Europe 1 with AFP 00:36, January 13, 2023

A weekend of derbies awaits England between the two clubs of Manchester, United and City on Saturday, and those of north London, Arsenal and Tottenham on Sunday, while football Europe will scrutinize the enticing Italian duel Naples-Juventus , friday.

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There will be no shortage of football derbies this weekend, especially in England.

The twentieth day of the Premier League, from Friday to Sunday, will be animated by confrontations full of history and challenges.

Saturday at 1:30 p.m., England will have lunch in front of the clash of Manchester, at Old Trafford.

Humiliated 6-3 in the first leg at the start of October, the Red Devils, 4th in the standings, who remain on eight consecutive victories at home, in all competitions, will want to demonstrate the progress made since then and win to come back to within one point of the Citizens, 2nd .

For the players of Pep Guardiola, recently hooked by Everton 1-1 in the league and beaten 2-0 by Southampton on Wednesday in the League Cup, a reaction is imperative so as not to give leaders Arsenal the opportunity to increase his five-point lead.


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North London Derby

The Gunners will play an ever-hot north London derby at 5.30 p.m. on Sunday in the lair of hated neighbor Tottenham.

Guaranteed to remain first at the end of this day, they will still have to be wary of Spurs, fifth two points from the qualifying places for the Champions League, who must therefore keep pace.

A little earlier at 3 p.m., another London derby, between Chelsea and Crystal Palace, will be just as crucial for the Blues, tenth, who are ten points behind in the race for the Champions League.

At the same time, Newcastle, 3rd in the standings, will host Fulham, 7th.

Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Liverpool, 6th, will try against Brighton to revive after their 3-1 defeat at Brentford, on pain of being left behind for good.


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Italy: Naples-Juve summit

Naples and its fiery attack, against Juventus and its iron defense: the duel between the Neapolitan leader and its Turin runner-up on Friday evening, at the start of the 18th day of Serie A, promises to be an opposition of styles which can be worth expensive in the ranking.

Napoli, assured of the honorary title of winter champion with their seven-point lead over Juve and AC Milan two days from the end of the first leg, has the opportunity to confirm their ambitions for a title that 'they haven't won for more than thirty years.

At the time, they had won the scudetto twice, led by Diego Maradona (1987, 1990).

But Juve, back at the forefront thanks to a series of eight consecutive wins without conceding a goal, want to reverse the trend in the second half of the season, probably with Paul Pogba, who has just partially resumed collective training. after his knee surgery in September.

Saturday at 6 p.m., AC Milan will try to get back in place in Lecce, after their elimination on Wednesday in the round of 16 of the Italian Cup against Torino, yet reduced to ten (1-0 after extra time) , three days after dropping two points in the league at San Siro in the final minutes against AS Roma (2-2).

A victory would allow the Rossoneri to dispel their doubts before competing next Wednesday for a first title: the Italian Super Cup against Inter Milan.


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Spain: the absent leaders

In Spain, in the absence of the four teams competing in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia (Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, ​​Betis Sevilla and Valencia CF), the La Liga posters will lose some flavor this weekend. -end.

The match to follow will be the Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao on Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Anoeta stadium.

In the event of victory, the San Sebastian club, which has just recovered its captain Mikel Oyarzabal, could pick up three points from Real (second with 38 points).

Fifth five points from the podium, Atlético Madrid travels to Almeria, 14th, Sunday at 4:15 p.m. to try to return to the qualifying places for the Champions League.

This football weekend will continue until Monday at 9 p.m. with Cadiz - Elche, a meeting already essential in the race to maintain.

Then the 17th day of the championship will end for good on February 2 with the match between Real and Valencia (9 p.m.), the day after Betis - Barça (9 p.m.).