The extent of soccer on show on Sunday within the prime European leagues is ready to be tantalising.
Prime groups all through the continent are set to lock horns because the season will get nearer to its World Cup break early subsequent month.
From the season’s first El Clasico in Madrid to the Classique in Paris, and a few key video games in England, listed here are the 5 video games it’s best to hold an eye fixed out for at this time:
Actual Madrid vs Barcelona
The place: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
When: 3:15pm (14:15 GMT)
The primary Clasico of the season is an opportunity for the 2 groups concerned to put down a marker for the season.
Each groups are unbeaten within the league this season. Barcelona come into the Clasico sitting prime, forward of Actual solely on purpose distinction.
Actual shall be seeking to precise revenge for the 4-0 thrashing from Barcelona on the Bernabeu earlier this yr.
Madrid talisman Karim Benzema has not scored since August however Brazilian forwards Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, who’ve scored 11 targets between them in all competitions this season, haven’t let his drought be felt.
Barcelona shall be seeking to bounce again from their Champions League draw towards Inter Milan midweek that left them getting ready to a second successive group-stage exit. They’ve conceded only one purpose within the league up to now however accidents to Jules Kounde, Hector Bellerin, Andreas Christensen and Ronald Araujo have debilitated their backline.
The Catalan membership’s probabilities of successful the sport rely closely on Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 14 targets in 12 video games for the membership.
Late afternoon kickoff for Sunday’s Clasico in Madrid. Our condolences to Barça followers in Australia 😉 pic.twitter.com/EWtIhVyMu6
— whole Barça (@totalBarca) October 15, 2022
Liverpool vs Manchester Metropolis
The place: Anfield, Liverpool, UK
When: 4:30pm (15:30 GMT)
The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis has outlined the Premier League within the final 5 years.
However, Liverpool’s detached begin to the season coupled with Manchester Metropolis threatening to succeed in new heights since Erling Haaland’s arrival, has dented the fixture’s prime billing.
Liverpool have received simply two of their final 5 video games, overwhelmed 3-2 by Arsenal of their final Premier League outing. They took out their frustration on Rangers within the Champions League, thrashing the Scottish facet 7-1. Mohamed Salah scored the quickest hat-trick in Champions League historical past and Liverpool shall be hoping that the Egyptian, who has had a gradual begin to the season, carries his confidence into the sport on Sunday.
Haaland’s arrival has catapulted Manchester Metropolis to a better stage. They common practically three targets a recreation and Haaland has scored 15 of Metropolis’s 33 targets this season within the league.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Marseille
The place: Parc de Princes, Paris, France
When: 7:45pm (18:45 GMT)
Bother is rarely too far off at Paris Saint-Germain.
The primary speaking level going into the Ligue 1 Classique is that Kylian Mbappe is sad at PSG and is pushing for a transfer away from the membership in January.
Mbappe’s want to go away only a few months after signing a mammoth three year-contract may have a destabilising impact on Christophe Galtier’s crew who’ve been in imperious kind this yr.
Lionel Messi appears to be like again to his greatest and Neymar, who has already scored 11 targets in all competitions, is taking part in arguably one of the best soccer of his PSG profession.
Marseille have been spectacular beneath Igor Tudor and can enter this recreation using the boldness of their 2-0 win at Sporting Lisbon within the Champions League.
Alexis Sanchez has been spectacular since his summer season transfer from Inter Milan and is the membership’s prime scorer with six targets in all competitions this season.
A win on Sunday would draw them stage on factors with PSG.
Union Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund
The place: Stadion An der Alten Försterei
When: 4:30pm (15:30 GMT)
Have you ever seen the Bundesliga desk because it stands?
Bayern Munich lie exterior the highest 4, Bayer Leverkusen are sixteenth and Borussia Dortmund are seventh.
Sitting two factors clear on the prime is Union Berlin.
Since their promotion to the Bundesliga in 2019, the membership has made a behavior of proving folks flawed. They have been earmarked for relegation that yr however completed eleventh. The next yr they completed within the UEFA Convention League locations and final season, got here agonisingly near qualifying for the Champions League.
This season, they’ve already defeated metropolis rivals Hertha Berlin, RB Leipzig and held Bayern Munich to a draw.
Dortmund confirmed exceptional character to come back again from two targets to win some extent within the Der Klassiker towards Bayern final weekend.
Union Berlin is prime of the Bundesliga desk after 9 video games. If Bayern’s streak is to finish, I’d have this membership break it. What a narrative it could be, even higher than the Leicester one.
— Shivansh (@shivanshfcbm) October 9, 2022
Napoli vs Bologna
The place: Diego Armando Maradona Stadium
When: 5pm (16:00 GMT)
Napoli have taken the world by storm this season.
Luciano Spaletti’s facet has scored 19 targets in its final 5 video games, together with a press release 6-1 win over Ajax in Amsterdam.
They’re unbeaten in all competitions this season and sit two factors clear on prime of Serie A.
The attacking nous of gamers like Victor Osimhen, Giacomo Raspadori and new signing Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has Neoplitanas dreaming of a primary title since 1990.
Lowly Bologna may very well be the subsequent victims of this swashbuckling Napoli crew that’s simply probably the most thrilling crew in Europe for the time being.