El Clasico plus three other European rivalries you should see this weekend

European football finally returns after an international break marred by multiple bomb-blasts in Paris, France, which led to the cancelation of some high profile friendly games.

The weekend provides action across Europe, from the El Clasico in Spain to the old Italian rivalry between Juventus and Roma.

Here are four fixtures that should spice up your weekend after a hectic working week.

  1. Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Kickoff: Saturday, 6:30pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Match facts

Manchester City have won four and lost none of their last six Barclays Premier League matches against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool have lost one of their last six away league matches (W2 D3 L1), a defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Reds have scored just 13 league goals this term, their joint-lowest tally in a BPL campaign after 12 matches.

  1. Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

Kickoff: Saturday, 6:15pm

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Match facts

Despite letting in three goals against Sevilla, Real still have one of the best defences in the league conceding just seven times in the league this term, while keeping six clean sheets.

The team still have more goals than any La Liga rivals too, with 26 goals so far, including eight from top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Luis Suarez and Neymar have stepped up in the absence of Lionel Messi scoring all 17 of the club’s goals in the league in their last seven fixtures.

  1. Juventus vs. Roma

Kickoff: Saturday, 9:45pm

Venue: Turin

Match facts:

Juventus have suffered four defeats (4W, 1D).These two sides have met 160 times in Serie A: the Bianconeri lead by 58 wins to 48, with 54 draws.

Juventus have won five Serie A clashes in a row against AC Milan for the second time in their history (first time between 1980 and 1984) – they have never enjoyed six consecutive wins so far.

These two teams have not drawn in Serie A at Juventus’ ground since 2006: six wins for Juventus and two for AC Milan.

  1. Schalke 04 vs. Bayern

Kickoff: Saturday, 6:30pm

Venue: Veltins-Arena

Match facts:

Schalke have failed to win in their last six in all competitions though have only lost once at home this season.

The last time Schalke defeated Bayern was in March 2011.

Bayern are top of the German Bundesliga standings and have 100% away record conceding just once on the road.