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Across the Continent weekend preview: 1-4 December


There’s plenty of European football to look forward to this weekend, so here’s a selection of games not to be missed from La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and more.

La Liga

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Barcelona vs Atlético- BTTS + Real Madrid to win & over 2.5 goals + Sevilla vs Villarreal- over 2.5 goals + Girona & Athletic to win + Real Sociedad to win or draw + Mallorca vs Alavés- under 2.5 goals.

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La Liga

December 02, 2023

1:00 pm GMT

The huge game in La Liga this weekend sees third take on fourth at Montjuïc, with Atlético Madrid the visitors.

Barcelona have not been in great form, with last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano meaning they’ve won only four of their last eight in La Liga, also beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in this time.

The discussion in the Catalonia media now isn’t whether or not Xavi is the right man for this job, instead debating who should succeed him in the dugout, which is never a great sign.

With Girona visiting next Sunday, this is a crucial period for Barça who need, minimum, four points from these two home games to stay in the title race.

In contrast, Atlético Madrid will travel to Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys full of confidence, having won eight of their last nine in La Liga, thereby leapfrogging Barça in the table.

Los Colchoneros have not beaten Barcelona in Catalonia since 2006, with Diego Simeone failing to do so in 18 attempts, but we think this statistic might be about to change.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid moved top of the table for the first time this season, following their 3-0 victory over Cádiz last weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team then beat Napoli 4-2 on Wednesday, Jude Bellingham on target in both of these wins, because of course he was, with los Blancos likely to swat Granada aside at the Bernabéu.

El Graná, for their part, are second-bottom and sacked Paco López this week, doing so after Friday’s 3-1 defeat at Alavés, with this certainly not the easiest first game in charge for new boss Alexander Medina.

Girona meantime relinquished top spot on Monday night, held to a 1-1 draw by Athletic Club at Montilivi, despite taking the lead through Viktor Tsyhankov.

Nevertheless, Blanquivermells had won 11 out of 12 beforehand, and it’s still remarkable for Míchel’s men to be second, so they’re likely to beat a Valencia side winless away from home since the opening weekend.

Over at Sevilla, Diego Alonso’s wait for a first win, aside from the Copa del Rey victory over sixth-tier Quintanar, goes on.

In mid-week, los Nervionenses were 2-0 up against PSV in the Champions League, thanks to goals from Sergio Ramos and then Youssef En-Nesyri.

However, mid-way through the second half, Lucas Ocampos was shown a straight red card, with this the start of a Sevilla collapse, conceding thrice in the final 22 minutes as they lost a third successive European match.

Back in La Liga, it’s not much better for los Hispalenses, without a win in seven and down in 15th place.

Their opponents this weekend Villarreal beat Osasuna 3-1 last weekend, José Luis Morales with a second half hat-trick, claiming victory in the first match of Marcelino’s second stint in charge.

So, el Submarino Amarillo will fancy their chances of victory at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán on Sunday.

Serie A

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Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina & Bologna to win + Napoli vs Inter & Sassuolo vs Roma- BTTS.

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Serie A

December 01, 2023

7:45 pm GMT

The Serie A weekend begins early this week with Juventus, who are not in Europe of course, in action at Stadio Brianteo on Friday night.

La Vecchia Signora missed the chance to go top last Sunday, held to a 1-1 draw by league-leaders Inter in the Derby d’Italia, a result that extended Massimiliano Allegri team’s unbeaten streak to eight matches.

On paper, you might expect Juventus to swat Monza aside, until you learn that I Biancorossi did the double over them last season, the first club to win their first two top-flight matches against Juve since 1930.

Right now, Raffaele Palladino’s team are ninth and unbeaten in four, so can they derail I Bianconeri’s title aspirations?

Current leaders Internazionale Milano are involved in the game of the weekend once again, facing current Scudetto holders Napoli at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday night.

Walter Mazzarri is back in charge of I Partenopei after over a decade away, making a winning start against Atalanta last weekend, before a chaotic if inconsequential 4-2 defeat at Real Madrid on Wednesday.

As for Inter, Simone Inzaghi made eight changes for the mid-week trip to Benfica, with this game in mind, seeing his team 3-0 down in Lisbon by half time, only to fight back and draw 3-3.

In Serie A, I Nerazzurri had won five out of five on the road prior to last weekend’s draw in Turin, so can they claim a huge, statement victory in Naples?

The other team in the title race are A.C. Milan, who should move within just three points of their city rivals on Saturday, given that I Rossoneri welcome Frosinone to San Siro.

Roma have won five of their last seven, thereby climbing from 16th to fifth, with José Mourinho’s men faced with a tough trip to Sassuolo on Sunday.

Across town, Lazio have reached the Champions League knockout phase with a game to spare, but are down in 11th domestically, with Maurizio Sarri under big pressure ahead of a visit from struggling Claudio Ranieri’s Cagliari.

Lastly, Salernitana finally claimed their first win of the campaign, against the aforementioned Lazio, so can they now spring an even bigger surprise in Florence?

Bundesliga

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Bayern HT/FT & over 3.5 goals + Leverkusen vs Dortmund- over 2.5 goals & BTTS + RB Leipzig to win & over 2.5 goals + Stuttgart to win + Gladbach vs Hoffenheim- over 2.5 goals + Augsburg vs Frankfurt- BTTS.

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Bundesliga

December 02, 2023

2:30 pm GMT

Each of the last six weekends have seen both of the top two win, so will this trend continue?

First up on Saturday, it’s second vs second bottom, with Bayern Munich likely to swat Union Berlin aside at Allianz Arena.

Thomas Tuchel’s team are still unbeaten in the Bundesliga, winning six in-a-row, although Wednesday’s goalless draw with København, albeit in a dead-rubber, did emphasis that die Roten are far from flawless.

Union Berlin meantime had lost nine successive league matches prior to last weekend, with Kevin Volland’s late equaliser salvaging a draw against Augsburg at Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

In mid-week, Nenad Bjelica took charge of die Eisernen for the first time, earning a 1-1 draw away to ten-man Braga, but it would be a real shock if Union left Bavaria without being battered.

26 hours later, current leaders Bayer Leverkusen will get the opportunity to respond in the game of the weekend, welcoming Borussia Dortmund to BayArena.

Die Schwarzroten have won eight Bundesliga matches on the spin for the first time in their entire history, so can Edin Terzić's team, who kick off ten points worse off, put an end to their historic sequence?

The team in-between those two are VfB Stuttgart, very much this season’s surprise package, with die Schwaben seeking a third win on the spin when they host Werder Bremen on Saturday evening.

RB Leipzig have lost two of their last three in the league, but should easily beat Heidenheim at Red Bull Arena.

The last match to mention is on Friday night, where two of the bottom four go head-to-head at Stadion am Böllenfalltor, with Darmstadt seeking to pull clear of the bottom three against basement boys Köln.

Ligue 1

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PSG to win & over 2.5 goals + Lens, Lille & Monaco to win + Nice to win or draw + Marseille vs Rennes- BTTS.

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Ligue 1

December 02, 2023

4:00 pm GMT

After controversially salvaging a draw against Newcastle in mid-week, Paris Saint-Germain travel to Stade Océane in Sunday’s early kick, possibly needing to win to return to the top.

Hosts Le Havre have only lost three times this season, so can the Ligue 2 champions spring a massive surprise against the Ligue 1 champions and leaders?

By the time this one kicks off in Normandy, Nice may have evicted PSG from first place, but only if they beat Nantes at Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday night.

Francesco Farioli’s team haven’t even been behind in a Ligue 1 matches so far, the longest any top-flight French club has ever gone achieving this, so will les Aiglons win on the road?

Down at the bottom, Olympique Lyonnais returned to losing ways last weekend, beaten 2-0 by Lille, a result that saw Fabio Grosso sacked after only nine games in charge.

Led by caretaker boss Pierre Sage, les Gones travel to Stade Bollaert-Delelis, unlikely to leave with anything.

Hosts Lens were smashed 6-0 by Arsenal on Wednesday, their biggest defeat for nine years, but Franck Haise’s side are unbeaten in eight domestic games, making Lens firm favourites against Lyon.

There should be routine home wins for Monaco and LOSC on Sunday, before the weekend’s action concludes at Stade Vélodrome.

Gennaro Gattuso has won only one of seven league matches since arriving at Marseille, so is under pressure to beat Rennes, who are only one point better off than OM, both stranded in mid-table.

Les Rouge et Noirs sacked Bruno Génésio earlier this month, following five games without a win, with his predecessor Julien Stéphan returning to Rennes, making a winning start against Will Still’s Reims.

Anything else?

Top of the table clash in the Eredivisie

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Feyenoord vs PSV Eindhoven

PSV to win, both teams to score and Luuk de Jong to score- 15/2!

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Feyenoord vs PSV Eindhoven

December 03, 2023

11:15 am GMT

While Ajax continue to implode, they’re up to eighth by the way, there’s still an enthralling title race in the Eredivisie, currently being contested by the country’s other two heavyweights.

PSV Eindhoven, remarkably, have won 13 out of 13 in the league, scoring 48 goals and conceding just five, keeping nine clean sheets.

On top of this, following Wednesday’s remarkable comeback 3-2 win in Seville, the Rood-witten have reached the Champions League round of 16 for only the fifth time in the modern era, last doing so in 2015/16.

Peter Bosz’s team beat Feyenoord 1-0 in August’s Johan Cruijff Schaal, and a repeat victory at the same venue in Rotterdam would see them end the weekend ten points clear at the top.

As for Arne Slot’s side, who are seeking to retain their title, they have won ten of 13 Eredivisie matches, their sole defeat coming at Twente, but are currently unable to keep pace with PSV.

De club aan de Maas have only lost one of their last 23 home league games, and cannot afford to taste defeat in this clash at De Kuip.

This game will kick off at 11:15am (UK) or 12:15pm (CET), due to previous fan violence, and you’re not going to find many more hotly-contested fixtures that early on a Sunday.

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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