Juventus looking to keep iniative, Barca and Real continue La Liga chase

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Updated: November 9, 2012

Juventus will be looking to continue their European form in Serie A this weekend as they seek to get back to winning ways following their loss to Inter Milan last week in the big Northern Derby. In La Liga Barcelona still have an 8 point lead over bitter rivals Madrid. Both teams produced indifferent performances midweek in Europe, Barca losing to Celtic and Real being held by Dortmund. In Germany Bayern are in scintillating form and hold a 7 point lead at the top of the table.

Juventus will be looking to bounce back this weekend following their loss to Inter last week when they visit Pescara. Juve still remain top however only a point clear of their Northern rivals. Midweek saw a much improved performance in Europe as they thrashed Danish champions Nordsjaelland 4-0, breaking their run of 9 consecutive draws.

Inter Milan are running hot at the moment with seven straight wins in the league. This weekend they will look to keep the pressure on Juve against Atlanta. Remaining action sees Cagliari host Catania Saturday ahead of Juve’s late game, and Palermo and Sampdoria open the Sunday programme at noon.

Third-place Napoli, sitting five points behind Juve, visit Genoa after playing Thursday in the Europa League, a duty also awaiting Udinese and Lazio. Lazio face Roma in the Rome derby, Chievo host the Udine side and AC Milan welcome in-form Fiorentina after drawing 1-1 with Malaga in the Champions League. Parma v Siena and Torino v Bologna.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid will look to rebound from disappointing Champions League when they take on Mallorca and Levante this weekend. Barcelona is enjoying a club-record start of nine wins and a draw to open an eight-point gap over defending champion Madrid. Second-place Atletico Madrid are three points adrift of Barcelona and hosts Getafe on Sunday in a Spanish capital derby.

Bayern Munich were in brilliant form midweek, thrashing Lille 6-1, domestically this week they look to keep the momentum going against third place Frankfurt, who have won 6 of their 10 games so far this season. Schalke 04 host Werder Bremen who are in seventh and unbeaten in their last 3 games. Dortmund return to league action at bottom side Augsburg on Saturday needing a win to move up from fifth as they lag 11 points behind Bayern.

In France PSG will be without Ibrahimovic for this weekends clash with champions Montpellier. The Swede has been in sparkling form so far this season with 10 goals, however will be sorely missed this weekend as he is forced to sit out following a red card issued last week. Marseille who trail their arch rivals only on goal difference and have a game in hand can pile the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti’s men when they play on Sunday afternoon against a Nice side who have won only four times in 44 trips to the Velodrome and just the once since 1976.