Turkey (7-9) and Iceland (43-10) Kick Off Wild Euro Weekend

The final round of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers are upon us this weekend, with teams looking to either punch their tickets to next summer’s continent-wide, 24 team final celebration, or merely to survive and advance.  It all begins Thursday at noon Eastern, when Turkey (7-9) take on Iceland (43-10) from Istanbul.  The fun doesn’t stop until the end of Matchday 10 on Tuesday.  From there, well, it gets complicated.

A Liga of Their Own: Bayern Munich (1-3) and Barcelona (4-6) Favorites in Germany, Spain

Two more of the world’s biggest soccer leagues kick off their seasons this weekend.  Bayern Munich (2-11) will look to extend their period of unparalleled dominance of the German Bundesliga, as they take on Hertha Berlin (20-1) on Friday.  That same day, FC Barcelona (14-19) begin their quest for a three-peat in La Liga, away to Athletic Bilbao (4-1).  Both Bayern (1-3) and Barca (4-6) are heavily favored to win their respective leagues.  Both will seemingly have their sights set on the Champions League.

Manchester City (1-2) Odds-on for Premier League Three-Peat

The most popular professional sports league in the world kicks off its 2019-20 season on Friday, as English Premier League runners-up Liverpool (2-13) take on newly-promoted Norwich City (25-1).  A full slate of games follow on Saturday and Sunday.  The defending champions, Manchester City (5-19), start their quest for a three-peat Saturday in East London versus West Ham United (14-1).  Meanwhile, American fans can watch USMNT star Christian Pulisic with his new club, Chelsea (45-17), against traditional rival Manchester United (11-9) on Sunday.

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