European football weekend preview: Chelsea and Arsenal do battle at the Bridge; PSG and Lyon clash in Paris

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates after he scores to make it 0-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Another European football weekend beckons, and as always there’s a kick-ass fixture waiting in the wings, particularly in the English Premier League.

Sunday will witness a clash between London foes Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, with three points but eight places separates the Blues and the Gunners. Arsenal are still under pressure following an unconvincing start to the season, and they haven’t won at the Bridge since 2011, but a run of just one defeat in four meetings against Antonio Conte’s champions, including the Community Shield, is a cause for optimism.

Also on Sunday in the Premier League, it’s another big game, this time at Old Trafford, with table-topping Manchester United host big-money spenders Everton, with the visitors in 16th place, having only scored twice all season in the league, and are coming off the back of a 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League.

In Spain, the headline match arguably is Real Madrid’s Sunday visit to Anoeta to face high flying Real Sociedad, who are the highest scoring team in the league and are four points ahead of Zinedine Zidane’s men.

In the French top division, Olympique Lyon will be the latest to try and shut out Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking trio of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar dubbed the MCN.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich will be looking to recover from last week’s loss at Hoffenheim when they play host to Mainz in the Bundesliga, Barcelona travel to Getafe on Saturday in La Liga, where there’s also the Valencia derby between Levante and Valencia, while in the Serie A, champions Juventus travel to Sassuolo.

Fixtures:

Premier League:

Chelsea v Arsenal
Manchester United v Everton
Watford v Manchester City
West Brom v West Ham
Liverpool v Burnley
Tottenham v Swansea
Huddersfield v Leicester
Newcastle v Stoke
Bournemouth v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Southampton

Bundesliga:

Bayern Munich v Mainz
Hannover v Hamburg
Frankfurt v Augsburg
Werder Bremen v Schalke
Stuttgart v Wolfsburg
RB Leipzig v Borussia Monchengladbach
Hoffenheim v Hertha BSC
Leverkusen v Freiburg
Dortmund v Koln

La Liga

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
Getafe v Barcelona
Atletico v Malaga
Levante v Valencia
Real Betis v Deportivo
Alaves v Villarreal
Espanyol v Celta Vigo
Eibar v Leganes
Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao
Girona v Sevilla

Serie A

Sassuolo v Juventus
Fiorentina v Bologna
Roma v Hellas Verona
Crotone v Inter
Milan v Udinese
SPAL v Cagliari
Torino v Sampdoria
Napoli v Benevento
Chievo Verona v Atalanta
Genoa v Lazio

Ligue 1

PSG v Lyon
Toulouse v Bordeaux
Monaco v Strasbourg
Nantes v Caen
Guingamp v Lille
Rennes v Nice
Amiens v Marseille
Angers v Metz
Dijon v St. Etienne
Troyes v Montpellier

 

About Olakunle Ajao 260 Articles
Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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