The international break is in the books, which means we are now in the homestretch of the European soccer season.
We’ve got three really interesting matchups to break down below, including one of Germany’s biggest rivalries, a storied Spanish clash and a gigantic showdown in Italy.
Off we go.
Bayern Munich (-256) vs. Borussia Dortmund (+650)
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET
Der Klassiker is always a game that Bundesliga fans pencil into their calendars, and the rivalry is renewed again this weekend. While Bayern slipped up ahead of the international break, the loss at RB Leipzig hasn’t derailed the Bavarian steam train, which is heading for a sixth consecutive league title with time to spare. In fact, Jupp Heynckes’ side could win the league Saturday if Schalke — which kicks off three hours earlier — fail to beat Freiburg. A victory would then be enough for the hosts to seal the deal, and to do so at home against their greatest rivals would be particularly sweet. That should be incentive enough to avoid being too concerned with a trip to Seville in midweek.