A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
Borussia Dortmund, who were beaten 2-1 by FC Freiburg is last Saturday's match, are aiming at bouncing back with a win over Hoffenheim to start the Bundesliga’s third round. Dortmund’s star forward Erling Haaland, who had all five goals against Eintracht Frankfurt in the opening weekend, did not score a single goal last weekend in Freiburg. Hoffenheim, on the other hand, defeated Augsburg 4-0 in the opening weekend and then fought back to draw with Union Berlin last week.
Valencia are aiming at starting the Spanish league with two straight home wins for the first time since 2014. The team won its first game 1-0 win over Getafe then drew 1-1 at Granada. Valencia will host Alavésm which has played its first two matches at home, losing 4-1 to Real Madrid and 1-0 to Mallorca.
Inter Milan will be playing against Hellas Verona this weekend. The team will be hoping new signing Hakan Çalhanoğlu can shine in the game. Çalhanoğlu bagged a goal and an assist as the Nerazzurri started their Serie A title defense with a 4-0 victory at home to Genoa last weekend. Inter, on the other hand, has also signed forward Joaquín Correa from Serie A rival Lazio and he could feature at Verona.
Former champions Nantes and Lyon may share 15 championships but neither of the teams has challenged for the title in recent years. In fact, Eight-time champion Nantes even needed a playoff to stay up last season. Lyon also hasn't been having a great season. The team is yet to win and conceded seven goals in three games. Lyon's new signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who recently joined for Liverpool, is not yet match fit and is expected to play only after the international break.