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European Weekend Preview: Real Madrid looks to bounce back; Liverpool faces Crystal Palace in FA Cup; and more

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By AYDIN REYHAN

Fresh off an embarrassing defeat at the hands of their crosstown rivals, Real Madrid has a chance to bounce back on Saturday.

Real Madrid is set to take on Deportivo, but the reigning Champions League winners enter the weekend hampered by injuries. Real will be looking to bounce back from a thorough 4-0 loss to Atletico Madrid, which is set to take on Celta Vigo.

In England, the FA Cup resumes, highlighted by a matchup between Liverpool and Crystal Palace. Arsenal will also be in action Sunday against Championship side Middlesbrough.

In other action, Bayern Munich takes on Hamburg, Juventus faces Cesena and Paris Saint-Germain plays Caen.

Here’s a closer look at the action across Europe’s top leagues this weekend:

SPAIN

Real Madrid will look to bounce back from a derby defeat last weekend as they host Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday. Real defeated Coruna 8-3 earlier this season on the road. The reigning Champions League winners hold a one-point lead atop the table ahead of Barcelona, which faces Levante at home. Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and James Rodrigez will be unavailable for Real.

Atletico Madrid will be on the road against Celta Vigo, trailing Barca by three points and Real by four. A win will keep them paced with the top two in the title race. Their confidence is sky-high after demolishing Real Madrid, 4-0, on home soil last weekend. Antoine Griezmann, Saul Niguez and Mario Mandzukic are the ones to watch on offense as they did almost everything right last weekend for Atleti.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s action in Spain:

Saturday

Sevilla vs. Cordoba

Real Madrid vs. Deportiva la Coruna

Granada vs. Athletic Bilbao

Malaga vs. Espanyol

Sunday

Valencia vs. Getafe

Barcelona vs. Levante

Rayo Vallecano vs. Villareal

Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid

ENGLAND

The FA Cup returns this weekend with fifth-round action as Crystal Palace hosts Liverpool in a game where the visitors are favorites. Mario Balotelli finally broke through in Liverpool’s last match, netting his first league goal for the Reds with a late game-winner in a 3-2 triumph over Tottenham in midweek Premier League action.

In other matches, Arsenal will host Middlesbrough while West Brom clashes with fellow Premier League side West Ham.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s action in England:

Saturday

West Brom vs. West Ham

Blackburn vs. Stoke City

Derby County vs. Reading

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

Sunday

Aston Villa vs. Leicester City

Bradford City vs. Sunderland

Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough

ITALY

In Serie A, Napoli will look to cut Roma’s lead in second place down to one point when they visit ninth-place Palermo on the road. The first meeting ended in a 3-3 draw in Naples, which could bring about a more cautious game this time around.

Juventus will look to increase their seven-point lead atop the table when they visit Cesena. AC Milan will look to climb up to eighth with a victory over Empoli at home. Roma faces Parma while Inter Milan visits Atalanta.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s action in Italy:

Saturday

Sassuolo vs. Fiorentina

Palermo vs. Napoli

Sunday

Milan vs. Empoli

Torino vs. Cagliari

Genoa vs. Hellas Verona

Atalanta vs. Inter Milan

Udinese vs. Lazio

Roma vs. Parma

Chievo Verona vs. Sampdoria

Cesena vs. Juventus

GERMANY

Bayern Munich hosts Hamburg as they look to build on their eight-point lead atop the table. Second-place Wolfsburg will visit Bayer Leverkusen while tying to keep their perfect record alive after winning their opening two Bundesliga fixtures of 2015.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s action in Germany:

Saturday

Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Wolfsburg

Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Koln

Hoffenheim vs. Stuttgart

Werder Bremen vs. Augsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Schalke

Sunday

Hertha Berlin vs. Freiburg

Hannover vs. Paderborn

FRANCE

Paris Saint-Germain will host Caen with hopes of surpassing Lyon to regain the top spot in Ligue 1. Lyon will host Lorient, a club just two spots from the bottom-three of the table. PSG is coming off a 2-0 French Cup victory over Nantes at Parc des Princes stadium.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s action in France:

Saturday

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Caen

Lens vs. Evian

Lille vs. Nice

Monaco vs. Montpellier

Nantes vs. Bastia

Toulouse vs. Rennes

Sunday

Bordeaux vs. Saint-Etienne

Metz vs. Guingamp

Lorient vs. Lyon

Comments

  1. Real Madrid have Coentrao ,Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez, Sami Khedira and Luka Modric on the club’s injured list.

    Must be JK’s fault.

    Reply

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