Forest face unbeaten Spurs; Madrid are at Espanyol – Winnipeg Free Press

A preview of what’s happening in European football on Sunday:

ENGLAND

Big-spending Nottingham Forest face another tough test as they return to the top flight. He hosts undefeated Tottenham. Forest, who made 16 signings and spent around $150m this summer, have one win, one draw and one defeat so far. David Moyes’ West Ham plays Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. The Hammers are bottom of the 20-team standings after losing their opening three games to Manchester City, Forest and Brighton. Villa have three points from three games. Wolves host Newcastle who, like Spurs, are unbeaten and come into the game after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Man City.

Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England on Saturday August 20, 2022. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

SPAIN

Real Madrid will be looking to keep their momentum going on the road when they visit Espanyol in their third consecutive game to start the Spanish league. Madrid have asked to play away in the first three rounds in order to speed up renovation work at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Madrid started the title defense with back-to-back wins on the road against Almería and Celta Vigo. Barcelona will be looking for their second consecutive win as they host Valladolid, while Villarreal will look to stay perfect at the start of the season when they visit bottom-placed Getafe, who are yet to win a point.

ITALY

Napoli are the only remaining team in Serie A with a perfect record and they hope to maintain that when they visit Fiorentina. Victor Osimhen has scored in the previous two matches of the fledgling campaign, as has impressive new signing Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. Indeed, the Georgian striker has scored three goals in his two matches since joining from Dinamo Batumi last month. Newly promoted Lecce are still looking for their first points of the season and host Empoli, who drew with Fiorentina last weekend but are yet to find the back of the net. Atalanta will be hoping to follow up their draw against Serie A champions AC Milan with a victory at Hellas Verona without a win. Salernitana host Sampdoria and both sides are still looking for their first wins and goals.

GERMANY

Unbeaten Cologne host a volatile Stuttgart, who have faced constant speculation over the potential departures of star players Saša Kalajdžić and Borna Sosa. Stuttgart are still in search of their first Bundesliga victory after two draws and a loss. Cologne has two draws and one win. Besides, promoted Werder Bremen host Eintracht Frankfurt, another side with room for improvement after two draws and that first 6-1 loss to Bayern Munich. Bremen are full of confidence after their late 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund last weekend. But Frankfurt will be looking to give manager Oliver Glasner a win on his 48th birthday.

FRANCE

Paris Saint-Germain got off to a flying start in their title defense with their blistering attack from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe scoring heavily. PSG are looking for a fourth straight win when they host Monaco and will be brimming with confidence after a 7-1 win at Lille last weekend. Including winning the pre-season Champions Trophy, PSG have scored 21 times in four games under new coach Christophe Galtier. Neymar is in supreme form, with seven goals and seven assists, while Messi and Mbappe have four each. Marseille sit third with a seven-point lead on a tough trip to southern rivals Nice, who are aiming for a maiden win despite a strong summer recruitment drive. Marseille got off to a good start under new coach Igor Tudor, known for his discipline. He left veteran playmaker Dimitri Payet out of the first three games, but it didn’t affect the team as much as expected.

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Christy J. Olson