Football today: Five matches you should keep your eyes on today | Football News

The level of football on display in Europe’s top leagues on Sunday will be tempting.

Top teams from across the continent are ready to clash as the season heads into its World Cup break early next month.

From the first Clasico of the season in Madrid to the Classique in Paris, and some key matches in England, here are the five games to watch today:

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

Where: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
When: 15:15 (14:15 GMT)

The first Clásico of the season is an opportunity for the two teams involved to establish a score for the season.

Both teams are unbeaten in the league this season. Barcelona enter the Clasico sitting at the top, ahead of Real Madrid only on goal difference.

Real Madrid will be seeking revenge for the 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona at the Bernabéu earlier this year.

Madrid talisman Karim Benzema hasn’t scored since August but Brazilian strikers Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, who have scored 11 goals between them in all competitions this season, have not let their drought be felt.

Barcelona will be looking to bounce back from their Champions League draw against Inter Milan in midweek that left them on the verge of a second successive group stage elimination. They have only conceded one league goal so far, but injuries to Jules Kounde, Héctor Bellerin, Andreas Christensen and Ronald Araujo have weakened their back line.

The Catalan club’s chances of winning the match largely depend on Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 14 goals in 12 appearances for the club.

Liverpool v Manchester City

Where: Anfield, Liverpool, UK
When: 16:30 (15:30 GMT)

The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City has defined the Premier League for the last five years.

But Liverpool’s indifferent start to the season, coupled with Manchester City’s threat to reach new heights since the arrival of Erling Haaland, has taken a toll on the fixture’s top billing.

Liverpool have won just two of their last five games, beaten 3-2 by Arsenal in their last Premier League outing. He took out his frustration on Rangers in the Champions League, thrashing the Scottish outfit 7-1. Mohamed Salah scored the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history and Liverpool are hoping the Egyptian, who has had a slow start to the season, will carry his confidence into Sunday’s match.

Haaland’s arrival has catapulted Manchester City to a higher level. They average almost three goals a game and Haaland has scored 15 of City’s 33 goals this season in the league.

Haaland has already scored 15 league goals this season. [Phil Noble/Reuters]

Paris Saint-Germain vs Marseille

Where: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
When: 19:45 (18:45 GMT)

Trouble is never too far away at Paris Saint-Germain.

The main topic of conversation around the Ligue 1 Classique is that Kylian Mbappe is not happy at PSG and is pushing to move away from the club in January.

Mbappe’s desire to leave just months after signing a mammoth three-year deal could have a destabilizing effect on Christophe Galtier’s side, who have been in compelling form this year.

Lionel Messi looks back on his prime and Neymar, who has already scored 11 goals in all competitions, is playing possibly the best football of his career at PSG.

Marseille have been impressive under Igor Tudor and will go into this game with confidence from their 2-0 win at Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.

Alexis Sánchez has been impressive since his summer transfer from Inter Milan and is the club’s top scorer with six goals in all competitions this season.

A victory on Sunday would level them on points with PSG.

Kylian Mbappe of Paris St Germain [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

Union Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund

Where: An der Alten Forsterei Stadium
When: 16:30 (15:30 GMT)

Have you seen the Bundesliga table as it is?

Bayern Munich are outside the top four, Bayer Leverkusen are 16th and Borussia Dortmund are seventh.

Sitting two points clear at the top is Union Berlin.

Since their promotion to the Bundesliga in 2019, the club have made a habit of proving people wrong. They were destined for relegation that year, but finished 11th. The following year they finished in the UEFA Conference League places and last season they came very close to qualifying for the Champions League.

This season, they have already defeated city rivals Hertha Berlin, RB Leipzig and drew Bayern Munich.

Dortmund showed remarkable character as they came from two goals down to earn a point in Der Klassiker against Bayern last weekend.

Napoli vs Bologna

Where: Diego Armando Maradona Stadium
When: 17:00 (16:00 GMT)

Napoli have conquered the world this season.

Luciano Spaletti’s side have scored 19 goals in their last five matches, including a 6-1 victory over Ajax in Amsterdam.

They are undefeated in all competitions this season and are two points clear of Serie A.

The attacking ability of players like Victor Osimhen, Giacomo Raspadori and new signing Khvicha Kvaratskhelia makes Neoplitanas dream of a first title since 1990.

Unassuming Bologna could be the next victim for this intrepid Napoli side who are easily the most exciting team in Europe at the moment.

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