30.10.2015 19:06 - in: Champions League S

    Busy Saturday ahead for Juve's UCL rivals

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    Premier League leaders Manchester City host Norwich, while Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach hit the road, taking on Villarreal and Hertha Berlin respectively
    Man City vs. Norwich (15.00 CET)

    With England’s top five all in action on Saturday afternoon, Manchester City will have their eyes on all three points against visitors Norwich to at least preserve their slender lead at the Premier League summit.

    Leading second-placed Arsenal on goal difference, the Citizens enter Saturday’s 15.00 CET kick-off in fine fettle following comprehensive home victories over Crystal Palace (5-1), Newcastle (6-1) and Bournemouth (5-1) in recent weeks and face a Norwich side on a four-match losing streak in all competitions.

    Having thrashed the Canaries 7-0 on their last visit to the Etihad Stadium, Manuel Pellegrini will no doubt be looking for a repeat performance to send his side into next Tuesday’s crucial Champions League Group clash with Sevilla in the best possible shape. 

    Hertha Berlin vs. Gladbach (15.30)

    Following five domestic wins on the spin, including back-to-back triumphs over local rivals Schalke in space of seven days, Andre Schubert’s Borussia Monchengladbach have rapidly become the team to beat in Germany’s Bundesliga.

    Standing in the way of the Borussians are a Hertha Berlin side enjoying a promising run of form themselves having lost just three of their opening ten fixtures to climb to fifth place in the table.

    A win for the Foals however would take them above the Olympiastadion-based club and potentially into the European places, should other results go their way.

    The Bianconeri lie in wait thereafter. 

    Villarreal vs. Sevilla (18.15)

    Kicking off just a quarter of an hour after the Derby della Mole, Unai Emery’s Sevilla take on Villarreal as eighth meets fifth at the Estadio Madrigal.

    Although not to the same extent as Borussia, Sevilla too find themselves in the middle of a dramatic upturn in fortunes, registering three wins from their last four in La Liga, including last weekend’s 5-0 thumping of Getafe.

    Their hosts Villarreal on the other hand, seem to be heading in the other direction, picking up one point from a possible nine this month to put the breaks on their excellent start to the campaign.

    Emery’s men as a result will fancy their chances on Saturday evening particularly given that they have sunk the Yellow Submarine on 12 of the teams’ last 15 encounters.   

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