The Early Sub- Friday Previews: Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A

Crucial games are coming up in three of the best leagues in Europe. Critical tilts in England between defending champions Leicester City and 1st place Chelsea on Saturday and the classic Manchester United-Liverpool match at the Theatre of Dreams. In La Liga, Sevilla gets a 3rd shot at breaking Real Madrid’s 40 game unbeaten record after being so close this past week at the Sanchez Pizjuan. They do battle again in Seville with Zidane’s men looking to continue their unbeaten run. Serie A toppers Juventus take on La Viola this weekend in Florence as well as Fiorentina get a chance to reel in the Old Lady closer to the rest of Italy.

Leicester City v. Chelsea.

The defending Cinderella champions, who have zero chance this year, take on Antonio Conte’s 1st place Chelsea. The overarching story here is the absence of Diego Costa who’s being tempted by China to become the highest paid player on the planet. Costa had a bust up with Conte in training earlier this week and as a result will miss the match. This could be Michy Batshuayi chance to shine in the starting XI.

Fiorentina v. Juventus.

As stated earlier, one of the seven sisters of Italy take on the 5 time defending champion Juventus. Juventus sit 4 points above 2nd place Roma. Roma seem to be the only ones who could possibly catch Juventus and if Fiorentina could pull the W over Juve, a Roma win over Udinese could put Juventus only a point above the Romans.

Sevilla FC v. Real Madrid.

Sevilla almost had it. Real at 39 games were beaten through 75 minutes 3-1 by the Andalusian club. Cue a touch of cheekiness from Captain Clutch himself, Sergio Ramos. Then Karim Benzema’s poaching magic gives Real the summit of the mountain with Barcelona’s record. This Real side is an incredible force to be reckoned with, it’s just a matter of who beats them and finally finishes the record.

Manchester United v. Liverpool.

It’s one of the absolute best rivalries in England. Two of the most historic sides that the Premier League has to offer. Cantona, Callagher, Gerrard, Rooney, Pogba, Coutinho (hopefully), Mourinho, Klopp. The great English battle of the Northwest. An enormous game in the table every time. United sit 6th, 2 points behind Arsenal and 3 points behind City and Spurs. Liverpool sit 2nd and 5 points behind Chelsea. Liverpool has to keep up with the powerful blues and United look to continue their hot form. United-Liverpool the main event of the weekend.

 

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