Real looking for better League form, Juve host Chievo

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Updated: September 21, 2012

Champions Real Madrid aim to get their La Liga campaign back on track away to Rayo Vallecano following a terrible start, 2 defeats and a draw from their first 4 games have seen them occupy 12th place in the league, 8 points behind a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona.

Barca have serious injury concerns in the form of Pique, Puyol and Alba at the back, ahead of their home game against Granada, however with Messi in the sort of form he is currently in, they might concede goals but its almost guaranteed they will score!

The off-field problems concerning Malaga have not affected their start to the season and they sit behind Barcelona on 10 points with Athletic Bilbao their next opponents.

Real’s conquerors last weekend, Sevilla, now travel away to Deportivo la Coruna while Mallorca, who have also made a strong start, have a tough match with the visit of Valencia.

Europa League champions Atletico Madrid entertain newly promoted Valladolid who have slumped to back-to-back defeats.

At the foot of the table Osasuna and Espanyol both have just one point and now take on Zaragoza and Real Betis respectively.

In Italy, Juventus will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 43 games when they host Chievo. Anything less than three points against a Chievo side, which has suffered two defeats since an opening day win against Bologna, would be a major surprise.

Ahead of the fourth round of matches Juventus sit top on nine points, ahead of Napoli and Lazio who also have nine.

While it is Inter’s time to host at the San Siro, with Siena visiting, on Saturday Milan’s away match at fourth-from-bottom Udinese could decide Allegri’s future, especially considering it is their worst start in the league for 80 years, but then thats what happens when you sell all your best players.

In three games, Milan have scored only three goals – six fewer than Juventus, Napoli and Lazio.

In France, Paris St Germain, who have spent more than €200 million on transfers since they were taken over by Qatari investors in April 2011, are expected to snatch their third league win in a row at promoted Bastia.

Marseille and Olympique Lyon will continue their battle for top spot on Sunday when they play against Evian at home and at 2011 Ligue 1 champions Lille respectively.

Marseille have made a perfect start to their league campaign with a maximum 15 points from five games and lead second-placed Lyon by two points.

In the Bundesliga, Schalke 04 are hoping to come out on top against Bayern Munich this weekend.

Dortmund are playing on Saturday at struggling Hamburg, who are second-to-last in the table after three defeats in three matches.

Friday evening’s match sees Nuremberg play Eintracht Frankfurt, with the newly-promoted side’s coach Armin Veh, who guided VfB Stuttgart to the 2007 Bundesliga crown, upbeat after three straight wins in the opening games.

The other Saturday games see VfL Wolfsburg host Greuther Fuerth, Augsburg play at Mainz 05, and Freiburg heading to Fortuna Duesseldorf, the only team not to have conceded a goal this season.

On Sunday, Bayer Leverkusen host Borussia Moenchengladbach, Werder Bremen welcome VfB Stuttgart and Hanover 96 travel to last place Hoffenheim.

In the Premiership, Southampton will try to avoid matching the club’s worst ever start to a top-flight campaign when they face Aston Villa at St Mary’s.

Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri is set to miss Sunday’s home clash against former club Arsenal due to a hamstring injury picked up in their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. Both sides have begun their campaigns well both sides remain unbeaten on 8 points 2 behind leaders Chelsea.

Stoke’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday provides Chelsea with an early opportunity to remedy the defensive lapses that contributed to their failure to make a winning start to their Champions League defence.

Stoke are still searching for their first win after recording draws in their opening four Premier League games.

5th placed Swansea welcome 7th placed Everton, both on 7 points and looking for a third win of the season. Wigan host Fulham and Berbatov who marked his move to the London club with a brace of goals last week.

Also on Saturday West Brom and West Ham host Reading and Sunderland respectively.

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield on Sunday in a match that they need to secure at least a point. It has been a nightmare start to life for manager Brendan Rogers especially when he considers how well his old team is performing. Liverpool are 17th in the League with only 2 points and in Van Persie, United have a player in form that could leave them in that position.

Spurs will be hoping for more goals from Defoe at White Heart Lane against QPR while Newcastle take on Norwich under a cloud of speculation that star striker Ba is not happy at Newcastle anymore.