A look at what’s going on in European football on Wednesday: ENGLAND Arriving with the best attack in the Premier League, Liverpool look set to rack up the misery of local rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Everton haven’t won any of their last seven games and pressure is mounting on manager Rafa Benitez, who faces his former club. Meanwhile, Liverpool greats Steve Gerrard could do his former club a big favor by leading Aston Villa, which he recently took over, to a victory over Manchester City, one of the main contenders for the title. Liverpool. City, second, are one point ahead of third-placed Liverpool and one point behind Chelsea, also in action at Watford. Fourth place West Ham is at home against Brighton, penultimate Burnley is only looking for his second win of the season on a trip to Wolverhampton, and Leicester travel to Southampton.
SPAIN League leaders Real Madrid can increase their advantage at the top when they host Athletic Bilbao in a postponed ninth round game. Madrid are four points ahead of Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad. Madrid are unbeaten against Athletic in 12 league appearances, with eight wins and four losses. Eighth-placed Athletic haven’t won in five consecutive league games. In the Copa del Rey, Sevilla play in Cordoba, Real Sociedad visit Panadería Pulido and Real Betis play at CFI Alicante.
ITALY After losing two consecutive matches in Serie A, AC Milan will try to get back on track in the league when they visit Genoa, threatened with relegation. Milan have slipped three points under league leaders Napoli, who surrender to Sassuolo. Inter Milan will look to take advantage of any mistakes from the first two and host the modest Spezia. The defending champion is third, four points below Napoli. In addition, the Roma, fifth, visit Bologna.
FRANCE It’s Super Wednesday in Ligue 1 with 10 matches in the evening. The leader of Paris Saint-Germain will miss an injured Neymar when he welcomes Nice, third. PSG will rely on Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi to break through the tightest defense in the league. In a series of 13 unbeaten matches in all competitions, Rennes can consolidate second place against defending champion Lille. Expect goals in this game as it features Jonathan David of Lille, the league’s top scorer, and Gaetan Laborde of Rennes, the most prolific second scorer. Marseille can regain ground in the race for places in the Champions League with a victory in Nantes in the middle of the table. Lyon will host Reims without spectators after the league sanctioned Lyon for incidents at home on November 21 when Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a water bottle thrown from the stands during a game that was abandoned.
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