Juventus host Inter, Real look to close gap on Barca

Updated: November 2, 2012

Champions Juventus will face a stern test this weekend, as second placed Inter Milan, travel to Turin, hoping to underline their title credentials in the big Northern Derby.

Both Inter and Juve registered wins during the week, giving both sides some momentum coming into the game. Juventus, in particular, have gone 49 games since they suffered their last loss, which came against Parma in May 2011, an astonishing record. Inter Milan themselves come into the game in peak form, with victories in their last 6 games, Diego Milito, Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio being very much at the forefront of their winning run. There should be goals in this one, as Juventus on 22, and Inter on 19, are the leading scorers so far this season.

Also this weekend, 12th placed AC Milan, 17 points adrift of Juve, host Chievo at the San Siro, while Napoli, who dropped to third, six points behind Juve, could yet be without top striker Edinson Cavani when Torino visit on Sunday.

In Germany, League leaders Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen last Sunday, look to put that loss behind them when they face 7th placed Hamburg. The hosts have taken 13 points in their last six league games, only Bayern have earned more in the same period, the return of Van Der Vaart proving to be a centerpiece for their change in fortunes.

Schalke 04, second in the league, are at struggling Hoffenheim, while 4th placed Dortmund take on 8th placed Stuttgart.

In La Liga, Real Madrid, still 8 points behind leaders Barcelona and Athletico, look to keep the heat on when they welcome 9th placed Zaragoza. After a slow start to their La Liga campaign, Real are now firing on all cylinders, with 4 wins from their last 5. Ronaldo is finding the back of the net with regularity, and is being ably supported by Benzema and Higuain.

Barcelona, still unbeaten, are at home this weekend to 13th placed Celta Vigo, while joint leaders Athletico have a more difficult game in Valencia. Athletico are the only other team in the League to remain unbeaten, with Falcao in superb touch, having scored in 10 consecutive games.

In France, A resurgent Saint-Etienne travel to leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the marquee clash of the weekend. St Etienne have a very proud history with 10 league titles, however the last coming 30 years ago. They currently sit in 5th place, their best start for some time. Big spending PSG will be looking to put some daylight between themselves and second placed Toulouse, with Ibrahimovic set to start after being rested in the midweek cup game.

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