It’s a bumper Saturday across Europe’s top four leagues, headlined by Der Klassiker with high stakes between the clear top two in Germany, while Chelsea, Napoli, Inter Milan and Real Madrid face big tests.
Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League
The fourth-placed Hammers play host to fellow Londoners Chelsea in a crucial clash for the league leaders, who are under pressure from Manchester City and in-form Liverpool. The Blues have dropped points in two of their past four games and David Moyes’ side have proven strong over the past 18 months, despite a winless three-game run. Romelu Lukaku is likely to come into contention to start for the Blues in a major boost. Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions but three points are key in this title race.
Saturday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A
Jose Mourinho’s inconsistent AS Roma welcome reigning champions Inter Milan, with the visitors enjoying a good run of results lately shooting them within two points of leaders Napoli. Roma are fifth with six points from their past five games, dogged by volatile results, meaning they are 11 points behind the leaders, so they really need to beat Inter to genuinely be any chance this term. Inter have won three in a row in Serie A and are unbeaten in their past 10 games in all competitions. Lautaro Martinez has scored in all of their past three league games.
Saturday 6:30pm European time - German Bundesliga
Der Klassiker takes place in the Bundesliga’s late Saturday evening kick-off, with the stakes extremely high, with Bayern on top of the table by one point from challengers Dortmund. Both sides have started the new campaign impressively, dropping points only on three occasions from 13 games. Ballon d’Or runner-up Robert Lewandowski has netted 14 times this term, with Erling Haaland next best with 10 goals for BVB. The match-up between that pair adds intrigue. Bayern have beaten Dortmund six times in a row too.
Saturday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A
Leaders Napoli have stumbled lately, managing only four points from their past four games, seeing their lead at the top trimmed to one point from AC Milan with Inter a further point back. As a result, three points and a good display are critical this weekend but they come up against a dangerous Atalanta side sitting fourth fresh from four straight victories, including beating Juventus a fortnight ago. Napoli have blown leads in three of their past four games, which they will need to rectify against a free-scoring opponent.
Saturday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga
Contenders and pretenders? Real Sociedad had led the La Liga title for the bulk of the season until recently, dropping points frequently in recent games, allowing Real Madrid to take top spot. But the two sides meet on Saturday, with Sociedad in third on 29 points, seven behind Real who have now also played 15 games. Los Blancos’ form is exceptional, going unbeaten in their past 10 in all competitions and winning their past five in the league, with Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior on fire. Sociedad has only scored three times in their past four league games and need to re-discover their spark.