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Manchester City and Marseille seek quick lifts

Published: Friday 4 October 2013, 8.52CET
Wounded Manchester City FC take on unbeaten Everton FC, AS Roma are eyeing seven wins in a row and Le Classique takes centre stage in France. previews the weekend action.

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Published: Friday 4 October 2013, 8.52CET

Manchester City and Marseille seek quick lifts

Wounded Manchester City FC take on unbeaten Everton FC, AS Roma are eyeing seven wins in a row and Le Classique takes centre stage in France. previews the weekend action.

England: Manchester City FC v Everton FC (Saturday 13.45)
Beaten in their last two games, Manchester City face a real test of their recovery powers against Roberto Martínez's undefeated Everton. Manuel Pellegrini's seventh-placed side followed up a 3-2 loss to Aston Villa FC with Wednesday's humbling 3-1 defeat by FC Bayern München and are desperate to bounce back. "We made a lot of errors at important times," said Pellegrini following the UEFA Champions League reverse. "We need to address some things before our game at the weekend."

Fit-again David Silva looks set to make his first league appearance since August, but fourth-placed Everton will not make things easy for the hosts. The only club yet to lose in England's top division, they are aiming to equal their longest unbeaten start to a Premier League season, though will have to operate without on-loan City midfielder Gareth Barry. "The lads will know enough about the team without my input, but if anybody needs advice they can ask me," said Barry.

Germany: Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern München (Saturday 18.30)
Bundesliga fans are in for a treat when the treble winners take on Leverkusen, the last side to defeat the Bavarians in the league way back on 28 October last year. "Leverkusen are an uncomfortable team to play against," said Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Victory for either club, coupled with Borussia Dortmund dropping points against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, would mean they top the table, but Werkself coach Sami Hyypiä is downplaying the importance of such a lofty perch so early in the season. "The only thing that matters is what position we occupy in May," he said. Bayern are still without Javi Martínez and Thiago Alcántara.

Italy: FC Internazionale Milano v AS Roma (Saturday 20.45)
With no European commitments this season, both teams have had a full week to prepare for the San Siro encounter. The Giallorossi have won four of their last five meetings with fourth-placed Inter – who are also unbeaten in 2013/14 – and boast a perfect 18 points from six league matches this term. It has been a seamless transition to Serie A for Roma's former LOSC Lille coach Rudi Garcia, who is looking forward to testing himself against Walter Mazzarri's team. "It's always difficult to win a game in Italy, but I'm happy to face Inter because the reason why I coach is to experience special games like this," he said. "We are motivated; I hope it will be a great occasion."

Poland: Wisła Kraków v Legia Warszawa (Sunday 15.30)
An encounter with Wisła holds special memories for Legia midfielder Hélio Pinto. "In 2011, while an APOEL player, I faced them in Champions League qualification," the summer signing from the Cypriot club told "We beat Wisła [3-2 on aggregate], entered the group stage and had a marvellous campaign."

Pinto has scored once in nine Ekstraklasa appearances for the leaders, who have a six-point advantage over their fourth-placed opponents going into the 'derby of Poland'. "I left Cyprus after eight years," said the Portuguese-born player. "It was not easy for me to quickly get used to another country, a different league, system of play and so on. I was also lacking in physical preparation at the beginning, but now I feel much better. I showed it in the last two league games and hope to do the same against Wisła."

Ukraine: FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v FC Metalist Kharkiv (Sunday 18.30)
Second-ranked Dnipro will draw level with their opponents if they end Metalist's 27-game unbeaten run in the Ukrainian Premier League, a sequence dating back to 3 November. "Dnipro have a lot of skilful players to rotate in their squad and three days is enough time to recover," said Metalist forward Volodymyr Homenyuk, referring to Juande Ramos' side's UEFA Europa League involvement. "Dnipro are strong now. They deservedly beat Shakhtar Donetsk [3-1 in August] and got the better of high-flying Chornomorets Odesa [2-0] last week, so we await a hard game."

France: Olympique de Marseille v Paris Saint-Germain FC (Sunday 21.00)
PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi knows that OM will go into Le Classique wanting to atone for their 3-0 UEFA Champions League loss to Dortmund – a result put into stark relief by the capital club's comfortable victory against SL Benfica by the same scoreline just 24 hours later. "We're full of confidence after our last game," said Matuidi. "That's good before travelling to the Vélodrome, but it will be a tough game. They will aim to make amends." A point adrift of the visitors, who lie second on goal difference, Marseille have lost just once in their eight Ligue 1 outings, to leaders AS Monaco FC on 1 September.

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