This weekend will host some of the most exciting fixtures in the top five football leagues in Europe. The battle for greatness and survival is on, and teams are ready to dominate. Nobody knows who will have the last say, but for now, this weekend can’t get any better. The mighty versus the great, the relishing versus the phenomenal and the striking versus the defensive; all this and much more is ready to be served all across Europe this weekend. Let’s start from where the show begins:
Pep Guardiola’s Man City tumbled recently after they lost to the struggling, Leicester, at home, but they bounced back soon with a win over Watford. Arsenal, on the contrary, suffered a deadly blow as they lost to Everton in the midweek. This was the third time Ronald Koeman has defeated Arsene Wenger at home and what followed was nothing less than interesting as the most experienced manager in the Premier League once again blamed the referee for the defeat.
— Arsenal (@Arsenalgorithms) December 15, 2016
Anyhow, that’s not to be discussed here. Man City will host Gunners in hopes to inflict defeat, but Gunners have been rampant this season after losing to Liverpool on the opening day. However, they lost the track recently but will be aiming to bounce back. A win is crucial for both the sides to keep their title hopes alive. But the advantage lies with the blue half of Manchester.
Liverpool will travel to Goodison Park to face their long-standing rivals in the Merseyside Derby. Victories for Liverpool in the derby ranked a bit too high but let’s not forget its Premier League. Liverpool started the season with a bang and has since been unpredictable.
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Everton also started out well but after some exciting and promising Matchdays, fell off the track and lost their way. Recently, Ronald Koeman’s men started catching up and a win over Arsenal in the midweek is something to cherish. Who’s going to emerge victorious is hard to predict as stats favor the Reds but the form favors Everton.
Espanyol defeated Barcelona in Catalunya Super Cup Final, which clearly means revenge is on the mind of Luis Enrique. As the La Liga 2016/17 season moves forward, Barcelona will host the streaking Espanyol with hopes to sustain their winning streak. Well, that can be a challenge as Espanyol remained undefeated in their last six matches – credit goes to their stubborn defense line. Also, the side is aiming a Europa League spot and to claim it you need to get the better of teams like Barcelona. However, Barcelona is not an easy opponent at home. With Real Madrid not playing this weekend, Barça has the chance to close the gap at the top with a win.
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The 4th placed Napoli will host their old rivals, Torino FC. Although this encounter has never been a vital one in Serie A but this time circumstances are a bit different. Serie A is wide open, and every side in the top 10 is trying hard to find a European spot. Both sides have displayed traditional Italian football flare this season, but consistency is missing. Napoli leads the way as far as stats are concerned, winning five of the last ten matches but Torino can be astounding when they visit Napoli, especially when Belotti is scoring from all ends.
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The battle of the top two is scheduled at Turin where Juventus will host the side from the capital. Edin Dzeko is in prolific form, and his partnership with Salah has been amazing. This deadly duo can cause trouble for Chiellini and Co. forcing them to come out of their comfort zone. However, the defending champions will not be an easy opponent, especially at home and will surely force Roma on the back foot.
Juventus vs. Roma will be the best game of the weekend in Europe.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 15, 2016
It’s all about Serie A this weekend as Milan will host Atlanta to make things in the top half a bit certain to forecast. Milan has shown resilience and displayed quality football this season, which indicates the resurgence of a side that was once considered a powerhouse. Atlanta, on the other hand, is four points away from their opponents. So, without a doubt, Atlanta will be hoping to close the gap with a win.
Serie A is the league to look upon before the interval since it’s still a blur picture. Lazio, the 5th placed side, will host Fiorentina who are not that far at 7th. Although five points separate the two sides, a win for either can make the route smoother.
— Lazio Club Canada (@LazioClubCanada) December 16, 2016
Leipzig are the surprising entrants in the Bundesliga this time round and have impressed fans from all across the globe with their outstanding performance. Similar is the case with Hertha Berlin as they are also chasing the Bundesliga crown. The second will clash with the third, and the outcome will decide who stays in the bout. No matter what will the outcome is, Bayern will benefit from it.
"We aren't as fast as Leipzig, but we know how to play football"
Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai is ready for the weekend! pic.twitter.com/00Cavu9UMc
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) December 15, 2016
Hoffenheim will host the in-form side, Broussia Dortmund. It’s a must-win game for Marco Rues and Co. if they want to keep their chances to qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League alive. Well, Hoffenheim has also been outstanding this season and they will not want to lose any points, especially at home. Only a point separates the two sides, and Hoffenheim will be aiming to increase the gap whereas Dortmund will be hoping to move ahead.
Monaco will be seeking revenge against Lyon this weekend. The last time these two sides met, Lyon inflicted defeated upon their compatriots, but things are bit different this season. Lyon is at 4th, but Monaco is just a point behind in Ligue 1. So, both sides are eager to win this match to stay close to the title.
— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) December 16, 2016