After some midweek action in the European cups, we can look forward to another slate of great games in the top European leagues. PSG are looking to make up some ground in Ligue 1, while Tottenham will host Premier League leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane . Here are some of the games to keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Paris Saint-Germain – Bordeaux (Ligue 1 Matchday 8):
Paris Saint-Germain will host Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, as the reigning Ligue 1 champions are looking to continue their climb up the standings.
PSG has had a poor start to the season by their standards, as they sit in fourth place after seven matches with 13 points. Having already lost two games, they have the same number of losses as they did all of last season.
Bordeaux sits in fifth place, also on 13 points. The Girondins are coming off a scoreless draw at home to Caen, but they have won two of their three away games this season, most recently beating Metz 3-0 after goals by Malcom, Gaetan Laborde and Isaac Thelin. PSG took a 3-1 win midweek over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League, after suffering a 2-0 loss to Toulouse in the league last weekend.
Both meetings between the sides last season ended in draws.
Bayer Leverkusen – Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga Matchday 6):
Borussia Dortmund is trying to keep up with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga, so they will be looking to bring home three points from the BayArena when they take on Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Dortmund has been in fine form and is coming off a spirited 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League. They have three straight wins in the league, and have outscored their opponents 14-2 in those matches. American youngster Christian Pulisic has been a bright spot for the team, picking up a goal and two assists in three league appearances, along with two assists in two Champions League outings.
Leverkusen is coming off a 1-1 draw on the road against AS Monaco in the Champions League after conceding a goal deep into stoppage time. They picked up a 3-2 win over Mainz last weekend, with Chicharito netting a hat trick. The Mexican international also provided the goal in the game against Monaco.
Tottenham Hotspur – Manchester City (Premier League Matchday 7):
League leaders Manchester City travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday to take on second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. City are looking for a seventh straight win in league play, while Spurs will try to close the gap between the two sides.
City were held to a 3-3 draw against Celtic at Celtic Park in their midweek matchup in the Champions League, while Tottenham took a 1-0 win on the road against Russian champions CSKA Moscow. Heung-Min Son has been stepping up for Spurs with Harry Kane out injured, and along with the lone goal against CSKA, the South Korean international scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last weekend.
For City, Sergio Aguero has been in lethal form. The Argentine has scored 11 goals in seven appearances in all competitions.
Last season, Tottenham had City’s number, winning both matches between the teams. The last meeting at White Hart Lane ended in a 4-1 for the home team.
Schalke 04 – Borussia Moenchengladbach (Bundesliga Matchday 6):
Struggling Schalke will take on Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday at the VELTINS Arena on Sunday in hopes to grab their first points of the season.
Schalke sits bottom of the table after suffering five straight losses to open the season. The team is coming off a 3-1 win over Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League. Despite their poor domestic record, they have started off their Europa League campaign with two straight wins.
Moenchengladbach sits in fourth place with 10 points, five points behind leaders Bayern Munich. The team is coming off a 2-1 loss at home to Barcelona in the Champions League after dropping a 1-0 lead. In the league, they are on a three-game unbeaten streak.
Celta Vigo – Barcelona (La Liga Matchday 7):
Celta Vigo will be looking for an upset on Sunday, as they host champions Barcelona at the Municipal de Balaidos.
Celta is coming off a 2-0 win over Panathinaikos in the Europa League after goals by John Guidetti and Wass. The team is on a five-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. Barca took a 2-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach midweek in the Champions League. They sit in second place in the La Liga standings with 13 points, one point behind leaders Real Madrid.
Barcelona have been good going forward, as usual. Lionel Messi has eight goals in nine games, Neymar has four goals in six appearances, and Luis Suarez has eight goals in nine matches. Last season, Celta took a 4-1 win over Barca at the Municipal de Balaidos, but then suffered a 6-1 loss when they met at Camp Nou.