One of the most fascinating parts of the 2017-18 season so far has been watching Serie A, where it feels as though a genuine title race may be on the cards.
On Friday we’ll get another indicator as to whether that’ll be the case, as the vibrant league leaders host the champions for the last five campaigns in a game that’ll dominate the weekend.
There’s another huge tussle on Friday, as the two biggest names in Portuguese football face off in a game that has potentially enormous connotations. The selections will be wrapped up on Saturday with an intriguing double header from the Premier League and an eye-catching La Liga contest.
All kick offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Napoli have overcome many tests already to surge to the summit of the Serie A table, although this meeting with Juventus feels like the biggest of the lot.
The Partenopei have been sublime throughout 2017-18, as they’ve put together some outstanding attacking patterns to take the lead in the race for the Scudetto. Their three-pronged attack of Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne have pulled apart defences at will, making them one of the most exciting sides to watch in Europe.
They lead Inter Milan by two points as they gear up for this one, whereas Juve, after a stuttering beginning to the season, find themselves four points back. It means the holders head to the San Paolo knowing a defeat would potentially deal a critical blow to their hopes of making it six titles in succession.
Juventus may also potentially be without their star forward and former Napoli man Gonzalo Higuain, as he has had surgery on his hand this week. The stars appear to be aligning for the hosts, who will feel so emboldened with a win here; it’ll be absorbing to see how they fare with this type of pressure on.
PORTO VS. BENFICA
Friday, December 1, 3:30 p.m. ET, GolTV, GolTV en Espanol and fuboTV
Although the top flight in Portugal may not command the same sort of attention as the five standout divisions in Europe, whenever Porto meet Benfica plenty of gaze is cast the way of the league.
Given they’re the two most dominant outfits in Portugal, meetings between the clubs so often go a long way towards determining who ends up on top come the end of the campaign. Ahead of Friday’s showdown at the Estadio Dragao, it’s Porto who lead the way, with a three-point secure over their rivals in third.