A handful of games have been suspended this weekend amid rumors that the Premier League could take a league-wide hiatus to allow the COVID numbers to settle. For now, though, things keep going with a number of matches across the European continent that could be worth watching. This is what we see:
Bayern Munich – Wolfsburg – 14:30 on ESPN+
John Brooks and Wolfsburg are having a hard time and things don’t look set to get any easier as they face Bayern Munich on Friday afternoon. Brooks has been on the bench for the past three games and the club has suffered a run of six losses in all competitions. They have conceded sixteen goals in those six games and only scored four themselves, it’s gotten pretty ugly. Bayern are of course the opposite, having won six in a row, including a win over Borussia Dortmund to extend their lead in the league, an easy win over Barcelona and Stuttgart’s 5-0 on Tuesday. On paper it looks like it’s over before it’s done, but there’s a reason they play the games.
Bologna v Juventus – 12:00pm on CBSSN
Weston McKennie is healthy and available for selection on Saturday as Juventus really need three points against Bologna. Juve have already fallen eight points back from Napoli for the final Champions League qualifier and are currently in seventh place. McKennie has missed the last three games but has been found healthy enough to return to the game day squad. Juventus’ opponents this weekend are 10th-place Bologna, who have lost the last two games and have their last six games all decided in one way or another by a goal, so this could be an entertaining match.
- Matt Miazga has seen things go from bad to worse as he was not completely banned from the roster for Deportivo Alaves’ last two games from the start. The club will take on Rayo Vallencano at 8 p.m. on ESPN+.
- Julian Green saw 26′ from the bench, his first appearance in four games, when Greuther Furth lost 3-0 to BVB last weekend. This weekend they face Augsburg on ESPN+ at 9:30 a.m.
- Timothy Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt takes on Mainz at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN+. Chandler has been back on the bench for the past two games after starting the previous five.
- Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig haven’t really turned things around since the departure of Jesse Marsch, who failed to win against relegation-threatening Augsburg on Wednesday. They take on Arminia Bielefeld on ESPN+ at 9:30 am.
- Chris Richards and Hoffenheim take on Borussia Mönchengladbach and Joe Scally on ESPN+ at 9:30 AM. Since beating Greuther Furth 4-0 a month ago, Gladbach has lost four times in a row and conceded a whopping 17 goals in those four games. Richards had the late winner last weekend and his team scored two goals after the 80th minute midweek to pull out the draw, so it seems you’ll want to watch this one all the way.
- Timothy Weah’s Lille takes on Auxerre at 12:30pm on beIN Sports. Weah has missed the last three games due to injury, although it is reportedly not considered serious.
- Borussia Dortmund will take on Hertha Berlin on ESPN+ at 12:30 PM. Giovanni Reyna is out due to injury.
- Sergino Dest and Barcelona try to get a foothold on ESPN+ against Elche at 12:30 PM. Dest didn’t get off the couch last weekend.
Sampdoria v Venezia – 12 noon on CBSSN
Gianluca Busio remains a regular starter for a Venezia side that is six points away from relegation in 16th place. The club are looking for their first win in five games, although they tied 1-1 with Juventus last weekend. Tanner Tessmann also gets into the action and has now seen significant minutes in seven consecutive games, including two starts. Their opponent this weekend, Sampdoria, has won two games in a row and is currently two points ahead of Venezia in 14th place.
- Konrad de la Fuente and Olympique Marseille take on Cannet Rocheville at 7:45 am on beIN Sports.
- Matthew Hoppe remains injured as his Mallorca side faces Granada at 8a on ESPN+.
- Christian Pulisic started midweek in a false 9 roll. He seems to start alternately, which would mean he will be on the bench when Chelsea take on Wolverhampton at 9am in the US.
- Watch Zack Steffen as Man City record it Newcastle at 9:15 a.m. on NBCSN.
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