Six matches you can not afford to miss this weekend

Six matches you can not afford to miss this weekend

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League matches resume across various centers in Europe after the long international break clubs get back into action as the 2016/2017 season continues.

In the English Premier League, another titanic battle between two bitter historical rivals who are also the two most successful clubs in English football.

What seems used to be a two-horse in the Spanish La Liga has taken another twist as the two biggest clubs in Spain are struggling at the early stages of league.

Here are the six matches you should not miss this weekend

1. Chelsea vs Leicester City (Saturday, 12:30pm)

The defending league Champions are once again going into battle with another Premier League heavyweight as they have lost against Manchester United and Liverpool earlier in the season.

Chelsea and Leicester players in a burst-up in last season’s fixture at Stamford Bridge

Antonio Conte will be looking to continue from where the ‘Blues’ stopped after returning from a disappointing league defeat to Arsenal, but bounced back with a win to Hull City last time out.

2. Manchester City vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm)

Pep Guardiola’s City were finally conquered by Tottenham in their last match at White Hart Lane and all eyes will be on the billionaire club to further drop points and the leadership on table changes.

City’s midfield general David Silva will be in action against Everton at Etihad

Everton also bowed to their first defeat of the season against Bournemouth but are four points behind their opponents. Ronald Koeman’s men have been defensively outstanding but play against the best attack in the England.

3. Barcelona vs Deportivo La Caruna (Saturday, 3:15pm)

The Catalan giant have started the league with two losses from seven games and fell scandalously to Celta Vigo following a catalogue of errors from the defense and goalkeeper.

Messi will be back for Barcelona in their match against Deportivo

The good news for Barcelona is that their tallisman Lionel Messi will be back into the squad but still does not guarantee a win because Deportivo snatched a draw in the same fixture in the 2015/16 campaign.

4. Real Betis vs Real Madrid (Saturday, 7:45pm)

Time is running out for Real and the match away to Betis is a must win for Zinedine Zidane or he could get axed as coach of Los Blancos.

Los Merengues have played four consecutive draws in all competitions as they slipped to second behind Atletico Madrid on the table.

Benzema crashes to the ground against Real Betis last season

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a poor start to a season in four years for Real Madrid, but his seven goals in two matches for Portugal during the international break will be giving him the psychological advantage to re-ignite is scoring form for Real.

5. Arsenal vs Swansea City (Saturday, 3pm)

The Gunners have been on the ascendancy and will be looking to continue their impressive form in the league with only the opening day defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey in action against Swansea at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger’s men are just two points behind Manchester City and a win will further push them up on the league table as they go into the Champions League clash with Ludogorets later in mid-week.

6. Liverpool vs Manchester United (Monday, 8pm)

The biggest week 8 league match is between the two most successful clubs in the Premier League as their rivalry will be rekindled when both clubs clash at Anfield.

Coutinho in action for Liverpool against Manchester United last season

United are gradually building their momentum with their expensive squad but the Reds have been unstoppable with Jurgen Klopp’s side not taking anything for granted with any opponent that come their way.

Manchester United won last season’s fixture against Liverpool at Anfield.

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