Preview: Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, set for December 3 – 6, 2021




SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to extended action from the Premier LeagueLa Liga  and Serie A, with matches scheduled to run from Friday 3 to Monday 6 December 2021.

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The top clash from this round of Premier League action is the opening match on the afternoon of Saturday 4 December, as West Ham United welcome Chelsea to the London Stadium for a crunch derby.

While the Blues are definitely one of the front runners for the title this season, the Hammers have been the surprise package in the upper reaches of the table, and a push for a place in the top four looks a realistic goal for manager David Moyes and his charges.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss has called on his attacking trio of Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio to perform to an even higher level of consistency than they have already shown this season.

“I don’t think we can compare our three or four with Liverpool’s three or four because they have done it at the highest level and consistently well and scored numerous number of goals,” Moyes claimed. “But we’ve got our three. We’re really pleased with how they’re performing. I hope that can continue but we’ve been really pleased with the form of them, they all bring something different.”

Another key clash for this round takes place on the evening of Monday 6 December and sees Everton host Arsenal. The Toffees have suffered through a crippling injury crisis – which has certainly not helped Rafael Benitez completely win over the Goodison Park faithful – and they will have a tough test against an Arsenal side which has been upwardly mobile in recent weeks.

Nonetheless, Everton midfielder Allan believes the boss has added to his game: “But I am learning new things with Rafa Benitez, without a doubt. Every manager has a distinct way of working, Rafa has his and he’s already added a lot to my career. You learn until the day you stop playing and the manager has helped me have a different view of some parts of the game. I always aim to adapt to the manager’s instructions and I want to do my best for Rafael Benitez and help the team.”

This round also features an intriguing clash which sees Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira test his side’s progress with a trip to Manchester United; Watford will have the challenge of hosting champions Manchester City; and Southampton will host Brighton & Hove Albion for a south coast derby.

SuperSport is also the only place to get English commentary on the legendary La Liga, where the top match for this round is the meeting of Real Sociedad and Real Madrid in San Sebastian. While Los Blancos are always vying for top honours in Spain, Los Txuri-Urdin have established themselves as surprise dark horses in 2021-22 – and claiming the scalp of the capital city giants would further underline their status.

“We have a certain quality and I hope we continue to show that on the pitch,” said Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil. “There is still so long to go in the season that we cannot think too much about where we are placed… we must just focus on each game as it comes. This one is of course very important, against an opponent of great quality and with a great history.”

This round also sees Barcelona welcome Real Betis to Camp Nou for another potential thriller. New Barca boss Xavi has been working hard to bring a greater dedication and work ethic to the Blaugrana – something they will need against a potent Betis, who have become a powerful unit under Manuel Pellegrini.

“The squad is well aware of the ambition and hope it’s generated [amongst the fanbase],” said the manager. “We have to play with intensity and quality. That’s important and the squad knows it. We’ll go game by game and try to win as many points as possible.”

Champions Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, will back themselves to beat Mallorca at home, and Sevilla could have a tricky home test against Villarreal and former manager Unai Emery – with the tactician hoping to mastermind a victory for the Yellow Submarine at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The round also features Granada looking to claw their way up the log with a home match against Alaves on Friday night, Valencia searching for greater consistency when they tackle Celta Vigo away from home, and a Monday night clash between strugglers Getafe and ambitious Athletic Bilbao.

The top clash from Serie A for this round is the meeting of Roma and Internazionale at the Stadio Olimpico on the evening of Saturday 4 December. Giallorossi manager Jose Mourinho will be coming up against his former team, and the battle of wits between him and counterpart Simone Inzaghi will be a fascinating element of this match.

Roma striker Tammy Abraham says that Mourinho has added a new element to his game: “Just to be a monster really!” explained the English attacker. “I think one of the things he said was I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as you’re getting older as a striker. It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.”

Saturday will also see Napoli tested at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona by Atalanta. The Neapolitans have enjoyed a wonderful season thus far, establishing themselves as title contenders, but former player Ignacio Pia has warned them against taking anything for granted.

“These are challenges to be won, or at least not to be lost, in order to maintain the positive run of results,” Pia explained, before adding: “I think Fabian Ruiz is more mature now, he has the confidence of his teammates, and is continuing to grow. [Matteo] Politano is fresher than [Hirving] Lozano at the moment, but they are both unpredictable players who can hurt the opponents.”

The round also features Juventus striving for more consistency, as they welcome Andriy Shevchenko’s Genoa to Turin on Sunday night, while AC Milan will back themselves to beat Salernitana at the San Siro on Saturday afternoon – thanks to their outstanding team spirit under manager Stefano Pioli.

“Pioli is an excellent coach,” Rossoneri defender Simon Kjaer recently stated. “At the same time, he’s a fantastic person who takes care of all his players. He creates a team-level structure both on and off the pitch.”

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Premier League broadcast details, 4-6 December 2021

All times CAT

 

Saturday 4 December

14:30: West Ham United v Chelsea – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

17:00: Newcastle United v Burnley – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3

17:00: Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1 and SuperSport GOtv Football

17:00: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

19:30: Watford v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 360

Sunday 5 December

16:00: Leeds United v Brentford – LIVE on SuperSport Action

16:00: Manchester United v Crystal Palace – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Football

16:00: Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 360

18:30: Aston Villa v Leicester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 360

Monday 6 December

22:00: Everton v Arsenal – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

La Liga broadcast details, 3-6 December 2021

All times CAT

 

Friday 3 December

22:00: Granada v Alaves – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport Maximo 360, SuperSport GOtv Football and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

Saturday 4 December

15:00: Sevilla v Villarreal – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2, SuperSport Maximo 360, SuperSport GOtv Football and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

17:15: Barcelona v Real Betis – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

19:30: Atletico Madrid v Mallorca – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

22:00: Real Sociedad v Real Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

Sunday 5 December

15:00: Rayo Vallecano v Espanyol – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

17:15: Elche v Cadiz – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

19:30: Levante v Osasuna – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

22:00: Celta Vigo v Valencia – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

Monday 6 December

22:00: Getafe v Athletic Bilbao – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

 

Serie A broadcast details, 4-6 December 2021

All times CAT

 

Saturday 4 December

16:00: AC Milan v Salernitana – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

19:00: Roma v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

21:45: Napoli v Atalanta – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

Sunday 5 December

13:30: Bologna v Fiorentina – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport GOtv Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

16:00: Spezia v Sassuolo – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2

16:00: Venezia v Verona – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

19:00: Sampdoria v Lazio – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

21:45: Juventus v Genoa – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 360 SuperSport GOtv Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

Monday 6 December

19:30: Empoli v Udinese – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

21:45: Cagliari v Torino – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

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