There’s a stellar Sunday of football to savor in the Premier League this weekend, meaning a trio of matches from the English top flight dominate our selections.
Elsewhere, there are big matches in Spain and Italy, with possible title contenders seeking to prove they have what it takes to go the distance this season.
All kick offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid
After their impressive win over Barcelona in the previous round of fixtures, Atletico Madrid will be out to build momentum further when they travel to Valencia on Saturday.
Diego Simeone’s side dug out a 1-0 win over the Blaugrana to solidify their spot in second place in the standings. They trail Real Sociedad by three points, but have two games in hand over the Basque outfit.
This term Atletico have found an enviable balance in their play and aside from Sociedad, they’ve been the standout outfit in the division as a result. While they’re maintaining a defensive intensity and aggression, the likes of Marcos Llorente, Luis Suarez and Joao Felix have provided a regular attacking threat.
Valencia have been well below their usual standards this season, but are still a dangerous opponent, memorably beating Real Madrid 4-1 at the Mestalla. It’s the sort of match Atletico will need to come through unscathed if they’re serious about ending the campaign top of the pile.
Southampton vs. Manchester United
The earliest of our three Sunday selections from the Premier League comes from the south coast, as Southampton welcome Manchester United.
Saints may have lost their star forward Danny Ings to injury, but they are still finding a way through matches. Theo Walcott and Che Adams have struck up an early partnership, while on the sidelines the team is receiving some of the best coaching in the division from Ralph Hasenhuttl.
As for United, it’s never completely clear what kind of performance they’ll put in. Last time out in the Premier League they were able to scrap by newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion in controversial circumstances, with Bruno Fernandes netting from the spot. Southampton will undoubtedly offer more resistance.
The Red Devils have largely been better on the road this season though and in Fernandes they have one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the world. It should be a fascinating encounter to start a busy Sunday off.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham
After indifferent starts to the Premier League season, both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been able to settle into exciting runs of form ahead of this London derby.
For Spurs, feelings about a potential title challenge have been simmering for a while and they were intensified last weekend with a 2-0 win over Manchester City. While eyebrows were raised a year ago when Jose Mourinho took over in north London, the Portuguese has built a formidable outfit for Tottenham fans to enjoy.
Chelsea also look as capable of being in the title picture all of a sudden. The defense has been shored up after a leaky beginning to the year, giving the expensive attacking talent acquired in the summer a much sturdier foundation to push on from; the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have really started to find their feet in England after high-profile summer arrivals.
It’ll be fascinating to see how both sides approach this one and what follows for the victor, if there is one, as they will surely be anointed as the most likely challengers to Liverpool this season.
Arsenal vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Arsenal will be out to end their Premier League goal drought on Sunday, with Wolverhampton Wanderers the visitors to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners clung on for what was a creditable point last weekend against Leeds United. Losing Nicolas Pepe early in the second half meant they had to survive an onslaught of attacks from the newly-promoted outfit, but they maintained the stalemate with some last-ditch defending and a little bit of luck too.
Finding the back of the net has been a problem for Arsenal as of late, with just one penalty to show for their attacking efforts in the last five Premier League games. Helping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rediscover his goalscoring touch will be crucial if they’re to keep in touch with the top four this term.
Like Arsenal, Wolves have had an indifferent beginning to the season and their European ambitions have taken a hit as a result. Their defensive cohesion and counter-attacking prowess makes them a big threat against possession-hungry teams away from home though.
Napoli vs. Roma
Sunday, November 29, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN+
In what promises to be one of the most open Serie A title races for many years, Napoli and Roma will want to keep pace with surprise leaders AC Milan.
At the moment, it’s Roma who are closest to the San Siro outfit, having found some sparkling form as of late. Since an awful performance in a 3-0 loss on the opening day against Verona, they’ve gone from strength to strength, drawing two and winning five of their last seven games in the top flight.
Napoli had the chance to put a spanner in Milan’s title push last weekend, but they were eventually well beaten 3-1 at the San Paolo. Their manager Gennaro Gattuso will want his players to show that that loss was a mere off day, as they have the quality in their squad to push on and challenge for the Scudetto in 2020/21.
Both sides enjoyed 2-0 wins in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday ahead of this encounter, meaning confidence should be high and an entertaining clash should subsequently break out.
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