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Milan derby the biggest game in Europe this weekend – 15-17 March, Premier League, La Liga & Serie A preview

epa06466097 Juventus’ Sami Khedira (L) and Genoa’s Diego Laxalt in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus FC and Genoa CFC at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, 22 January 2018. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

The derby between AC Milan and Internazionale is the biggest match across Europe this coming weekend, while in Spain Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will continue their title race, and Liverpool will have the chance to go top in England.

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The meeting of AC Milan and Inter at the San Siro on Sunday night promises to produce major fireworks. Just one point separates the teams on the Serie A log, though it is Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan who come into the match in the better form, with their 2-1 win away to Chievo this past weekend bringing their unbeaten run to 10 matches across all competitions.

The brilliant form of January signing Krzysztof Piatek continued when he scored the decisive in Verona, and he will be the main dangerman as far as Inter are concerned.

Luciano Spalletti’s Nerazzurri won 2-0 at home to SPAL this past weekend to end a three-game winless streak across all competitions. They will be looking to complete a double over Milan (and reclaim third place) following a 1-0 win over their rivals earlier in the season, courtesy of a late strike from Mauro Icardi. The Argentine striker could return from exile for the derby following his recent wrangle with the club.

In Spain, Barcelona continue to lead the way at the top of the standings with a seven-point advantage over Atletico. The teams claimed respective 3-1 and 1-0 home wins over Rayo Vallecano and Leganes this past weekend.

epa07107100 Spal’s Alberto Paloschi (L) vies for the ball with Steven Nzonzi of Roma (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Spal at Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 20 October 2018. EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

Diego Simeone’s side will once again be in action earlier than the leaders, giving them the chance to close the gap down to four points when they face Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Barria on Saturday evening. The Basque hosts have failed to win either of their last two La Liga matches, but will be tough opponents for the Rojiblancos, as they often lift their game for the visit of Spain’s heavyweights.

Barcelona will only be in action on Sunday evening when they visit Estadio Benito Villamarin to face hosts Real Betis. Los Verdiblancos come into the match on the back of a 1-0 win away to Celta de Vigo, but they have failed to win any of their last four home matches across all competitions.

epa06731740 Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez (R) in action against Real Madrid’s Nacho Fernandez (L) during the Spanish Primera Division soccer match between Real Madrid and Celta Vigo at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, 12 May 2018. EPA/RODRIGO JIMENEZ

In England, title-chasing Liverpool, who returned to impressive form this past weekend with a 4-2 win over Burnley, can take advantage of Manchester City’s participation in the FA Cup and claim the Premier League lead if they defeat Fulham at Craven Cottage in London on Sunday.

epa07156319 Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis (R) duels for the ball with Athletic Club’s Iker Muniain (L) during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao played at Wanda Metropolitano stadium, in Madrid, Spain, 10 November 2018. EPA/Kiko Huesca

Jurgen Klopp’s men will back themselves to win away to the Cottagers (who are all but certain to be relegated), though they have won just once in their last six matches on the road across all competitions and will come into the weekend of a back of a potentially draining UEFA Champions League match away to Bayern Munich.

Premier League fixtures, 16-17 March

All times CAT

Saturday 16 March

17:00: Bournemouth v Newcastle United ­LIVE on SS3 & Max1

17:00: Burnley v Leicester City LIVE on SS10/SS12 & SelGo2

17:00: West Ham United v Huddersfield Town LIVE on SS6

Sunday 17 March

16:15: Fulham v Liverpool LIVE on SS3 & Max1

18:30: Everton v Chelsea LIVE on SS3 & Max1

La Liga fixtures, 15-17 March

All times CAT

Friday 15 March

22:00: Real Sociedad v LevanteLIVE on SS7/SS10, Max2/Max360 & SelGo2/SelGo4

Saturday 16 March

14:00: Huesca v Deportivo Alaves LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

17:15: Real Madrid v Celta de Vigo LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

19:30: Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

21:45: Leganes v Girona LIVE on SS7 & SelGo4

Sunday 17 March

13:00: Eibar v Real Valladolid LIVE on SS7/SS10, Max360 & SelGo2/SelGo4

17:15: Espanyol v Sevilla LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

19:30: Valencia v Getafe LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

19:30: Villarreal v Rayo Vallecano LIVE on SS2

21:45: Real Betis v Barcelona LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

Serie A fixtures, 15-17 March

All times CAT

Friday 15 March

21:30: Cagliari v Fiorentina ­LIVE on SS8, Max1 & SelGo5

Saturday 16 March

16:00: Sassuolo v Sampdoria LIVE on SS8 & SelGo5

19:00: SPAL v Roma LIVE on SS8/SS10, Max360 & SelGo2/SelGo5

21:30: Torino v Bologna LIVE on SS8/SS10, Max360 & SelGo2/SelGo5

Sunday 17 March

13:30: Genoa v Juventus LIVE on SS8, Max1/Max2 & SelGo5

16:00: Atalanta v Chievo LIVE on SS11

16:00: Empoli v Frosinone LIVE on SS12

16:00: Lazio v Parma LIVE on SS8

19:00: Napoli v Udinese LIVE on SS8

21:30: Milan v Internazionale LIVE on SS8, Max1 & SelGo5

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