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European Weekend Preview: Arsenal hosts Manchester City; Atletico travels to Malaga; and more


Manager Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City side have stolen the English Premier League spotlight in 2015, but Monday will feature two traditional powerhouses in a fixture with massive title implications.

Second-place Arsenal will host third-place Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium, the lone match on Monday’s docket. The injury bug has plagued the London-based club, with key players Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla all out of action. The pace of attackers Jol Campbell and Theo Walcott will be massive against the City back line, which is still missing Vincent Kompany.

Meanwhile, table-toppers Leicester City will face a stiff road test against Everton. The Foxes will risk a nine-match unbeaten streak when they travel to Goodison Park on Saturday. The Premier League’s top-three goal-scorers will be featured in this match: Jamie Vardy (15) and Riyad Mahrez (11) from Leicester and Romelu Lukaku for Everton (12).

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


Jose Mourinho’s second stint with Chelsea is officially over after the Portuguese manager was let go by the Blues on Thursday. The defending league champions host Sunderland in a must-win fixture for both clubs who are battling to stay out of the relegation zone.

With Louis Van Gaal on the hot seat at Manchester United, the Red Devils will be searching for its first victory in almost a month. After bailing out of the UEFA Champions League against Wolfsburg on Dec. 8, United followed up the loss with another defeat against newly-promoted club AFC Bournemouth just four days later.

Here are this weekend’s fixtures in the English Premier League.


Chelsea vs. Sunderland

Manchester United vs. Norwich City

West Bromwich Albion vs. AFC Bournemouth

Everton vs. Leicester City

Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace

Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa


Watford vs. Liverpool

Swansea City vs. West Ham United


Arsenal vs. Manchester City


With league leaders Barcelona in Japan for Sunday’s FIFA Club World Cup final against Argentine club River Plate, the spotlight will be those chasing the Blaugrana. Real Madrid will host a tricky Rayo Vallecano side on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with hopes of closing the gap on their rivals Barcelona.

Striker Antoine Griezmann has carried Atletico Madrid this season, bagging eight goals in 15 matches. Atleti can tentatively gain the top spot in Spain’s top flight with a win or draw against 16th-place Malaga, which realistically won’t be a massive task to overcome.

Here are this weekend’s fixtures in La Liga:


Valencia vs. Getafe

Espanyol vs. Las Palmas

Real Betis vs. Sevilla

Deportivo La Coruña vs. Eibar


Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano

Athletic Bilbao vs. Levante

Granada vs. Celta Vigo

Real Sociedad vs. Villareal

Malaga vs. Atletico Madrid


It’s a two-team race for the Bundesliga title as we near the halfway point in the season. Leaders Bayern Munich hold a five-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund, but the latter has been hot as of late, winning four Bundesliga matches in a row. Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has tallied 18 goals this season, already surpassing his 16 from the 2014-15 campaign. Both clubs will be away on Saturday, with Bayern traveling to relegation side Hanover 96 and BVB meeting tenth-place Cologne.

Surprises Hertha Berlin and Mainz will go at it on Sunday, with both sides sitting in the top-half of the table for the time being. Berlin, currently occupying one of the league’s three Champions League spots, is 14 points behind Bayern Munich. With a victory over Berlin, Mainz will be sitting in an European spot of their own.

Here are this weekend’s fixtures in the Bundesliga:


Schalke 04 vs. Hoffenheim


Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Werder Bremen

Cologne vs. Borussia Dortmund

Ingolstadt 04 vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Hamburg SV vs. Augsburg

Hanover 96 vs. Bayern Munich

Stuttgart vs. Wolfsburg


Hertha Berlin vs. Mainz

Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Darmstadt 98


Only scoring 22 goals thus far, league leaders Inter Milan have succeeded in part due to its stellar defense. Through 16 matches, Internazionale have only conceded nine goals. Its back line, which features the likes of youngsters Martin Montoya and Juan Jesus, will be integral against 12th-place Lazio this weekend and the rest of the season. The Milan side is searching for its first Serie A crown since 2009-10, when the team also captured both the Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League trophies.

At the opposite end of the table, Hellas Verona is still in search of its first league win. The bottom-feeders have conceded 26 goals this Serie A season. Verona will host sixth-place Sassuolo, which is currently vying for a spot in Europe.

Here are this weekend’s fixtures in Serie A:


Bologna vs. Empoli


Carpi vs. Juventus

Roma vs. Genoa

Atalanta vs. Napoli

Fiorentina vs. Chievo Verona

Hellas Verona vs. Sassuolo

Frosinone vs. AC Milan

Sampdoria vs. Palermo

Torino vs. Udinese

Inter Milan vs. Lazio


With almost half of the 2015-16 Ligue 1 campaign in the books, Paris Saint-Germain holds a massive lead over the rest of their French competition. Undefeated through 18 matches, PSG currently sits on 48 points, 17 clear of Angers and Monaco. The Parisians will travel to Caen on Saturday.

Second-place Angers will face stiff competition on Sunday when the newly-promoted club heads to St. Etienne, currently seventh in the table. The traveling side is riding a five-match unbeaten streak heading into their clash with Les Verts, which includes a 0-0 draw with PSG and a 2-0 victory against Lyon.

Here are this weekend’s fixtures in Ligue 1:


Caen vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Bastia vs. Stade de Reims

Guingamp vs. Stade Rennes

Lorient vs. Nantes

Toulouse vs. Lille

Troyes vs. AS Monaco


St. Etienne vs. Angers

Ajaccio vs. Lyon

Bordeaux vs. Marseille

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