What to watch this weekend

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October 27, 2018
File Real Madrid's Karim Benzema (right) and Barcelona's Gerard Piqué jump for the ball during their Spanish LaLiga match, dubbed 'El Clasico', at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
New AS Monaco head coach Thierry Henry
Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling
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What to watch this weekend

SPAIN

For the first time in more than a decade there will be a "clasico" between Barcelona and Real Madrid without either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Spanish rivals meet tomorrow at the Camp Nou Stadium with Messi out with a broken arm and Ronaldo far away in Italy playing for Juventus.

The last time the game lacked both stars was in 2007, a 1-0 victory for Madrid at Camp Nou, when Brazilian midfielder Julio Baptista scored the winner.

This weekend's match could be decisive for Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, who is in danger of being fired following a series of poor results.

Barcelona top the league with 18 points, four more than seventh-place Madrid, who have lost three of their last four matches.

Third-place Alaves host Villarreal tomorrow. Sevilla, two points off the lead in fourth spot, host Huesca tomorrow, while fifth-place Atletico Madrid play Real Sociedad today.

FRANCE

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) keep on winning in the French league, and keep on falling short in the big European games, having been dominated for long spells in Wednesday's 2-2 home draw with Napoli.

It may be a relief to return to domestic duty tomorrow although PSG face a tough trip to bitter rivals Marseille as the visitors seek an 11th straight win in the league, a feat that would equal Tottenham's opening mark during the 1960-61 campaign in England.

Second-place Lille hosts Caen today and third-place Montpellier travel to Toulouse the same day. Marseille are fourth, trailing Montpellier on goal difference.

After two games in charge, Monaco coach Thierry Henry is finding out how difficult his task is going to be with an injury-hit squad low on confidence. The team is 19th and needs to escape the relegation zone quickly to take pressure off the former France forward. A home win against fellow struggler Dijon today would be a timely boost for Henry and his side.

ITALY

After having their perfect start to the season interrupted with a draw against Genoa last weekend, Juventus will look to begin a new winning streak at Empoli today.

The seven-time defending champions showed the result against Genoa may have been a momentary lapse when they won 1-0 at Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

In the most attractive match of the weekend, second-place Napoli host Roma tomorrow, with both coming off strong midweek performances in the Champions League.

On Monday, third-place Inter Milan attempt to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at Barcelona when they visit fourth-place Lazio.

AC Milan host Sampdoria tomorrow aiming to rebound from last weekend's derby loss to Inter.

ENGLAND

The standout match of the 10th round in the Premier League sees first-place Manchester City visit Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Monday, a day after the venue stages an NFL game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles.

City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, just back from injury, has voiced concern about the likely standard of the playing surface given the short amount of time between the two games.

Asked if he had experience of playing on an NFL field, he replied: "Yes, in a preseason, and it's not nice. It's going to be difficult. I'm not sure how it's going to be."

City are tied on 23 points with second-place Liverpool, which host Cardiff today. Mohamed Salah will look to score for the third straight match for the home side.

Third-place Chelsea have a worry over star forward Eden Hazard's back injury ahead of their trip to Burnley tomorrow. Also that day, fourth-place Arsenal are away to Crystal Palace and Manchester United host Everton.

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