The biggest televised game of the weekend will take place in Spain, although it’s unlikely to be a classic. In France, unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain will face a stern road test, while in England, Manchester United and Everton tangle in what could prove a definitive match for both.
La Liga: It’s still called El Clasico, but Sunday’s meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid (BeIN Sports, 8 a.m. PT) in Barcelona will be missing much of the luster of years past — along with the personal rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi is sidelined with a fractured arm; Ronaldo took his talents to Italy over the summer. Ronaldo’s absence has clearly hurt Real Madrid, the three-time defending Champions League winners who haven’t won a league game in more than a month, scoring just once in their last four games to fall to seventh in the standings. Barcelona enters the weekend in first place, but Messi’s absence will be felt since he leads the league with five assists and is second with seven goals.
Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain is not only the last unbeaten, untied team in a top-five European league, but its goal differential of plus-31 is also better than the total number of goals any other team on the continent has scored. On Sunday, PSG and its dynamic duo of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar — who have combined for 17 goals, nearly half the team’s 37 — will get a challenge on the road from fourth-place Marseille. (BeIN Sports, 1 p.m. PT).