As the international break draws to a close, we welcome the return of club football matches with great relief and joy. All of Europe’s top five leagues return this weekend with some exciting games to boot.
In the Premier League, we welcome the return of club football with some interesting fixtures, the two most important being Manchester City against Arsenal at 10:00 PM and Everton taking on Liverpool in the Merseyside derby earlier in the day at 5:00 PM. City has not had a particularly great start to the season and are currently in the bottom half of the table at 14th whereas their top 6 rivals Arsenal currently occupy the 4th spot. Everton vs Liverpool promises to be a spectacular encounter with Carlo Ancelotti’s high-flying side looking to continue their 4-game winning streak against Liverpool who have to make a serious comeback after losing 7-2 to Aston Villa two weeks ago. Other games to note are Newcastle vs Manchester United, Tottenham vs West Ham, and Chelsea vs Southampton.
In the Serie A, the box office fixture is undoubtedly the Milan Derby, where Inter take on AC Milan in a battle for bragging rights. Inter coach Antonio Conte will be looking to mount a title challenge after he just missed on the Serie A crown last year. The other showpiece fixture in the league is Napoli taking on Atalanta as they look to fight for the European places this season. Other notable fixtures are Crotone vs a Juventus team that will be missing talisman Cristiano Ronaldo through COVID-19, Spezia vs Fiorentina and Torino vs Cagliari.
In Spain’s La Liga, giants Real Madrid go against Cadiz CF at home whereas city rivals Atletico Madrid take on Celta Vigo away from home. On Sunday, Barcelona will be looking to close the 3-point gap on Real Madrid with a win against Getafe. Other fixtures to look forward to are Athletic Club Bilbao vs Levante and Villarreal vs Valencia.
In the Bundesliga, first placed Leipzig take on second placed Augsburg at 7:00 PM Saturday. Title contenders Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich take on Hoffenheim and newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld respectively. On Sunday, Borussia Monchengladbach take on Wolfsburg and Schalke take on Union Berlin.
In Ligue 1, Marseille take on Bordeaux whereas Lyon take on Strasbourg as they look set to fight for UCL qualification. PSG take on Nimes but are severely handicapped when it comes to player selection. Other notable fixtures include Monaco v Montpellier and Saint-Etienne vs Nice.
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