The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in. Halloween & Bonfire Night have been and gone and the FA Cup has started in earnest. It’s that time of year where fixture congestion sets in and we’re treated to a feast of football. This year is no different and there’s a feast of domestic, continental and international football on Virgin TV to keep you entertained the rest of this month.
Leeds United v Arsenal - Sat 22nd Nov, 4.30PM Sky Sports
Did Leeds really spend time away from the Premier League? Their high intensity, expansive approach belies their status as new boys. They’ve given fans and pundits alike some great moments already. Mikel Arteta is attempting something of a revolution at Arsenal and will view this as a big test of their progress. Results this season suggest their poor away record of recent seasons could be changing. This is a fixture steeped in history and should be a cracker.
Liverpool v Atalanta - Wed 25th Nov, 8PM BT Sport
The UEFA Champions League is in full flow, and Liverpool’s 5 point lead at the top of Group D at the half-way point of this season’s group stage puts them in a great position to secure passage to the knockout stages. A victory for Klopp’s men will give them an unassailable lead over Italy’s Atalanta, and needing only a point in December’s clash with Ajax to secure top spot.
Chelsea v Tottenham - Sun 29th Nov, 4.30PM Sky Sports
Whenever Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge, you can expect a blockbuster, and this will be no exception. Mourinho’s free-scoring Tottenham side have started the season well, and this match should tell us if title talk is justified. They face a Chelsea side who are beginning to find their rhythm after a busy summer transfer window, and will be keen to build on that momentum by checking Tottenham’s progress.
International football takes centre stage mid-month as Scotland and Northern Ireland look to book their places at next summer’s Euros. For Scotland, victory over Serbia would see them qualify for their first major international tournament since 1998, whilst Northern Ireland will reach their second European Championships in a row if they can defeat Slovakia. With these games being one leg ties, it’s all or nothing on the night where fine margins could be the difference between euphoria and despair.
Serbia v Scotland - Tue 12th Nov, 7.45PM Sky Sports