With the group stages completed in Europe full attention now turns to the winter schedule as games come thick and fast. Teams will be frantically shuffling the pack to try and make the most of their squads with some vitally important games approaching this weekend.
Alasdair Hooper is here with five things you should be keeping up on in this weekend’s action.
1. Can Sam Allardyce gatecrash the Liverpool party?
After one of the most short-lived retirements in history Sam Allardyce’s arrival at Everton has helped pick up the floundering Toffees.
However, this Sunday he faces a big test early on as they travel to Anfield to face Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds meanwhile have been in scintillating goalscoring form bagging 12 goals in the last two games.
Big Sam’s forte is setting up defences not to get beaten but considering the players at his disposal this might just be a step too far.
Imagine being in Cuco Martina’s shoes for this game …
2. Can Manchester City prove they are as good as people think against rivals United?
The second part of Sunday’s Premier League derby day bonanza sees the top two face each other at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola’s side has been utterly superb in the league – with 14 wins and one draw – and there appears to be no stopping them.
However, they have found it tough going in the last few matches and lost to Shakhtar Donetsk in their midweek Champions League fixture.
Jose Mourinho, however, will be desperate for a win to get closer to City – who sit eight points clear – and United are in a tremendous run of form after their triumphs against Arsenal and CSKA in the last two outings.
If Guardiola’s men come out on top City might just be starting to walk away with the league.
A United victory means there is still plenty to play for.
3. Could this Sunday be a double delight for Manchester City as the women’s football team face Chelsea?
While Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers team travel to face the side in second, Nick Cushing’s side do the same.
A trip to Kingsmeadow to face WSL rivals Chelsea is in store for the team that currently sit top of the league having won five games from five.
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea started the league season in barnstorming fashion but were held to a 2-2 draw by Reading in their last encounter.
Can the Spring Series champions leapfrog Manchester City to reclaim top spot or will Cushing’s City side continue their fine run?
4. Will Nigel Adkins get the Tigers roaring once more?
If you thought Sunderland were the only recently relegated team to be struggling in the Championship then look again.
Former Russia and CSKA Moscow boss Leonid Slutsky appeared to bite off more than he could chew at Hull City, after his arrival in the summer, and ultimately departed by mutual consent last week with the Tigers 20th in the table.
Former Southampton and Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins was the man to fill the vacant position on Thursday with his first task being a home game against Brentford on Saturday.
However, you sense the problems at Hull run far deeper than the squad.
5. Can Inter Milan continue their impressive run against the reigning champions?
A genuine title race is on the go in Italy right now with Inter Milan currently sitting top of Serie A, one point ahead of Napoli and two ahead of Saturday’s opponents Juventus.
Under the management of former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti the Nerazzurri remain undefeated in the league but Juventus – who have won the Scudetto for the last six seasons – remain an impressive entity.
Spalletti’s record against the Old Lady, however, is not great particularly in Turin where he has only won once.
One thing is for sure – Inter’s performance will be nowhere near as terrible as their Christmas song ‘Inter Bells’ which you can see here:
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