Spain's La Liga has already halted for the winter World Cup and this weekend marks the final batch of games in Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1 before the action gets underway in Qatar.
On Saturday, there are a handful of key games across the divisions with struggling Schalke set to host Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, mid-table pair Bologna and Sassuolo locking horns in Serie A and highflying Rennes tackling Toulouse in Ligue 1.
|What:||Schalke v Bayern Munich, German Bundesliga I|
|When:||17.30pm, Saturday 12th November|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports Football / European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights|
|Odds:||Schalke 14/1, Bayern Munich 1/6, Draw 13/2|
Things have not always gone the way of Bayern Munich this season - they were on a four-game winless run at the end of August going into September - but they seem to have rediscovered their mojo and that could be bad news for Schalke on Saturday.
Following their draw with Borussia Dortmund in October's Der Klassiker, Bayern put together a nine-match winning run in all competitions, swatting aside Werder Bremen 6-1 last time out.
German youngster Jamal Musiala in particular continues to go from strength to strength for the Bavarians, who have plundered 47 goals in 14 league assignments this season.
Their next opponents Schalke, meanwhile, are propping up the Bundesliga standings, having endured a tough time of it since their return to the top flight.
Schalke have lost nine of their last 14 games in the Bundesliga, scoring only 13 times in the process.
|What:||Bologna v Sassuolo, Italy Serie A|
|When:||19.45pm, Saturday 12th November|
|How to watch:||BT Sport 1/ European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights|
|Odds:||Bologna 13/10, Sassuolo 2/1, Draw 5/2|
Losing both Gianluca Scamacca and Giacomo Raspadori in the same summer transfer window was not the best way to start the season and Sassuolo find themselves locked in mid-table obscurity in Serie A ahead of the World Cup break.
But they may fancy their chances a little more at the Renato Dall'Ara on Saturday when they take on a Bologna team with an identical record of four wins, four draws and six defeats.
It is tricky to pinpoint a winner in this one given the inconsistency of both sides.
Bologna have won three of their last four games in the league but their most recent match finished as a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Inter.
Sassuolo's form has also been patchy and it could instead be a goalscorer bet which makes the most appeal in this clash.
|What:||Rennes v Toulouse, France Ligue 1|
|When:||20.00pm, Saturday 12th November|
|How to watch:||BT Sport 5 / European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights|
|Odds:||Rennes 1/2, Toulouse 5/1, Draw|
The meteoric rise of Lens has naturally been the main talking point in Ligue 1 this season but Rennes are also progressing well and are 1/2 to get the better of Toulouse on Saturday.
Rennes played out a gritty 1-1 draw with Lille last time out, losing defender Birger Meling late on after he was sent off, but had won five games on the spin in Ligue 1 beforehand.
Martin Terrier has been in the goals with eight to his name in the French top flight and they have been pretty robust at the back too with only 13 goals conceded in 14 league fixtures.
Opponents Toulouse, meanwhile, are lingering in the mid-table positions in Ligue 1 and have been shut out in each of their last two games against Lens and Monaco.
Rennes could do the same and are worth a look at 7/4 to win this one to nil.