Any games on this weekend?
Yes! On Saturday in the Premier League, we have Everton vs Aston Villa at 10:00 AM EST, perhaps only to see how Roberto Martinez’s squad rebounds from their midweek shellacking. There’s also the Tyne-Wear derby at 7:45 AM EST, with Newcastle vs Sunderland.
In the Bundesliga, Schalke 04 take on Wolfsburg at 9:30 AM EST, and in Serie Ait’s Milan vs Torino at 2:45 PM in a vital game for Seedorf. Finally, La Liga features Barcelona vs Valencia at 10:00 AM EST.
On Sunday in the Premier League, Arsenal host the defensively stalwart Crystal Palace at 11:00 AM EST. Then Bayern face Eintracht Frankfurt at 11:30 AM in the Bundesliga. In Serie A the marquee game is Juventus vs Inter at 2:45 PM EST, and in La Liga, it’s Atletico Madrid against Real Sociedad at 1:00 PM EST followed by Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid at 3:00 PM.
What’s the big story?
It’s DEADLINE DAY! Which means none of us know what’s going on, which deals are in fact happening and which are just part of an elaborate hallucination, fun house of speculation posing as fact and vice versa. Part of me thinks it’s always best to just spend today watching the Back to the Future trilogy and then spending tomorrow morning checking Transfermarkt.
So far Chelsea have picked up Kurt Zouma from St. Etienne for £12.5m, Arsenal have suddenly gone for Kim Kallstrom at Spartak Moscow, and Berbatov is set to leave for Monaco, apparently. Rumour has it. There’s a lot more. Basically every single broadsheet has a Transfer Deadline Day ticker available. But if you want the action to come to you, I suggest downloading theScore app.
Any other news?
Racing Santander walk off the pitch yesterday during a Copa del Rey match against Real Sociedad in protest for not receiving wages for six months.
Any fun stuff?
Well, this isn’t really ‘fun’ in any sense of the word, but the Football Ramble have unearthed more evidence of the brutal ‘charm’ of Keys and Gray. Awful.
Any good reads?
Yes! David Conn with a great investigation into Chelsea’s ownership of third party player economic rights.