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London derby highlights weekend

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Another exciting slate of games lies ahead of us over the weekend. In England, Chelsea looks to keep their winning streak going by beating Everton, while Arsenal takes on Tottenham at the Emirates in hyped London derby.

HSV will try to put a stop to the bleeding, but it will be tough as Dortmund comes to the Volksparkstadion, while PSG takes on Rennes in Ligue 1. Here are some of the games to keep an extra eye on this weekend.   

Saturday:

Hamburg SV – Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga Matchday 10):

Hamburg is having an absolutely abysmal campaign in the Bundesliga. They sit at the bottom of the table with a mere two points after nine matches and have yet to record a win. The team is having trouble in all areas of the game and they will need a small miracle if they are to avoid relegation this season. They did manage to pick up a win in the DFB Pokal, but suffered a 3-0 loss to Cologne last weekend.

Dortmund is having their own struggles. They head into Matchday 10 in 6th place in the table with 15 points, eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Thomas Tuchel’s side have four straight league games without a win. Three of them have been draws, but the dropped points have seen them fall down in the standings. They got a scoreless draw against Schalke in the Ruhr derby last weekend, but picked up a 1-0 win over Sporting in the Champions League midweek.

Chelsea – Everton (Premier League Matchday 11):

Chelsea looks to make in five wins in a row as they host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Blues have been in fine form since manager Antonio Conte made the switch to a 3-4-3 formation. They’ve picked up four straight wins and kept four clean sheet, which has them sitting in 4th place in the standings, one point behind the leading trio of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. They are coming off a 2-0 win on the road against Southampton last weekend. Diego Costa leads the league in scoring with eight goals in 10 appearances.

Everton have had a good first quarter of the season under new manager Ronald Koeman. The team is looking a lot more solid at the back, something that was the team’s achilles heel under former manager Roberto Martinez. They have gotten good goalkeeping from Maarten Stekelenburg who arrived over the summer from Fulham. They sit in 6th place, four points behind Chelsea, after their 2-0 victory over West Ham last weekend. Romelu Lukaku leads the team in goals with seven goals in nine matches.

Sunday:

Arsenal – Tottenham (Premier League Matchday 11):

It derby time in London as Arsenal hosts Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Spurs haven’t won away to the Gunners since 2010 and would love nothing more than to grab all three points and gain some ground on the teams ahead of them in the standings.

Arsenal are keeping pace with Manchester City at the top of the table as they are level on points with the leaders. The team is coming off a 3-2 win on the road against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League after managing to bounce back from an early 2-0 deficit. In the league they are unbeaten since the loss to Liverpool on Opening Day and picked up a 4-1 win over Sunderland in the latest fixture.

Spurs suffered a 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley midweek in the Champions League, and they have three straight draws in league play. Harry Kane is set to make his return to the team after coming back from injury, and they will need last season’s top scorer if they are to mount a title challenge.

Paris Saint-Germain – Rennes (Ligue 1 Matchday 12):

PSG is desperately trying to catch up to OGC Nice at the top of Ligue 1. The Parisians sit in third place coming into Matchday 12 where they will take on fifth-placed Rennes.

PSG has dominated France for half a decade, but they haven’t gotten their normal start to the season. With two losses in the opening 11 games, they have already gotten as many losses as they did all last season. They sit in third place with 23 points, six points behind leaders Nice, and level with second-placed Monaco. They are coming off a 2-1 win over Basel midweek in the Champions League which meant a spot in the knockout stages.

Rennes trails PSG by three points and a win would bring them level. The team is coming off a 1-0 win over Metz last weekend, and they have picked up four wins in their last five matches in all competitions. Kamil Grosicki leads the team in scoring with three league goals in eight appearances.

Sevilla – Barcelona (La Liga Matchday 11):

Things are tight at the top of La Liga, and Barcelona is looking to close the gap to Real Madrid as they travel to Seville on Sunday.

Barca trails Real by two points at the top, and only sits one point ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid and fourth-placed Sevilla. Lionel Messi and his posse is coming off a 3-1 loss to Manchester City midweek in the Champions League, but is on a run of three straight wins in the league. Messi and Luis Suarez sits at the top of the scoring race with seven goals each.

Sevilla posted a 4-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday in the Champions League, and have a excellent chance of advancing to the knockout stages as they sit at the top of their group. In league play, they were held to a 1-1 draw against Sporting Gijon last weekend.

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