EUROPEAN FOOTBALL FIVES
Germany’s El Plástico / Super Sutton are up for the cup / it’s tight at the top in La Liga / Ligue 1’s two highest scoring sides prepare to do battle / and can Juventus go on a run?
It’s going to be another huge weekend of football all across Europe and to get you right in the mood, Onefootball brings you the five biggest talking points from the continent’s five biggest leagues…
GERMANY — RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim — Sat 28 January, 15:30 CET
It’s the clash of the Neureich as German football’s two most hated clubs go head-to-head on Saturday. However, there’ll be more than just that unwanted mantle at stake when these two square off at the Red Bull Arena as it’s second vs third in the Bundesliga. Can Leipzig keep pace with leaders Bayern Munich, or will Hoffenheim strengthen their grip on third place? There’s also the small matter of Hoffenheim’s unbeaten record. Die Kraichgauer are the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to have lost yet this season, but that could all end here.
ENGLAND — Sutton Utd vs Leeds Utd — Sun 29 January, 15:00 CET
The English Premier League moves aside for the FA Cup fourth round this weekend and Sutton United, the tournament’s lowest ranked team, will be hoping to keep their cup dream alive when the famous Leeds United visit the 5,013 capacity Borough Sports Ground on Sunday. 83 league positions separate the two clubs but Sutton boss Paul Doswell will be hoping to guide his National League side to a legendary FA Cup giant killing.
SPAIN — Real Madrid, Sevilla & Barcelona — Sun 29 January
Just two points currently separate the top three teams in La Liga and they’re all in action on Sunday. It’ll be Barcelona who’ll get things started when they travel to Real Betis in the day’s early kick off, then second-placed Sevilla are away at Espanyol, and finally Real Madrid will close the show at home to Real Sociedad. Zinedine Zidane’s league leaders still have a game in hand and a win here combined with their rivals dropping points elsewhere could be huge.
FRANCE — PSG vs Monaco — Sun 29 January, 20:00 CET
It’s first vs third in Ligue 1 as Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco look to open up a six-point gap between themselves and reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain. The last time these two met they drew 1–1 at Stade Louis II in October but they’re the two highest scoring teams in the league (41 v 64) so expect plenty of goals this time around.
ITALY — Sassuolo vs Juventus — Sun 29 January, 14:00 CET
After slipping up away at Fiorentina a fortnight ago, Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus got back to winning ways against Lazio last week. This weekend, they travel to the Province of Modena to take on struggling Sassuolo, where another win could send them hurtling towards a sixth successive Serie A title. Roma faltering away at Sampdoria would also come as a welcome boost to the Old Lady.