Following the international break, this weekend brings the return of league matches for Juventus’ Champions League Group B rivals, and the three sides will be looking to build a strong platform for success in the midweek European fixtures with some solid domestic results.
Real Madrid travel to take on Almería this evening, a potentially tricky fixture given that the hosts have maximum points from their last three matches and have managed to prevent Real from winning in three of Los Blancos’ last four visits to the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.
Also complicating things for Carlo Ancelotti is a growing injury list that includes important names such as Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria and Marcelo.
Over in Turkey, Galatasaray will be aiming to bounce back from a bitter 2-0 defeat against arch-rivals Fenerbahce in the Istanbul derby when they welcome Sivasspor to the Turk Telecom Arena this evening.
That derby loss means that Roberto Mancini’s men are now sixth in the Super Lig table, but there are not many points separating the teams at the top end, so a win could shake things up significantly.
But the team whose result will interest the Bianconeri the most this weekend is FC Copenhagen, their opponents at Juventus Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Danes have gradually clawed their way back from the lower reaches of the table where they found themselves at the beginning of the season, and will be looking to continue their rise to the top against Viborg tomorrow evening.
Stale Solbakken’s men were only able to snatch a point in their most recent fixture away at Esbjerg, but a 4-1 away win the last time they met Viborg bodes well for their chances at home this time around.