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Bundesliga: Der Klassiker takes centre stage on Saturday

03 December 2021 05:45:34 EST
Julian Nagelsmann leads Bayern Munich into his first Der Klassiker

There are some heavyweight clashes taking place across Europe's elite divisions on Saturday, with a Bundesliga title tussle between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich headlining the action.

Not only do Germany's two giants do battle at Signal Iduna Park, but there are a couple of interesting match-ups taking place in La Liga with Barcelona and Real Madrid both in action.

The race for Champions League qualification also heats up in Serie A, where league leaders Napoli play host to fourth-placed Atalanta and Inter Milan - who sit third and only two points off the summit - pay a visit to fifth-placed Roma.

And you can track much of the action on the European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights platform.

Der Klassiker should be a cracker

Bayern hold a slender one-point lead over Borussia Dortmund in the title race and will be hoping to stretch their advantage with victory over their chief rivals at Signal Iduna Park.

But Bayern have concerns in their midfield, with reports suggesting Leon Goretzka and Josh Kimmich could both miss out, which may leave them more vulnerable than usual.

Dortmund, on the other hand, have been boosted by the return from injury of star striker Erling Haaland, who came off the bench to score in the 3-1 win at Wolfsburg last Saturday.

With the destructive Norwegian back leading the line, BVB can cause plenty of problems for a Bayern defence who have managed only one clean sheet in seven outings.

Gegenpressing is Bayern's kryptonite and it is a weakness the hosts can exploit, although Julian Nagelsmann's troops very rarely leave withoug hitting the target.

The Bavarian powerhouses have netted 42 times in just 13 league games - an average of 3.2 goals per outing - and have a striker in Robert Lewandowski that has failed to notch only twice in his last 11 outings.

It is worth noting that only three of the last 15 Der Klassikers have featured three goals or fewer, so this promises to be a cracker with over 3 goals available at 1.90.

Bayern have won their last six meetings with Dortmund and are 1.90 for maximum points again. Marco Rose's side are 3.50 to utilise home advantage, with the draw a 4.00 chance.

Real chasing sixth straight success

Real Madrid have soared to the top of La Liga after recording five straight wins, but their title credentials will come under the microscope again as they travel to lock horns with third-placed Real Sociedad.

Carlo Ancellotti's side ground out a 1-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, but the quick turnaround will pose more questions at Sociedad, who are seven points behind the pace-setters.

That said, Sociedad have dropped points in seven of their 15 league assignments and were poor in a 1-0 loss at Espanyol last time out.

Los Galacticos have won eight of their last nine away games in all competitions and are 2.05 to taste more road success in the Basque Country.

Sociedad are 3.60 for victory while the draw - the outcome in the last two meetings between the pair - is available at 3.50.

Betis to test out Blaugrana

The other big game in Spain on Saturday takes place at the Nou Camp, where Barcelona welcome Real Betis.

A beleaguered Barca find themselves seventh in La Liga, five points off the top four, but back-to-back wins over Espanyol (1-0) and Villarreal (3-1) have restored some confidence.

Xavi's side are 1.50 to have the measure of Betis, who are fifth and four points above the Catalan Giants, and his team have won the last five head-to-heads between the pair.

However, both teams have scored in each of the last six rivalries and it is 1.66 for that trend to continue.

Two titanic tussles take place in Italy

With Juventus faltering, the title race in Serie A is intriguing and two of the teams hoping to capitalise on the Old Lady's struggles face tough tests on Saturday.

Napoli were held to a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo on Wednesday and get an early opportunity to make amends for that setback when they meet Atalanta at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

Luciano Spalletti's side have the best home form in the division with 19 points yielded from seven games, but their opponents have won their last four matches, which includes at Juve on their latest road trip.

Napoli are 2.70 for victory, but have key injuries to contend with and could be worth opposing. Victor Osimhen and Zambo Anguissa were already sidelined, before Fabian Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly limped off in the Sassuolo stalemate.

Atalanta have lost only one of their last seven meetings with Napoli and are 2.55 to maintain their dominance with another victory.

Inter ready for Roma clash

Another intriguing match-up sees reigning champions Inter travel to the Italian capital to take on Jose Mourinho's Roma.

Six of the last seven meetings between these two teams have ended as draws and it is 3.60 that the latest rivalry also finishes all-square.

But the Nerazzurri, who are unbeaten in ten and beginning to hit top form, are more reliable than their inconsistent hosts and can be backed at 1.83 to take all three points.

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