A round of European football has come to a close and domestic action returns this weekend with some exciting matches. The futures of certain managers will be on the line as they look to end a run of poor form. Down are some of the big games you can’t afford to miss this weekend.
5. Napoli vs Roma
The upcoming duel between Napoli and Roma is bound to become one of the most important of the season. Which side will emerge victorious at the Stadio San Paolo?
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The transition from Maurizio Sarri to Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t stopped Napoli’s winning habit. The Partenopei remain Serie A’s only hope of preventing another Juventus triumph and will need to keep winning if they’re to close the four-point gap currently at the top of the table.
Roma’s young side have struggled for consistency so far. Four wins from nine see them in seventh, already trailing behind rivals Lazio and Inter Milan in the race for Champions League qualification.
However, Eusebio Di Francesco’s team managed one of last season’s most surprising results, when they went to Napoli and won 4-2. The result severely damaged Napoli’s title hopes.
4. Manchester United vs Everton
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United’s chaotic dysfunction makes for compelling viewing. Their players seem set on playing for personal pride rather than out of any love for Jose Mourinho, while Mourinho himself is enduring a constant struggle to find a cohesive set-up that’ll get the best out of his expensive squad.
Defeat to Juventus was depressing yet not unexpected. Defeat to Everton on Sunday, though, would be the latest nail in the Mourinho coffin, and there’d be no shortage of supporters who’d want to hammer it in themselves.
3. Barcelona vs Real Madrid
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El Clasico is a game that usually needs no introduction but this year it arrives with an intriguing caveat: neither Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will be featuring. The last time that happened was in December 2007.
This is a bigger game for Real Madrid than it is for Barcelona. Manager Julen Lopetegui may already be a dead man walking following defeats to Alaves, CSKA Moscow and Levante, but he’ll have hope that a triumph at the Camp Nou will buy him some more time.