Premier League and Serie A preview, 30 November – 2 December 2021
SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to extended action from the Premier League and Serie A, with matches scheduled to run from Tuesday 30 November to Thursday 2 December.
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The pick of matches from the Premier League in this midweek is the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park, with all eyes set to be on Toffees manager Rafael Benitez as he comes up against his former team.
The Spaniard was in charge of the Reds from 2004 to 2010 and led them to a UEFA Champions League and FA Cup during his tenure. He now finds himself on the blue side of the Merseyside divide, but insists that he will be fully focused on the job at hand.
“One thing I want to be very clear is that I am trying to improve every single department. The fans, the club, the owners who have spent a lot of money, they are desperate to be competitive,” said Benitez.
“I said in one press conference that eighth [place] means nothing to me and I really mean that. I don’t want to stay here and try to survive. I want to be sure I can improve anything with my experience, my view and my staff.”
The midweek round will also see Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on Thursday night for a classic Premier League rivalry. Both clubs are looking to put themselves back in the upper echelons of the English game after some lean years, and this clash could prove an important yardstick for their progress.
“I'm extremely happy at Arsenal and privileged to be here. My focus is here,” Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said, having come through a tough start to the season.
In addition, Watford welcome Chelsea to Vicarage Road, while Manchester City will head to Birmingham for a clash against Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspur will have a London derby when they welcome Brentford.
Another intriguing clash sees Leeds United welcome Crystal Palace to Elland Road on Tuesday, with the tactical battle between Marcelo Bielsa and Patrick Vieira set to be one for football purists to enjoy. Ivorian star Wilfried Zaha is certainly enjoying life under the French coach.
“The difference you see is we keep the ball from the back. We actually keep the ball around the pitch,” said Zaha. “We have had a threat going forward. [But now] we make our chances. I feel like now we are exploiting the talent we have up front and all around the pitch.”
A busy midweek of action in Serie A opens with Atalanta welcoming Venezia to the Gewiss Stadium in Genoa on Tuesday evening, with La Dea looking to lift themselves up the log after a campaign in which they have not quite managed to click into top gear.
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini recently complained about the standard of refereeing in Italy, feeling that it has cost his team dearly in recent times: “Referees are really a problem, they never explain themselves, they never own up to errors. They are professionals too, so let them be professionals like us and come to speak to the media, because I have no idea what he thought he heard or saw. It’s about time they stop being protected.”
Tuesday also sees Juventus away to Salernitana, Fiorentina welcoming Sampdoria and Verona hoping Giovanni Simeone – the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone – rekindles his scoring form for the visit of Cagliari.
Wednesday’s top games feature the Milanese clubs, with Internazionale hosting Spezia at the San Siro and AC Milan travelling to the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris to take on Genoa. Inter boss Simone Inzaghi wants to see his team become more ruthless as the season nears the halfway point.
“We have to be good at turning the key moments in our favour, we have to do more while continuing to believe in the work that is being done. In the league we are on a good path, but there is still much work to be done,” said Inzaghi.
Roma and Napoli will be in action on Wednesday, taking on Bologna and Sassuolo respectively, before Thursday closes out the midweek round with Torino at home to Empoli and Lazio taking on Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico.
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri has lavished praise on striker Ciro Immobile, who continues to be Le Aquile’s spearhead: “Usually, these kinds of players are selfish. Instead, [Immobile] is always available to the team. He has a beautiful personality, one of the souls of the team, on and off the pitch. An amazing guy.”
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Premier League broadcast details, 30 November – 2 December 2021
All times CAT
Tuesday 30 November
21:30: Newcastle United v Norwich City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
22:15: Leeds United v Crystal Palace – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Variety 3, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
Wednesday 1 December
21:30: Watford v Chelsea – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 360
21:30: West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
21:30: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley – LIVE on SuperSport Action
21:30: Southampton v Leicester City – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1
22:15: Aston Villa v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport PSL
22:15: Everton v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
Thursday 2 December
21:30: Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
22:15: Manchester United v Arsenal – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
Serie A broadcast details, 30 November – 2 December 2021
All times CAT
Tuesday 30 November
19:30: Atalanta v Venezia – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
19:30: Fiorentina v Sampdoria – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
21:45: Verona v Cagliari – LIVE on SuperSport PSL
21:45: Salernitana v Juventus – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
Wednesday 1 December
19:30: Bologna v Roma – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 2
19:30: Internazionale v Spezia – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
21:45: Genoa v AC Milan – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
21:45: Sassuolo v Napoli – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Football
Thursday 2 December
19:30: Torino v Empoli – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
21:45: Lazio v Udinese – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
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