Two of Europe’s top leagues return from holiday vacations this weekend, helping to fill a full schedule of games across the continent.
Bundesliga: The German league comes back from a month-long break Friday when league leader Bayern Munich travels to North Rhine-Westphalia to play fourth-place Bayer Leverkusen, which hasn’t lost since Sept. 20. (FS1, UDN, 11:30 p.m. PST). The clubs met in a season opener, Munich winning at home. Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern’s final goal in that game, the first of his league-leading 15.
Ligue 1: Top-flight games also resume in France after a holiday hiatus that Monaco hopes won’t slow its momentum. The defending league champion has won four in a row to climb to second in the table behind Paris Saint-Germain. Three of those wins came at home but Monaco will play Saturday on the road, traveling to Montpellier (BeIN Sports, 11:30 a.m. PST). Three of Monaco’s four losses have come in road matches.