A resurgent AC Milan want to reclaim native bragging rights, whereas Hoffenheim goal one other large scalp within the Bundesliga and a clumsy project awaits Barcelona.
AFP Sport picks out a number of the standout motion in Europe this weekend:
– Can Hoffenheim do it once more? –
Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund, Saturday 1330 GMT
Hoffenheim made headlines final month after they beat Bayern Munich 4-1. On Saturday the facet coached by ex-Bayern reserve boss Sebastian Hoeness want to get the higher of Borussia Dortmund.
Each side have taken six factors from their first three video games, and this match brings collectively two of the most popular strikers in Europe.
Erling Braut Haaland has been a sensation for Dortmund and scored twice of their 4-0 win over Freiburg final day out. However the Bundesliga’s high scorer is Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric with six targets, plus two extra within the German Cup.
Kramaric, who was in goal-scoring type for Croatia over the worldwide break, netted all of the targets when Hoffenheim received 4-0 in Dortmund on the ultimate day of final season.
– Milan assured forward of derby –
Inter v AC Milan, Saturday 1600 GMT
AC Milan haven’t crushed Inter in Serie A in eight makes an attempt since a 3-0 victory in January 2016. They’ve misplaced their final 4 conferences and have solely completed above their native rivals as soon as in seven years.
However there may be perception among the many Rossoneri that the tide is perhaps handing over Milan forward of Saturday’s “Derby della Madonnina”.
Antonio Conte’s Inter pushed Juventus nearer than anybody else final season and have began this marketing campaign with seven factors out of 9. Nevertheless, Milan have received three out of three to take a seat joint-top with Atalanta. On Saturday they may have Zlatan Ibrahimovic again after coronavirus.
“The hole with Inter has been decreased, as a result of the membership did nicely within the switch market, though Inter have additionally strengthened,” Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma instructed Sky Italia.
“(Coach Stefano) Pioli is doing nice issues and now we have to exit on the sector and present that the hole has been decreased.”
– Napoli goal to bounce again –
Napoli v Atalanta, Saturday 1300 GMT
Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli are hoping to get again on monitor after their aborted journey to Juventus earlier than the worldwide break.
They didn’t flip up for the sport in Turin after two optimistic coronavirus circumstances, as a substitute remaining in isolation on the directions of native well being authorities.
Because of this they have been handed a 3-0 defeat and docked a degree, a setback for a facet who received their first two recreation this season.
They may not have requested for a more durable check this weekend, nevertheless, as Atalanta head to the San Paolo contemporary from successful their first three video games and scoring 13 targets.
– Messi to be rested? –
Getafe v Barcelona, Saturday 1900 GMT
After serving to Argentina to a World Cup qualifying win in Bolivia, and forward of Barcelona’s Champions League opener in opposition to Ferencvaros, Lionel Messi may begin on the bench at Getafe in La Liga.
The sport will probably be a clumsy one for Ronald Koeman’s facet, who’ve taken seven factors from a potential 9 in La Liga and host Actual Madrid within the first Clasico of the marketing campaign subsequent weekend.
Madrid are already three factors forward of Barca, albeit having performed a recreation extra, and so they seem to have a extra simple project this weekend in opposition to Cadiz.
– ‘Classico’ time –
Sporting v Porto, Saturday 1930 GMT
The primary ‘Classico’ of the Portuguese season goes forward in Lisbon on Saturday when Sporting host champions Porto, and the most important winners might be Benfica.
It’s the latter who high the early desk, with their two nice rivals each three factors behind.
Sporting would be the membership the place the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes as soon as starred, however they haven’t received the title since 2002 and haven’t crushed Porto in over 4 years.
They could stand an opportunity right here, although, if Porto — who offered full-back Alex Telles to Manchester United simply earlier than the switch deadline — have their focus diverted in the direction of their upcoming Champions League conflict with Manchester Metropolis.