Another weekend, another stacked lineup of soccer action. We got two very interesting derbies in the Premier League as West Ham and Chelsea meets up in a London Derby on Saturday, and United and City meet up in the Manchester Derby on Sunday. Here are a few of the games that you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.
West Ham United – Chelsea (Premier League Matchday 10):
West Ham is enjoying a great run so far this season, sitting in fourth place after nine games with 17 points. The Hammers have taken some impressive road victories against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, and on Saturday they will look to add a good home victory as Chelsea comes to the Boleyn Ground in East London.
Chelsea sits in 12th with 11 points, which is not what the reigning champions had in mind heading into the season. The Blues are coming off a scoreless draw against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. Chelsea won both meetings last season, 2-0 at home and 1-0 at West Ham.
Leicester City – Crystal Palace (Premier League Matchday 10):
Two of the Premier League’s biggest surprise teams square off at King Power Stadium on Saturday as Leicester City host Crystal Palace. Leicester escaped relegation last season after a phenomenal run in the closing stages of the season. The Foxes has been impressive under new manager Claudio Ranieri and has shown a fighting spirit that has seen them come back in many games despite being down. Leicester sits in sixth place with 16 points.
Palace are right behind them in seventh with 15 points. Alan Pardew has done a great job with the team since taking over in the middle of last season, and Yohan Cabaye has given them another dimension since coming over from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer.
Manchester United – Manchester City (Premier League Matchday 10):
The biggest game of the weekend takes place on Sunday at Old Trafford as Manchester United host rivals Manchester City in the Manchester Derby. City tops the league with 21 points, two points ahead of third-placed United.
The Red Devils took a 4-2 win last season against City at Old Trafford after goals by Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling. Sergio Aguero scored twice in that game for City, but he will be out with an injury.
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Fiorentina – AS Roma (Serie A Matchday 9):
All Italian soccer lovers will be excited for this one, as leaders Fiorentina welcomes second-placed AS Roma to the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday. Fiorentina tops the table with 18 points, one ahead of Roma and third-placed Inter Milan.
The Viola is coming off a 2-1 defeat to Lech Poznan mid-week in the Europa League, and suffered defeat to Napoli in the league last weekend with the same scoreline.
Roma played a cracking 4-4 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League mid-week, with captain Daniele De Rossi scoring two goals. Last season, Roma beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Matchday 1, and the second league meeting ended in a 1-1 draw.
Atletico Madrid – Valencia (La Liga Matchday 9):
Atletico will look to stay in the race at the top of La Liga with a win over visiting Valencia on Sunday. Atletico are going into Matchday 9 in fourth place with 16 points, two points behind top trio Real Madrid, Celta Vigo and Barcelona. Valencia sits in eighth with 12 points and a win would put them back in the race for an Europa League spot.
Atletico is coming off a 4-0 win at home to FC Astana in the Champions League. It was an easy win for the homeside as Astana elected to rest several of their starting players in order to focus on the Kazakh league where they are currently in second place.
Valencia is also coming off a Champions League win as they defeated Gent 2-1.