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Ligue 1, Premier League, Liga ... We take stock before the resumption of European football


After a two-week international break, the European Championships this weekend. Small point before the recovery.

The international truce is over.

The domestic championships resume their rights this weekend.

Rankings, dynamics, better posters, return of the injured ...

Le Figaro

tells you everything about the five biggest European leagues before the resumption.

Ligue 1:


and Lionel Messi return

An enticing weekend in Ligue 1 in perspective.

Paris Saint-Germain still dominates outrageously - 10 points ahead!

- classification.

But behind, the fight for European places is tough and close between Racing Club de Lens (2nd), OGC Nice (3rd), Olympique de Marseille (4th), Stade Rennais (5th) or even Montpellier (6th) and the OLympique Lyonnais (7th);

the race to maintain is just as important with FC Metz (20th) AS Saint-Etienne (19th), Girondins de Bordeaux (18th), Stade Brestois (17th) and Stade de Reims (16th) or even Clermont Foot (15th), in difficulty after a promising start.

Several beautiful posters are on the program and could shake things up.

Starting with the shock of this 14th day of Ligue 1:

the Olympico

, between Gones and Phocéens (Sunday, 8:45 p.m.), two teams who need to win with poor performances or even disillusion with OL. But earlier in the weekend, other interesting matches will be worth watching including the opposition between AS Monaco and LOSC (Friday, 9 p.m.), or the confrontation between Stade Rennais - which is in terms of points the best team of the moment - and the MHSC. The Parisian leader will receive FC Nantes (Saturday, 5 p.m.) and should be able to count on Leo Messi, recovered after knee problems, but not on Neymar who returned from selection with a groin injury. Injury level, note that Presnel Kimpembe, Léo Dubois - affected with the Blues against Finland - will also be unavailable; at OM, the situation of Cengiz Under, injured back with Turkey,will also be one to watch.


OM's best goals against OL

Premier League: shocks in numbers and the debut of Steven Gerrard

We must not miss the resumption of the Premier League.

If Chelsea, with four victories in its last five meetings, sails alone in the lead, the other contenders for the title or for a qualifying place for the next edition stand in a few points.

Manchester City (2nd) is only three units away, as is the astonishing West Ham team (3rd), which remains on four straight wins.

Liverpool (4th), who needs to revive after their loss to the Hammers, is a little further.

Arsenal (5th), who makes an incredible comeback after a delicate start to the championship, is not left behind.

On the other hand, Manchester United (6th), must at all costs bounce back against Watford (Saturday, 4 p.m.) after disappointing results. This 12th day of the Premier League will start with a superb Leicester City-Chelsea (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.). Reds and Gunners will face off later today (6.30 p.m.) while on Sunday the Citizens and Spurs will host Everton (3 p.m.) and Leeds (5.30 p.m.) respectively. Note that Steven Gerrard will make his debut on the Villans bench this Saturday against Brighton (4 p.m.), with the ambition to get them out of their bad patch. Paul Pogba - injured during the rally of the Blues - will not be on the lawns this weekend, just like his teammate Raphaël Varane, still affected. Edinson Cavani could however make a comeback after a tendon problem. Romelu Lukaku, for his part,has resumed training with his team and should be fit.

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Liga: Xavi's first on Barça bench

The attraction of this weekend will inevitably be the first match of Xavi Hernandez on the bench of FC Barcelona.

A rather special baptism of fire.

The 41-year-old technician starts this Saturday (9 p.m.) at Camp Nou during the Barcelona derby against Espanyol.

He will be keen to win to mark the spirits and revive a team largely behind in the standings.

In front, Real Sociedad (1st) keeps a good pace.

But she must be wary of Real Madrid (2nd) and Sevilla FC (3rd), who are only one point behind and who are on a positive dynamic.

Atlético Madrid (4th), after having conceded three draws in their last five meetings, need points so as not to see their chances of retaining their title diminish or even disappear. At the bottom, Levante and Elche must imperatively win to return to the race to maintain. In addition to the Barcelona shock, it will be necessary to be interested in the opposition between Real Sociedad and Valencia CF (Sunday, 9 p.m.). Real Madrid, as far as they are concerned, will travel to Granada CF (Sunday, 4:15 p.m.); the day before Sevilla FC receives Alavés (4:15 p.m.). Many important players will be unavailable this weekend: Joao Felix, just injured, Gareth Bale, again affected, Mikel Oyarzabal, still recovering ... but it is especially at FC Barcelona that the absent are likely to be numerous between Ousmane Dembélé's injuries,Ansu Fati, Nico Gonzalez, Eric Garcia, or even Pedri, still away from the lawns, and Sergio Agüero, who must manage his heart problems.

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Serie A: top of the table posters

The title fight continues in Italy. In form, Naples (1st) and AC Milan (2nd) stand alone at the top of the standings, with no less than seven points ahead of their main competitor, Inter Milan (3rd), who is skating a little in recent times. weeks. Atalanta Bergamo (4th) is also in a positive spiral. Unlike AS Roma (6th) José Mourinho who collapsed recently after a good start to the championship. At the bottom, Cagliari (20th), Salernitana (19th), Sampdoria de Genoa (18th) and Genoa (17th) are in desperate need of points. Three beautiful posters are planned this weekend. On Saturdays, the Rossoneri take to the Fiorentina lawn (8:45 p.m.); a little earlier Lazio Rome, perhaps without Ciro Immobile,receives Juventus Turin (6 p.m.) who must absolutely win to hope to join in the fight for the podium. The Old Lady should be able to count on the services of Paulo Dybala, slightly affected with Argentina. On Sunday, we must not miss the big clash between Inter Milan and Napoli (6 p.m.).

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Bundesliga: suspense and a Berlin derby

Bundesliga's intensity and long-range strikes are also back this weekend. The championship is dominated by the reigning winner, Bayern Munich. However, Borussia Dortmund (2nd) - who must recover after their misstep against RB Leipzig (5th), in good form - is not very far, just four points. After a difficult period, VfL Wolfsburg (4th) has recovered well while Bayer Leverkusen (6th) is having a difficult week. At the bottom of the standings, Greuther Fürth is still looking for his first victory of the season. It could intervene this Saturday against Borussia Mönchengladbach (3:30 p.m.), which is below expectations in this first part of the Bundesliga. This 12th day of the championship will begin with the trip of Bayern Munich to the Augsburg lawn (Friday, 8:30 p.m.),who will not be able to count on Niklas Süle, affected by Covid-19. On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund will host VfB Stuttgart, still without Erling Haaland, and RB Leipzig will challenge Hoffenheim (3.30 p.m.). The same day, but a little later, the Union and the Hertha will face each other in a breathtaking Berlin derby (6.30 p.m.).

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-11-18

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