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European Weekend Preview: Arsenal-Chelsea, Man United-Leicester City and more

All eyes are on England this weekend as the Premier League hosts some of the most high-profile matchups of the coming days.

Two titanic clashes take place in the EPL as Manchester United hosts Leicester City in the early Saturday match before Arsenal and Chelsea close the day out with a managerial showdown between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.

Meanwhile, all three Spanish giants recorded draws in midweek action and look to build upon those results as Real Madrid and Barcelona return to action against Las Palmas and Sporting on Saturday before Atletico Madrid faces Deportivo on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund is red hot and looking to keep it up in Bundesliga play as they face SC Freiburg to open the weekend. Bayern Munich return to action against Hamburg SV on Saturday before RB Leipzig hope to continue their spectacular start on Sunday against FC Koln

Juventus and Napoli both open the weekend in their respective matches on Saturday against Palermo and Chievo. But Sunday hosts the most intriguing matches as Torino face Roma before Fiorentina welcomes AC Milan to town.

Paris Saint-Germain open the weekend in France’s Ligue 1 on Friday, coming off a rebound victory during the week. Monaco will also look to rebound after a stunning defeat at the hands of Nice when they face Angers on Saturday. The very same Nice now leads the league and look to maintain its position with a win against Nancy on Sunday.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s European action:


England leads the weekend slate with two big clashes on Saturday. First, Manchester United welcomes champions Leicester City to Old Trafford. Saturday’s action continues with a Wenger-Conte showdown as Arsenal take on Chelsea.

Sunday features just one match as West Ham take on Southampton in the lone action of the day.

Monday also features just a single match as Burnley and Watford close the weekend.


  • Manchester United vs. Leicester City
  • Liverpool vs. Hull City
  • Bournemouth vs. Everton
  • Swansea City vs. Manchester City
  • Stoke City vs. West Brom
  • Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace
  • Middlesbrough vs. Tottenham
  • Arsenal vs. Chelsea


  • West Ham vs. Southampton


  • Burnley vs. Watford


La Liga returns to action a day earlier than the Premier League, as Real Betis and Malaga face on Friday.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both on the road on Saturday, as Barca faces Sporting and Real Madrid take on Las Palmas after both giants drew their midweek fixtures. Barcelona will have to do so without Leo Messi, who has been sidelined for several weeks with a groin injury.

Sunday is headlined by Atletico Madrid returning to play Deportivo after an exciting 2-2 midweek draw against Barcelona.

The weekend is closed out with a match-up between Alaves and Grenada.


  • Real Betis vs. Malaga


  • Eibar vs. Real Sociedad
  • Sporting Gijon vs. Barcelona
  • Athletic Bilbao vs. Sevilla
  • Las Palmas vs. Real Madrid


  • Leganes vs. Valencia
  • Atletico Madrid vs. Deportivo
  • Villarreal vs. Osasuna
  • Espanyol vs. Celta Vigo


  • Alaves vs. Grenada


The red-hot German giants Borussia Dortmund open the Bundesliga weekend against SC Freiburg following a 5-1 obliteration of Wolfsburg in midweek play.

Saturday contains the bulk of the fixtures, with Bayern Munich visiting Hamburg SV as the headlining match, though a meeting between Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen will provide entertainment as well.

Sunday sees Schalke 04 hopeful to begin a turnaround after a woeful start to the year with a visit to Hoffenheim, while RB Leipzig wants to keep its successful start going against FC Koln.


  • Borussia Dortmund vs. SC Freiburg


  • Mainz 05 vs. Bayer Leverkusen
  • Eintracht vs. Hertha BSC
  • FC Augsburg vs. Darmstadt 98
  • Hamburg SV vs. Bayern Munich
  • Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Ingolstadt
  • Werder Bremen vs. Wolfsburg


  • Hoffenheim vs. Schalke 04
  • FC Koln vs. RB Leipzig


Juventus returns to action on Friday as they face off against Palermo. One of their primary competitors opens the weekend as well, as Napoli welcomes Chievo to town.

Sunday features several must-watch matches, led off by Torino and Roma battling in the early match and closed out by a big-name showdown between Fiorentina and AC Milan. Lazio and Empoli clash in between in an entertaining fixture.

Monday ends the weekend with two fixtures, as Crotone face Atalanta while Cagliara and Sampdoria duke it out.


  • Palermo vs. Juventus
  • Napoli vs. Chievo


  • Torino vs. Roma
  • Genoa vs. Pescara
  • Inter vs. Bologna
  • Sassuolo vs. Udinese
  • Lazio vs. Empoli
  • Fiorentina vs. Milan


  • Crotone vs. Atalanta
  • Cagliari vs. Sampdoria


Paris Saint-Germain finally got back on track during midweek fixtures, as they beat FCO Dijon 3-0. They’ll look to continue their winning form against Toulouse to open the weekend on Friday.

Monaco, on the other hand, had their winning streak snapped by new leaders OGC Nice in a stunning 4-0 defeat. They’ll look to rebound against Angers while re-risen Lyon look to build on their 5-1 Wednesday victory as they face Lorient.

The new leaders, OGC Nice, will look to not-so-local hero Mario Balotelli to continue his run of form as they face Nancy on Sunday. ASSE faces Lille and Marseille faces Nantes on Sunday as well to close out the weekend.



  • Toulouse vs. Paris Saint-Germain


  • Lorient vs. Lyon
  • Dijon FCO vs. Rennes
  • Bastia vs. Guingamp
  • Montpellier vs. Metz
  • Bordeaux vs. Caen
  • Monaco vs. Angers


  • ASSE vs. Lille
  • Nancy vs. OGC Nice
  • Marseille vs. Nantes

Will Mourinho’s Manchester United defeat the reigning champions, Leicester City? Who will emerge on top as Arsenal face Chelsea?

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