MATCHDAY: Man City have attacking problems, Napoli v Inter
A look at what’s going on in European football on Sunday:
Manchester City could be without three of their key attackers for a home game against Everton in the Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne is definitely missing after contracting the coronavirus while England players Jack Grealish and Phil Foden were injured during the international break and are uncertain. The other game sees Tottenham play their first home game under Antonio Conte when Leeds travel to north London. Since Conte’s arrival, Spurs have won a Europa Conference League game and have drawn Everton in the league.
Real Madrid travel to Granada without Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard after the return of their two declining stars from the international break with health concerns. Bale has injured a leg muscle with Wales, while Hazard has a stomach virus. Coach Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t relied much on either of the injury-prone veterans, however, and will have his first-choice offense with Karim Benzema and VinÃcius JÃºnior. Their other favorite, Real Sociedad, have reunited with their top scorer Mikel Oyarzabal after a month-long absence due to a leg injury for their home game against Valencia. Sociedad have not lost in 12 league games since losing in their opener of the season. Sociedad are tied on points with Sevilla atop the Spanish league table, with Madrid behind the pair by one point. Fifth-placed Real Betis travel to Elche to end a three-game losing streak in all competitions in which Manuel Pellegrini’s side were beaten 9-0. Getafe also hopes to escape last place with a victory over Cadiz.
League leaders Napoli welcome defending champions Inter Milan for a potentially decisive Serie A clash. Inter are seven points behind Napoli after 12 rounds and can no longer afford to fall behind. Luciano Spalletti’s undefeated team. Napoli have only lost points twice so far this season, while Inter already have four draws and one loss. Sunday also is: Sassuolo against Cagliari, Salernitana against Sampdoria, Bologna against Venezia; and Genoa against Rome.
High-flying Freiburg welcomes Eintracht Frankfurt with both teams in unusual roles. Freiburg were third before the 12th round of the Bundesliga, while Frankfurt still worked in 14th place after a difficult start to the season under new coach Oliver Glasner. Glasner’s side showed signs of improvement after a draw with Leipzig followed by a win over Greuther FÃ¼rth. Mainz welcomes Cologne to close the tour.
Surprise package Lens goes to Brest to avoid a third consecutive defeat away from home. After finishing seventh last season, Lens continued their momentum and climbed to second place in the French championship behind runaway leader PSG before the final round. Brest are now undefeated for four matches but are just above the relegation zone on goal difference. Also Sunday, Marseille, nine-time champion, goes to Lyon to regain its offensive form.