As the players return to their respective clubs after World Cup qualifiers, some thrilling matches await this weekend across leagues in Europe. While Liverpool host Manchester United, Atletico Madrid clash against Barcelona in La Liga, The Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig has also created much hype due to the violence that was reported the last time they met. Serie A also features a fight among the top clubs this weekend.
Here are the top matches to look forward to this weekend:
Liverpool vs Manchester United
One of the highlights of the Premier League every season is a hotly contested clash between Manchester United and Liverpool. Jose Mourinho’s side is going to face a stern test at Liverpool on Saturday at 5 pm IST. United stand level with City at the top of the table. However, the Red Devils’ six wins in seven games have not come against strong sides. Jurgen Klopp’s side is under pressure and is already seven points behind the Manchester clubs. It’s a must-win game for Klopp, whose side currently stands at the seventh position, as he can ill afford to fall further behind.
Star Sports Network will broadcast the match at 5 pm IST on Saturday. You can also follow live scores and updates here on Indianexpress.com.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
From English Premier to La Liga, exciting matches await. Lionel Messi, who lifted Argentina with his hat-trick in the World Cup qualifiers to book a spot in next year’s World Cup, is in form and with Luis Suarez by his side, fourth placed Atletico Madrid have a lot to worry about. Barcelona will be looking for an eighth straight win when they visit Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday night at 12.15 am IST (Sunday morning). Barcelona has a five-point lead over Sevilla and is six points in front of unbeaten Atletico and Valencia.
The match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will be broadcast by Sony network at 12.15 am on Sunday. You can also follow live scores and updates here on Indianexpress.com.
Juventus vs Lazio
Six-time defending champion Juventus open the action in Serie A against fourth-place Lazio at 9.30 pm on Saturday. Lazio beat Juventus 3-2 in the Italian Super Cup in August in the absence of Leonardo Bonucci. Lazio even went on to trounce Milan 4-1. It’s a tricky game for second placed Juve after they dropped points for the first time this season against Atalanta.
The match between Juventus and Lazio will be broadcast on Sony Network at 9.30 pm IST on Saturday night. You can also follow live scores and updates here on Indianexpress.com.
AS Roma vs Napoli
High-scoring Napoli has notched at least three goals in all seven of its Serie A matches, but could face a stiffer test against in-form Roma goalkeeper Alisson. Roma have gotten better every week and seem to be clicking under Eusebio Di Francesco, whose only defeat was a very unlucky one against Inter.
Napoli play AS Roma at 12.15 am IST on Saturday night (Sunday morning). It will be broadcast on Suny Network. You can also follow live scores and updates here on Indianexpress.com
Inter Milan vs AC Milan
Who doesn’t love a Milan derby! However, AC milan’s recent run says that they need to worry. AC Milan is in desperate need of a win after dropping to seventh place following consecutive 2-0 losses to Sampdoria and Roma. While the Rossoneri are still learning to play together after a summer that brought in an entire squad of new players, third-place Inter has appeared much more solid under new manager Luciano Spalletti and sits seven points ahead of Milan.
The Milan derby will be broadcast on Sony Network at 12.15 am on Sunday night (Monday morning). You can also follow live scores and updates here on Indianexpress.com.
Borussia Dortmund vs Leipzig
Dortmund hosts Leipzig with most of the attention focused off the pitch following the disturbances that overshadowed the sides’ previous meeting in Dortmund. In February, Leipzig fans were attacked with stones and bottles, police officers were injured and visiting players and officials were confronted with derogatory chants and banners in the stadium. Police opened 214 cases, leading to criminal proceedings in 168. Dortmund, unbeaten in 41 league games at home, is aiming to maintain its best start to the Bundesliga.
The match between Dortmund and Leipzig will be broadcast at 10pm IST on Saturday night on Star Sports. You can also follow live scores and updates here on Indianexpress.com.