MATCHDAY: Guy U, Leeds renew competition; Madrid plays Eibar
A take a look at what’s taking place around European soccer on Sunday: ENGLAND Among the Premier League’s fiercest rivalaries is renewed when Manchester United hosts Leeds for the very first time given that 2004. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was playing then for a United side that was reigning champion. Now he’s managing a side seventh in the league and without a title given that 2013, while Leeds is 14th. The clash on Sunday higher up the standings sees Tottenham and Leicester meeting searching for wins to go to 2nd. It’s Sam Allardyce’s first video game in charge of West Bromwich Albion, which hosts Aston Villa in a central England derby sitting next-from-last in the standings. Sheffield United is still sticking by manager Chris Wilder despite remaining in last location with only one point after 13 matches heading into the match versus Brighton, which is a point outside the relegation zone.
SPAIN Real Madrid visits Eibar requiring a win to pull away from Real Sociedad and pull level on points with league leader Atlético Madrid. Madrid goes into the match at Eibar in third place, behind Sociedad on goal distinction. Zinedine Zidane will be without forward Vinícius Júnior who his coach said is feeling ill with what appeared to be gastroenteritis. Eibar has yet to win in your home in 7 shots, but it has shown a tough side to beat in recent weeks. José Mendilibar’s side is unbeaten in 5 rounds, a run in which it has yielded only two objectives. Cádiz and Granada can both pull level on points with Barcelona with respective wins against Getafe and Real Betis. Celta Vigo hosts Alavés seeking a 4th successive win under new coach Eduardo Coudet, who showed up last month.
ITALY One of the Milan clubs will end the weekend on top of Serie A. Current leader Air Conditioning Milan has a one-point benefit over Inter Milan and sees Sassuolo. Milan was wanting to invite back Zlatan Ibrahimović but the forward was hurt once again throughout training on Friday and is anticipated to be out until January. A Sassuolo win would move it to 2 points below Milan. Milan is among two unbeaten groups in Serie A, along with Juventus. Inter is the in-form group in the league, with five succeeding wins, and it hosts promoted side Spezia. Roma and Napoli are 4 and five points behind Milan, and visit Atalanta and Lazio respectively. Likewise, it’s Torino vs. Bologna, Benevento vs. Genoa, and Cagliari vs. Udinese.
GERMANY After Wolfsburg lost its unbeaten record to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, it has the chance to recover in the house against promoted team Stuttgart, which sits an outstanding seventh. Wolfsburg can go up to fourth with a win and push Borussia Dortmund. Freiburg hosts Hertha Berlin in a meeting of teams which had aspirations of defending the European locations but are instead hovering on the fringes of the transfer zone.
FRANCE Protecting champion Paris Saint-Germain travels to play title competing Lille under pressure and without the injured Neymar. PSG has currently lost 4 league video games and a fifth would leave it 2 points behind Lyon and four behind Lille approaching the midseason winter season break. Neymar has not recuperated from a sprained ankle sustained last weekend against Lyon and is out until January. Lille has actually lost only as soon as and is close to full strength. PSG will invite back center half Marquinhos after a minor hip injury. Montpellier can benefit from Marseille’s draw to go up into fourth location offering it wins at Brest, while Monaco is at last-place Dijon.
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