Another weekend, another stacked lineup of soccer action. Sunday might be the best soccer day so far this season with so many great games to look forward to. Arsenal goes up against Manchester United in the Premier League and the Madrid derby also goes down the same day. Here are a few of the games that you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Sevilla – Barcelona (La Liga Matchday 7):
Barcelona travels to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium to take on Sevilla on Saturday. They will be without Lionel Messi as he’s still out with a knee injury. There’s conflicting reports on how long Messi will be out, but the consensus seem to be around 6-8 weeks. Barca sists in third place in the table, one point behind leaders Villarreal.
Sevilla has had a disappointing start to the season, having only won one of the first six games in the league. They sit in 16th place with five points and are coming off a 2-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League. Barcelona meanwhile squeezed out a 2-1 against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League after goals by Sergio Roberto and Luis Suarez in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Arsenal – Manchester United (Premier League Matchday 8):
League leaders Manchester United travels to London and the Emirates Stadium for a top meeting against Arsenal on Sunday. The Gunners sits in 4th place with 13 points, three points behind United. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has gotten some flack this week for opting to go with David Ospina in net ahead of Petr Cech in the 3-2 loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League.
United is coming off a 2-1 over Wolfsburg in the Champions League, and the Red Devils is on a four-game unbeaten run. United won the meeting at the Emirates last season 2-1 after an own goal by Kieran Gibbs and a goal from captain Wayne Rooney.
Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga Matchday 8):
Dortmund have their work cut out for them as they take on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on the road on Sunday at the Allianz Arena. Bayern has a perfect record so far winning the first seven league games of the season, topping the table with 21 points.
Dortmund sits in second place with 17 points and are still undefeated. But they are coming off two straight draws in the Bundesliga against Hoffenheim and Darmstadt. In their most recent game, Dortmund played a 1-1 draw against PAOK in the Europa League.
Bayern has been steamrolling through the start of the season, and Robert Lewandowski is in the form of his life. After scoring five goals against Wolfsburg, he followed that up with two goals against Mainz the following matchday. In the 5-0 mid-week thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Lewandowski walked off the pitch with a hat-trick.
Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid (La Liga Matchday 7):
Not only is this a huge game for the people of Madrid, but it’s crucial for both teams to try and get the win in this one and keep up with the teams at the top of the table. Real Madrid sits in 4th with 14 points, two points behind leaders Villarreal and one point behind Celta Vigo and Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid sits in 5th, two points behind Real. They are coming off a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the Champions League mid-week, but are on a three-game winning-streak in the league. In their last league meeting, Atletico won 4-0 after goals by Tiago, Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic. Real did however win their matchup in the Champions League quarterfinals last season, 1-0 on aggregate.
Paris Saint-Germain – Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1 Matchday 9):
PSG and Marseille rounds off a great day of European top-class soccer as they meet up in “Le Classique” on Sunday at Parc des Princes in Paris. The rivalry is huge between these two sides and the fans despise each other. PSG has been the big dog in French soccer for the last three years, winning three straight Ligue 1 titles. They top the table with 20 points after eight games.
Marseille has had a rough start to the season, sitting in 16th place with only eight points. Marseille only has one win in their last five games and is coming off a 1-0 loss to Slovan Liberec in the Europa League. PSG is on a three-game winning-streak and is coming off a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.