Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin at RB Leipzig, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, FS1. Leipzig’s nine-game winning streak came to a halt last week. Now Leipzig is back below Bayern Munich at the top of the table. After playing host to Hertha, it travels to Bayern on Wednesday before the month-long German winter break begins. Can the upstarts keep their dream season going?
Serie A: Roma at Juventus, 1:45 p.m. Saturday, beIN. Slowly but surely, Juventus has opened up a four-point lead in the Italian standings over Roma, which can’t be thrilled to find itself in second place. Since Roma’s last Serie A title in 2001, the team has finished in second place no fewer than eight times. If this is the year it will finally catch Juventus, a victory Saturday is a must.
Premier League: Arsenal at Manchester City, 10 a.m. Sunday, NBCSN. As Christmas approaches, both teams must be worried about their league place. Arsenal is six points back of the leaders, Manchester City is seven points off the pace. Neither feels like it can afford to drop more points. City is without several players, due to suspension, a bonus for Arsenal.
La Liga: Espanyol at Barcelona, 1:45 p.m. Sunday, beIN. Much is made of Barcelona-Real Madrid games, but this is Barcelona’s local rivalry. Unfortunately for Espanyol, the cross-town neighbors have been dominant. Barcelona has won the last seven games at home against Espanyol by a combined score of 22-1. Espanyol, though, is on a nine-game unbeaten run in the league.