports 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Serie A: Chievo Verona vs Inter Milan – Sunday, September 20 on beIN Sports/beIN Sports en español at 6:30 a.m. ET.

Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Olympique Lyonnais – Sunday, September 20 on beIN Sports Connect at 3:00 p.m. ET.

MLS: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls – Sunday, September 20 on ESPN/ESPN Deportes at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Liga MX: Tigres vs Monterrey – Saturday, September 19 on Univisión Deportes at 8:00 p.m ET.

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