Hello people of the world and beyond, I bring you the joys of football… This is the League Football Roundup. As per the norm, I’ll be giving you updates from Europe’s Top 5 leagues i.e The Spanish Laliga, The English Premier League, The French Ligue 1, The Italian Serie A and The German Bundesliga; transfer market news, awarding the best and worst player(s) of the week and imparting general football knowledge. Without further ado, let’s get right into the football action…
First is the Spanish Laliga which had two matchdays this week. Celta Vigo continued their undefeated run after 4 games in by new manager. Los blancos earned maximum points this week on their ascent to top 2 and Barca moving up to 5th with 4pts out of 6. Atletico remained on top after their victory with two outstanding games and Sociedad kept dropping points on their descent in the league. Here are the fixtures of the week…
Celta Vigo 4-0 Cadiz
Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao (Goals from Kroos and a brace from Benzema. Capa for Bilbao)
Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad (goals from Alba and De Jong for Barca. Jose for Sociedad)
Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Huesca
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Elche ( goals from Costa and a brace from Suarez for Atletico. Boye for Elche)
Barcelona 2-2 Valencia (goals from Messi and Araujo for Barca. Diakhaby and Gomez for Valencia)
Levante 2-1 Real Sociedad
Osasuna 1-3 Villarreal (goal from Torres for Osasuna. Moreno brace and a goal by Nunez)
Sevilla 1-1 Real Valladolid ( goal from Ocampos for Sevilla. Goal from Carnero for Valladolid)
Celta Vigo 2-0 Alaves
Granada 2-0 Real Betis
Cadiz 0-2 Getafe
Eibar 1-3 Real Madrid (goal from Kike for Eibar. Benzema, Modric and Vazquez for Madrid).
The French Ligue 1 had Matchday 15&16 this past week with PSG winning at home and a stalemate draw against Lille (who are still No.1) yesterday. Lyon earned 4pts out of 6 and are second on the league table with Rennes getting maximum points and are 5th in the French Ligue 1 table. Here are the fixtures…
Angers 0-2 Strasbourg
Dijon 0-2 Lille (goals from Yazici and Weah for Lille)
Montpellier 0-2 Metz
Nimes 0-2 Nice
Reims 3-2 Nantes
Bordeaux 1-2 Saint Etienne
Lyon 2-2 Brest (goals from Depay and Cornet for Lyon. Lopes o.g and Faivre for Brest)
Monaco 0-3 Len
PSG 2-0 Lorient (goals from Mbappe and Kean)
Rennes 2-1 Marseille (goals from Traore and Hunou for Rennes. Gueye for Marseille)
Metz 2-0 Lens
Marseille 1-1 Reims
Nice 1-4 Lyon (goals from Gouiri for Nice. Depay, Kadewere, K. T Ekambi, Houssem Aouar for Lyon)
Brest 2-2 Montpellier
Dijon 0-1 Monaco (goal from Volland for Monaco)
Nantes 1-1 Angers
Saint Etienne 2-2 Nimes
Strasbourg 0-2 Bordeaux
Lorient 0-3 Rennes (goals from Damien Da Silva,Bourigeaud,Terrier for Rennes)
Lille 0-0 PSG.
The German Bundesliga progressed with Matchday 2 matchdays this week,with Bayern Munich retaining their table topper status with 2 wins in 2 matches(one with Leverkusen who are now second). Dortmund’s poor form continued this week with them hovering outside the top 4 at 5th. Leipzig remained in the top 4 with one win and a draw. Here are the fixtures…
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Mainz05
VFB Stuttgart 2-2 Union Berlin
Werder Bremen 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (goals from Moehwald for Bremen. Guerreiro and Reus for Dortmund)
SchalkeO4 0-2 Freiburg
Cologne 0-4 Bayer Leverkusen (goals from Weiser, Diaby,Schick and Wirtz for Leverkusen)
Arminia Bielefeld 0-1 Augsburg
Bayern Munich 2-1 Wolfsburg (brace from Lewandowski for Munich. Philipp for Wolfsburg)
Hoffenheim 0-1 Leipzig (goal from Poulsen)
Union Berlin 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (goals from Awoniyi and Friedrich for Union Berlin. Moukoko for Dortmund)
Augsburg 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Hoffenheim ( goals from Stindl for Monchengladbach. Kramaric and Sessegnon for Hoffenheim)
Mainz05 0-1 Werder Bremen
SchalkeO4 0-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Leipzig 0-0 koln
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich (goals from Schick for Leverkusen. Brace from Lewandowski for Bayern)
Freiburg 4-1 Hertha Berlin
Wolfsburg 1-0 VFB Stuttgart.
The Italian Serie A continued with matchday 12&13 this week. AC Milan at the top of the table with a draw and a win this week (remaining undefeated ) this week, with the old lady having 4pts out of 6 and are 3rd on league. Inter continuing their run of forms with 5 wins out of 5 and are 2nd on the league and just a point behind their rivals Milan. Here are the fixtures…
Udinese 0-0 Crotone
Benevento 1-1 Lazio (goal from Schiaterella for Benevento. Immobile for Lazio)
Juventus 1-1 Atalanta (goal from Chiesa for Juve. Freuler for Atalanta)
Fiorentina 1-1 Sassuolo
Genoa 2-2 AC Milan (Destro brace for Genoa. Calabria and Kalulu for Milan)
Hellas Verona 1-2 Sampdoria
Inter 1-0 Napoli (goal from Lukaku for Inter)
Parma 0-0 Cagliari
Spezia 2-2 Bologna
Roma 3-1 Torino (goal from Mkhitaryan, Veretout and Pellegrini for Roma. Belotti for Torino)
Fiorentina 1-1 Hellas Verona
Sampdoria 3-1 Crotone
Parma 0-4 Juventus (goals from Chiesa, Morata and a brace from Ronaldo for Juve)
Torino 1-1 Bologna
Benevento 2-0 Genoa
Cagliari 1-1 Udinese
Inter 2-1 Spezia (goals from Hakimi and Lukaku for Inter. Piccoli for Spezia)
Sassuolo 1-2 AC Milan (goal from Berrardi for Sassuolo. goals from Leao and Saelemaekers for Milan)
Atalanta 4-1 Roma(goals from Zapata,Gosens, Muriel and Illicic for Atalanta. Dzeko for Roma)
Lazio 2-0 Napoli (goals from Immobile and Alberto for Lazio).
The English Premier League played 2 Matchdays, the Reds played good football with a win against Spurs and a stunning goal galore victory against the eagles to solidly remain atop the league. Manchester United had a good week with 6pts out of 6 and 9 goals scored and Man City managed a win and a draw. Arsenal current poor form had them at 15th and 4pts away from relegation, the Blues lost to Wolves away and Everton had 2 wins in 2 games. Here are the fixtures…
Wolves 2-1 Chelsea ( goals from Podence and Neto for Wolves. Giroud for Chelsea)
Man City 1-1 West Brom (goal from Gundogan. Dias o.g for West Brom)
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton ( goal from Aubameyang for Arsenal. Walcott for Southampton)
Leicester City 0-2 Everton (goals from Richarlison and Holgate for Everton)
Fulham 0-0 Brighton
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham ( goals from Salah and Firmino for Liverpool. Son Heung-min for Tottenham)
West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley
Sheffield United 2-3 Man United (Mcgolderick brace for Sheffield. Rashford brace and a goal by Martial for Man United)
Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool (Firmino brace, Salah brace,goals from Minamino,Mane, Henderson )
Southampton 0-1 Man City (goal from Sterling for City)
Everton 2-1 Arsenal (goals from Mina and holding o.g for Everton. Pepe for Arsenal)
Newcastle 1-1 Fulham
Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United
Tottenham 0-2 Leicester ( goals from Vardy and Alderweireld o.g for Leicester).
Man United 6-2 Leeds United (Mctominay brace, Fernandes brace goals from Lindelof, James. Cooper, Dallas for Leeds)
West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa (goals from Traore and a brace for El Ghazi for Villa).
The Best Player of the Week goes to Roberto Firmino of Liverpool for his 4 goals and one assist this week but Special Mention to Robert Lewandowski for his 4 goals. There is no worst player of the week but Shout-out to Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
In transfer news, Southampton are interested in signing Manchester United defender Brandon Williams on loan in January. Gareth Bale wants one final season at Real Madrid following his loan spell at Tottenham. Arsenal are ready to sell midfielder Granit Xhaka in January. PSG are ready to negotiate a deal for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. Liverpool are considering a move for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches. Arsenal could make a January move for Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira and are willing to pay his £27m release clause. Wolves are monitoring Liverpool striker Divock Origi who could be allowed to leave in January. Manchester United could make a summer bid for West Ham’s Declan Rice, although the midfielder is thought to prefer a move to Chelsea. Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric back to Tottenham for a second spell. Barcelona are interested in selling playmaker Philipe Coutinho in January. Brighton man Yves Bissouma is being closely followed by Liverpool as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum. Sheffield United are interested in signing Man United midfielder Jesse Lingard on loan in the January transfer window. Barcelona could sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay for a cut-price £4.5M.
Lionel Messi equalled Pele’s record for most goals scored for a single club (643). Shout-out to Robert Lewandowski, our 2020 FIFA Men’s Best Player & Lucy Bronze, our FIFA Women’s Best Player. Special Mention to our Puskas Award winner, Son Heung-min of Tottenham.
West Brom have sacked manager Slaven Bilic and hired Sam Allardyce as their new manager on 18 months contract.
Scott Mctominay becomes the first player to score a brace inside the first 3 minutes of a premier league match.
Luis Suarez marked his 200th Laliga game with his 153rd Laliga goal.
Kevin De Bruyne marked his 100th man City assist.
Europe’s Top 5 (except the English Premier League) have their winter break coming up, Dec 23rd-29th for Laliga; Dec 23rd to Jan 2nd 2021 for Serie A; Dec 23rd to Jan 2nd for Bundesliga and Dec 23rd to Jan 6th for Ligue 1.
Until next time guys, Happy Holidays everyone!