A Sunday to enjoy all over the world

Club football will make way for the international game next week but we will bow out with a fast-paced Sunday filled with games that will keep the viewer on the sofa glued to the television until bedtime.

Across Europe and South America, there are several classic games and derbies as well as mouthwatering fixtures to make it an unmissable day of football.

Barcelona-Betis (4.15pm)

LaLiga Santander‘s leaders welcome a Real Betis side who have been better than their results suggest and who are keen to imitate the Barcelona philosophy.

It is a game between two teams who like to have the ball and enjoy possession under their respective coaches, Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien.

If Lionel Messi makes his return, it will make things even more interesting.

Manchester City-Manchester United (5.30pm)

Another Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho duel, one that comes with the league table in one of the most lopsided positions either man will likely remember in their battles against each other.

City hold a nine point lead over their neighbours but could lose top spot in the table if they fall in the derby.

The Red Devils could be put back in a spot of bother if they lose again, although they have appeared resurgent of late, as they showed with their stunning late comeback to beat Juventus in Turin on Wednesday night.

Sevilla-Espanyol (6.30pm)

Second against third, two of LaLiga Santander‘s most entertaining teams face off in a bid to keep pace at the top of the table.

Sevilla, under new coach Pablo Machin, will come up against two of the revelations of the league this year in Mario Hermoso in defence and Borja Iglesias in attack.

It promises to be a fantastic occasion.

Boca-River (8pm)

If the weather permits, the ball will finally kick off in the game that everyone is waiting for.

It was due to take place on Saturday night but was postponed due to a torrential downpour in Buenos Aires, as the sides wait for their first leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

The most anticipated derby in the fixture’s history is at the mercy of the clouds.

Milan-Juventus (8.30pm)

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at the San Siro in an angry and fired up frame of mind after the Champions League fiasco in midweek.

He will bring his Juventus side to the home of Gonzalo Higuain, who will also have an axe to grind with his former club.

But Ronaldo will be out to strike a big blow by increasing his scoring records and leaving the Rossoneri 13 points adrift with a win.

Celta-Real Madrid (8.45pm)

Santiago Solari will undergo his first difficult exam as Real Madrid coach at the Estadio Balaidos.

After three wins in his first three games, the Argentine will face Celta Vigo, led by Iago Aspas, in what will be a real litmus test for his side.

Celta could move level with Real Madrid on 17 points with a victory.

Monaco-PSG (9pm)

Although Monaco are going through a very dark spell under Thierry Henry, Paris Saint-Germain‘s visit to the Principality is always special.

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and co. will be out to exert their unwavering dominance to start the campaign and make it 13 wins from 13 to start the season.


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