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Battle Atop Premier League Highlights Soccer Weekend

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Another weekend, another stacked lineup of soccer action. Leicester City and Manchester United square off at the top of the Premier League table, Real Madrid looks to bounce back after the defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico, and Tottenham takes on Chelsea in another exciting London Derby.

Here are a few games you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.

 

Saturday:

Paris Saint-Germain – ES Troyes (Ligue 1 Matchday 15):

It’s the top against the bottom of Ligue 1 as leader Paris Saint-Germain hosts bottom-placed Troyes on Saturday. PSG has a commanding grip of the title, leading the league with 38 points in 14 games, 13 points ahead of second-placed Lyon.

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads PSG in scoring with nine goals in nine games. The 34-year-old Swede is in his last year of his contract, and much points to him leaving Paris after the season is over, but he will surely like to end on a high note.

Troyes have only mustered to pick up five points so far this season, and is still looking for their first win.

 

Leicester City – Manchester United (Premier League Matchday 14):

Fans at Power King Stadium will be treated to a top of the table meeting as Premier League leaders Leicester City takes on Manchester United on Saturday. Leicester has been the biggest surprise of the season, having accumulated 28 points in 13 games. United sits one point behind Leicester in second place.

Louis van Gaal has been under a lot of criticism for the lack of offensive flair, but the Dutchman keeps getting results, and the team could go to the top of the standings with a win. United is coming off a 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven midweek in the Champions League.

 

Sunday:

Tottenham Hotspur – Chelsea (Premier League Matchday 14):

It seems like every weekend we are treated to a London Derby, and the one of Sunday could be something special as Tottenham welcomes reigning champions Chelsea to White Hart Lane. Tottenham has still only suffered one loss this season, and that came on Opening Day against Manchester United. The Spurs sit in fifth with 24 points, four points behind leaders Leicester City.

Chelsea is enjoying a slightly better run of form, having won three out of the last four games. But they’re still a long way from being anywhere near the top of the Premier League standings. Currently, the Blues sit in 15th place with 14 points.

Both teams are coming off midweek wins in European cup play. Chelsea won handedly (4-0) over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League and Tottenham squeezed out a 1-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League.

 

SD Eibar – Real Madrid (La Liga Matchday 13):

Real Madrid looks to bounce back after last weekend’s humiliating defeat at home to Barcelona and get back in the hunt for the La Liga title. Real Madrid slipped down to 3rd place and the Merengues are now six points behind leaders Barcelona and two points behind local rivals Atletico Madrid.

Eibar sits in sixth with 20 points, and has two wins and one draw in their last three games. They fell 3-1 to Barcelona, but they could cause Real some trouble.

 

Olympique Marseille – AS Monaco (Ligue 1 Matchday 15):

Struggling Olympique Marseille sits in 12th place with 18 points after 14 points. Last year’s fourth-placed finishers will look to get back in the race for a European cup spot with a win over sixth-placed Monaco at Stade Velodrome. Monaco is also looking to get back into contention for a Champions League spot, and a win could put them in second place if other results goes their way.

Michy Batshuayi leads Marseille in scoring with nine goals in 14 games. Batshuayi has scored as many goals as Monaco’s leading trio Bernardo Silva, Mario Pasalic and Thomas Lemar who all have three goals each so far this season.

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