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Europe’s top-five divisions will be back in action after two weeks and we present you with the five most intriguing fixtures to look forward to this weekend.
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich – Bundesliga
Julian Nagelsmann, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer return to the Red Bull Arena as adversaries, with Bayern Munich pursuing their first consecutive away Bundesliga wins over RB Leipzig.
Nagelsmann, who was in charge of the Red Bull outfit for two years before switching to Munich in the summer, could give the Bavarians a recipe to achieve an unprecedented feat here.
Nagelsmann’s departure has had devastating consequences for Leipzig, who have suffered two defeats from their inaugural three top-flight matches this term.
Meanwhile, his Bayern side have recorded back-to-back league triumphs by an aggregate score of 8-2 since a frustrating 1-1 draw away to Borussia Monchengladbach in the curtain-raiser.
Leeds United vs Liverpool – Premier League
Elland Road is the venue as Leeds United and Liverpool go head-to-head in an exciting Premier League showdown on Sunday.
After a respectable ninth-place finish in their returning 2020/21 Premier League campaign, the Whites have started the new season with a whimper rather than a bang.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side aim to get off the mark against pre-match favourites Liverpool after going into the international break with just two points from three league fixtures.
That could be easier said than done, as they’ve failed to beat the Reds in all eight top-flight meetings, losing five while drawing the other two.
Napoli vs Juventus – Serie A
Stadio Diego Armando Maradona plays host to a mouth-watering Serie A encounter between in-form Napoli and struggling Juventus.
Luciano Spelletti has made light work of his first two Serie A games in charge of the Partenopei, beating newly-promoted Venezia and out-of-form Genoa to kick things off early on.
By contrast, his Juventus counterpart Massimiliano Allegri has begun his second stint at the Allianz Stadium winless in the opening two league matches (D1, L1).
Having lost their last two top-flight visits to Naples by a single-goal margin, the Bianconeri face a formidable challenge of posting their first victory of the season.
Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo – La Liga
Real Madrid’s first match at the Santiago Bernabeu since the Covid-19 outbreak sees last season’s La Liga runners-up take on out-of-sorts Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Los Blancos have amassed seven points from their opening three league fixtures – all away from home – to establish control at the summit under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The visitors have experienced contrasting fortunes so far, losing two of their three La Liga games, with a scoreless away draw with Osasuna on Matchday 2 being the solitary exception.
Therefore, Celta will have to massively upset the odds to snap a disastrous nine-match winless top-flight streak in Madrid (D1, L8).
Paris Saint-Germain vs Clermont – Ligue 1
Lionel Messi’s Ligue 1 debut at the Parc des Princes pits rampant Paris Saint-Germain against newly-promoted Clermont Foot.
Seeking their fifth Ligue 1 victory in as many games, PSG are odds-on favourites to maintain their 100% top-flight start against high-flying Clermont.
However, the visitors are unlikely to simply roll on and let Mauricio Pochettino’s side cruise to another landslide victory.
Les Lanciers, who are competing in France’s top tier for the first time in their history, have been the surprise package of the season so far. A brace of 2-0 triumphs over Bordeaux and fellow newcomers Troyes followed by a pair of draws saw Clermont welcome the international break in a remarkable third place.