Golden Tapir award goes to Andrea Pirlo after difficult start for Juventus

Golden Tapir award goes to Andrea Pirlo after difficult start for Juventus
Golden Tapir award goes to Andrea Pirlo after difficult start for Juventus

Golden Tapir award goes to Andrea Pirlo after difficult start for Juventus. Past winners include Milan director Paolo Maldini.

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was awarded the Golden Tapir after his difficult start at the Allianz Stadium. ‘I’m not afraid not to eat the panettone’.

Two days after the Champions League defeat to Barcelona, the coach has been given positive news with the recovery of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been out with coronavirus since the international break.

But the results in the League and the latest setback in the Champions League prompted the TV show to award him the Tapiro d’Oro, to which the coach responded in a confident mood.

“We are running-in, I’m not afraid not to eat the panettone,” Pirlo told Striscia La Notizia when he received the satirical award. “I’m confident.”

By saying he’s ‘not afraid not to eat the panettone’, Pirlo insists he doesn’t fear getting sacked before Christmas.

The gag prize is given to someone who has been notably embarrassed or defeated in the preceding week.

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Jürgen Klopp on Fabinho injury timescale and centre-back options

Jürgen Klopp on Fabinho injury timescale and centre-back options
Jürgen Klopp on Fabinho injury timescale and centre-back options

Jürgen Klopp on Fabinho injury timescale and centre-back options. Virgil van Dijk sidelined and Joel Matip have not featured since the derby.

Jürgen Klopp assessed the centre-back options at his disposal while ruling Fabinho out of action until after the international break due to a ‘minor’ injury.

The Brazil international sustained an issue during the midweek Champions League victory over FC Midtjylland and is therefore set to miss Liverpool’s next three fixtures.

“After the international break he will back for sure, we just don’t know exactly when,” Klopp said.

“It’s a minor thing. It’s not something which will take him out for ages.”

With Virgil van Dijk also sidelined and Joel Matip having not featured since the Merseyside derby a fortnight ago, the boss was asked how he will decide which of Billy Koumetio, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams starts against West Ham United on Saturday.

He indicated each of that trio is in contention to play at the heart of the Reds’ backline, along with several other members of his squad.

“They were all good in training. I know Nat the longest so I was really happy with this development. Since I know him he made big, big steps and is an exceptional character,” Klopp replied.

“I said it before that the little problem was that we were all convinced, how it looked all the time… there were a lot of clubs interested in him and in the end, maybe because of the coronavirus crisis, nobody had the money to do it but we expected him to leave the club, to be honest. Thank God he didn’t, but that’s the reason why he is not in the Champions League squad, the only reason.

“He cannot be on the bench in the Champions League but he is available for the Premier League like all three are and now I have to make a decision. And we have still, obviously, other options like Hendo or Gini or James [Milner] – or Robbo can play centre-half as well. They are all not smaller than [Javier] Mascherano, for example, and he played pretty well in that position.

“So yes, we have obviously still one or two options and one of them, we will choose. Which one, you have to switch on the television tomorrow night [to find out].”

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Italian Serie A fixtures – Juventus go to Spezia as Roma face Fiorentina

Italian Serie A fixtures - Juventus go to Spezia as Roma face Fiorentina
Italian Serie A fixtures - Juventus go to Spezia as Roma face Fiorentina

Italian Serie A fixtures – Juventus go to Spezia as Roma face Fiorentina. Cristiano Ronaldo has tested negative for Covid.

Inter’s stuttering form continued in the Champions League midweek and they host a Parma side still struggling with a COVID outbreak.

Torino picked up their first point in Serie A last weekend, as Lazio hope to carry out the game despite the current coronavirus crisis at the Aquile.

Bologna vs Cagliari (Sat 19.45)

Crotone vs Atalanta (Sat 14.00)

Inter vs Parma (Sat 17.00)

Napoli vs Sassuolo

Roma vs Fiorentina

Sampdoria vs Genoa (Sun 19.45)

Spezia vs Juventus (Sun 14.00)

Torino vs Lazio (Sun 14.00)

Udinese vs Milan (Sun 11.30)

Verona vs Benevento (Mon 19.45)

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Spanish La Liga match preview – Alaves vs Barcelona

Spanish La Liga match preview - Alaves vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga match preview - Alaves vs Barcelona

Spanish La Liga match preview – Alaves vs Barcelona. October 31, 2020 at 8pm BST time at Mendizorroza, Vitoria, Basque Country.

Barcelona will be looking to return to winning ways in La Liga when they travel to Estadio de Mendizorroza to face Alaves on Saturday night.

Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat in El Clasico last weekend and are currently 12th in the table, while Alaves occupy 15th position with seven points to show from their seven league games this term.

Alaves La Liga form: LDLWLW

Barcelona La Liga form: WWDLL

Barcelona form (all competitions): WDLWLW

Alaves possible starting lineup:

Pacheco; Navarro, Laguardia, Lejeune, Duarte; Mendez, Pina, Battaglia, Jota; Perez, Joselu

Barcelona possible starting lineup:

Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets; Dembele, Pedri, Fati; Messi

We say: Alaves 0-1 Barcelona

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Spanish La Liga match preview – Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid

Spanish La Liga match preview - Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga match preview - Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid

Spanish La Liga match preview – Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid. October 31, 2020 at 5.30pm BST time at Reyno de Navarra.

Atletico Madrid will be looking to make it three La Liga victories in a row when they travel to Pamplona to take on an in-form Osasuna on Saturday evening.

Diego Simeone’s side are currently fifth in the table with 11 points to show from their five matches, while Osasuna sit seventh with 10 points from their opening six fixtures of 2020-21.

Osasuna La Liga form: WLLWDW

Atletico Madrid La Liga form: WDDWW

Atletico Madrid form (all competitions): DDWLWW

Osasuna possible starting lineup:

Herrera; Roncaglia, U Garcia, D Garcia, Cruz; Vidal, Oier, Perez, Jony; Gallego, R Garcia

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:

Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Correa, Llorente, Torreira, Koke; Felix, Suarez

We say: Osasuna 1-2 Atletico Madrid

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Bundesliga match preview – Borussia Monchengladbach vs Leipzig

Bundesliga match preview - Borussia Monchengladbach vs Leipzig
Bundesliga match preview - Borussia Monchengladbach vs Leipzig

Bundesliga match preview – Borussia Monchengladbach vs Leipzig. October 31, 2020 at 5.30pm BST time at Borussia-Park.

Borussia Monchengladbach host league leaders Leipzig in what arguably looks the fixture of the round in this weekend’s Bundesliga action.

A win could take Gladbach into the top four depending on results elsewhere, with Leipzig knowing a win will keep them top of the pile as they look to hold off title rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga form: LDWDW

Borussia Monchengladbach form (all competitions): DWDDWD

Leipzig Bundesliga form: WDWWW

Leipzig form (all competitions): DWWWWL

Borussia Monchengladbach possible starting lineup:

Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Kramer, Neuhaus; Hofmann, Stindl, Thuram; Plea

Leipzig possible starting lineup:

Gulasci; Mukiele, Upamecano, Halstenberg, Tasende; Nkunku, Kampl, Sabitzer, Angelino; Olmo, Forsberg

We say: Borussia Monchengladbach 1-3 Leipzig

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Italian Serie A match preview and prediction – Inter vs Parma

Italian Serie A match preview and prediction - Inter vs Parma
Italian Serie A match preview and prediction - Inter vs Parma

Italian Serie A match preview and prediction – Inter vs Parma. Serie A Week 6 – 31 October 2020 (17.00 BST time).

Inter’s stuttering form continued in the Champions League midweek and they host a Parma side still struggling with a COVID outbreak.

Antonio Conte can’t seem to get his team playing consistently and Lautaro Martinez is on particularly poor form, missing another sitter in the 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.

With Alexis Sanchez injured and now Romelu Lukaku also sidelined, there’s little choice but to keep pushing the Argentine, although Christian Eriksen should again be benched.

Parma were always going to struggle under new coach Fabio Liverani, but a huge COVID-19 outbreak has decimated his squad. They also played midweek with Wednesday’s 3-1 Coppa Italia win against Pescara.

Form Guide: Inter (W L D W W) Parma (D L W L L)

Stat fact: Parma are unbeaten in their last four Serie A trips to Inter, drawing three and winning one.

Probable line-ups

Inter (3-4-1-2): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Vidal, Brozovic, Perisic; Barella; Pinamonti, Lautaro Martinez

Suspended: None

Injured: Vecino, Gagliardini, Alexis Sanchez, Sensi, Radu

On a yellow card: None

Parma (4-3-1-2): Sepe; Grassi, Iacoponi, Gagliolo, Pezzella; Hernani, Brugman, Kurtic; Kucka; Cornelius, Gervinho

Suspended: None

Injured: Sprocati, Inglese, Bruno Alves, Dezi, Scozzarella, Valenti, Brunetta, Osorio, Busi, Mihaila

On a yellow card: None

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Spanish La Liga fixtures – Real Madrid vs Huesca as Barcelona vs Alaves

Spanish La Liga fixtures - Real Madrid vs Huesca as Barcelona vs Alaves
Spanish La Liga fixtures - Real Madrid vs Huesca as Barcelona vs Alaves

Spanish La Liga fixtures – Real Madrid vs Huesca as Barcelona vs Alaves. All fixtures for Friday 30 Oct to Monday 2 Nov 2020.

BST time

Friday 30 October

Eibar vs Cadiz – 20.00

Saturday 31 October

Real Madrid vs SD Huesca – 13.00

Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla – 15.15

Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid – 17.30

Deportivo Alaves vs Barcelona – 20.00

Sunday 1 November

Real Betis vs Elche – 13.00

Celta Vigo vs Real Sociedad – 15.30

Granada vs Levante – 17.30

Valencia vs Getafe – 20.00

Monday 2 November

Villarreal vs Real Valladolid – 20.00

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Spanish La Liga match preview – Athletic Club Bilbao vs Sevilla

Spanish La Liga match preview - Athletic Club Bilbao vs Sevilla
Spanish La Liga match preview - Athletic Club Bilbao vs Sevilla

Spanish La Liga match preview – Athletic Club Bilbao vs Sevilla. October 31, 2020 at 3.15pm BST time at New San Mames.

Sevilla will be looking to return to winning ways in Spain’s top flight when they continue their 2020-21 campaign away to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday afternoon.

Julen Lopetegui’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Eibar in La Liga last weekend to leave themselves in 13th spot in the table, while Athletic lost 1-0 at Osasuna as their inconsistent start continued.

Athletic Bilbao La Liga form: LWLLWL

Sevilla La Liga form: WWDLL

Sevilla form (all competitions): WDLDLW

Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:

Simon; Capa, Yeray, Martinez, Yuri; D Garcia, Lopez; Muniain, R Garcia, Berenguer; Williams

Sevilla possible starting lineup:

Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Acuna; Gudelj, Rakitic, Jordan; Ocampos, L de Jong, Munir

Prediction: Athletic Club Bilbao 1-2 Sevilla

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German Bundesliga match preview – FC Koln vs Bayern Munich

German Bundesliga match preview - FC Koln vs Bayern Munich
German Bundesliga match preview - FC Koln vs Bayern Munich

German Bundesliga match preview – FC Koln vs Bayern Munich. October 31, 2020 at 2.30pm BST time at Rhein Energie Stadion.

FC Koln host Bayern Munich on Saturday as the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign continues, with third bottom facing second in the table after five matches.

Koln will be buoyed by two consecutive draws having lost their opening three matches, with Bayern looking in imperious form during their 5-0 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt.

FC Koln Bundesliga form: LLLDD

FC Koln form (all competitions): WLLLDD

Bayern Munich Bundesliga form: WLWWW

Bayern Munich form (all competitions): WWWWWW

FC Koln possible starting lineup:

T. Horn; Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, J. Horn; Duda, Skhiri, Rexhbecaj; Wolf, Andersson, Jakobs

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:

Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Alaba, Hernandez; Goretzka, Kimmich; Sane, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski

Prediction: FC Koln 1-3 Bayern Munich

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