Germany’s heavyweights go face to face whereas Juventus face Lazio and Paris Saint-Germain look to get again to profitable methods with out Neymar and doubtless Kylian Mbappe too.
AFP Sport previews the standout motion on the continent this weekend:
– Haaland v Lewandowski –
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich, Saturday 1730 GMT
It’s the largest sport in Germany, however the newest assembly of Dortmund and Bayern shall be performed behind closed doorways and, anyway, it has not been a lot of a rivalry in recent times.
Bayern have received the Bundesliga eight years operating, though Dortmund have completed runners-up 5 instances in that interval, together with within the final two campaigns.
Bayern have additionally received 10 of their final 14 Bundesliga conferences since profitable their 2013 Champions League remaining showdown. Additionally they triumphed 3-2 when the perimeters clashed within the German Tremendous Cup lately.
This time, although, the groups are degree atop the Bundesliga and Dortmund are in effective type, with Erling Braut Haaland on 10 targets for the season.
But the most well liked striker in Europe is Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, and Hansi Flick’s crew have received 32 of their final 33 matches.
– Lazio a thorn in Juve’s facet? –
Lazio v Juventus, Sunday 1130 GMT
Lazio had been a thorn in Juventus’s facet final season and shall be hoping to get one over the reigning champions on Sunday.
Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus are a piece in progress even when they continue to be unbeaten in Serie A and are two factors above Lazio. Juve additionally received within the Champions League in midweek at Ferencvaros whereas Lazio drew at Zenit Saint-Petersburg.
Nevertheless this fixture final season was received by Simone Inzaghi’s crew, who beat Juve 3-1 at residence and received 3-1 once more within the Italian Tremendous Cup a couple of weeks later.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace did give Juve a 2-1 victory of their final encounter in July, however the excellent news for Lazio earlier than this conflict is that they’re steadily recovering the gamers who’ve missed latest video games attributable to coronavirus assessments.
Lazio hope the prolific Ciro Motionless might be amongst these returning. He was pressured to overlook the Zenit draw, with Italian media saying that was linked to a constructive Covid-19 check the earlier week.
– Atalanta, Inter to bounce again? –
Atalanta v Inter Milan, Sunday 1400 GMT
The groups who completed third and second respectively in Serie A final season are struggling to dwell as much as their pre-season billing.
Atalanta are fourth having misplaced two of their first six video games, whereas Antonio Conte’s Inter are sixth.
Each groups are additionally discovering the going powerful within the Champions League, with Atalanta being demolished 5-0 by Liverpool in midweek as Inter misplaced 3-2 to Actual Madrid to drop to the underside of their group.
Who will bounce again right here?
– Madrid face crisis-ridden Valencia –
Valencia v Actual Madrid, Sunday 1900 GMT
Actual Madrid have emerged from a latest dip to win their final two video games, scoring seven targets within the course of towards Huesca and Inter, together with Sergio Ramos’s one hundredth for the membership.
In La Liga, whereas Barcelona toil, Actual are some extent behind leaders Actual Sociedad with a sport in hand.
A visit to Mestalla to play Valencia is often one of many largest assessments for a title challenger, and Madrid have received on simply considered one of their final six visits.
Nevertheless, Valencia are in disaster, struggling on the pitch and having simply seen midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia flee for Atletico Madrid, becoming a member of an extended listing of key gamers to have departed in latest months which additionally contains Ferran Torres and Rodrigo Moreno.
– PSG with out Neymar, Mbappe –
Paris Saint-Germain v Rennes, Saturday 2000 GMT
Paris Saint-Germain must get again on monitor after shedding to RB Leipzig within the Champions League, and they are going to be favourites to make it eight straight Ligue 1 wins by beating Rennes.
Nevertheless, PSG are with out a host of key gamers attributable to harm, chief amongst them each Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and Rennes — at the moment third in France — have carried out properly towards the capital facet in recent times, profitable extra instances (3) than some other customer to the Parc des Princes within the final decade.