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Chloe Beresford·19 August 2022

5️⃣ spicy fixtures you must watch this weekend 🌶

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Last week we rated Chelsea-Tottenham as the spiciest fixture on the calendar, and it didn’t disappoint.

These are the games you can’t miss from across the globe this weekend.

Lille v PSG

Sunday will see a return to former side Lille for PSG boss Christophe Galtier, where he faces a tough task to record his second win in as many games.

Galtier spent four years at Lille between 2017 and 2021, winning the Ligue 1 title in his last year at the club.

Not only will the boss have to shoulder that return, but he is said to be dealing with internal issues at PSG.

Kylian Mbappé and Neymar have reportedly had a fallout, with Mbappé said to be disappointed with a suggested lack of discipline from his team-mate.

The issue is said to be causing ripples of discontent across the entire PSG squad and now they face their toughest game of the season so far.

Spice rating: Mild 🌶

Union Berlin v RB Leipzig

Union Berlin finished just one point behind Leipzig last season, and the two sides face off against each other in Germany’s capital on Saturday.

They may have clinched fourth on the final day in 2021/22 but Leipzig have struggled to get going this season, losing 5-3 to Bayern Munich in the Supercup and having taken just two points from their opening two Bundesliga fixtures.

Meanwhile, Union Berlin are unbeaten with a win and a draw, and will land their rivals in hot water should they take anything from the game.

It’s a clash of ideology between the fans in the stands as well as on the pitch, with the Union supporters fully behind their fan-owned model and opposed to Leipzig’s more commercially-oriented setup.

Such is the level of dislike, 20,000 usually vocal Union fans have stayed silent for the opening 15 minutes on more than one occasion against Leipzig in 2019, protesting the very existence of their opponents. But the action should be anything but quiet.

Spice rating: Medium 🌶 🌶

Porto v Sporting CP

Top of the table Porto take on one of the other “big three” Portuguese sides at the weekend, with a home clash versus Sporting CP.

Os Dragões and Os Leões met for the first time back in 1922, and the rivalry has naturally evolved between two of the most successful teams in the country, who have each claimed one of the last two league titles.

Sporting have had a tricky week, losing Matheus Nunes to Wolves for £38m, and will have to quickly find a way to replace the midfielder.

They head into the weekend two points behind Porto in the table. Can they upset their rivals’ 100% record?

Spice rating: Hot 🌶 🌶 🌶

Santos v São Paulo

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A derby with just one point between the teams? Sign us up!

Santos and São Paulo sees two of Brazil’s biggest and best face off and they couldn’t be harder to separate both historically and now.

In league meetings, São Paulo just have the edge, with 30 wins to Santos’ 27, with the pair drawing a further 17 games.

Teenager Marcos Leonardo has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs already and, at just 19, is Santos’ top scorer this season with eight goals in 20 league appearances. He’s one to watch.

Yet again, a game between the two biggest sides from the state of São Paulo promises fireworks.

Spice rating: Fire 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶

Atalanta v Milan

All of last season’s top eight registered a win in the opening weekend of Serie A, but that record must now fall as those sides begin to face each other.

There’s none more feisty than a roughly 37-mile trip across Lombardy to Bergamo for Milan, as the reigning champions face Atalanta this Sunday.

The home side have some of the most ferocious Ultras in Italy, and they have a genuine dislike for their red and black neighbours.

Not only have Atalanta only just emerged from the shadows of the seven-time Champions League winners, but the dislike is even more fervent thanks to Milan’s friendship with their biggest enemies, Brescia.

And Atalanta have lost each of their last three Serie A matches versus Milan, having been unbeaten in the previous 11.

That certainly means that Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will want to correct that recent record, and this encounter definitely has potential for some fiery – and maybe even controversial – moments.

Spice rating: Insane 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶