Newcastle at home to Everton and Spurs visiting Craven Cottage to play Fulham bookend a fairly routine looking Premier League schedule this weekend.
Anything less than three points for Chelsea (away to Blackburn), Manchester City (away to QPR) and Manchester United (at home to Sunderland) will be characterized as a surprise.
A win for Stoke at Bolton would make the home side the first in Premier League history to lose their first six home games.
Swansea take their poor away record to Liverpool while West Brom return to Emirates where they put on one of their best performances of last season.
The stand out match in Serie A is Napoli at home to Juventus while Inter is guaranteed to fall further behind as their game at Genoa has been cancelled on account of deadly flash floods on Friday.
Levante and Valencia play a derby in Spain although Levante’s lustre has been tarnished slightly after last weekend’s loss.
Athletic Bilbao at home to Barcelona (the only team remaining unbeaten in Spain) has an interesting look to it while Real Madrid against Osasuna has home win and Ronaldo hat-trick written all over it.
The two MLS conference final matches are scheduled for Sunday and will be the highlight of this weekend.
Houston Dynamo has to travel to play Sporting KC – both sides having not lost since mid-September. Both teams emphasize scoring from set plays and so both will be cautious of giving away needless fouls in dangerous positions.
LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake played each other in the 2009 MLS Cup Final and RSL won on penalty kicks. Rather than a neutral venue this one takes place at the Home Depot Centre.
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