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After some midweek action in the Champions League and the Europa League, the domestic leagues are back. We got a stacked weekend ahead of us with some top-quality games on slate.
In Italy, leaders and reigning champions Juventus takes on AC Milan on the road. In England, Jose Mourinho is going back to Stamford Bridge, as his Manchester United side goes up against his former team Chelsea. Here are some of the games to keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Bayern Munich – Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga Matchday 8):
Bayern will look to snap a two-game winless streak in the league, as they welcome Borussia Monchengladbach to the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Bayern sits at the top of the Bundesliga standings, but they only have a two-point cushion over Cologne and Leipzig. The team is coming off a 4-1 win over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, and the hope is that they can carry on in the same fashion in the league.
BMG sits in 9th place, but they are only six points behind Bayern and a win could catapult them up the table. They are coming off a win off their own in the Champions League, as they defeated Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park on Wednesday after goals by Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn.
Last season when the teams met up, BMG snatched a 3-1 win at home and got a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena.
AC Milan – Juventus (Serie A Matchday 9):
Serie A leaders Juventus will travel to Milan on Saturday to take on third-placed AC Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
Juventus are dominating Serie A, as they have done for the last five years. They sit at the top of the standings after picking up seven wins in the opening eight matches, and just one loss. They are coming off a 1-0 win over Lyon in the Champions League, after Juan Cuadrado scored the lone goal of the game. In the last five matches in all competitions, Juventus have picked up five straight wins and outscored their opponents 11-1. The leaders’ big summer signing Gonzalo Higuain leads the team in scoring with six goals in eight league appearances.
Milan has had a very positive start to the season after several lean years. With five wins, a draw and two losses to start the season, they sit in third place with 16 points, level with second-placed Roma. The team is coming off a 3-1 win over Chievo last weekend. Carlos Bacca leads the side in scoring with six goals in eight Serie A appearances.
Sevilla – Atletico Madrid (La Liga Matchday 9):
Sevilla will host leaders Atletico Madrid on Sunday at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, and the home side has the chance to go top of the standings with a win.
Sevilla sits in third place in the La Liga table with 17 points, one point behind Atletico and Real Madrid. If they can defeat Atletico and Real drops points against Athletic Bilbao, then Sevilla would sit at the top. They are coming off a 1-0 win on the road against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Samir Nasri, who is on loan at the club from Manchester City, scored the lone goal of the game. Sevilla sits joint at the top of the group on 7 points with Juventus.
Atletico are undefeated in league play, having picked up five wins and three draws in the opening eight matches. Manager Diego Simeone and his men took a 1-0 win on the road against Rostov in the Champions League on Wednesday after a goal by Yannick Carrasco, and they sit at the top of their group after three straight wins.
Atletico took a 3-0 win over Sevilla last season when the teams met at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Chelsea – Manchester United (Premier League Matchday 9):
Jose Mourinho would love to get a win over his former team as Manchester United travels to London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Mourinho was let go by Chelsea last season after a poor start to the campaign. He took over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the summer, and this will be his first trip back to Stamford Bridge. United played a scoreless draw away to Liverpool on Monday, in a game where it looked like they were playing not to lose. It was a poor performance that angered many United supporters. You can hear more about that game on TCK’s Premier League Podcast. The Red Devils are coming off a 4-1 win against Fenerbahce in the Europa League, with Paul Pogba finding the back of the net twice.
Chelsea took a commanding 3-0 win over reigning champions Leicester City last weekend. They look a lot better since manager Antonio Conte decided to switch to a 3-4-3 formation, as they’ve kept back-to-back clean sheets. The Blues sits in 5th place in the table with 16 points, three points behind leaders Manchester City
PSG – Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1 Matchday 10):
One of the biggest matchups in French football goes down on Sunday as Paris Saint-Germain takes on Olympique Marseille in Le Classique at Parc des Princes.
It’s one of the most heated rivalries in France, as PSG represents the capital city of Paris and the upper class, whereas Marseille is seen as the working man’s city that is like no other city in France. PSG has had a, by their standards, rough start to the season. They sit in second place with 19 points after nine matches, four points behind leaders OGC Nice. The team picked up a 3-0 win over Basel midweek in the Champions League, where they are second in Group A on 7 points, level with leaders Arsenal.
Marseille has had a couple of disappointing campaigns, and finished in 13th place last season. After nine games, they sit in 12th place with 12 points after putting up three wins, three draws and three losses. The team is coming off a 1-0 win over Metz last weekend after a goal by Swansea City loanee Bafetimbi Gomis.