Messi has eye on scoring record, AC Milan host Juventus and Bayern look to rediscover form.

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Updated: November 23, 2012

After the excitement of the Champions League, all the top European sides return to their respective leagues, in what promises to be a weekend of highlights from the pitches around Europe. Lionel Messi has his sights on the goal scoring exploits of Gert Mueller, AC Milan host an inform Juventus at the San Siro, Bayern go in search of some form that has eluded them in recent weeks and in France, PSG hope to bring their European form back home to thee League.

Barcelona hope to continue their unbeaten run this weekend against 4th placed Levante. All eyes will be on Lionel Messi as he hopes to add to his goal scoring tally for 2012. Messi moved onto 80 for the year following his brace midweek. He is now only 5 shy of the record set in 1972 by Mueller and with still 8 games to go before the end of the year, the Argentinian superstar looks set to smash the old mark. Levante come into the game off a 2-0 win last week to Deportivo and Real will vouch it isn’t an easy place to go.

Chasing hard in third position, eight points behind Barca, are Real Madrid who go to Real Betis on Saturday on the back of five straight league wins and Champions League qualification achieved with Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

Second-placed Atletico Madrid entertain Sevilla just before Barca play, knowing that a win will pile pressure on Messi and his teammates. There are three points between the two sides who have both made record-breaking starts to the season.

AC Milan buoyed by their midweek qualification in the Champions League host league leaders Juventus in the big Serie A clash of the weekend. After 13 games, Milan sit in the bottom half of the table with a 17 point deficit on Juventus, who have a four-point lead on Inter Milan with Napoli and Fiorentina a point further adrift in third and fourth, and without the goalscoring attributes of El Shaarawy, they would be far worse off. Juve come into the game in great shape, since suffering their first defeat in 50 games nearly three weeks ago, they have accounted for Pescara (6-1), dominated Lazio in a scoreless draw and left Chelsea’s Champions League hopes hanging by a thread after a 3-0 rout on Wednesday. In the corresponding fixture with Milan last year Juventus prevailed 2-1 at the San Siro, with Milan holding the Old Lady to a 1-1 draw in Turin in February.

Bayern who hold an 8 point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga, travel to Hanover under no illusion that they are in top form. Bayern face Hanover, then Freiburg on Wednesday before hosting defending champions Dortmund next Saturday in a crucial period that could see them establish real initiate at the top of the table.

Schalke, second in the table host third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, and Dortmund fourth in the Bundesliga, nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich host Mainz who are eighth.

In France, PSG look to transform their European form into their domestic league when they take on Troyes. PSG are without a win in 3 matches hope to stay within touching distance of leaders Lyon currently 2 points ahead at the top.