MATCHDAY: Man United starts League Cup defense. Barcelona visits Mallorca

Mon, Sep 25, 2023
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MATCHDAY: Man United starts League Cup defense. Barcelona visits Mallorca

A look at what's happening in European soccer on Tuesday:

ENGLAND

Defending champion Manchester United looks to avoid another early-season setback when it hosts Crystal Palace in the third round of the League Cup. It's the only all-Premier League clash among Tuesday's games, with Wolverhampton visiting Ipswich and Burnley traveling to League Two side Salford City. United also faces Palace at home in the league on Saturday, and manager Erik ten Hag will have to decide how heavily to rotate for a competition that provided him with his first title at the club last season. United is already nine points behind Premier League leader Manchester City, and the League Cup may be Ten Hag's best chance for silverware again.

SPAIN

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Barcelona visits Mallorca looking to extend its winning streak in the Spanish league to six matches. The defending champion sits at the top of the standings with 16 points, tied with fellow Catalan club Girona, which visits Villarreal on Wednesday. Mallorca has only one win and sits near the relegation zone. Sevilla, behind Mallorca in the table and also with only one win, hosts last-place Almeria, the only team yet to win a league game this season.

ITALY

Juventus aims to bounce back from its first defeat of the season with a win over visiting Lecce, which is the only side still undefeated after five games of the Italian league along with Inter Milan. Three glaring errors ensured Juventus slumped to a 4-2 defeat at struggling Sassuolo on Saturday, while Lecce moved a point ahead of the "Old Lady" in Serie A with a 1-0 win at home over Genoa the day before.

GERMANY

After hammering Bochum 7-0 in the Bundesliga at the weekend, Bayern Munich begins its German Cup campaign with a visit to third-division team Preussen Munster. Bayern is bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2020. "It's clear that we're the favorite, we've nothing to gain," Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel said Monday. "The opponent has nothing to lose and it's the typical cup constellation. Still, we're obligated to win. We want to get to Berlin, we want to be in the final." Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt is out after taking a blow to his knee, but RaphaŽl Guerreiro could make his first Bayern appearance since switching from Borussia Dortmund in the offseason. Israeli goalkeeper Daniel Peretz is also set to make his Bayern debut.

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