European Weekend Preview: PSG hosts Marseille, Chelsea travels to Man United, and more

European Weekend Preview: PSG hosts Marseille, Chelsea travels to Man United, and more

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European Weekend Preview: PSG hosts Marseille, Chelsea travels to Man United, and more

In their last meeting with one another in France’s top flight, PSG and Marseille shared the points in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Stade Velodrome. These league heavyweights will do battle for the second time this season at the Parc Des Princes this Sunday hoping for three points this time around. PSG are winners of four straight in league action, rolling past Strasbourg 5-2 their last time out. Neymar, who was sent off in the last meeting between these two, has 19 goals and 11 assists in league action this season. Marseille have had an unbeaten start to league action in 2018 so far. Florian Thauvin has been the main man for them this season, but midfielders Morgan Sanson and Dimitri Payet are also creative playmakers for the team.

Elsewhere in Europe, the English League Cup final takes place at Wembley between Manchester City and Arsenal. Chelsea travels to Manchester United in Premier League play. La Liga leaders Barcelona welcome Girona to town, while Atletico Madrid faces Sevilla away from home. Bayern Munich hosts Hertha Berlin in Bundesliga action, while Juventus hosts Atalanta in Serie A play. Bordeaux also faces off with struggling Nice in Sunday’s early Ligue 1 fixture.

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

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

The must-watch clash in the EPL this weekend sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side are coming off a scoreless draw in Champions League play midweek, where they were heavily dominated by Spanish opposition. Summer signing Romelu Lukaku leads the Red Devils with 20 goals in all competitions this season. Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona midweek, but were winners in their last two fixtures before that. Eden Hazard has 15 goals in all competitions for the Blues, and is one assist away from hitting double digits in that category as well.

Here’s all of this weekend’s EPL fixtures:

Saturday

  • Leicester City vs. Stoke City
  • AFC Bournemouth vs. Newcastle United
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Swansea City
  • Burnley vs. Southampton
  • Liverpool vs. West Ham United
  • West Bromwich Albion vs. Huddersfield Town
  • Watford vs. Everton

Sunday

  • Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur
  • Manchester United vs. Chelsea

ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP FINAL

Manchester City and Arsenal meet for the second time this season, playing for the Carabao Cup on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s men are trying to get back to form after a disappointing 1-0 loss in F.A. Cup action at Wigan on Monday. Sergio Aguero leads the Citizens with 29 goals in all competitions, including five in his last three matches. Arsenal have had a disappointing Premier League campaign to say the least, but will hope to collect their first silverware of the year. With Alexis Sanchez gone, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil are two players to watch offensively for the Gunners in this one.

Sunday

  • Arsenal vs. Manchester City

SPANISH LA LIGA

Barcelona will look for their second home league win this month, as they welcome Girona to the Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde’s side drew 1-1 with Chelsea midweek, after Lionel Messi drew them level. The Argentine has 27 goals and 14 assists this season in all competitions. Girona has posted a pair of shutouts in league play this month, defeating Athletic Bilbao and Leganes. Former Middlesbrough and Espanyol man Christian Stuani leads the team with 13 league goals this campaign.

A pair of top-five teams square off this weekend as Sevilla hosts Atletico Madrid on Sunday. The hosts are unbeaten in four straight, winning three of those four matches. Wissam Ben Yedder leads the team with 17 goals this season, including six in league action. Atletico seem like Barcelona’s lone threat in the title race. Six wins in a row in all competitions have also seen the side advance in the UEFA Europa League as well. Antoine Griezmann’s numbers may be down in comparison to years past, but he will look to add to his 13 goals this weekend.

Here’s all of this weekend’s La Liga fixtures:

Friday

  • Deportivo vs. Espanyol

Saturday

  • Celta Vigo vs. Eibar
  • Real Madrid vs. Alaves
  • Leganes vs. Las Palmas
  • Barcelona vs. Girona

Sunday

  • Villarreal vs. Getafe
  • Athletic Bilbao vs. Malaga
  • Valencia vs. Real Sociedad
  • Sevilla vs. Atletico Madrid

Monday

  • Levante vs. Real Betis

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Saturday’s action gets underway at the home of the league leaders as Bayern Munich hosts Hertha Berlin. After a 5-0 thumping of Besiktas midweek in UCL action, Bayern are seeking their 15th consecutive win in all comps. Thomas Muller is in good form with three goals in his last three appearances. Berlin fell 2-0 last time out against Mainz, being held scoreless for the third time in their last six matches. 32-year-old Salomon Kalou leads the team with nine goals this season.

Borussia Dortmund closes out this weekend’s action as they host Augsburg on Monday. The hosts are seeking their fourth straight league win after three in a row. The arrival of Michy Batshuayi and the return of Marco Reus have added dynamic elements to the Dortmund attack. Augsburg have lost two straight after an impressive win over Frankfurt to kick off February. Iceland international Alfred Finnbogason leads the team with 11 goals but none since the end of last year.

Here’s all of this weekend’s Bundesliga fixtures:

Friday

  • FSV Mainz vs. VfL Wolfsburg

Saturday

  • Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin
  • 1899 Hoffenheim vs. SC Freiburg
  • Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
  • VfB Stuttgart vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Werder Bremen vs. Hamburg SV

Sunday

  • Bayer Leverkusen vs. Schalke
  • RB Leipzig vs. Koln

Monday

  • Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Augsburg

ITALIAN SERIE A 

The first of two top fixtures in Serie A this weekend takes place at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday between Juventus and Atalanta. Juventus are breathing down the necks of league leaders Napoli, sitting only a point behind them in the standings. This will be the first of two meeting between the teams in the next four days with them set to duke it out in Coppa Italia action next Wednesday. Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala have combined for 28 league goals this season for Juve. Atalanta are coming off elimination in the Europa League after falling 4-3 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund. Bryan Cristante and Josip Ilicic have combined for 14 league goals for the visitors, and will be the duo to stop for Juventus’ defense.

Sunday’s action concludes at the Olimpico with AS Roma hosting AC Milan. Roma fell 2-1 midweek in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk. Cenzig Under has been the man on form for Roma, scoring five goals in his last four appearances. Milan are winners of four straight in all comps, including a pair of wins in the Europa League over Ludogorets. Patrick Cutrone has led the team with two goals over his last three league outings.

Here’s all of this weekend’s Serie A fixtures:

Saturday

  • Bologna vs. Genoa
  • Inter Milan vs. Benevento

Sunday

  • Crotone vs. Spal
  • Fiorentina vs. Chievo Verona
  • Sassuolo vs. Lazio
  • Hellas Verona vs. Torino
  • Sampdoria vs. Udinese
  • Juventus vs. Atalanta
  • AS Roma vs. AC Milan

Monday

  • Cagliari vs. Napoli

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Sunday’s early showdown in Ligue 1 will see a pair of top ten sides square off at the Nouveau Stade Bordeaux. Hosts Bordeaux fell 1-0 last weekend against Marseille, snapping their four match winning run in the league. Brazilian playmaker Malcom leads the team with eight goals, but has cooled off in the second half of the season. Nice has really taken a tumble down the standings, losing three of their last four league fixtures. Italian striker Mario Balotelli leads the team with 13 goals, including three since the start of 2018. Nice triumphed 1-0 against Bordeaux in their first matchup this season back in December.

Here’s all of this weekend’s Ligue 1 fixtures:

Friday

  • Strasbourg vs. Montpellier

Saturday

  • Toulouse vs. AS Monaco
  • Dijon vs. Caen
  • Guingamp vs. Metz
  • Lille vs. Angers
  • Nantes vs. Amiens
  • Rennes vs. Troyes

Sunday

  • Bordeaux vs. Nice
  • Lyon vs. St. Etienne
  • Paris Saint-Germain vs. Marseille

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