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Football: Saturday's European preview

There are some more mouthwatering fixtures to come from across Europe on Saturday, with Serie A champions AC Milan hosting Juventus, while fans of the Bundesliga can look forward to Der Klassiker as Borussia Dortmund face Bayern Munich.

The fight to sit at the top of La Liga could also intensify on Saturday, with second-placed Real Madrid in action at Getafe, while rivals Barcelona do not play until Sunday.

Hard to split Italian giants

WhatAC Milan v Juventus, Serie A
WhereSan Siro, Milan
When17:00, Saturday 8th October 2022
How to watchBT Sports 1, European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights
OddsAC Milan 21/20, Draw 12/5, Juventus 13/5

Neither champions AC Milan nor Juventus have been in great form of late, but Saturday's grudge match promises to be a nail-biting affair.

Only four points separate them in the Serie A standings, with Milan's form only marginally better than The Old Lady's.

While Milan's recent league form is much better thanks to three wins in four, they were humbled 3-0 by Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek.

That means Milan have now lost two of their last three in all competitions, while Juventus have won back-to-back battles at the expense of Bologna and Maccabi Haifa. While there's no doubt that Juve's fixtures were more manageable, they still had to get the job done, and successive victories have eased the pressure on Max Allegri.

Both Charles de Ketelaere and Sergino Dest were criticised for their performances against Chelsea and may be rested on Saturday, but Milan boss Stefano Pioli cannot select Mike Maignan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Divock Origi, Junior Messias, Alexis Saelemaekers, Simon Kjaer, Davide Calabria and Alessandro Florenzi due to injury.

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Juve do not have the same injury woes to contend with and although Paul Pogba, Federico Chiesa and Mattia De Sciglio are set to watch on from home, Allegri has plenty of options at his disposal.

Both Milan and Juventus have lost the fewest amount of matches in Serie A this calendar year, and with so much riding on the match, a score draw appeals at 7/2.

Bayern looking more like themselves of late

WhatBorussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich, Bundesliga
WhereSignal Iduna Park, Dortmund
When17:30, Saturday 8th October 2022
How to watchSky Sports Football, European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights
OddsBorussia Dortmund 16/5, Draw 15/4, Bayern Munich 4/6

The first Der Klassiker of the Bundesliga season takes place on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich. The two German giants have both collected 15 points from eight matches, but Bayern are slightly ahead due to their superior goal difference.

While Dortmund did record a fantastic 4-1 victory away from home against Sevilla in Europe last time out, they have lost three of their previous five in all competitions.

Bayern may have lost 1-0 to Augsburg in September, but Julian Nagelsmann's side have responded in fine style, beating Bayer Leverkusen and Viktoria Plzen by a combined score of 9-0.

Even though Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich will miss out through illness, Bayern look well-stocked in the final third, and they should come on top at Signal-Iduna-Park.

The last six games have ended in victories to Bayern, but both teams have scored, and a repeat of that is priced at 8/5.

Ancelotti's side to keep marching on

WhatGetafe v Real Madrid, La Liga
WhereColiseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe
When20:00, Saturday 8th October 2022
How to watchLaLiga TV, European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights
OddsGetafe 11/2, Draw 7/2, Real Madrid 1/2

Real Madrid did not have to put up much of a fight last season as they won the La Liga title while rivals Barcelona struggled for consistency. This season could be very different, though, with Xavi's side level after the first seven games on 19 points.

Carlo Ancelotti's men will get the chance to move three points clear temporarily this weekend when they travel to Getafe, who are 14th in the table.

Los Blancos were held to a 1-1 draw by Osasuna in their previous league encounter, but they responded by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 in the Champions League.

While they have yet to get out of second gear this season, Ancelotti's team are unbeaten, and they should have too much class for Getafe.

Getafe have only won two of their previous ten games on home soil, but they did manage to win this fixture 1-0 last season.

Ties between these two are typically low-scoring affairs, though, and with Madrid still feeling the effects of their midweek endeavours, they could win a narrow game on Saturday evening. All five of the previous battles ended with fewer than 2.5 goals scored, and an away win with under 2.5 goals netted is priced at 11/4.

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