The El Clasico clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernebeu is undoubtedly the star match this weekend across various European leagues though there are still some mouthwatering prospects especially in England and Italy.
In England, the crucial Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium promises to be an exciting one while the game between rejuvenated Everton and champions Chelsea at Goodison Park shouldn’t disappoint.
In Italy, two title rivals namely Juventus and AS Roma meet at the Juventus Stadium in Turin as both sides look to put pressure on league leaders Napoli.
Let’s take a look at all the key stats for this weekend
Spanish La Liga:
3 – Barcelona have made Santiago Bernebeu their second home in recent times after winning 3 of their last four visits. Villareal make the short trip to the Mestalla hoping to maintain their 3 match unbeaten run against Valencia at the venue.
6 – Real Madrid can’t afford any more slip ups in the title race having dropped points in 6 of their fifteen league games.
24 – Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has scored 24 El Clasico goals, more than any other player in the history of the fixture.
35 – Of all the active players, Barcelona playmaker Andreas Iniesta has the most El Clasico appearance (35). He still has a long way to go to rival the record holder Manuel Sanchis (forty-three).
English Premier League:
3 – Liverpool have scored at least 3 goals in a four-match winning run away from home in all competitions, this is a record.
4 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is on a 4-match unbeaten run (three wins and one draw) against his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.
5 – Rejuvenated Everton are unbeaten under new manager Sam Allardyce (5 games: four wins and one draw) but that is expected to come under threat when the champions Chelsea visit Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
13 – Arsenal are very formidable at the Emirates Stadium. They have won 13 of the last fourteen games at home in the league.
16 – West Brom visit Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium with the Baggies currently on a club record 16 league games without a win since the Matchday two win at Burnley (1-0). They have not won a game in seventeen attempts in all competitions.
17 – League leaders Manchester City entertain Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium hoping to extend their winning run to a record 17 matches.
21 – The last four fixtures between Arsenal and Liverpool have witnessed 21 goals. Both sides meet again on Friday night.
Italian Serie A:
1 – Juventus entertain title rivals AS Roma in back crunch clash with an enviable record of 1 defeat in the last 19 games.
4 – Sampdoria started the season very well but that’s in the past after a wretched run of results. They travel to league leaders Napoli with a 4-match winless run in all competitions.
6 – Atalanta have really impressed in Europe (UEFA Europa, League UEL) and they are starting to transmit that form into domestic matches. They travel to the San Siro to take on struggling AC Milan with a 6-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
16 – AS Roma have a very good scoring record away from home. Ahead of their game at Juventus, they have scored in 16 of the last 17 away games.