Another weekend, another stacked lineup of soccer action. Several games in Italy this weekend could have implications at the top of the table, including Napoli against Roma. Can Manchester United bounce back after getting knocked out of the Champions League? Can Lyon hand PSG their first league defeat of the season? Here are a few of the games that you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Crystal Palace – Southampton (Premier League Matchday 16):
Crystal Palace will look to get back on the winning track after playing a 1-1 draw to Everton on Monday as they welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park on Saturday. Palace sits in 6th place and will look to keep a slew of teams at bay and gain ground on Tottenham in 5th.
Southampton are down in 12th, but they are only two points behind Palace, which shows us just how tight the Premier League table is right now. Southampton is also coming off a 1-1 draw as they failed to beat bottom of the table Aston Villa last weekend. Southampton won both meetings against Palace last season in the league.
Bournemouth – Manchester United (Premier League Matchday 16):
An injury riddled Manchester united will look to stay in the Top 4 as they travel to Bournemouth on Saturday. After getting knocked out of the Champions League group stage, it remains to be seen how the players respond to something like that. United is coming off a midweek 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg and played a scoreless draw against West Ham last weekend.
Bournemouth has showed some great fighting spirit as they keep being competitive despite suffering from several injuries to their star players. The Cherries will be full of confidence as they are coming off a 1-0 win over reigning champions Chelsea and are unbeaten in their last three games.
Napoli – Roma (Serie A Matchday 16):
Napoli has been steamrolling through their group in the Europa League, as well as being in the top of the Serie A. They are currently in 3rd place behind Inter and Fiorentina, but are only only two points behind Inter and one point behind Fiorentina heading into the weekend’s action.
Roma sits in 4th, and are three points behind Napoli, so a win would help them to edge closer to the top as well. Roma got through to the Champions League knockout stage, so this is two teams that are in good form and full of confidence that will meet up at the Stadio San Paolo.
Juventus – Fiorentina (Serie A Matchday 16):
Second-placed Fiorentina will travel to Turin to take on reigning champions Juventus on Sunday. After a slow start, Juventus has been picking up some steam (and points) and currently sit in 5th place, one point behind Roma. Fiorentina could go top of the table with a win depending on how Inter does on the road against Udinese on Saturday.
Juventus reached the knockout stage in the Champions League, and Fiorentina did the same in the Europa League. With so many top teams in Serie A playing each other this weekend, the table could end up looking a lot different after the games on Sunday.
Paris Saint-Germain – Lyon (Ligue 1 Matchday 18):
Paris Saint-Germain is dominating Ligue 1 this season, having not lost a game yet in league play. PSG tops the table on 45 points after 14 wins and three draws so far. Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is enjoying a good run of form and has 12 league goals and six assists in 12 appearances. Ibrahimovic is already the best all-time goalscorer for the club, but his two goals last weekend against Nice in the league meant that he’s now also the best goalscorer in league history for PSG with 87 league goals in 102 games.
Lyon sits in 5th, 19 points behind PSG, but only four points away from third-placed Caen. The club will be hoping that Alexandre Lacazette can find the same type of scoring touch as he had last season when he lead the league in scoring. So far Lacazette has six goals in 15 starts. Lyon is coming off a 2-0 midweek win over Valencia in the Champions League. The club still failed to reach the knockout stage or the Europa League as they finished last in their group behind Zenit Saint Petersburg, Gent and Valencia.