With an abundance of goals, surprises and no shortage of controversy, the start of the 2020/21 season has kept us on the edge of our seats. The action shows no signs of letting up in October, and we’ve got a great line-up of domestic and international football to come. We’ve picked out some of the must-see games on Virgin TV over the next month.
Leeds v Man City – Sat 3rd Oct, 5.30PM Sky Sports
The managers provide the intrigue for this game, just as much as the action on the pitch. Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola have a long history of mutual respect and admiration, with Guardiola describing Bielsa as ‘the best coach in the world.’ Sentiment will be put to one side as Man City look to bounce back from their 5-2 defeat to Leicester, whilst Leeds will be keen to continue their impressive start to life back in the Premier League. These two attacking side won’t compromise on their philosophy and it promises to be a cracker!
Everton v Liverpool – Sat 17th Oct, 12.30PM BT Sport
At the time of writing, Everton & Liverpool hold 2 of only 3 100% records in the Premier League so far this season. If that remains the case going into the international break then this match will have its usual bragging rights amplified to an incredible degree. Everton have shown they mean business already this season with some impressive wins. Liverpool have enjoyed the upper hand against their rivals recently, but a rejuvenated Everton side might just fancy their chances heading into this match.
Man Utd v Chelsea – Sat 24th Oct, 5.30PM Sky Sports
In some cases, it might still be too early to judge the title credentials of these two footballing powerhouses. Man Utd were the form team at the back end of last season, but a delayed start to the season has seen them struggle to get going so far. Chelsea’s September would’ve been perhaps more disappointing given their £200m+ during the summer window. Both sides will be keen to get one over on the other as they get into their stride during this compressed season. Expect goals in this one.
Euro 2020 Qualifying
The delayed Euro 2020 playoffs take place later this month with Scotland and Northern Ireland looking to join fellow home nations England and Wales at next summer’s tournament. There are eight semi-final matches with the winners progressing to four final games to determine the final places.
Scotland, who are looking to reach their first major international tournament since 1998, host Israel at Hampden Park and will see this as one of their best opportunities to end that streak in many years.
Northern Ireland will be looking to recreate memories from four years ago, when they reached the knockout stages of Euro 2016. To reach the tournament again, they first have to win in Sarejevo against Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Scotland v Israel - Thu 8th Oct, 7.45PM, Sky Sports
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Northern Ireland - Thu 8th Oct, 7.45PM, Sky Sports