The bulk of this weekend’s blockbusters in Europe will take place on an action-packed Sunday, with El Clasico in Spain and old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool meeting in England.
Sunday 4:15pm European time - Spanish La Liga
The first El Clasico of the 2021-22 season comes with Barca boss Ronald Koeman still under pressure to retain his job while Real Madrid have enjoyed a relatively strong start. Barcelona managed to beat Valencia last weekend before a midweek Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev which eased some pressure. Real have not played in La Liga since the international break, having lost last time out to Espanyol surrendering their lead at the top. Real are currently second while Barca are seventh with both having a game in hand.
Sunday 5:30pm European time - English Premier League
Old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool meet on Sunday, with United winless in their past three league games, while the Reds are in ripping form, going unbeaten all season. Mohamed Salah has been at another level for Liverpool this term, scoring in his past nine games in all competitions. United have their own issues, conceding four goals last weekend to Leicester, but they bounced back with a midweek 3-2 home win over Atalanta in the Champions League after trailing 2-0 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner to restore belief.
Sunday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A
Italy’s two most recent champions Inter Milan and Juventus do battle on Sunday evening, with both sides having their unique issues this term. Inter, under new boss Simone Inzaghi, are third in the league after losing to Lazio last weekend. Juve have responded after their ordinary start, putting together a run of six consecutive wins in all competitions, including four in Serie A. The goals have not been flowing, winning their past four games 1-0 but they are doing what they need to do but Inter offer a different challenge, especially on the back of a defeat.
Sunday 8:45pm European time - French Ligue 1
Lionel Messi is still chasing his first Ligue 1 goal and he gets that chance when PSG make the trip to Marseille on Sunday. PSG may be nine points clear after 10 games but this will not be an easy game as OM have started brightly, collecting 17 points from nine games, although they have lost two of their past three. Neymar missed in midweek due to injury but may return alongside Messi and Kylian Mbappe. Dimitri Payet is Marseille’s chief threat, netting five times this Ligue 1 term already.
Sunday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga
Champions Atletico play host to current surprise leaders Sociedad who have gone 11 games without defeat in all competitions. Mikel Oyarzabal has six league goals this term for Sociedad, while Alexander Isak is garnering lots of interest. Atletico are slightly down on productivity in front of goal this term, with Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann settling into the season. Atleti are fourth, three points behind Sociedad who have played one game more.