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.
This week’s stand-out fixture in La Liga does not involve any of the big three, with the city of Seville taking centre-stage.
Us hipsters will tell you that Spain’s best rivalry in El Gran Derbi, with Sevilla facing Real Betis at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Sunday evening.
Betis’ most-recent away derby win came in 2018, prevailing 5-3 that night and, while a repeat eight-goal thriller seems unlikely, an away victory could be on the cards.
That’s partially due to the fact that Sevilla are in dire straits, winless in five La Liga games, currently 15th in the table.
Diego Alonso’s side are also bottom of their Champions League group, without a win to their name, swatting aside 2-0 at Arsenal this week, their only shot of the entire night coming in the 97th minute.
Los Verdiblancos, in contrast, are unbeaten in seven league outings, winning the last two, form that has seen Manuel Pellegrini’s men move up to sixth, very much fancying their chances of a victory in this derby.
In Saturday’s early kick off, league-leaders *checks notes* Girona will be seeking to go five points clear, even if only temporarily, with victory over Rayo Vallecano at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas.
Blanquivermells have, remarkably, won ten out of 12 so far, scoring 29 times in these matches, so will Míchel’s men win again?
Second-placed Real Madrid welcome in-form Valencia to the Bernabéu on Saturday night and, even if Jude Bellingham is an injury doubt, most would expect Carlo Ancelotti’s team to prevail.
The following day, Barcelona will be aiming to bounce back from their shock defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, highly-likely to cruise to victory this time, given that Alavés are the visitors to Montjuïc.
After hammering Celtic 6-0 on Tuesday, Atlético Madrid will be expecting another victory as they host crisis club Villarreal at Cívitas Metropolitano; el Submarino Amarillo have won only one of their last seven.
Lastly, for the millions of you that had Mallorca vs Cádiz ringed in red in your diary, I’m sorry to disappoint, this fixture has been postponed due to international call-ups, which is very EFL League One isn’t it?
There’s also an unmissable derby taking place in Serie A this weekend, with the 181st Derby della Capitale the outstanding fixture, scheduled for Sunday early-Evening.
The respective managers José Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri have already been scorning via the media this week, all of which adds extra spice to a fixture that frankly doesn’t need it.
Neither side are flying right now, with Roma seventh, just a point better off than their fierce rivals, this though only thanks to a 2-1 win over Lecce last weekend, in which they scored twice in stoppage time.
I Giallorossi though have now won four of their last five in Serie A, their sole defeat during this period coming against Inter, meaning Roma are favourites for many, despite being the nominal away team.
Lazio meanwhile, just when it appeared as though they’d turned a corner by winning three on the spin, were beaten 1-0 by Bologna at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara last Friday night.
I Biancocelesti did then defeat Feyenoord in the Champions League on Tuesday, Ciro Immobile with his 200th goal for the club, so this huge clash at Stadio Olimpico is, in short, tough to call.
Before all of that, Juventus will go top of the table on Saturday should they beat Cagliari in Turin, with la Vecchia Signora targeting a fifth successive victory.
Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri’s team failed to win any of their first nine, but have since enjoyed back-to-back wins, notably coming from 3-0 down to defeat Frosinone, so can Gli Isolani spring a massive surprise?
Elsewhere, current leaders Inter welcome the aforementioned Frosinone to San Siro on Sunday night, with Simone Inzaghi’s team needing to win to ensure they go into the Derby d’Italia on 26 November in first place.
A.C. Milan meantime were beaten by winless Udinese in their most-recent league outing but, buoyed by their mid-week win over PSG, most would expect I Rossoneri to leave Lecce with all three points.
Lastly, Salernitana, now led by Super Pippo Inzaghi, are still winless, so can they change that away to Sassuolo on Friday’s early kick off? Probably not.
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November 10, 2023
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Over in the Bundesliga, a team enjoying a record-breaking 11-match winning streak takes on a side who’ve just ended a 12-game losing sequence.
This is of course a reference to Bayer Leverkusen’s clash with Union Berlin on Sunday.
Die Werkself have 28 points on the board after ten Bundesliga matches, their sole draw coming in Munich, while Xabi Alonso’s side have won 11 in-a-row in all competitions, following Thursday’s victory at Qarabağ.
Union Berlin meantime, after commencing the campaign with back-to-back wins, then lost 12 on the spin across all competitions, thereby starting the weekend in the relegationsspiele spot.
Die Eisernen’s sequence of defeats finally came to an end on Wednesday, holding Napoli to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League, but Urs Fischer’s side certainly will not be relishing this trip to BayArena.
24 hours earlier, Bayern Munich are very-likely to leapfrog Leverkusen into first place, given that top-flight debutants Heidenheim are the visitors to Allianz Arena.
Thomas Tuchel’s team have scored 27 goals in their last six Bundesliga matches, including four in Saturday’s der Klassiker demolition, a tally that’s set to rise even further here.
Also on Saturday afternoon, third takes on fourth, as Borussia Dortmund aim to leapfrog Stuttgart with a win.
Edin Terzić’s team will be full of confidence, having defeated Newcastle on Tuesday, while die Schwaben have lost their last two, and it’s no coincidence that this has come with talisman Serhou Guirassy out injured.
VfL Bochum claimed their first win of the season over Darmstadt last Friday night and Thomas Letsch’s side confident of claiming another victory, given that they host bottom of the table Köln.
Lastly, if you’re looking for an entertaining Friday night fixture, Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Wolfsburg could be the game for you.
Ligue 1 leaders Nice will be looking to extend their lead at the top on Friday night.
Les Aiglons are still unbeaten this season, winning seven of their last eight, so Francesco Farioli’s team travel to struggling Montpellier as favourites to pick up the points.
The following day, champions Paris Saint-Germain make the short trip east to Stade Auguste-Delaune, needing to bounce back, following their Champions League defeat in Milan on Tuesday.
Hosts Will Still’s Reims meantime beat Nantes a week ago, thereby moving up to fourth place.
Les Rouges et Blancs are two-times European Cup Finalists, beaten by Real Madrid in 1956 and 1959, and their current league position would see them qualify for that competition for the first time in 61 years.
Rounding-out the top four currently are Monaco, with Adi Hütter’s side confident of picking up a fifth win in six when they take on Le Havre.
Down at the very bottom of the table, Olympique Lyonnais are still yet a win, and few are expecting les Gones to change that at Roazhon Park against an admittedly inconsistent Stade Rennais.
On Sunday night, expect Stade Bollaert-Delelis to be rocking as Lens entertain Olympique de Marseille.
These two teams finished second and third last season, but both kick off languishing in mid-table, so will either kick-start their campaign with a victory?
Stade Brestois vs Strasbourg has been postponed after Stade Francis-Le Blé was damaged during storm Ciaran.
Derby de Lisboa and Allsvenskan excitement
The biggest game happening in Europe this weekend, outside a traditional ‘big five’ league, comes from the Portuguese capital, where it is Derby de Lisboa time.
Just in case you haven’t been following closely, Sporting CP are currently top of the Primeira Liga, having dropped only two points so far, three clear of Benfica, who’s only defeat came on the opening weekend.
Roger Schmidt’s team did beat Porto in O Clássico in September, Ángel Di María the match-winner, but, having now lost four out of four in the Champions League, the German Head Coach is under big pressure.
Meanwhile, Rúben Amorim’s team have been almost flawless domestically this season, so can they leave Estádio da Luz with all three points?
Meanwhile, and this is befitting the any other business section, it’s the final day of the Allsvenskan season.
Usually, the Swedish top-flight wouldn’t get much coverage, but the title race is tantalising poised, with the top two going head-to-head in an Anfield 89-esque straight shootout.
Hosts Malmö must win if they’re to claim a third title in four seasons, while a draw would see IF Elfsborg crowned champions for the first time in 11 years.
The reverse fixture in May finished 3-0 to Elfsborg, but most would expect serial champions Malmö to make home advantage count and claim a record-extending 26th Swedish title.
Nevertheless, this is certainly one to keep an eye out for on Sunday.