The Cups resume their rights this evening in Spain and Italy, without however all the top names, exempt from this preliminary round. In the Premier League, the Covid-19 is watching, while in Germany, Bayern Munich can be crowned autumn champion.
– England: after Tottenham – who could not play against Brighton last Sunday, but should be able to play this Thursday in Leicester – and Leicester, Manchester United and Aston Villa have also had several cases of Covid-19 among their players and staff members , and the vagueness maintained on the exact number of cases, in particular among the players, does not help to allay fears. For the time being, however, all the matches of the 17th day of the championship should take place today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, starting with a Brentford-Manchester United tonight. A golden opportunity for the Red Devils (5th) to return at least temporarily to the top four and the qualifying places for the Champions League next season, pending the move from West Ham (4th) to Arsenal (6th), who are only two points behind the Hammers tomorrow. As for the top three, leaders Manchester City will receive Leeds tonight, while Liverpool (2nd) and Chelsea (3rd) will be on the bridge on Thursday only, receiving Newcastle and Everton respectively.
– Germany: a small point will be enough tonight for Bayern Munich, traveling to Stuttgart, to win the honorary title of autumn champion of the Bundesliga on the 16th and penultimate day of the first leg matches. The “Rekordmeister” has just increased its lead over Dortmund to 6 points, and the trip to the former club of Benjamin Pavard, which is flirting with the relegation zone, does not present any particular danger. The poster for this day spread over two evenings will tomorrow pit 4th Hoffenheim (26 points) against 3rd Leverkusen (27 points), behind closed doors due to anti-coronavirus health restrictions. Hoffenheim has the wind at its back, after stealing 4th qualifying place for the Champions League last Saturday from Friborg (2-1). Leverkusen, where Moussa Diaby shines, however suffered a big setback on Sunday, losing heavily (5-2) in Frankfurt. Also tomorrow, the dolphin Dortmund will welcome the red lantern Fürth (4 points).
– King’s Cup: the 2nd round of the King’s Cup begins tonight in Spain with the 56 teams still in contention, and it will be necessary in particular to keep an eye on Andratx, the Tom Thumb of the Balearic Islands (Spanish D4), who will face Sevilla FC, current 2nd in LaLiga, tonight in Mallorca. The other meetings to watch: the match of Betis Sevilla against Talavera de la Reina, in Toledo (south-west of Madrid), but also the match between Zamora (D3) and Real Sociedad. Of the 112 teams qualified for the 1st round, there are now only 56 left, and only 28 will make it to the 3rd round, where the four participants in the Spanish Super Cup will join (Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao). For this 2nd round, there are 16 D1 teams (all are still in the running), 20 D2 teams, 14 from D3 and 6 from Spanish D4.
– Italian Cup: reach the round of 16 of the Italian Cup where the big cars are already waiting for them, automatically qualified… here is the objective of the teams competing this week (from this evening and until Thursday evening) the 16th final of the event. The first eight of the last championship being exempted until January (Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta Bergamo, Juventus Turin, Naples, Lazio Rome, AS Rome and Sassuolo), only three matches between Serie A teams are on the program: Genoa- Salernitana, Hellas Verona-Empoli and Sampdoria Genoa-Torino. In the event of qualification, Torino will find in the next round Juventus, defending champion, for a Turin derby. The other five Serie A clubs entered this week will start as favorites against representatives from the lower echelon.
The Cups resume their rights this evening in Spain and Italy, without however all the top names, exempt from this preliminary round. In the Premier League, the Covid-19 awaits, while in Germany, Bayern Munich can be crowned autumn champion. – England: after Tottenham – who could not play against Brighton last Sunday, but should be able to play this Thursday at…