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European football matchday: Man City, Bayern in good form; pressure on Lille

·3 min read

A look at what's happening in European football on Saturday:

ENGLAND

Manchester City have scored at least five goals in each of their last four home games in all competitions. Next in the firing line at Etihad Stadium is Southampton as City go for a fourth straight win in the Premier League, having beaten Norwich and Arsenal 5-0 and then Leicester 1-0 after opening with a 1-0 loss at Tottenham. City also beat Leipzig 6-3 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Liverpool and Everton are unbeaten and both on 10 points ahead of games against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, respectively, while Arsenal look to follow up its first win in the league €" against Norwich last weekend €" by defeating Burnley away.

Norwich, the only team without a point so far, hosts fellow promoted team Watford.

SPAIN

Antoine Griezmann will face Atlético Madrid fans again three days after being jeered by them in the team's 0-0 draw against Porto in the Champions League. The boos drowned out applause at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, where the defending Spanish champions will host Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league.

Many Atlético fans were not happy with how Griezmann left for rival Barcelona two seasons ago after a long stint with the club. Atlético have won only two of their last five league games against Athletic, who are coming off two straight league wins without conceding. They haven't won three in a row without conceding since 2015.

ITALY

Defending champions Inter Milan host Bologna as they attempts to bounce back from two frustrating performances. The Nerazzurri were held to a draw at Sampdoria last weekend then lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League midweek.

Also, Atalanta will be looking to boost their title challenge when they visit promoted Salernitana, who have conceded 11 goals in three matches.

Fiorentina look to make it three wins in four games when they visit Genoa.

GERMANY

Bayern Munich can continue their unbeaten start to life under new coach Julian Nagelsmann with a game at home to promoted Bochum. A win would put Bayern top of the Bundesliga ahead of early leaders Wolfsburg, who don't play until Sunday.

Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch has demanded improvements after following up last week's 4-1 loss to Bayern with a 6-3 loss at Manchester City in the Champions League. His team now takes on Cologne.

Mainz host Freiburg in a meeting of two teams with surprisingly strong early-season form, and Borussia Mönchengladbach visit struggling Augsburg. Arminia Bielefeld play Hoffenheim.

FRANCE

The pressure is starting to grow on Lille coach Jocelyn Gourvennec heading into the defending champions' game at fifth-place Lens. Lille beat Paris Saint-Germain to win the title last season, but inspirational coach Christophe Galtier left to join Nice and was replaced by the relatively inexperienced Gourvennec.

Lille have won once in six games in all competitions and have gone from the league's best defense last season to the second worst, with 11 goals conceded in just five games.

The day's other match features two winless sides as 19th-placed Saint-Etienne face last-placed Bordeaux.

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