Crucial clashes in title races, iconic derby matches and some supporters back in stadiums in the Premier League. All the hallmarks are there for an exciting weekend.
We’ve got a couple of matches from England’s top flight, plus one each from Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga.
All the kick offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Sevilla vs. Real Madrid
The first of our quintet of selections may well be the most important one, with the pressure intensifying on Real Madrid ahead of their trip to face Sevilla.
Los Blancos followed up their 2-1 loss to Alaves in La Liga last weekend with a defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, putting their position in the Champions League knockout stages in doubt. If manager Zinedine Zidane was to see his team slip to another defeat in this encounter, then he may find it hard to recover.
It’s not just the manager who has been underperforming at the Santiago Bernabeu though, with a number of star players sagging below their usual standards. Zidane will be looking to one of the many huge characters he has in the squad to inspire the team to victory in Andalusia.
Sevilla appear to hitting their stride too, winning all three of their last three outings in the Spanish top flight. After his infamously short spell with Real, Julen Lopetegui will be desperate to potentially push one of his predecessors closer to the exit door.
Juventus vs. Torino
Saturday, December 6, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN+
It’d be safe to say that Juventus have a serious title fight on their hands this season and they go into Saturday’s derby with Torino with ground to make up on leaders AC Milan.
While Juventus have dominated the fixture down the years, this contest is unlikely to be straightforward for the defending champions. Alvaro Morata will miss their next two Serie A matches and he’ll be a big loss, notching three goals and three assists since his return to the club.
After missing some early matches, Cristiano Ronaldo is back in a goalscoring groove too. In five appearances he’s scored eight Serie A goals and reached a landmark in the Champions League in midweek, with his goal against Dynamo Kiev making it an overall total of 750 strikes in his career to date.
Torino are big underdogs for the game and would be delighted with a draw to hamper Juve’s fight to get closer to Milan. They also need to points to pull clear of the relegation zone, as they sit in 18th spot after just one win in the league this season.
Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig
Saturday, December 6, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+
In the Bundesliga, early-season clashes between Bayern and possible contenders tend to determine if there is to be any kind of title race in the months ahead. RB Leipzig will want to show that they can keep pace at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern had a small scare last weekend, falling behind against Stuttgart. However, their quality shone through in the end and they ran away as 3-1 winners. With the likes of Leroy Sane and Douglas Costa coming off the bench to support Robert Lewandowski in that match, the Munich juggernauts have attacking depth few in Europe can match.
Leipzig may have lost Timo Werner in the summer, but they’ve found a way to reconfigure their play, with manager Julian Nagelsmann putting a little more emphasis on the defensive structure of the team.
They go to Munich with the best defensive record in the German top flight, although that back line with be given a severe examination by the most potent attacking force in football at the moment.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal
Sunday, December 7, 11:30 a.m. ET, Peacock Premium (free trial)
Following their recent struggles, a trip to a Tottenham Hotspur to face their bitter rivals is probably the last match Arsenal supporters wanted.
Against Wolves last weekend there was little to like about the way the Gunners played, as the visitors were able to offer more throughout the contest. Having struggled in attack for weeks, they looked vulnerable at the back too, something that will provide encouragement to Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side.
In their previous match against Chelsea, there was a sense Spurs had the handbrake on in their 0-0 draw. It’s unlikely they’ll be quite so reserved against Arsenal though, with Mourinho surely sensing blood against their out-of-form opponents.
For Tottenham, there are longer-term ambitions to consider too, as they have looked every inch a title contender as of late. Arsenal aren’t in that bracket yet, but could take some solace in putting a stop to the momentum built up by their biggest rivals.
Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday, December 7, 2:15 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium (free trial)
A win at Arsenal represented a big step forward for Wolves and they’ll be seeking to replicate that excellent display at Anfield against Liverpool.
The visitors will of course be without their start striker Raul Jimenez, who is recovering after suffering a fractured skull last weekend. However, last weekend they caused a lot of issues for the Gunners through the interplay of Adama Traore, Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence.
Liverpool contain to battle through their matches despite a significant injury list, but manager Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with the way players he’s introduced into the fold have stepped up. That was evident again on Tuesday, when the Reds ground out a 1-0 win over Ajax, with young midfielder Curtis Jones on the scoresheet.
The game will be especially important for Diogo Jota, who will be going up against Wolves for the first time since his summer switch from Molineux. He’s been in red-hot form for Liverpool since the transfer, with nine goals in his 15 appearances for the Premier League champions.
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