The Bundesliga has the potential to be the most exciting division in European football this season and it takes centre stage this weekend in our selections.
The champions and the leaders are both in action in what are potentially testing games. Elsewhere on the continent, one of the Premier League’s big names is under pressure, while high-profile outfits face off in Spain and France.
All kick offs are Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Saturday, November 30, 12:30 p.m. ET, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes and fuboTV (free trial)
The departure of Niko Kovac has triggered a rejuvenation of Bayern Munich and suddenly they appear to be the team to beat again in German football.
Since the appointment of Hans-Dieter Flick the team has stepped up a level, with the goals flowing in all of his games in charge so far. Their latest high-scoring win came on Tuesday, when Robert Lewandowski netted an incredible four goals in a 6-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.
Naturally, back at the Allianz Arena they will be confident. Leverkusen have the potential to be a dangerous opponent for Bayern, but so far this season they’ve been inconsistent. Manager Peter Bosz will hope their 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in midweek can be the start of a strong sequence of results.
Despite their struggles earlier in the season, Bayern could potentially move to the top of the table with victory on Saturday, with Borussia Monchengladbach not taking to the field until the day after.
Norwich City vs. Arsenal
There’s a bleak mood around Arsenal at the moment and that’ll only likely be exacerbated if they fail to beat Norwich City on Sunday.
The Gunners just about scrapped to a 2-2 draw against Southampton in their previous top-flight game, with Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp goal restoring parity. Even so, it was a result that further ramped up the pressure on the toiling Unai Emery, who now appears to have lost the trust of the fanbase.
Norwich have found the Premier League a challenge since their promotion, but were able to secure a crucial victory last weekend, winning 2-0 at Everton. The win pushed the Canaries off the bottom of the table and at Carrow Road, Daniel Farke will feel as though his players can cause issues for the visitors.
As things stand, it appears Emery is in a precarious position in north London, with his team playing without intensity or incision. It would be extremely difficult for the manager to fight his way back into favour if he was to endure another loss here.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Freiburg
Monchengladbach may have lost last time out, but they have a chance to bounce back on home soil this weekend when they welcome an impressive Freiburg team to Borussia Park.
A run of three domestic wins in a row came to an end for BMG in the previous round of matches, as they were well below their usual standards in a 2-0 loss to Union Berlin. That allowed Bayern and RB Leipzig to chop down the gap to Marco Rose’s side to just one point.
Nevertheless, Monchengladbach have been able to bounce back well from losses this season and will need to be at a level approaching their best if they’re to get three points against Freiburg. Christian Streich’s side are supremely organised and if there’s any sort of hangover from last week for BMG, they’re capable of taking something from the fixture.
Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona
Atletico Madrid’s season has stuttered along to this point. The visit of Barcelona feels like a change for them to push on.
In La Liga this season, 11 teams have managed to score more goals than Atletico, despite the amount of attacking quality available to Diego Simeone. He will be hoping the recent return to fitness of Joao Felix will spark his side, who have been heavily reliant on Alvaro Morata, into life.
With Barcelona, it’s difficult to know for certain what we’re going to get. In midweek, they sparkled in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, with Lionel Messi pulling the strings in his majestic style. However, away from home this season they’ve been prone to putting in limp displays.
As such, the match at the Wanda Metropolitano is poised to be between two teams that aren’t totally sure of themselves as things stand. For the winner, you sense this match will be a big building block if they are to have a successful campaign.
Monaco vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Not too long ago, Monaco’s clashes with PSG were must-watch occasions. However, the clubs have gone in significantly different directions over the course of the campaign.
Monaco have sunk down the Ligue 1 table and despite another summer of sizeable investment, they’ve been unable to find a successful formula. It means that despite possessing some exciting attackers like Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder, they go into this match with the champions down in 14th place.
Monaco’s deterioration has allowed PSG to cement their dominant position at the top of French football and there’s little indication that’ll change this season. Already they have an eight-point lead at the top of the table.
In addition, PSG have Kylian Mbappe and Neymar returning to full fitness. Both were involved in midweek, as they team staged an unlikely comeback to draw 2-2 with Real Madrid in the Champions League.