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 leaders Girona must wait until Monday night as they seek a sixth successive victory.
Blanquivermells have been sensational so far, but their credentials will be tested by Athletic Club at Montilivi, given that the Basque giants have won back-to-back games themselves, currently fifth.
By the time this match takes place, Girona are likely to no longer be top of the table, with second-placed Real Madrid travelling to Estadio Ramón de Carranza on Sunday evening.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team smashed Valencia 5-1 prior to the international break, and should be far too strong for a Cádiz team who’ve only won twice so far.
Barcelona meantime are in action in Saturday’s early kick off, but will travel to Vallecas with some trepidation, given that they’ve actually lost their last two away fixtures against Rayo Vallecano.
Elsewhere, Diego Alonso has drawn all four La Liga matches since taking over at Sevilla, while his wait for a first victory is likely to go on, given that los Nervionenses face in-form Real Sociedad at Anoeta on Sunday.
Lastly, seven years after leaving the club, Marcelino is back in charge of Villarreal.
He is el Submarino Amarillo’s third manager of the season already, and his first assignment is against Osasuna, another side languishing in mid-table.
The biggest game happening anywhere in Europe this weekend comes from Serie A, where the top two go head-to-head in Sunday night’s Derby d’Italia.
This will be the 250th official meeting of Internazionale and Juventus, first going head-to-head 114 years ago, with Inter targeting just a third Serie A win in Turin since 2005.
Right now, it’s Simone Inzaghi’s team who lead the way, currently two points better off than their fierce rivals, with Inter making it four wins on the spin by defeating Frosinone 2-0 last time out.
I Nerazzurri have won all five away league matches so far, and another victory would be a gigantic step towards the Scudetto, even at this early stage.
Juventus though have won five in-a-row, unbeaten in seven overall, beating both A.C. Milan and Fiorentina away from home during this period.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men have only conceded once during those seven fixtures, so expect a low-scoring but highly-tense clash at Allianz Stadium.
Aside from this huge clash, plenty of other intriguing fixtures are on the menu this weekend, with the top six all meeting each-other.
Third-placed A.C. Milan are seeking to keep pace with the top two, although Stefano Pioli’s side will have to be at their best to beat Fiorentina on Saturday night, given that I Viola kick off at San Siro in sixth.
It’s the beginning of a new era at Napoli, sort of, where Walter Mazzarri will take charge of I Partenopei for the first time in over a decade.
The champions were beaten 1-0 by Empoli a fortnight ago, a result that signalled the end for Rudi Garcia, and Gli Azzurri travel to Bergamo on Saturday, to take on an Atalanta side who are just one point below them.
After their dire Derby della Capitale draw, Roma and Lazio remain rooted in mid-table, seeking to improve their respective positions at home to Udinese and away to Salernitana respectively.
Super Pippo Inzaghi’s side are still yet to claim a victory this season, so can they change that when Lazio visit Stadio Arechi?
Juventus vs Inter- under 2.5 goals + Atalanta vs Napoli- over 2.5 goals + Roma to win + AC Milan vs Fiorentina- BTTS + Empoli vs Sassuolo- over 2.5 goals + Verona vs Lecce- under 2.5 goals.
Back the above six-fold Serie A acca at 20/1!
At 20/1, a £10 bet would return £214.09!
November 25, 2023
5:00 pm GMT
Bayern Munich are likely to reclaim top spot on Friday night, for 19 hours at least, as they travel to RheinEnergieStadion to face a Köln team who kick off second bottom.
Die Geißböcke haven’t beaten Bayern for 12 years, coming from 2-0 down to prevail 3-2 back in February 2011, with a repeat very unlikely, given that Thomas Tuchel’s team have won five in a row.
The following day, current leaders Bayer Leverkusen will get the chance to respond at Weserstadion.
Xabi Alonso’s team have won 12 on the spin in all competitions, a new club record, but die Werkself will need to maintain this pace to win a first-ever Meisterschale, facing inconsisent Werder Bremen on Saturday.
At the same time, in the Borussen derby, the Borussias of Dortmund and Mönchengladbach are likely to produce a goal-fest at Westfalenstadion.
Dortmund come into this having suffered back-to-back defeats, beaten by Bayern and Stuttgart, while die Fohlen have won two of their last three, but are still down in ninth, following a terrible start to the campaign.
Also on Saturday afternoon, RB Leipzig will probably need a win at Volkswagen Arena to remain in the top four, while hosts Wolfsburg continue to struggle for consistency, smashed 4-0 by Gladbach a fortnight ago.
A team we’re yet to mention are the revelation of this season VfB Stuttgart who, despite staying up in the relegation play-off in June, are currently third.
Die Schwaben defeated Dortmund last time out, Serhou Guirassy marking his return with a late winner, but Sebastian Hoeneß's side face a tough trip to Frankfurt in Saturday’s evening kick off.
Lastly, it’s the end of an era at Union Berlin, following Urs Fischer’s dismissal, the man who led die Eisernen into the top-flight for the first time ever, and then all the way to the Champions League just four seasons later.
Union are winless in 13 matches, losing 12 of them, so need points as they bid to climb off the bottom of the table, with Augsburg the visitors to Stadion An der Alten Försterei for, what should be, a winnable game.
Bayern Munich HT/FT & over 2.5 goals + Leverkusen & Freiburg to win + Dortmund vs Gladbach- BTTS & over 2.5 goals + Wolfsburg vs RB Leipzig- over 2.5 goals + Frankfurt vs Stuttgart, Hoffenheim vs Mainz & Heidenheim vs Bochum- BTTS.
Back the above eight-fold Bundesliga acca at 41/1!
At 41/1, a £10 bet would return £421.56!
November 24, 2023
7:30 pm GMT
Having climbed to the top of Ligue 1 for the first time this season, will Paris Saint-Germain cement their spot at the top on Friday night.
Les Rouges-et-Bleus welcome Monaco to Parc de Princes, who themselves would join PSG on 27 points should they claim a shock victory.
Adi Hütter’s team have only lost twice so far, but it would be a major shock if they picked up any points in Paris.
Right at the other end of the standings, Olympique Lyonnais claimed their very first win of the season last time out, beating ten-man Rennes at Roazhon Park, with young Irishman Jake O’Brien the hero.
Despite this, Fabio Grosso’s side are still bottom of the table, although les Gones will get the opportunity to change that on Sunday night, unlikely to do so given that high-flying LOSC Lille are their opponents.
Nice, who relinquished first place to PSG a fortnight ago, will be aiming to get back to winning ways when Toulouse visit Allianz Riviera in Sunday’s early kick off.
Olympique Marseille have only won one of their last eight, hence why they’re currently in the bottom half, so can Gennaro Gattuso’s side defeat struggling Strasbourg at Stade de la Meinau on Saturday night?
Lastly Lens, who will be in North London to take on Arsenal on Wednesday, face second-bottom Clermont Foot, meaning Franck Haise’s team are likely to claim a confidence-boosting win at Stade Gabriel-Montpied.