There is a lot of action in the world of football today, with league games in some of the major European competitions.
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
German football’s most famous fixture returns for the 130th edition of Der Klassiker, a clash between the country's two most-decorated teams and fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund and juggernauts Bayern Munich. The Bavarian visitors have won the last six competitive meetings, but Dortmund will be confident of upsetting their great rivals after making their third-best start to any Bundesliga campaign in history (W10 L3).
Goals should be on the menu, considering that Bayern has averaged 3.23 per game this season, but they've also failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last nine Bundesliga matches on the road. Dortmund’s Erling Haaland became the fastest player to score 50 Bundesliga goals (50 matches) with his goal last time out, and he'll be sharing the limelight with the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski, who's never scored more goals (24) against any other single opposition than his former club Dortmund.
Napoli vs Atalanta
Gian Piero Gasperini's enterprising Atalanta side will fancy their chances here against stuttering Serie A leaders Napoli. The Naples club's lead at the summit has been cut at the top and there are just five points separating them and fourth-placed Atalanta.
The visitors have been leading 2-1 at halftime in four of their last five top-flight away games and they've won four consecutive top-flight matches. Napoli, on the other hand, has won just one of their last four. Croatian playmaker Mario Pašali? grabbed a hat-trick for Gasperini's team in their 4-0 thumping of Venezia. In so doing, he earned his own little slice of history, becoming only the third midfielder in the three-points-a-win era to score 2+ hat-tricks in Italy's top-flight.
🌌 Bonus Tip
AS Roma vs Inter Milan
José Mourinho was quick to praise his team's work ethic and desire after their 1-0 defeat at Bologna but, in the cold light of day, the capital team has now collected just 25 points from their first 15 games this season. Only in 2018-19 have they claimed fewer points after 15 matches (21) in the last ten Serie A seasons, including this one.
They're also now six points off the fourth spot. Champions Inter has started to really hit their groove, going unbeaten in 10 matches across all competitions since a Serie A defeat to Lazio on October 16th, winning eight of those and conceding just six times in that entire sequence. The Nerazzurri should show their mettle on the road again here.