The Weekend Ahead: 29 November 2019

We look at the biggest football games coming up on the Weekend Ahead.

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We look to the big games all across Europe on The Weekend Ahead.

ATLETICO MADRID vs BARCELONA

In La Liga, we have a real humdinger happening in Madrid, because, at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético plays host to Barcelona, in a fourth versus first clash.

It would be an understatement to say that neither teams' form is as dominant as usual (how often does Barca lose to Levante?), but as for their head-to-head, it has been nearly four years since Atleti beat Barca, and nearly ten years since beating them in La Liga, while managing a draw in just five of the 18 matches since then.

NEWCASTLE UNITED vs MANCHESTER CITY

Before the 2019-20 Premier League season started, everyone thought it would be a two-horse race between Liverpool and Manchester City.

And before last season, City hadn’t lost to Newcastle in 22 matches.

But things change quickly in football, so if City wants to keep their title hopes alive, they’re going to need three points from the North East this weekend. It is the same fixture the Citizens were shocked with a 2-1 loss back in January when many thought the loss had cost them the league title as they fell five points below Liverpool at the time.

This season, they’ll be a whole lot further back than that should they produce a repeat result.

Maybe that would be a good thing, as the bigger Liverpool’s lead, the more chance they have of choking and allowing Leicester to swoop in for another odds-defying title.

Now wouldn’t that be something? Brendan Rodgers, a Premier League champion before his former club Liverpool… just something to think about.

BAYERN MUNICH vs BAYER LEVERKUSEN

Our pick of the litter from the Bundesliga has bags of potential, but historically, has kind of been a mixed bag, as Bayer Leverkusen visit Allianz Arena to face the defending champions, Bayern Munich.

The Bavarians have won all but three of their most recent nine games against Bayer, but in the last matchup, back in February, Bayer took the three points, Die Werkself’s first win against Bayern since 2015.

But the thing is, following last season's fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga, Bayer only sit ninth after 12 games this season, five places below Bayern. And with the Bavarians only confirming Hansi Flick as manager “at least until Christmas”, they aren’t the most stable club at the moment, and that makes them ripe for another memorable defeat.

CAGLIARI vs SAMPDORIA

Losing just two of thirteen matches would be a great return for any side, but for Cagliari in Serie A, it’s quite amazing! But it’s about to get even more incredible because they don’t look like they’re going to lose to Sampdoria at the weekend - which would make it just two losses in 14 games.

Of course, all fairytales come to an end eventually, but Cagliari will be hoping to keep up their's running a little while longer, or face re-discovering that Life's A Pitch!