Picks Of The Weekend - Don't Miss It!

Newcastle vs Everton, Saturday 5th November 2011, 12:45 GMT

Two years ago Everton were a club that knew how to balance the expectations of a fanbase following a storied team adjusting to a new reality while maintaining hope for a better future while Newcastle were an absolute disaster for a big club that had completely lost the plot and doomed themselves to irrelevance. The lesson here is we should stop trying to predict the future because we are really terrible in doing so.

Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Monchengladbach, Saturday 5th November 2011, 14:30 GMT

Confidence is building in this Berlin side. Who would have thought that two of their wins so far this season would be against Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund. Raffael and Pierre-Michel Lasogga have done an adequate job scoring goals and keeping them involved in same games they shouldn't be. The match-up with Gladbach will be one to watch to see just how serious Gladbach is at hanging upper mid-table this year. Marco Reus is such a fantastic player to watch. If you haven't taken the time to watch him on the field, then stop what you're doing and watch him.

Aston Villa vs Norwich City, Saturday 5th November 2011, 15:00 GMT

It's actually painful for us to say this, but if Aston Villa can't win this game they need to move to the top of the list of shock relegation candidates. Villa have done nothing to prove they're capable of doing a whole lot more than drawing and an attainable shellacking would go a long way towards turning down the heat on Alex McLeish.

Levante vs Valencia, Saturday 5th November 2011, 21:00 GMT

Levante have arguably been the story of the season so far in Spain. Los Granotes have been La Liga's surprise package so far this season and are riding high in third place after their best-ever opening to a top-flight campaign. Juan Ignacio Martinez's unfancied side had been top before suffering their first league defeat away to Osasuna last weekend. A phenomenal seven game winning streak, which included a sensational 1-0 home victory over Real Madrid. As a result Levante will head into the Valencia derby for Saturday's late-night kick-off ahead of their city rivals for the first time since 1964.

Hannover 96 vs Schalke 04, Sunday 6th November 2011, 14:30 GMT

The match of the weekend in Bundesliga takes place in Hannover when Schalke visits. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is doubtful for the match after suffering a likely broken nose in Schalke's Europa League match against AEK Larnaca. A win in Hannover would be huge for the club's confidence heading into the international break. Jefferson Farfan has been sensational in the league since his return from injury earlier this season, and he'll be causing havoc down the flank all night. Hannover pulled out a massive victory at home against Bayern Munich two weeks ago, but they suffered a quick letdown against Borussia Monchengladbach. They'll need another full ninety minute performance against Schalke if they have thoughts on winning. Didier Ya Konan has been quiet so far this year. It's about time for him to break out.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, Sunday 6th November 2011, 19:00 GMT

After securing qualification in the Champions League in midweek, Barcelona will face one of their toughest fixtures in La Liga with a visit to San Mames to face Marcelo Bielsea’s Athletic Bilbao. The Basque outfit didn’t start the season well, but they finally found some form over the past few weeks and will as always provide a very tough challenge to the defending champions. Athletic are one of the greatest sides in Spain’s history (in fact, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid, they remain the only side never to have been relegated) and visiting the San Mames is always one of the toughest challenges in the league. Even Barcelona and Real Madrid regularly drop points in the Basque country. Barcelona remain unbeaten this season in all competitions, but other than the Super Cup against Real Madrid, this might very well be the toughest test to that invincibility yet. Pep Guardiola knows that better than anyone and has been preparing this match very carefully, even resting some key player in the midweek fixture against Viktoria Plzen.

Napoli vs Juventus, Sunday 6th November 2011, 19:45 GMT

It’s the game of the weekend in Serie A as Walter Mazzarri’s Napoli host Antonio Conte’s Juventus at the intimidating San Paolo stadium in Naples. Coming into this game, Juventus are fresh off after beating Inter in the Derby D’italia at the San Siro. The Turin based outfit sit pretty at the summit of the Serie A table. While Napoli fell victim to the Bayern Munich juggernaut, in their midweek Champions League clash. They occupy 5th position in the league standings. The last meeting between these two sides was at the Olimpic Stadium in Turin. The game in fact turned out to be Gigi Del Neri’s final game in charge of Juventus in Serie A. It ended in a highly entertaining 2-2 draw which meant that there was no European spot left for the Bianconeri. It was also the culmination of another disappointing season for Juventus in Serie A.

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