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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Match Day: Man City, Liverpool return; Bayern, Madrid on the street

Here’s a look at what’s happening in European football on Saturday:

England

The race for the Premier League title resumed with leader Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool. Liverpool relegation-threatened Watford in the first seven games of the day. Back Trent Alexander-Arnold can play now that he has recovered from hamstring injury, City lead Liverpool by one point and travel to Burnley – before the defending champions host Liverpool on 10 April. Chelsea hosted Brentford in a derby in West London, with the Blues trying to cement their hold of a Champions League spot. Leeds will look to secure three consecutive wins at the tour of Southampton. Norwich is in Brighton, and Wolverhampton hosts Aston Villa. The final match of the day is at Old Trafford, where Manchester United host Leicester. United centre-back Harry Maguire was in news this week when some England fans booed him In a friendly at Wembley Stadium.

Germany:

Six points away from Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and second-placed Borussia Dortmund, with seven rounds left. Both are in action against potential Champions League qualifiers: Bayern visit fifth-placed Freiburg, before Dortmund host fourth-placed Leipzig. If Freiburg favor Dortmund in the opening game, Marco Rose’s team could return it later as both Freiburg and Leipzig are level on points. Relegation candidate Hertha Berlin visited third-placed Bayer Leverkusen in Felix Magath’s second game as Hertha coach. Magath missed out on first place due to a coronavirus infection but will take his place on the sidelines after he recovers. Armenia Bielefeld hosts Stuttgart for another relegation fight. Stuttgart are level with Hertha and just one point ahead of Bielefeld, who have lost their last four games without a score. Last-place finisher Grüther Firth visited Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim welcomed Bochum.

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France

A lot is at stake for Saint-Etienne and Marseille when they meet in the biggest grudge match in French football. Two of the country’s most popular clubs face off at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard with Saint-Etienne looking for points at home in their fight against relegation and Marseille looking for a victory that can be won by leader Paris Saint-Guichard. Consolidate your second position behind Germaine. After a miserable start to the season, Saint-Etienne has been prompted by the December hiring of coach Pascal Dupraz. It has lost just one of its last eight matches and continues to climb to the playoff spot. With nine matches remaining, Marseille have just one point lead over third-placed Rennes and there is no room for error in their bid to seal straight qualification for next season’s Champions League. Saint-tienne – which has 10 league titles to its name, one more than Marseille – dominated French football during the 1960s and ’70s, after securing a spot in the top-flight in 1966 as a Mediterranean club among its strongest rivals. became a.

Spain

Real Madrid visit Celta Vigo without coach Carlo Ancelotti after testing positive for COVID-19. Madrid have two weeks to recover from their 4-0 home loss to Barcelona before the international break. He is now looking for a win to maintain his comfortable lead in La Liga ahead of next week’s Champions League match at Chelsea. The league’s top scorer Karim Benzema missed the match against Barcelona due to a left leg injury. Madrid are nine points ahead of Sevilla. Celta forward Shanti Meena will be fit for the game a day after the trial accused of raping a woman concluded. The decision is due in a few weeks. Atletico Madrid and Villarreal are also in action before starting their respective Champions League quarter-finals. Atlético hosted Alavés, seeking their sixth consecutive win in the domestic competition, before moving to Manchester City. Villarreal visits down side Levante to warm up for their home game against Bayern Munich. Mallorca also visit Getafe, who need a win to survive a relegation battle and draw points level with the hosts.

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Italy

Lazio will be looking to boost its bid for a European spot when it hosts Sassuolo in Serie A. Seventh-placed Lazio are two points behind Atalanta and Roma, having lost in the capital derby before the international break. Some of the blame for Italy’s failure at the World Cup has been placed on forward Ciro Immobile, but the Lazio captain has scored four goals in his last six appearances for his club. At the other end of the table, Spezia host Venezia in a relegation fight. Spezia have seven points more than 18th-placed Venezia, who could move out of the bottom three with a win. In addition, lower club Salernitana welcomes mid-table Torino.

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