October 4, 2022

Sunday morning in the Premier League gives us the opportunity for a real American clash as Chelsea FC and Leeds meet. But, there are also a host of other USMNT club actions, so let’s take them in order and see how we spend our time:

Friday

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Hertha Berlin 2:45p on ESPN+

Joe Scally opened the 2022-23 campaign with two consecutive starts at right-back as Borussia Mönchengladbach have one win and one draw in their first two matches. Scally started on an in-form Stefan Lainer, indicating his seeding in the pecking order is higher this year than last year when Scally was initially fielding left and right due to injuries.

Four points from their first two matches is a good start to the season for ‘Gladbach and good enough for a joint third place in the table, but the wins came over newly (re)promoted Hoffenheim and Schalke, so it wasn’t of the Murderers’ Line. “Gladbach have also allowed three goals in both games, so there is room for defensive improvement.

“Gladbach’s weekend opponents Hertha Berlin opened the season with a 3-1 loss to Union Berlin and played Eintracht Frankfurt to a 1-1 draw. Hertha avoided narrowly relegation last season and early signs indicate it could be another long year for the Berlin outfit.

Other notes:

  • Eric Palmer-Brown and Troyes are seeking their first points of the season, having opened the campaign with a pair of defeats in which they conceded three goals per game. They will face Olympique Lyonnais at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports.
  • Josh Sargent scored his first goal of the season when he got the start at 9 on Tuesday. He will look to build on that success when Norwich City take on Millwall at 3pm on ESPN+.
  • The LA Galaxy hosts Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders at 10 p.m. on ESPN.

Saturday

Fulham FC v Brentford – 10a on Peacock

Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson and Fulham opened the season with two draws, which is hardly a dream start. Still, it’s a pretty solid result for a newly-promoted side, especially considering they faced a mid-table club in Wolverhampton Wanderers and stole points from title contenders Liverpool.

This weekend’s game takes on a Brentford side who sat in the bottom half of the Premier League table last year but have notably just beaten Manchester United 4-0 and picked up four points from their opening three matches to sit 3rd in the standings at the start of the season. It will be interesting to see if a game against newly promoted Fulham is a disappointing game for Brentford or if they are able to sustain some level of momentum from last weekend to come out and start a serious run.

Other notes:

  • Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen face off at 9:30 a.m. in a match that will be shown on ESPN. Sadly, Giovanni Reyna didn’t travel with Dortmund last weekend and based on Edin Terzic’s comments on his squad’s depth, it seems likely that Reyna will be relieved.

Distribution abroad:

  • Ricardo Pepi struggled to find minutes early on as he barely saw the pitch last weekend in Augsburg’s 2-1 win over Bayern Leverkusen. Augsburg take on Mainz this weekend at 9.30am on ESPN+.
  • Pellegrino Matarazzo and Stuttgart seek their first win of the season when they take on Freiburg at 9.30am on ESPN+.
  • Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin take on RB Leipzig at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN+. Union are coming off a scoreless draw with Mainz, while Leipzig are looking for their first win of the season.

MLS Mashup (all games streaming on ESPN+):

Sunday

Leeds United v Chelsea FC – 9a on USA Network

The US Premier League match is on Sunday morning as Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United host Christian Pulisic and Chelsea FC. Leeds are coming off a 2-2 draw with Southampton, not a terrible result in a vacuum but quite disappointing after holding a two-goal lead early on. Brendan Aaronson and Tyler Adams started both games and showed they belong, Aaronson through his goal creation and Adams currently leads the league in tackles.

Christian Pulisic has certainly shown over the past two years that he can play at EPL level too, although recent signs suggest it may not be at Chelsea with reports going so far as to suggest Thomas Tuchel ‘wouldn’t. confidence” the American. Pulisic saw just six minutes off the bench last weekend in Chelsea’s explosive 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Chelsea were rather dominant in possession but left a lead 2-1 slip away in the dying moments as Harry Kane’s header leveled Spurs Both managers received red cards after the final whistle, so Marsch (and Pulisic?) won’t face a direct confrontation with the manager this Sunday.

Other notes:

Distribution abroad:

  • Timothy Chandler is still looking for his first minutes with Eintracht Frankfurt this season. The club will take on Cologne at 9.30am on ESPN+.
  • Yunus Musah and Valencia take on Athletic Bilbao at 11.30am on ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. Musah started in midfield for Valencia last weekend in their 1-0 win over Girona.
  • Timothy Weah is likely to remain out this weekend with transfer rumors swirling and Lille are set to host Paris Saint-Germain at 2.45pm on beIN Sports.
  • Neither Jonathan Gomez nor Sergiño Dest made their respective teams’ playing squads last weekend, with Gomez still looking to break through at Real Sociedad and Barcelona apparently trying to force Dest out. The two teams meet again at 4 p.m. on ESPN+.

MLS Mashup (all matches on ESPN+):

  • Gaga Slonina and the Chicago Fire look to bounce back from a 4-1 loss marred by an error as they face NYCFC at 6 p.m.
  • Walker Zimmerman and Nashville host FC Dallas and leading scorer Jesus Ferreira at 8:30 p.m. Ferreira was again assisted by Paul Arriola on Wednesday and has 15 goals and 5 assists in 21 appearances this season.

Monday bonus action:

  • Weston McKennie quickly recovered from his dislocated shoulder to start for Juventus last Monday in their 3-0 win over Sassuolo. The team have another game on Monday this week as they take on Sampdoria at 2.45pm on Paramount+.