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Football: European midweek preview

The new European football season is now firmly up and running and there is a full programme of fixtures to take in from Serie A and Ligue 1 this midweek.

There are also two eye-catching matches from the first round of the DFB-Pokal in Germany, while the league fixtures in Italy and France will be available to watch using bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming.

Milan face stern Sassuolo test


Sassuolo vs AC Milan


Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore, Sassuolo


17:30, Tuesday 30th August

How to watch

BT Sport Extra


Sassuolo 4/1, Draw 16/5, AC Milan 8/13

Serie A's midweek programme will kick-off with three fixtures on Tuesday, with reigning champions AC Milan one of the teams in action, as they face a tricky looking trip to the Mapei Stadium to take on Sassuolo.

Stefano Pioli's champions have made a solid start to their title defence, picking up seven points from their opening three games and they are 8/13 to add another victory when they visit Emilia-Romagna.

Beating Sassuolo will be anything but a foregone conclusion for the Rossoneri, as Tuesday's hosts have won two of the last three meetings between the two sides, although both those victories have come at the San Siro.

A Sassuolo home win can be backed at 4/1 and Alessio Dionisi's side will take heart from their recent victories over Milan, as well as their 1-0 success over Lecce in their only other home fixture to date this term.

Milan are one of six sides that sit level at the top of the Serie A standings on seven points from their opening three games, with another of those teams, Roma, also in action on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho's Giallorossi are being talked up as potential Scudetto contenders this term and they have started the season strongly, following up narrow victories over Salernitana and Cremonese with a credible draw at Juventus last time out.

Another three points should be on the cards for Roma this midweek at odds of 2/9, as they will be welcoming newly-promoted Monza to the Stadio Olimpico - the visitors are yet to pick up a point this season.

Inter Milan will also expect to return to winning ways after their perfect start to the season was ended by a weekend defeat at Lazio. Simone Inzaghi's side are 1/7 to beat Cremonese at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Tuesday.

Wins expected for Juve and Napoli


Napoli vs Lecce


Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples


19:45, Wednesday 31st August

How to watch

BT Sport Extra and bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights


Napoli 1/4, Draw 21/4, Lecce 10/1

The Serie A action continues on Wednesday with five more fixtures from the Italian top flight, including winnable games for title hopefuls Napoli and Juventus.

Luciano Spalletti's Napoli sit top of the pile heading into the midweek fixtures and are 1/4 to beat Lecce at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona - the visitors will at least be buoyed by picking up their first point of the season against Empoli last time out.

Juve will also have home advantage for their clash with Spezia, although back-to-back draws against Sampdoria and Roma has just dampened the mood slightly in Turin, they are 1/4 to return to winning ways in that one.

The pick of Wednesday's games will perhaps come at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris where struggling Sampdoria are 16/5 to register their first victory of the season against a Lazio team that are 17/20 to follow up their win over Inter with another three-point haul.

There are also two fixtures in Serie A on Thursday, including a clash between two sides that have started the season in impressive fashion, Atalanta and Torino, who will meet in Bergamo.

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PSG have plenty Toulouse


Toulouse vs Paris Saint-Germain


Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse


20:00, Wednesday 31st August

How to watch

BT Sport Extra and bet365's European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights


Toulouse 12/1, Draw 1/5, PSG 1/5

All 20 Ligue 1 teams will be in action on Wednesday, including champions Paris Saint-Germain, who visit Toulouse off the back of dropping their first points of the season at Monaco last time out.

That 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes has not shifted Christophe Galtier's side off the top of the standings, but they will be expected to bounce back in style against Toulouse.

PSG have scored 18 goals from their four Ligue 1 games to date this term, with their front three of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar being responsible for 13 of those.

Mbappe is 4/5 to score anytime against Toulouse, while Messi is 5/6 and Neymar, who currently leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts with six goals, is available at 10/11.

Marseille and Lens sit level with PSG on 10 points at the top of the standings and they can both keep the pressure on the Parisians as they face winnable home fixtures. Igor Tudor's side are 4/11 to beat Clermont Foot, while Lens are 8/15 to see off Lorient.

Bayern could wrack up cricket score


Viktoria Koln vs Bayern Munich


Sportpark Hohenberg, Cologne


19:46, Wednesday 31st August

How to watch

Premier Sports 2


Viktoria Koln N/A, Draw N/A, Bayern Munich N/A

The final two matches from the first round of this season's DFB-Pokal will take place this midweek, with Wednesday's fixture seeing Bayern Munich head to third tier Viktoria Koln.

Bayern dropped their first points of the new Bundesliga season when drawing with Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, but they should prove far too strong for Viktoria.

The third tier side may well be fearing a hiding at Sportpark Hohenberg after Bayern's most recent trip to lower league opposition ended in a spectacular 12-0 win at Bremer SV just over 12 months ago.

That fixture in Cologne will come 24 hours after reigning DFB-Pokal winners RB Leipzig host fourth division Teutonia Ottensen.

Domenico Tedesco's Leipzig side got their first Bundesliga win of the season against Wolfsburg last time out and they are 1/100 to dispatch of their lower-league opponents.

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