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Saturday 26 October 2019
Bundesliga have been on fire so far this season as the first 9 teams are only separated by just 2 points. Schalke (7th) will host local rivals Dortmund (4th) for the 139th edition of the Revierderby, also known as "the mother of all derbies".
The cities of Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund are only separated by around 30 km within the Ruhr region, where locals are either Royal Blue Schalke or Black-and-Yellow Dortmund. There is no middle in an industrial region where fans live football in a very passion way.
Dortmund has been more times near the powerful Bayern Munich for Bundesliga's dominance, but Schalke is also a force to be recognized and both teams try to achieve internally what they once got in 97: The Year of the Ruhr. That time, Schalke brought the UEFA Cup to Gelsenkirchen after beating Inter Milan on penalties at San Siro. One week later, Dortmund lifted the UEFA Champions League title after beating Juventus in Munich. Back in that days, German legend Franz Beckenbauer said: "the heart of German football beats in the Ruhr." When that heart will beat again?
Atleti and Athletic capture all the attentions in this weekend's La Liga matches. Both teams share the best defense record in La Liga with just 5 goals conceded, revealing strong defensive performances throughout the 9 matches played so far. However, both defensive sectors will be challenged as 3 of the last 5 encounters featured over 2.5 goals and always in both nets, showing the quality of the matches everytime the two sides meet. The team from the Basque Country, known for their incredible policy of only using players borned in the region, lost 9 of the last 10 trips to Atletico's home turf, while Simeone's team will try to extend his amazing record at Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga matches. Atletico only lost once at their new stadium against Real Madrid, 1-3 home lost February 9th 2019.
Sunday 27 October 2019
The two sides meet again after the Champions League final at Wanda Metropolitano. Liverpool continues to perform at an almost unparallel level, leading the Premier League 6 points ahead Manchester City. The reds won the first 8 league matches with the first points being lost last week at Old Trafford in 1-1 away draw against Manchester United. Klopp's team is averaging 2.3 goals per game and are on a run of 44 Premier League matches without a defeat at their home turf, which reveals the amazing strength Liverpool have been showing recently. For Tottenham, the beginning of the season hasn't been good as the team only managed to win 3 of their 9 Premier League matches and already faced huge blows, like the horrendous 7-2 Champions League home defeat against Bayern Munich. Pochettino's side comes from a comfortable 5-0 victory against Red Star Belgrad and are looking for a surprise at Anfield Road as the home team failed to keep a clean sheet in all four home league games this season.
If Roma comes from late draw against Gladbach for the Europa League, with the German side scoring a penalty kick at the 95th minute, AC Milan continues to be surrounded by huge instability and lack of results. The Rossoneri lost 3 of their last 5 league matches, and already changed their manager as Marco Giampaolo left the club just 3 months after being named. Pioli arrived with no support from the tiffosi and didn't managed to win his first and only match in charge of the Rossoneri, only getting a home draw against Lecce. Milan lost 4 of their 8 Serie A matches, being already 12 points behind the leader Juventus. However, despite the difficulties that the club is facing, Milan are only 3 points behind European spots and Roma is the last team in that group, so this game has an additional point of interest as both teams battle for a place in next year's European competitions, specially Champions League. Roma only lost 1 game in Serie A at home against Atalanta and draw 4 of the 8 matches played so far. More than a sport test for both teams, Sunday will be a psychology challenge for both Roma and Milan.
French biggest match comes up this weekend as the current Ligue 1 2x Champions PSG hosts Marseille at Parc des Princes. The Parisiens have been showing that no one can match their power in the French competitions since 2012/13, clinching 6 of the last 7 Ligue 1 titles. Against Marseille, PSG won the last 5 meetings and only draw once against Marseille in the last 10 matches at Parc des Princes. Marseille have only one win in their last five league matches and will face a PSG that, despite the well-known powerful offensive sector, are showing impressive defensive stats with 9 clean sheets in their last 11 games. Despite the difference between the teams, Le Classique is always an emotional match that can give unpredictable results.
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