The top televised soccer action from Europe this weekend will see the red-hot league leaders in France and England facing stern challenges while Spain’s ice-cold Real Madrid will be seeking a return to form under its new caretaker coach.
Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain remains the lone unbeaten team in Europe’s top five leagues but it will get a test Friday when second-place Lille travels to Parc des Princes (BeIN Sports, 12:45 a.m. PDT). PSG, which is averaging better than 3 1/2 goals a game, has won its last six matches with Lille and has the team’s top two scorers in Kylian Mbappe (10 goals) and Neymar (8). But Lille has the next-best duo in Jonathan Bamba and Nicolas Pepe, who have seven scores each. There’s not much difference in goal either: PSG has given up six scores in 11 games, two more than Lille.
English Premier League: Liverpool has lost only one league game since March but all that has gotten the Reds is a share of the top spot in the EPL table with Manchester City. Now Liverpool has a chance to take sole possession of the lead Saturday when it faces Arsenal in London (NBC, 10:30 a.m. PDT) The Reds haven’t lost to Arsenal in their last six meetings but the Gunners, after some early stumbles, have an eight-game winning streak. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is tied for the league lead with seven goals, one ahead of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.