Pesky International Football disappears for a few months and we’re back into full-on club mode, and with midweek European Cups football on the horizon it’s a great time for a football fan.
And there’s no bigger game of club Football than this week’s number one highlight.
REAL MADRID v BARCELONA – SUN 3:15 AM on BEIN SPORTS
Lionel Messi should return for the first El Classico of the season, providing even more firepower up front to combat the Ronaldo factor.
JUVENTUS v AC MILAN – SUN 5:45 AM
Two big Italian clubs on the way back to the top of the table after recent good runs to cover their awful strats to the season.
SCHALKE 04 v BAYERN MUNICH – SUN 3:30AM
Always interesting to see if one of the clubs in the chasing pack can overcome the Bayern Munich juggernaut. It looks as if all Bayern are playing for is the players positioning the podium when they are presented the league trophy in February.
It’s all about El Classico, with all the other games taking a back seat – those lucky enough to have BeIn Sports will have all the fun. Two of the richest and biggest clubs in the world going head to head with arguably the two footballers on the planet recently going head to head equals high quality information. Hopefully it isn’t the NYE style disappointment that these big games can be.
There will be some fleeting interest in the form of Real Sociedad to see if that team’s decline was David Moyes’ fault or not.
STATS – Real Madrid are only 5th in the last 6 form tables. Barcelona, despite missing Lionel Messi are first.
Two of this year’s fallen giants AC Milan and Juventus meet after a period of recovery that has seen them rise from 11th / 12th a month ago to 6th and 7th. They’re still a long way behind the continent’s tightest top of the table. Four teams are within 2 points 1st to 4th with Fiorentina, the temporary leaders ahead of Inter, Roma and Napoli in an ever changing roundabout of leaders.
Poor old Verona are still yet to win a game this season.
The Bayern Munich Liga continues this weekend with the competition’s eponymous side meeting Schalke 04 away, a fixture that gets as close to a difficult fixture for them as it gets at the moment. Maybe with the looming Champions League ties, the big sides might have their eye off the ball.
3rd placed Wolfsburg are a mere 13 points off the leaders after 12 rounds, and no indication that they’ll get any closer by the end of the season. But who knows, if all the rumours about poaching Bayern players in England come true, they’ll be left with a handful of players.
Bayern have just the 1 draw alongside 11 wins. Borussia Dortmund have the best current winning streak with 4. Borussia Monchengladbach are unbeaten in 7 after losing their 5 games.
Like the German competition, PSG rule the roost with players and money and table position. But after the events last weekend, Football will seem a secondary concern for most. Second is also about all the teams are playing for with a big 10 point gap to second.
Troyes are still yet to win a game this season, although Toulouse aren’t far behind with no wins in 12 games.
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BARCELONA to beat Real Madrid
VALENCIA to beat Las Palmas
WOLFSBURG to beat Werder Bremen
PSG to beat Lorient
CAEN to beat Angers
MONACO to beat Nantes
UNDER 2.5 GOALS – Troyes v Lille
VILLAREAL to beat Eibar
ROMA to beat Bologna
CARPI to beat Chievo
FIORENTINA to beat Empoli
LAZIO to beat Palermo