Only one more week to El Clasico!!

As we all wake up from our Turkey food comas or our Black Friday shopping rest, we can turn our focus to some vital league matches.  Here is a quick look at some of the games around the league and a big one to watch in each league.

Premier League… The big game this weekend is Chelsea hosting Tottenham.  Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 6 league games.  They have not conceded a goal in that time.  Tottenham meanwhile are unbeaten this season but have only won 1 of their last 5 games.  Burnley vs. Manchester City starts the weekend off tomorrow.  City will look to move to the top of the table in that game with a win.  Liverpool will then get their shot to move to the top of the table as they face Sunderland who have won 2 straight games to move off the bottom of the table.  On Sunday, check out Arsenal vs. Bournemouth as Jack Wilshere will face his old team.  Manchester United will look to get back into the top four conversations with a win against struggling West Ham.  The final game of the weekend should be a good one as Ronald Koeman faces his old team Southampton in a midtable battle.

La Liga… Let’s be honest, everyone is just waiting for next weekend and El Clasico.  While the fans focus on next weekend, the teams need to focus on getting 3 points this weekend.  Real Madrid host Sporting Gijon this weekend.  Gijon sits in the bottom 3 of the table with just 9 points.  This should be a nice 3 points for Real Madrid.  Barcelona meanwhile travels to Real Sociedad.  This has been a tough spot for Barcelona as they have failed to win in their last trips to Anoeta.  Sociedad have won four straight to move into 5th place.   This has to be the game of the weekend.  Atletico Madrid travels to Osasuna as they look to bounce back from their defeat in the Madrid Derby.  Sevilla hosts Valencia in another big time matchup this weekend.  This looks to be a great weekend ahead of El Clasico.

Bundesliga… Leipzig are for real and still unbeaten as they started the weekend with a massive 4-1 win over Freiburg.  They are now 6 points clear at the top.  Bayern Munich will get their chance to move back within 3 points this weekend when they host Bayer Leverkusen.  Leverkusen has had a disappointing start to the season as they sit in 9th place.  They would love a win to get back into the tight race for the final two Champions League spots.  Dortmund, Koln, Hoffenheim, Hertha Berlin, and Eintracht Frankfurt all have 21 points going into the weekend.  This weekend, we see Dortmund travel to Frankfurt.  The winner is likely to be in the top 4 and the loser will be looking up at some teams.  Hoffenheim will look to keep their unbeaten run going as they travel to Monchengladbach.  Hertha Berlin hosts Mainz in the final game this weekend that sees 6th face 8th in what should be a great end to the weekend.

Ligue 1… The weekend started with Rennais defeating Toulouse 1-0.  This puts Rennais in 4th place ahead of the weekend.  Tomorrow, get your French day started with second place Monaco hosting Marseille.  This battle of Southern France should a great game to start the weekend.  However, the marquee game is on Sunday as Lyon hosts Paris Saint Germain.  Lyon was supposed to challenge PSG for the title.  This season has not worked out that way so far.  PSG is not on top of the table right now as they are 3 points behind Nice.  Lyon has lost 5 games this season and sits 10 points behind Nice and 7 behind PSG.  Nice and Monaco both play before this game as Nice hosts Bastia on Sunday as well.  PSG could be 6 points back at the start of their game.  This is a must win for both sides.

Serie A… This weekend in Italy is the top half of the table versus the bottom half of the table.  Juventus faces 12th place Genoa.  Second place Roma hosts 18th placed Pescara.  Empoli will hope they can win their 3rd game of the season as they host third place.  Lazio gets to face second from the bottom Palermo.  The best game of the weekend might be Inter Milan hosting Fiorentina.  Both teams are in the middle of the table and would like to be up and around the top 3.  This looks to be a weekend that the top half distances itself from the bottom half.


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