Predictions: Liverpool-City split honours, Dortmund claim Der Klassiker
Sportsbet.io predicts the possible outcomes of this weekend's domestic games before the final international break of the year kicks in next week.
The latest schedule across Europe boasts of riveting fixtures that will not only keep us glued to the TV sets, but also beg for more action.
Liverpool aims to consolidate their six-point lead in the Premier League title race as they welcome Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday. The English titans boast the best-attacking setups in recent times, although the latest showdown will be a mighty test of their defensive attributes. Liverpool's injury list looks kind, but the onus is on an injury-plagued City to pull off a miraculous result in Merseyside.
Tottenham and Arsenal know there is no room for complacency as they lock horns with an in-form Sheffield United and Leicester City, respectively. Manchester United embraces a tricky test at home against Brighton, while Watford travels to Carrow Road for a bottom-of-the-table clash against Norwich City.
A manager-less Bayern Munich entertains Borussia Dortmund in the first Klassiker of the campaign at the Allianz Arena this weekend. The sides met earlier in the DFB Supercup in August, with Die Borussen running out 2-0 winners. Lucien Favre's men are well-placed to spell trouble for the Bavarians. The hosts have won just twice in the last five league games and caretaker boss Hans-Dieter Flick will be tasked with ensuring a change in fortunes for Bayern.
Juventus crosses swords with AC Milan in the Serie A's marquee fixture of the week. The Bianconeri are unbeaten in the league so far and look to maintain the status against the Rossoneri, who have 13 points from 11 games. Inconsistency has been prevalent in either sides' run-up to Sunday's fixture, and Maurizio Sarri hopes his team avoids making errors at the Allianz Stadium. Inter Milan, meanwhile, look to stay in proximity with the Old Lady by picking up a comfortable win against Verona.
Elsewhere, Barcelona and Real Madrid look to register convincing wins this weekend to make up for their disappointing results on the last matchday. Madrid's midweek success in Europe has slightly eased the pressure on Zinedine Zidane, and he tips his team to play similarly on their trip to Eibar. The Blaugrana's stuttering form has worsened Ernesto Valverde's current situation at the helm of the club, and a positive result against Celta Vigo will bring some relief to the under-fire Spanish manager.
In France, PSG look to bounce back from their shock loss to Dijon with a commanding display at Brest. Mauro Icardi continued his goalscoring run for Les Parisiens and manager Thomas Tuchel banks on the Argentine to orchestrate the Ligue 1 champions’ attacking charge against the Pirates.
Words: William Paul