A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Wednesday: ENGLAND Manchester rivals United and City are competing for very first …

A take a look at what’s occurring around European soccer on Wednesday:

ENGLAND

Manchester rivals United and City are vying for very first place in the Premier League when they play games back-to-back. City can exceed Leicester and United to take leading spot for the very first time this season by winning in the house to Aston Villa, whose senior players are playing their very first match because Jan. 1– after which there was a coronavirus break out in the squad that resulted in the training ground being closed. City is the form group in the league, having won its last 5 matches. United plays later at Fulham, which remains in third-to-last place but is proving hard to beat in current weeks. As is United, which hasn’t lost in the league because Nov. 1 and can take a two-point lead on top with a win.

SPAIN

Real Madrid plays in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey versus third-division club Alcoyano, which got rid of top-flight Huesca in the previous round. Madrid is winless in its last two matches in all competitions. In another round-of-32 game, Real Sociedad check outs third-division club Córdoba. In the Spanish league, Villarreal hosts Granada, Celta Vigo gos to Real Betis and last-place Huesca plays at Getafe.

GERMANY

Bayern Munich has actually had the ability to protect and even extend its lead after mixed current kind when other title contenders mistook too. A check out to Augsburg should be an uncomplicated opportunity to get another win to follow Sunday’s shaky 2-1 success over Freiburg. After two winless video games, Leipzig’s title challenge has actually been dented, making a win over Union Berlin much more essential. Luka Jovic scored twice on his return to the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Real Madrid and now faces Freiburg away. Schalke hosts Perfume and Stuttgart sees Arminia Bielefeld.

ITALY

Anything but a convincing win for Juventus over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup could spell the start of the end of Andrea Pirlo’s brief time in charge. Pirlo is under pressure simply a couple of months into his very first senior coaching task, with Juventus faltering in the league. The nine-time safeguarding champion lost 2-0 at title rival Inter Milan to leave it 5th in Serie A, 10 points behind league leader Air Conditioning Milan. Napoli beat Fiorentina 6-0 to move 3rd. Atalanta can move into third place if it wins at relegation-threatened Udinese earlier in its reorganized league match. The match was originally set to happen on Dec. 6 but was postponed because of a flooded field. Udinese is simply three points above the transfer zone.

FRANCE

After an abject performance last weekend, Marseille needs to recover with a home win versus Lens as it plays one of its 2 video games in hand. The 2-1 house loss to a struggling Nimes side was arguably Marseille’s worst proving of the season. It caused some stinging post-match remarks from Marseille’s main protector Alvaro Gonzalez about not defending the jersey enough, and from its coach Andre Villas-Boas. A much-needed win at Stade Velodrome would put Marseille one point behind fourth-place Monaco and restore some pride.

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