Sevilla host Getafe on Saturday evening (kick-off at 20.30 CEST) looking to continue their rise up the La Liga table. Unai Emery’s men have taken seven points from their last three league games, but face a Getafe side that have an identical recent form guide and currently sit one point above Juventus’ Group D rivals, who suffered a last-minute defeat to Manchester City in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter. Yevhen Konoplyanka scored to put the Spaniards in front on the evening, but they were unable to hold on to a precious lead, Adil Rami putting into his own net before Kevin de Bruyne netted a 90th minute winner, leaving Sevilla on three points after as many games in Europe this season.
Manchester derby headlines Eurorival weekend
One of the biggest games in club football, the Manchester derby, takes place on Sunday afternoon (kick-off at 15.05) at Old Trafford. City are currently lead the way in this year’s Premier League and a draw would most likely see them stay first, given their far superior goal difference over second-placed Arsenal. United, however, will be keen to shake up the pack and go top themselves with what would be only a third win over the blue half of the city in the last nine derbies. Manuel Pellegrini’s men enter the fixture in fine form, both domestically and on the European front after recording back-to-back victories in the Champions League. However, the Chilean manager has not confirmed whether Belgian defender and captain Vincent Kompany will be recalled for his first club start in six weeks, while other key players Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri remain sidelined through injury.
Borussia Monchengladbach entertain local rivals Schalke on Sunday evening (kick-off at 17.30) looking to secure a fifth Bundesliga victory on the bounce. The match represents the hosts’ biggest test in the league since their opening day loss to Borussia Dortmund, as they come up against the division’s third-placed side, who currently sit seven points ahead of them in the table. However, Andre Schubert’s men enjoy the advantage of playing at home and having had an extra day to prepare for the much-awaited fixture after Schalke drew 2-2 to Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Gladbach, meanwhile, gained their first point in this year’s Champions League following Wednesday’s goalless stalemate with Juventus on Wednesday.