The growing number of fans returning their tickets is an ominous sign for both sides.
Monday ends with Fulham looking for their first points at home to Aston Villa, before Liverpool entertain an Arsenal side that defeated them on penalties in the Community Shield at the end of August.
Barca make their debut at Sunday's big game when they entertain an impressive looking Villarreal, and their strike trio of Paco Alcacer, Gerard Moreno and Take Kubo. All eyes will be on Ronald Koeman's league debut in charge of a side that no longer contains players such as Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal or Ivan Rakitic.
The swimmers took part in vertical jumps, 30-meter sprints, pull-ups, trunk muscles strength training, and 3,000-meter runs in the two-day physical tests.
MADRID, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona on Monday announced that they have reached an agreement to loan Senegalese international full back Moussa Wague to Greek side PAOK Salonika for the remainder of the season.
Those expected to have physical contact with athletes will also have tests during the athletes' stay, the draft measures said.
Roger Guedes and Graziano Pelle scored in the first half to seal the win which helps Shandong build an unassailable lead with 23 points in the Dalian group.
The weekend now kicks off on Saturday lunchtime with Alaves looking for their first point of the season when they entertain an always complicated Getafe, who are coached by former Alaves boss Jose Bordalas.
In the 81st minute, Shijiazhuang wasted their best scoring opportunity to tie the match as Piao Shihao's close range open shot missed the target.
Germain's header in the 85th minute, which was set up by a corner from Morgan Sanson, avoided a second straight home defeat for last season's runners-up. Enditem
The 16 teams were divided into two groups this season and the top four in each group will advance into the Final Group A for the championship race.