As we are facing a new mid-week round in most top European leagues, let’s have a quick look what happened during the weekend. This time, special addition to the round-up, the Russian Premier league.
Spanish Primera Division (Liga BBVA)
In round 4 in Spain we could see that the strikers were in good shape over the weekend as they bagged a total of …. Goals or …per game. The highest scoring game was at Estadio de Riazor in A Coruna where last year’s runners-up Real Madrid destroyed the home team of Deportivo with 2-8 in a match in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, Bale and Hernandez added a brace each, while the new signing from Monaco, James Rodriguez scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box again showing his class. Barcelona didn’t have any problem with Levante who played with a man less in field after Vyntra was sent off in the 41st minute. Neymar and Messi found their names on the scoring sheet again, Rakitic recorded his first goal for the new club, the youngster Ramirez and Pedro added 2 more to complete the 0-5 win. Sevilla also continued their good form beating Cordoba away from home, while the reigning champions Atletico Madrid, after the disappointing start in the Champions League, were again surprised by Celta Vigo, who pulled out a 2-2 draw at Vincente Calderon. Valencia didn’t have any problem with the minnows Getafe, winning 0-3 in Madrid.
After four rounds Barcelona still has 100% effect and impressive 11-0 goal difference. Sevilla and Valencia are sharing the second position with 10 points, followed by Atletico and Granada with 8 points. On the other side of the table, Levante still haven’t scored a single goal after 4 games, conceding 10 in the process and collecting only one point, Cordoba, Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano complete the list of teams who are still without a win and things do not look bright for them at the beginning of the season.
Wednesday-Sunday rhythm seem to have already taken its toll on the Bundesliga top teams. In round 4 none of the Champions League representatives from Germany managed to win. We saw a total of 23 goals or 2.5 per game and what is more interesting, 5 red cards. Hamburger, led by Josef Zinnbauer managed to hold back the reigning champions Bayern Munich to a 0-0 draw, Schalke are gonna try to get their first win of the season in some other game after fighting back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Eintracht Frankfurt in a match in which Choupo-Moting starred with a goal and an assist and which saw Kevin Prince Boateng and Julian Draxler being sent off. Dortmund were beaten in Mainz with 2-0 besides having 60% ball possession and 20 goal attempts, while Bayer Leverkusen lost to Wolfsburg by 4-1 after Giulio Donati was given straight red card in the 7th minute. Rodriguez twice, Vierinha and Hunt were the scorers for Wolfsburg, Drmic scored the consolation goal for Leverkusen.
After round 4 we have interesting situation at the top of the table with the new boys from Paderborn leading the way with 8 points, a position they share with Mainz, Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich. Leverkusen and Hannover follow closely with 7, while Dortmund is on the 10th position with 6 points from 4 matches. At the bottom of the table we have six teams still struggling to win. Former champions VfB Stuttgart are stuck with one point, Hamburger, Schalke, Herta and Freiburg each have 2 points, while Werder, who were unbeaten until this round, managed to bag only 3 points after the first 4 games.
French Ligue 1
Interesting weekend in France in which Paris SG again failed to win which prompt rumours about Laurent Blanc’s future at the club. PSG officials, however, were quick to respond that the former French national team gaffer’s position is safe at least until the end of the season. It all looked fine for the reigning champions in the match against Lyon after Cavani scored in the 20th minute. They had control in possession, had more chances, but were denied the three points by Umtiti in the 84th minute. AS Monaco, on the other hand, are back to the winning ways after beating Guingamp at home with the goal from the Moroccan international Nabil Dirar. St.Etienne were the only team to win away from home this weekend with the 0-1 win over Lens. Metz, Nantes, Marseille and Bordeaux all used the home advantage to add three points to their tally. A total of 24 goals were scored in the ten games played which means 2.4 goals per game. Most scoring game was Toulouse and Caen where 6 goals were scored, while Lille and Montpellier played a dull 0-0 draw which didn’t benefit any of them.
After 6 rounds in Ligue 1 we have a trio consisting of Marseille, Bordeaux and St.Etienne on top with 13 points, Lille fell down to 4th place with 12, while PSG, Monpellier and Nantes are following with 10 points. At the bottom of the table, Monaco managed to escape the relegation zone where Evian TG is struggling with only 1 point. Guingamp and Bastia are above them with 6, only one point from the group of teams led by Caen.
The derby of round 6 in the Netherlands was played at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, the famous De Klassieker between Feyenoord and Ajax. After surprising PSG in the Champions League, Frank de Boer’s boys showed another impressive display and with the goal from their full-back van Rhijn won the big derby to break the hearts of Feyenoord’s fans who showed up in numbers to support their team who is having a tough start of the season. PSV recorded the highest win for this round scoring 4 goals past Cambuur’s goalkeeper, while the surprise of the season Zwolle were beaten by AZ Alkmaar with the goal from Henriksen in the 72nd minute of the game. Utrecht and Willem II were the other two teams to use the home advantage, while Twente scored 4 goals to beat Heracles away from their home crowd. A total of 21 goals were scored on the 9 matches played this weekend, which means 2.3 goals per game. The highest scoring match was Heracles vs Twente in which 5 goals were scored, while three matches were decided by a single goal.
After six rounds we can finally see familiar names at the top of the table with PSV leading the way with 15 points before Ajax and Zwolle with 12. At the bottom, Heracles are still with 0 points, while Vitesse, Dordrecht, Feyenoord and G.A. Eagles are all braced for a long relegation fight with 5 points from 6 games.
Russian Premier League
Joining up from round 8, we include the Russian Premier League in our European paper. Zenit St.Petersburg, led by former Chelsea and Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas were again ruthless winning 0-5 against Rostov, CSKA the Moscow derby against Lokomotiv with 1-0 with the goal from Musa in the first half. It was a round in which the away teams dominated, winning 5 out of 8 games. Besides CSKA, Kuban was the only other team to win at home.
AVB couldn’t have hoped for a better start winning 8 out of 8 games and already creating 6 points advantage over Dynamo Moscow, CSKA and Kuban. The newly promoted team of Arsenal Tula still struggles to adapt to the top flight with only 1 point at the bottom of the table. Ural, FK Rostov and Torpedo Moscow are also in the relegation zone with 4 points from 8 games.