European Weekend Preview: North London Derby, Dortmund-Bayern and more

European Weekend Preview: North London Derby, Dortmund-Bayern and more

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European Weekend Preview: North London Derby, Dortmund-Bayern and more

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With three of Europe’s five major leagues still holding fierce battles at the top of the table, there won’t be a shortage of must-see fixtures this weekend.

Three clubs realistically have a shot at winning the English Premier League, and two of them will face off on Saturday. Second place Tottenham Hotspur will host third place Arsenal in the North London Derby. The Gunners hold an all-time advantage over Spurs, 66 to 50, in the win column.

In Germany, the Bundesliga title race has tightened. Top-two sides Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will do battle for the second time this season, after Pep Guardiola’s side made a mockery of BVB in the first meeting, 5-1. With a win on Saturday, Dortmund can close the gap to two points behind Munich.

With an eight-point deficit separating AS Roma and Fiorentina from Serie A leader Juventus, both clubs desperately need a victory on Friday. Roma comes into the match off of a 3-1 win over Empoli, while the Viola drew Napoli on Monday.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

League leader Leicester City slipped in last weekend’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion, but Claudio Ranieri’s side remains three points ahead of Spurs. The Foxes will travel to 12th place Watford.

Courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s brilliance over recent matches, Manchester United will continue its push for a UEFA Champions League spot on Sunday. The Red Devils, currently level on points with fourth place Manchester City, will meet West Brom on Sunday.

SATURDAY

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal

Chelsea vs. Stoke City

Everton vs. West Ham United

Manchester City vs. Aston Villa

Newcastle vs. AFC Bournemouth

Southampton vs. Sunderland

Swansea City vs. Norwich City

Watford vs. Leicester City

SUNDAY

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United

SPANISH LA LIGA

Time is running out on Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, both of which are chasing La Liga leader Barcelona. The Blaugrana currently hold an eight-point lead over Atleti, while Real trails by double-digits.

Barcelona and Atletico will be on the road this weekend, facing Eibar and Valencia, respectively. Los Blancos will host a difficult Celta Vigo side, needing a victory to keep their title dreams alive.

SATURDAY

Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo

Villareal vs. Las Palmas

Getafe vs. Sevilla

Deportivo La Coruna vs. Malaga

SUNDAY

Real Betis vs. Granada

Eibar vs. Barcelona

Real Sociedad vs. Levante

Sporting Gijon vs. Athletic Bilbao

Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid

MONDAY

Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Despite Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s stellar 2015-16 campaign, which has featured 14 goals, Bayer Leverkusen are in desperate need of three points on Saturday against Augsburg. Leverkusen sits seventh on the Bundesliga table and three points out of the league’s final European competition position.

Borussia Monchengladbach has been impressive at times this season, particularly U.S. international Fabian Johnson, but the German side has been quite poor on the road. André Schubert’s team has taken just 11 out of a possible 33 points in road fixtures. Monchengladbach will meet eighth place Wolfsburg at Volkswagen Arena.

SATURDAY

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Ingolstadt 04

Augsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen

FC Cologne vs. Schalke 04

Stuttgart vs. Hoffenheim

Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

Werder Bremen vs. Hanover 96

Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich

SUNDAY

Mainz vs. Darmstadt

Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin

ITALIAN SERIE A

Juventus holds a slim lead of three points over Napoli heading into Serie A action this weekend. The Bianconeri will travel to 13th place Atalanta, while Gli Azzurri will host Chievo Verona, which currently sit 10th on the table.

AC Milan and Inter will be involved in a fierce battle down the stretch for Serie A’s final European competition slot. The Rossoneri are on a 12-match unbeaten run, sparking its late-season push for a spot in Europe. Milan will travel to Sassuolo, while Inter hosts Palermo on Sunday.

FRIDAY

AS Roma vs. Fiorentina

SATURDAY

Hellas Verona vs. Sampdoria

Napoli vs. Chievo Verona

SUNDAY

Torino vs. Lazio

Atalanta vs. Juventus

Bologna vs. Carpi

Frosinone vs. Udinese

Genoa vs. Empoli

Sassuolo vs. AC Milan

Inter Milan vs. Palermo

FRENCH LIGUE 1

After a surprising 2-1 defeat against Lyon last weekend, Paris Saint-Germain still remains comfortably at the summit of French soccer, holding a 23-point advantage over AS Monaco. The Parisians, who suffered their first loss of the season to Lyon, will host Montpellier.

Ten points separate positions three through 17 in the league table, giving almost every club life with 10 matches remaining. Caen-Monaco, Angers-St Etienne and Stade Rennes-Nantes are among the top fixtures of the weekend.

FRIDAY

Caen vs. AS Monaco

SATURDAY

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Montpellier

Angers vs. St Etienne

Bastia vs. Lorient

Bordeaux vs. Ajaccio

Lille vs. Stade de Reims

Nice vs. Troyes

SUNDAY

Marseille vs. Toulouse

Stade Rennes vs. Nantes

Lyon vs. Guingamp

Which matches are you excited to watch? Who will be victorious in the North London Derby? Will Dortmund close the gap on Bayern Munich?

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