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Serie A: Turin rivalry amongst 'big brother' derbies

The latest edition of Serie A's Turin derby takes place on Friday and, as is usually the case, Juventus are strong favourites to beat neighbours Torino.

Their rivalry is the oldest city derby in Italian football, dating back to January 1907, and Juve, 3/5 to beat their 11/2 visitors, have dominated the contest with 74 victories to Torino's 35 in the Serie A era.

To mark Friday's fixture, available to watch on our European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights, we're taking a look at some of the other 'big brother' derbies in European football – those fixtures in which one club generally enjoys a monopoly on local bragging rights.

Serie A: Old Lady dominates little brother

There are examples from Spain, Germany, France and the English Premier League but we'll kick off with the Turin derby or, to give it its Italian title, the Derby della Mole.

The 'Mole' in question has nothing to do with dressing-room gossip being leaked to the tabloids (or, indeed, small furry mammals): it refers to the Mole Antonelliana, a grand Turin landmark which is now home to the National Museum of Cinema.

Juventus have been far bigger box-office stars than Torino for the vast majority of the two clubs' histories, barring the late 1940s when Torino won five of their six Serie A titles before the tragic 1949 Superga air disaster.

More recently, Juve claimed nine titles in a row before being deposed by Inter last season although Torino supporters can take heart from the fact that their team has the biggest victory in the fixture's history: an 8-0 rout in 1912.

Juve went 931 minutes without conceding a goal against their long-suffering neighbours in the early years of the 21st century although the last three derbies have been competitive affairs.

The Old Lady needed two late goals to win last season's home fixture 2-1 and they were held to a 2-2 draw at Torino.

This term, Juve had to wait until the 86th minute before a Manuel Locatelli strike gave them a 1-0 win across town although they are in fine form going into Friday's game, unbeaten in 11 Serie A matches and through to the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Juve have finished above Torino in 60 of their 76 Serie A campaigns together and, 14 points clear of the Maroons this season, they look set to extend that record.

Spain: Barcelona's De Jong denies Espanyol rare win

Espanyol's rivalry with Barcelona must be one of the most one-sided derbies in Europe as the underdogs have finished higher than Barca only four times in 86 La Liga seasons.

They were denied a rare victory over their illustrious neighbours last weekend when Barcelona's Luuk de Jong equalised in the 96th minute of a tempestuous 2-2 draw that featured three red cards.

De Jong's goal scuppered Espanyol's chances of a first league win over Barca, 8/1 to win the Europa League this season, since the 2008/09 campaign although strangely, like Turin derby outsiders Torino, they have recorded the biggest win in the fixture's history with a 6-0 triumph in 1951.

The balance of power can shift in local derbies and Real Betis have been closing the gap on traditional Andalusian powerhouses Sevilla in recent years.

The pair are second and third in La Liga as it stands and Betis, who trail 64-40 in terms of league victories in the Seville derby, knocked their foes out of the Copa del Rey in January.

They also enjoyed a glorious 5-3 away win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2018, four years after Sevilla had won a pulsating Europa League last-16 tie against Betis in a dramatic penalty shootout.

Germany: Bayern's modern dominance in effect

Bayern Munich are the dominant team not just in Munich but in Germany but that was not always the case.

In 1963/64, when the Bundesliga was formed, 1860 Munich were the city's top-flight representatives and Bayern played in the second tier.

1860 reached the European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1965, losing to West Ham, and were German champions the following year but that was as good as it got for the Lions.

They were relegated from the second division in 2016/17 and now play in the third tier, often locking horns with Bayern Munich's reserve team, while Bayern's seniors are hot favourites to claim a tenth straight Bundesliga title this season and 9/2 to win a second Champions League crown in three years.

France: No love for Parisien foes

Like Barcelona and Bayern, Paris St-Germain are the undisputed footballing kings of their city but they could be joined in Ligue 1 next season by upstarts Paris FC.

This rivalry may not have much on-field pedigree (the clubs' only previous league meetings were in 1978/79) but there is no love lost between them due to their shared history.

Paris FC were one of two clubs who merged to form PSG in 1970 before splintering off acrimoniously just two years later and their fortunes have diverged spectacularly since.

While PSG, with Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe leading their attack, are 7/1 to finally win a first Champions League title this season, Paris FC are in the automatic-promotion places in Ligue 2, raising hopes that 2022/23 could see a top-flight derby in the French capital.

England: 'Noisy neighbours' now on top

Few derby rivalries have changed as dramatically in the past 30 years as the one between Manchester United and Manchester City.

Back in 1999, after United had completed their famous treble, City needed a stunning late comeback to see off Gillingham in the third-tier playoff final, but the Citizens are now favourites for the Champions League investment saw them rise to the very top of English football.

It's certainly been a role-reversal in Manchester since ex-Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson retired – the Scot once famously labelling City as the 'noisy neighbours'.

It may be premature to label United as the 'little brothers' in Manchester but not far away on Merseyside, Everton have become used to playing second fiddle to their local rivals.

Once known as 'the friendly derby', Liverpool-Everton games have produced more red cards than any other Premier League fixture and the Reds went unbeaten in 23 games against the Toffees between 2011 and 2020.

Everton's 2-0 win at Anfield in February 2021 ended that run but normal service was resumed this term as Liverpool won 4-1 at Goodison Park.

New Toffees manager Frank Lampard will have his first taste of a Merseyside derby at Anfield in April but he faces a tall order to get Everton competing with Liverpool – who are 4/1 to be European champions this season - as they did during the halcyon days of the 1980s.

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