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London Derby highlights soccer weekend

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After some midweek action in the European cups, we can look forward to another slate of great games in the top European leagues. Arsenal takes on Chelsea in a big London Derby, while Besiktas battles Galatasaray in Turkey. Here are some of the games to keep an extra eye on this weekend.

 

Saturday:

Manchester United – Leicester City (Premier League Matchday 6):

Manchester United will welcome reigning champions Leicester City to Old Trafford on Saturday, as the Red Devils look to snap out of their funk.

With back-to-back losses in the league against rivals Manchester City and Watford, United are desperate to get back on winning track and try to gain some ground on the top teams. They currently sit in seventh place with nine points, six points behind leaders City. United is coming off a 3-1 win over Northampton in the EFL Cup.

Leicester are down in 11th place, but the Foxes seem to have picked up some momentum with a 3-0 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League followed by a 3-0 over Burnley in the league. The champions are coming off a 4-2 extra time loss to Chelsea in the EFL Cup.

 

Arsenal – Chelsea (Premier League Matchday 6):

Chelsea travels across town to take on rivals Arsenal in a high-profile London Derby at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

After a draw to Swansea City and a loss at home to Liverpool in the league, Chelsea got back in the win column by beating Leicester City 4-2 after extra time in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday. The Blues will now look to build on that and grab a win in the league so they don’t fall too far behind the other teams at the top.

Arsenal and Chelsea are tied on points (10), but the Gunners occupy the fourth spot in the table thanks to better goal difference. Arsenal are coming off a 4-1 win over Hull City in the league and a 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.

Last season, Chelsea won both meetings in the league, taking a 1-0 win at the Emirates after a goal by Diego Costa.

 

Besiktas – Galatasaray (Turkish Super Lig Matchday 5)

Besiktas will be looking to get a prestige win over rivals Galatasaray at the Vodafone Arena on Saturday in a highly anticipated Istanbul derby.  

An Istanbul derby is always a real pressure cooker of a game, with the fans going absolutely bonkers. Besiktas and Galatasaray sit in second and third place in the table with 10 points, two points behind leaders Basaksehir.

Besiktas is coming off a 2-0 win over Akhisar Belediyespor. They also got a 1-1 draw against Benfica in their Champions League opener after a late equalizer by Talisca, who was brought in on loan from Benfica. The Brazilian scored his first league goal in the win over Akhisar Belediyespor.

Galatasaray notched a 2-0 win of their own against Caykur Rizespor last weekend after two goals by Eren Derdiyok. The Swiss international has four goals in four league games this season.

 

Sunday:

Inter – Bologna (Serie A Matchday 6):

Inter will be looking to get their good run of form going as they take on Bologna at the San Siro Stadium on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri is coming off back-to-back wins over Juventus and Empoli, extending their win streak in the league to three games. Captain Mauro Icardi has been in excellent form to start the season, scoring six goals in five games. Another win would keep them in the race at the top, where three points separates leaders Juventus and seventh-placed Bologna.

Bologna is coming off a 2-0 midweek win over Sampdoria after goals by Simone Verdi and former Inter academy players Mattia Destro. Inter won both meetings between the teams last season.

Fiorentina – AC Milan (Serie A Matchday 6):

Fiorentina looks to get back into the upper part of the standings with a win over sixth-placed AC Milan on Sunday at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The Florentines are coming off a 2-2 draw midweek to Udinese, with Fiorentina coming back from behind twice after goals by Khouma Babacar and Fernando Bernardeschi. Milan grabbed a 2-0 win over Lazio on Tuesday as Carlos Bacca and Mbaye Niang found the back of the net.

Last season, they each took 2-0 wins on their home field.

London Derby highlights soccer weekend

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