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Another weekend, another stacked lineup of soccer action. Jose Mourinho goes up against Jurgen Klopp for the first time in the Premier League as Chelsea host Liverpool. In Italy, we can look forward to the Turin Derby and two clashes between Milan and Rome.
Here are a few of the games that you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Chelsea – Liverpool (Premier League Matchday 11):
Struggling Chelsea will host Liverpool on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, as two of the most animated managers in Europe go head to head. Mourinho is feeling the pressure at Chelsea and his behavior has become more and more erratic as the season has progressed. The reigning champions sit in 15th place, so if you say that Chelsea are in crisis mode, I wouldn’t blame you. Chelsea is coming off a loss to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup, where they lost out on penalties.
In the other dugout, Klopp is still trying to implement his style of play, which could take some time as it’s vastly different than what how Liverpool played under Brendan Rodgers. Even if the game doesn’t live up to expectation, the postgame press conference will surely provide some memorable moments from the two managers. Liverpool squeezed out a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup, but the Reds have three straight draws in the Premier League.
Juventus – Torino (Serie A Matchday 11):
The Turin derby takes place at the Juventus Stadium on Saturday as reigning champions Juventus host Torino. There’s a lot of history between these two teams, and way back when, Torino was the dominant team in Turin. It’s often said that Torino actually have more fans in Turin and that Juventus’ fan base is more spread out over the country.
Last season, they split the series with the home teams winning 2-1. Torino sits in ninth place in the Serie A table with 15 points from the opening 10 games. Juventus sits three points back of their local rivals in 12th.
Inter Milan – AS Roma (Serie A Matchday 11):
Fourth-placed Inter will welcome league leaders Roma to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the late game on Saturday. Both teams has started the season well and Inter will look to overtake Roma for the league lead with a win. Inter sits in fourth place with 21 points, level with Napoli and Fiorentina. Roma leads the league with 23 points.
Roma is coming off a midweek 3-1 win over Udinese at home after goals by Miralem Pjanic, Maicon and Gervinho. Roma is on a five-game winning streak in league play. Inter is also coming off a mid-week win as they defeated Bologna 1-0 after a goal by Mauro Icardi. Inter is on a four-game unbeaten streak.
Sevilla – Real Madrid (La Liga Matchday 10):
Real Madrid is looking to keep Barcelona off their back at the top of La Liga as the travel to Seville and the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on Sunday. The Merengues leads the league with 21 points, level with Barcelona, but Real is ahead on better goal difference (+18 compared to Barcelona’s +8).
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals so far this season and Karim Benzema has found the back of the net at six occasions. Kevin Gameiro leads Sevilla in scoring with a tally of five. Sevilla sits in eighth place with 12 points. Sevilla is coming off a 5-0 thumping of Getafe last weekend and Real edged out Celta Vigo 3-1.
Lazio – AC Milan (Serie A Matchday 11):
The second Milan vs. Rome game of the weekend takes place on Sunday as Lazio host AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico. Lazio sits in sixth place with 18 points and a win could mean that they could go up as far as third if other results go their way. AC Milan sits in eighth place, two points behind Lazio.
Lazio is coming off a 2-1 loss midweek to Atalanta after conceding the winning goal in the 86th minute. AC Milan squeezed out a 1-0 win over Chievo mid-week after a goal in the second half by left back Luca Antonelli.
Carlos Bacca leads AC Milan in scoring with five goals in 10 games. Felipe Anderson leads the home team with four goals in 10 games.