4 biggest football matches across Europe this weekend

Premier League

The competition in Europe’s major leagues gets tougher as it enters the busy festive period.

As usual, this weekend presents interesting fixtures with mouth-watering rivalries at stake.

Below are four games to spice up your weekend.

  1. Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Kick-off: Saturday, 1:30pm

Head-to-head: Man City 9, draws 7, Chelsea 22

Match facts: City have won their last two Premier League meetings with Chelsea. They have not won three in a row against the Blues since September 2010.

Chelsea have won 11 matches at Man City in the Premier League; their most against a team away from home in the competition.

Sergio Aguero has scored four times in his last two league matches against Chelsea, including a hat-trick in his last league meeting with them.

  1. Everton vs. Manchester United

Venue: Goodison Park

Kick-off: Sunday, 5pm

Head-to-head: Everton 8, Draws 7, United 33

Match facts: United have won at Goodison Park on 15 occasions in the Premier League; at no other away venue have they won more often in the competition’s history.

Everton have won three of their last four Premier League matches against Man Utd at Goodison Park (L1); this after winning only three of their previous 20.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has seven Premier League goals this season; more than double the total of any other Man Utd player (Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford – three goals).

  1. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Venue: Camp Nou

Kick-off: Saturday, 4:15pm

Head-to-head: Barca 6, Draws 32, Real 71

Match facts: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth and tenth goal of the season to take him clear of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi at the top of the goalscoring charts.

Zinedine Zidane’s side remain unbeaten in the league, drawing three and winning 10 of their 13 matches.

Barca currently sit six points behind Real after stuttering to a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad on Sunday evening.

  1. Napoli vs. Inter Milan

Venue: San Paolo

Kick-off: Friday, 7:45pm

Head-to-head: Napoli 45, Draws 38, Inter 68

Match facts: Napoli have conceded in seven of their last eight Serie A games.

The host have drawn their last two Serie A home matches for the first time since March 2015 (in a single season).

Inter are winless away from home in the last four league games, losing three and drawing one.