This weekend doesn’t bring any powerhouse blockbusters but there’s some key fixtures for managers under pressure at top clubs.
Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League
On paper this is a big mismatch, with the Foxes down in 17th compared to the champions who are second. But Leicester have found form lately, winning their past two games, and collecting 10 points from their past five games to revive their season after a terrible start under Brendon Rodgers. City will know that the trip to the 2016 Premier League champions is never easy, particularly with injury doubts lingering around Erling Haaland after a midweek knock in the Champions League.
Saturday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A
The Bianconeri are having a difficult season, with elimination from the UEFA Champions League confirmed in midweek, mounting the pressure on boss Massimiliano Allegri but the club are backing him in. They can only keep doing that with success in Serie A, with Juventus sitting eighth, having improved with three victories from their past four league games. Lecce are down in 17th, having failed to win in their past four games, so they won’t create huge fear for Juve, who have lost in their past five games away from Turin.
Saturday 6:30pm European time - German Bundesliga
This fixture brings together two strong German clubs currently sitting within the top four. Hosts Eintracht are fourth, having won four of their past five league games. Dortmund are one point back, having won only once in their past Bundesliga games, putting some pressure on head coach Edin Terzic. Both clubs have top-four ambitions, so while it is early in the campaign, three points will go a long way. Daichi Kamada and Jesper Lindstrom have been very productive this term for Eintracht.
Saturday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga
Barcelona’s premature Champions League elimination was confirmed in midweek, which wasn’t in the club’s plans after their off-season spending spree, so the best way to move on is with three points in La Liga where their attention turns, as they battle Real Madrid for the title. Ninth-placed Valencia are no longer the strong club they once were, but they won three of their six home games this term, scoring 12 goals at the Mestalla, with Edinson Cavani their main threat. Only two other Spanish clubs have netted more home goals this term, Real and Barca.
Sunday 5:15pm European time - English Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo returned for United in midweek and scored, meaning he could be thrust into the starting XI in the Premier League against the Hammers, who are currently 10th. David Moyes’ West Ham have been a top-seven side over the past few years, so this is a difficult home assignment for Erik ten Hag, who has steered United back in the right direction after their poor start. But the Ronaldo sideshow is of interest, even if he starts on the bench.