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North London derby headlines Sunday special

Published: Friday 24 February 2012, 9.35CET
Arsenal FC against Tottenham Hotspur FC leads a big day across Europe as key games in the upper reaches of the table take place in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Turkey.

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Published: Friday 24 February 2012, 9.35CET

North London derby headlines Sunday special

Arsenal FC against Tottenham Hotspur FC leads a big day across Europe as key games in the upper reaches of the table take place in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Turkey.

England: Arsenal FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC (Sunday, 14.30)
The north London derby will have an extra edge as forward Emmanuel Adebayor returns to Arsenal in the colours of their arch-rivals. The 27-year-old hit 46 goals in 104 league appearances under Arsène Wenger but now finds himself as the focal point of Tottenham's attack, with ten league goals so far this term. The Gunners are fourth, ten points adrift of Spurs in third, but Johan Djourou says league positions will be irrelevant come kick-off. "When you play them, you forget the table – it is a battle and the best team will win," said the Arsenal defender. "They are in great shape but you have to forget that and go to war."

Poland: WKS Śląsk Wrocław v Legia Warszawa (Sunday, 14.30)
Legia fans will get a first glimpse of new striker Nacho Novo as the third-ranked side take on Polish league leaders Śląsk, who are seeking a first title since 1977. The Warsaw outfit recently saw star players Maciej Rybus and Marcin Komorowski join Russian side FC Terek Grozny, but Novo has given them an exciting new option. "I could have stayed at Sporting Gijón but I did not want to just be on the bench," the 32-year-old told "I heard a lot of good things about Legia. They have fanastic supporters, an amazing stadium and big ambitions. We are aiming for the title and I've come here to help them achieve it." Victory would take them within two points of Śląsk.

Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven v Feyenoord (Sunday, 14.30)
The Eredivisie is providing drama by the bucketload, with six teams still within five points of leaders PSV. Feyenoord are among them, and PSV will be relieved that John Guidetti – who has hit three hat-tricks in five games for the Rotterdam side – is suspended. AZ Alkmaar are level on points with PSV, and on Sunday meet sc Heerenveen, who go into the weekend two points adrift in third despite 5-1 losses to fellow contenders AFC Ajax, PSV and FC Twente this season. "This is a really top match, in which we can show where we stand," said Heerenveen coach Ron Jans.

Germany: FC Bayern München v FC Schalke 04 (Sunday, 15.30)
The Bundesliga title is apparently destined for one of what has been dubbed the 'Fantastic Four' by the German media, and two of the quartet meet on Sunday as third-placed Bayern host a Schalke side one point behind them. "We are under extreme pressure in the Bundesliga," said Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger. "We were eight points clear at the top at one stage, now we are four adrift. The alarm bells are ringing." They will ring louder still after Wednesday's 1-0 UEFA Champions League defeat by FC Basel 1893, though Schalke's legs may be heavier after taking 120 minutes to see off ten-man FC Viktoria Plzeň 24 hours later. Neither can afford to lose ground on VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund.

Turkey: Galatasaray AŞ v Beşiktaş JK (Sunday, 18.00)
Six points clear of arch-rivals Fenerbahçe SK at the top of the table, Galatasaray may partner Milan Baroš and Necati Ateş up front against third-ranked Beşiktaş, with Johan Elmander's fitness in doubt. Baroš has scored five in six home games against the Black Eagles, and Fatih Terim's predicted 4-4-2 formation could be further fortified by the return of midfielder Yekta Kurtuluş after four months out. Beşiktaş are 11 points adrift of Galatasaray, and up against it: Carlos Carvalhal's side have Manuel Fernandes suspended, while left-back Tanju Kayhan is doubtful with a dislocated shoulder, and they played a UEFA Europa League game against SC Braga on Thursday, advancing to the last 16 despite a 1-0 defeat.

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