Newcastle, with many first team players rested were happy to come away from Greek sides Atromitos with a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League play-off.
Liverpool has an Andy Webster own goal to thank for their 1-0 win at Heart of Midlothian.
The Spanish Super Cup is set for a thrilling second leg after Barcelona edged fierce rivals Real Madrid 3-2.
Barca were 3-1 up with minutes remaining when their keeper Valdes made a meal of a back pass to let Real back into the game.
Premier leaders Chelsea take on Newcastle tomorrow and Manchester United will be looking for their first win as they entertain second placed Fulham.
Tottenham will want to get out of the bottom half of the table as they take on West Brom.
Third placed Swansea are home to West Ham and Everton travel to Villa Park.
On Sunday Arsenal have a difficult away match against Stoke while Liverpool face defending champions Manchester City.
At Ta’Qali, Tarxien Rainbows play Sliema Wanderers and Floriana meet Hamrun Spartans with all four clubs looking for their first win.
On Saturday Melita play Rabat Ajax, Hibernian’s face Qormi and on Sunday it’s Mosta against Valletta and Balzan take on B’Kara.
Serie A starts this weekend with reigning champions Juventus home to Parma while Fiorentina play Udinese.
Among Sunday’s games. Milan face Sampdoria, roma play Catania and Inter travel to Pescara.
It’s the Czech Moto GP on Sunday but without Casey Stoner.
The Honda rider if going back to Australia for surgery to injuries he suffered at last week’s Indianapolis race.