El Clasico

El Clasico is tomorrow.  Do I need to say more?  The most watched game on the planet takes place tomorrow morning and this game could not be bigger in my opinion.  Real Madrid have a chance to almost clinch league title before January.  Barcelona needs to make a statement soon.  Real Madrid come into the game 6 points ahead of Barcelona and feeling pretty good about themselves.  They are on a 13 game unbeaten run that has seen them win in the Calderon against Atletico and now gives them a shot at another massive win in Barcelona.  Barcelona are in the midst of a 6 game unbeaten run right now but have drawn their last two.  This is going to be a massive game.  Barcelona are fully fit heading into this game.  Iniesta is back but likely to be on the bench.  Real Madrid meanwhile are without Bale, Morata, and Kroos but that is nothing new.  Lucas Vazquez and Isco have been fantastic for Madrid this season.  The pressure is on Luis Enrique in a must win game for Barcelona.  All I know is it will be must watch TV.

Elsewhere in La Liga… Sevilla travel to Granada as they look to keep pace with Barcelona.  Granada is in the midst of a 13 game winless streak.  Atletico Madrid host Espanyol in the other Madrid vs. Catalunya matchup.  Real Sociedad will look to go 6 games unbeaten when they face off with Deportivo La Coruna on Monday.  The table should be interesting when all is said and done on Monday.  It might be game over or it might be game on…

Premier League… The Premier League starts with a bang as Manchester City hosts Chelsea.  This is 3 hosting 1 this weekend.  1 point separates these teams and both will have their eyes on the top spot.  A win for Chelsea means that they will stay top and give themselves some breathing room.  City can go top with a win.  I would expect Conte to name an unchanged side as they have won 7 games in a row.  City is unbeaten in 6, but I would expect Pep to make a slight change to his side and probably mirror Chelsea with 3 at the back.  Liverpool do not play until Sunday when they face Bournemouth.  This could be a chance for Liverpool to go top or stay in second place.  They are unbeaten in their last 11 games and sit just 1 point behind Chelsea right now. Bournemouth meanwhile has struggled a bit, losing 3 of their last 4.  Arsenal faces West Ham on Saturday in what will be a massive game for Arsenal.  A win is likely to put them in second or third place but will keep them in the title hunt.  Manchester United end the weekend on Sunday with a massive trip to Everton.  A loss for either team would be devastating to their Champions League hopes.

Serie A… Saturday has a fantastic game in Italy as Juventus host Atalanta.  Atalanta have been the hottest team in the league.  They have won 6 games in a row and are unbeaten in their last 9.  Juventus meanwhile lost their last game out.  Juventus now have just a 4 point lead on Roma and AC Milan and a 5 point lead on Lazio and Atalanta.  This is going to be a tough one for Juve and one that could make the Serie A title race a fascinating one.  The other big game in Italy is the Derby della Capitale.  Lazio and Roma meet off this weekend.  Both of these two teams are in the top four of the table and separated by just 1 point.  Lazio are also on a 9 game unbeaten run but have won just 2 games in a row.  Roma is looking to keep pace with Juventus and win their second game in a row.  Roma has won 4 of the last 6 and Lazio have not won in that 6 game span.  This is another massive clash this weekend.  AC Milan are the only top 5 team to face a team not in the top 5.  They in fact face bottom of the table side Crotone.  If anyone has a must win game this weekend, it must be AC Milan.

 Bundesliga… This weekend has the battle of the Borussias as Dortmund host Monchengladbach.  Both teams are not where they want to be in the table.  Dortmund is 7th in the table and 9 points behind the leaders.  Monchengladbach is in 13th and just 5 points from the relegation zone.  Bayern Munich started the weekend with a 3-1 win over Mainz.  This sends them to the top of the table as they are level on points with Leipzig.  Leipzig will look for their next big scalp as they host Schalke.  A point will send them to the top of the table again as they look to stay unbeaten on the season.  The title race seems down to Munich and Leipzig as they are both right now 6 points clear of Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt.  It is time to start cheering for Leipzig so that maybe they can push Munich for the whole season.

Ligue 1… The title race took a turn this week as Monaco drew with Dijon.  Nice defeat Guingamp and PSG defeated Angers.  This means that Nice stays on top of the table with a 1 point lead over PSG but a 3 point lead now on Monaco.  This weekend, Nice faces off with Toulouse.  PSG travels to Montpellier and Monaco hosts Bastia.  All three of them are in the midst of the unbeaten runs.  PSG has won 5 in a row and is 8 games unbeaten.  Monaco are 6 games unbeaten.  Nice is now 3 games unbeaten after their first loss of the season.  This race is going to be very good, but it seems it will all come down to the games that involve 2 of the 3 teams.

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