The highlighted fixtures for the coming weekend.
If you can’t watch all the scheduled matches for this weekend into Monday, these are the highlighted fixtures for you to pick from.
The international break has allowed many exciting club matches to fall on the menu for this weekend. The Manchester Derby and the North London Derby are part of the list of exciting games ahead.
The league title race remains heated across all 7 leagues.
Angers vs Marseille (French Ligue 1)
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen (German Bundesliga)
Porto vs Braga (Portuguese Primeira Liga)
Athletic Club vs Almeria (Spanish La Liga)
Cambuur vs PSV Eindhoven (Dutch Eredivisie)
Ajax vs Go Ahead Eagles (Dutch Eredivisie)
Arsenal vs Tottenham (English Premier League)
Liverpool vs Brighton (English Premier League)
Paris St. Germain vs Nice (French Ligue 1)
FC Koln vs Dortmund (German Bundesliga)
Frankfurt vs Union Berlin (German Bundesliga)
RB Leipzig vs Bochum (German Bundesliga)
Werder Bremen vs Monchengladbach (German Bundesliga)
Freiburg vs Mainz (German Bundesliga)
Napoli vs Torino (Italian Serie A)
Inter Milan vs Roma (Italian Serie A)
Empoli vs AC Milan (Italian Serie A)
Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid (Spanish La Liga)
Mallorca vs Barcelona (Spanish La Liga)
NEC Nimegen vs Feyenoord (Dutch Eredivisie)
Manchester City vs Manchester United (English Premier League)
Lorient vs Lille (French Ligue 1)
Monaco vs Nantes (French Ligue 2)
Lens vs Lyon (French Ligue 3)
Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim (German Bundesliga)
Lazio vs Spezia (Italian Serie A)
Atalanta vs Fiorentina (Italian Serie A)
Juventus vs Bologna (Italian Serie A)
Celta Vigo vs Real Betis (Spanish La Liga)
Real Madrid vs Osasuna (Spanish La Liga)
Leicester City vs Nottingham Forest (English Premier League)
Hellas Verona vs Udinese (Italian Serie A)
German BUNDESLIGA – Round 8
BAYERN MUNICH VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN: After their defeat against Augsburg made it 4 straight league games without a win, Bayern Munich will be attempting to end the poor run by going for a victory at home against a Bayer Leverkusen side that should also be doing better than what they’ve done with the opening 7 rounds of the German Bundesliga season.
Bayern Munich is out of the top four, while Bayer Leverkusen is in a relegation battle.
RB LEIPZIG VS BOCHUM: Losing ‘3-0’ against Monchengladbach in their last league game put RB Leipzig with more league defeats than wins, and draws. RB Leipzig will want to get back on a winning track under the new management when they take on a Bochum side that is sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga table without a win.
FREIBURG VS MAINZ: There are three points separating the two teams so Mainz can cancel out the point-gap with a win at Freiburg.
A back-to-back draw in the league has Freiburg in third place and three points from the top of the league table.
FC KOLN VS DORTMUND: A win in Cologne will keep Dortmund in second place while boosting their chance of climbing to the top of the pile if Frankfurt does them a favor.
Dortmund is two points from the top of the league table after the Revierderby win in the previous round.
FRANKFURT VS UNION BERLIN: Avoiding defeat at Frankfurt will keep Union Berlin as the only unbeaten side in the German Bundesliga but a win will guarantee they remain top of the league table with a point gap. Frankfurt is just two points away from the ‘top four’.
WERDER BREMEN VS MONCHENGLADBACH: A 3-0 win against RB Leipzig in the last round was Monachenglabach’s first league win in four matches. They are on equal points with Bayern Munich and can make a move into the ‘top four’ at the end of the 8th round if they get the maximum points in Bremen.
Monchengladbach has a three-point lead on Werder Bremen in the league so that will be wiped away if the home team wins the fixture.
HERTHA BERLIN VS HOFFENHEIM: Hertha Berlin has picked up two draws to remain unbeaten since they won their only game of the season (2-0 win at Augsburg).
Hoffenheim will need a good result in Berlin to guarantee their place in the ‘top four’.
English PREMIER LEAGUE – Round 8*
ARSENAL VS TOTTENHAM: A North London derby that will definitely shape the top end of the league table.
There is a point between the two clubs
Arsenal needs to win to guarantee they stay on top of the league table.
MANCHESTER CITY VS MANCHESTER UNITED: Manchester City is a point from the top of the league table and 5 points away from a Manchester United side that is on a 4-game winning streak in the league with a game in hand.
LIVERPOOL VS BRIGHTON: After six matches played of the new season, it’s Brighton that is in the ‘top four’ while Liverpool sits in 8th place. Brighton will need a result at Anfield to keep their league position. Liverpool will be eager to get into the title race.
Italian SERIE A – Round 8
Napoli and Atalanta will both be playing at home for a win to remain the teams with the most points in the league.
NAPOLI VS TORINO
ATALANTA VS FIORENTINA
INTER MILAN VS ROMA: A point separates the two sides in the league as Inter Milan and Roma are both coming from a defeat in their last league match. Roma will have to avoid defeat at the San Siro to stay above Inter Milan in the league.
EMPOLI VS AC MILAN: After a 2-1 defeat to Napoli, AC Milan will be taking on an Empoli side that is coming to this tie from their first league win of the season (1-0 win against Bologna).
LAZIO VS SPEZIA: Lazio must beat Spezia to guarantee a ‘top four’ position in the league at the end of the eighth round.
JUVENTUS VS BOLOGNA: Losing to Monza in the last round was the third straight league game without a win for a Juventus side that has only managed just two wins from their first 7 league matches. Juventus is at risk of falling into the bottom half of the league standings if they don’t get a win against Bologna.
HELLAS VERONA VS UDINESE: To keep pace in the title race with Napoli and Atalanta, while keeping the teams from Milan and Rome away, Udinese would need to grab the maximum points against Hellas Verona.
Spanish LA LIGA – Round 7
ATHLETIC CLUB VS ALMERIA: A win for Athletic Club will keep them in the ‘top four’ at the end of the 7th round.
SEVILLA VS ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid will like to bounce back from the Madrid Derby defeat with a win in Seville against a Sevilla side that has been struggling to find good run of form since the start of the season. Both clubs finished ‘top four’ last season but are currently out of the ‘top 6’. Atletico Madrid is 7th in the league after 6 rounds, while Sevilla is 15th.
MALLORCA VS BARCELONA: Barcelona will go to Mallorca for the three points to stay close to Real Madrid in the title race and be in position to take advantage of any opportunity that comes if Real Madrid drops points.
CELTA VIGO VS REAL BETIS: Only Barcelona and Real Madrid have more points than Real Betis after 6 rounds. A win against Celta Vigo will guarantee Real Betis remain in third place and stay at least three points from the top of the league.
REAL MADRID VS OSASUNA: Real Madrid will want to extend their perfect winning start with a home win against an Osasuna team that is just a point from being a part of the current ‘top four’ in the league standings.
French LIGUE 1 – Round 9
PARIS ST. GERMAIN VS NICE: Paris St. Germain guarantees their 2-point lead at the top of the standing and will stay unbeaten in the league if they win at home against Nice.
ANGERS VS MARSEILLE: Dropping points against Rennes in the last round pulled Marseille 2-points away from the top of the league. A win against Angers will be required for Marseille to guarantee they hold on to the second place. Both Lorient and Lens are in a position to take advantage of any points Marseille drops at Angers.
LORIENT VS LILLE: Lorient will be going for their 5th win in a row when they take on a Lille side that has been having a patchy season in results. Being three points from the top of the league means a win for Lorient could see them climb further up the league.
LENS VS LYON: Lyon will be staring at a fourth straight league defeat when they travel to face an unbeaten Lens side that will be using the fixture to try and recoup the points they dropped in a goalless draw with Nantes in the last round.
MONACO VS NANTES: Monaco looking for their fourth win in a row when they take on a Nantes side that has only had a win this season.
THE UNBEATEN CLUBS in Europe’s T-7 leagues.
To stay as the only unbeaten club in the Dutch Eredivisie, AZ Alkmaar will need the result against Groningen.
To stay as the only unbeaten club in the German Bundesliga and at the top of the league, Union Berlin will need the result against Frankfurt.
There is a title race and an unbeaten streak to keep in the Italian Serie A for both Atalanta and Napoli. Fortunately for both clubs, they will have the backing of their home supporters for their next game.
There is a title race and an unbeaten streak to keep in the Spanish La Liga for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Real Madrid also has a perfect winning record with their streak and fortunately, they will have their home supporters around them to propel them to another win when they host Osasuna.
As for Barcelona, they will be in Mallorca for the result to stay unbeaten a keep their pace in the title race.
The top two in the Portuguese Primeira Liga are unbeaten. Benfica and Braga will both be away from home in search of another league win.
Three of the current top four teams in the French Ligue 1 standings are unbeaten.
Paris St. Germain, Marseille, and Lens will go through another test to stay unbeaten.
Lens and Paris St. Germain will be home (vs Lyon, and vs Nice), and Marseille will be away against Angers.
Manchester City and Tottenham will need results from a local derby to remain unbeaten in the Premier League. They will both be involved in a fixture that is bound to change the structure of the top of the league table.
Manchester City is involved in a Manchester Derby with Manchester United.
Tottenham is involved in a North London Derby with Arsenal.
Porto vs BRAGA
Angers vs MARSEILLE
Groningen vs AZ ALKMAAR
Vitoria de Guimaraes vs BENFICA
NAPOLI vs Torino
Arsenal vs TOTTENHAM
PARIS ST. GERMAIN vs Nice
Frankfurt vs UNION BERLIN
Mallorca vs BARCELONA
ATALANTA vs Fiorentina
MANCHESTER CITY vs Manchester United
LENS vs Lyon
REAL MADRID vs Osasuna
THE CLUBS WITH NO WINS in Europe’s T-7 leagues.
Leicester City (English Premier League) – Leicester City vs Nottingham Forest
This is possibly Leicester City’s best chance to win a league game after 7 failed attempts. They will be playing at home against a newly-promoted Nottingham Forest that has just one league win to their name. That league win for Nottingham is the only thing separating the two clubs.
Stuttgart (German Bundesliga) – Wolfsburg vs Stuttgart
This is possibly Stuttgart’s best chance to win a league game after 7 failed attempts. They will be playing away against a Wolfsburg side that is equal on points but has a win in their record this season.
Bochum (German Bundesliga) – RB Leipzig vs Bochum
Even if they manage to pick up their first win of the season at Leipzig, Bochum will remain bottom of the table. Bochum picked up their first point of the season in a ‘1-1’ draw with FC Koln in the previous round. Can they follow that with a win?
RB Leipzig’s form this season has been patchy at best.
Elche (Spanish La Liga)- Rayo Vallecano vs Elche
Bottom-tabled Elche has a mountain to climb when they face Rayo Vallecano.
Cremonese (Italian Serie A) – Lecce vs Cremonese
After both Monza and Lecce picked up maximum points in the last round, Cremonese is now the only member of the newly-promoted clubs without a league win recorded for the season.
Sampdoria (Italian Serie A) – Sampdoria vs Monza
While Monza will want to follow their win against Juventus with another league win, Bottom-tabled Sampdoria will be searching for the first league win after 7 failed attempts.
Strasbourg (French Ligue 1) – Strasbourg vs Rennes
Strasbourg isn’t bottom of the French Ligue 1 table but remains the only side without a win in the league after 8 rounds of the season. They will play as host against Rennes for the result that will prevent them from entering a double-digit match played without a win.
Paços de Ferreira (Portuguese Primeira Liga) – Paços de Ferreira vs Arouca
Marítimo (Portuguese Primeira Liga) – Marítimo vs Casa Pia
Paços de Ferreira and Marítimo are the two bottom teams in the Portuguese Primeira Liga after 7 rounds played. They will both be playing at home in the 8th round in the chase for their first league win of the season. Paços de Ferreira vs Arouca, Marítimo vs Casa Pia
RB Leipzig vs BOCHUM
Wolfsburg vs STUTTGART
STRASBOURG vs Rennes
Lecce vs CREMONESE
SAMPDORIA vs Monza
PAÇOS DE FERREIRA vs Arouca
Rayo Vallecano vs ELCHE
LEICESTER CITY vs Nottingham Forest
MARÍTIMO vs Casa Pia
DUTCH EREDIVISIE – Round 8
PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, and Feyenoord occupy the top four positions in the Dutch Eredivisie after 7 games, with a maximum of a point interval between them.
All four teams will be playing against a club that is out of the top 10 positions in the league standings.
AZ Alkmaar is third in the league but just a point from the top of the table. They are also the only unbeaten side left in the league and a result against Groningen will be needed to keep that status active.
4th place Feyenoord will seek points against NEC Nijmegen to bounce back from the 4-3 defeat in Eindhoven in the last round, while PSV Eindhoven will look to add to their victory against Feyenoord with another against Cambuur.
PSV Eindhoven is top of the league by just a (+1) goal difference against Ajax.
Ajax will try and use home advantage to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat against AZ Alkmaar in the last round. Ajax will host Go Ahead Eagles for the points.
Cambuur vs PSV EINDHOVEN
Groningen vs AZ ALKMAAR
AJAX vs Go Ahead Eagles
NEC Nijmegen vs FEYENOORD
Portuguese PRIMEIRA LIGA – Round 8
Benfica and Braga are the two unbeaten teams left in the Portuguese Primeira Liga after 7 rounds of the season, but it is Benfica who has kept a 100% winning record to lead the title race by three points.
Benfica will be away against Vitoria de Guimaraes for the three points to guarantee they remain top of the league table with a point gap.
Second-place Braga will be away against a Porto side that is just a position and three points away. A home win for Porto will see them equal Braga on league points.
Porto vs BRAGA
Vitoria de Guimaraes vs BENFICA