MATCHDAY: Undefeated AC Milan visit Rome; West Ham at the Villa

Roma head coach Jose Mourinho calls his players during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Napoli, at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Sunday, October 24, 2021 (AP Photo / Andrew Medichini)

Roma head coach Jose Mourinho calls his players during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Napoli, at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Sunday, October 24, 2021 (AP Photo / Andrew Medichini)


A look at what’s going on in European football on Sunday:


AC Milan’s unbeaten Serie A start could be put to the test by a visit to Jose Mourinho’s Roma. The Rossoneri tied their best start in history with nine wins and one draw. Napoli, who lead Milan on goal difference, visit regional rivals Salernitana without star striker Victor Osimhen, who has a muscle problem. Salernitana is back in the Premier League for the first time in more than two decades. In addition, defending champions Inter Milan face Udinese at San Siro, Fiorentina face Spezia, Genoa meet Venezia and Sassuolo host Empoli.


West Ham play at Aston Villa with Declan Rice and Michail Antonio returning to the squad after resting midweek for the League Cup victory that ousted the Manchester City holder. Villa dropped to 15th place after losing three consecutive league games, while West Ham are fourth and are also performing well in the Europa League. There is also a two-team meeting in the relegation zone as last-placed Norwich host Leeds. Leeds have seven points in nine games while winless Norwich have just two.


Real Sociedad aim to keep their impressive season going when they host Athletic Bilbao in an ever-fiery Basque Country derby in San Sebastian. Sociedad can regain a three-point lead at the top of the Spanish table with a victory. Aleksander Isak will lead Sociedad’s attack with injured top scorer Mikel Oyarzabal. Isak has scored in his last two games. Defending champion Atlético Madrid faces a home test against fit Real Betis. Diego Simeone’s Atlético have made two straight league games and need a win to stay in contact with a leading pack. Betis have won five of their last six league games and enter the day just three points behind Sociedad, Real Madrid and Sevilla. Last-placed Getafe welcome Espanyol in hopes of securing their first victory.


The third place of Nice will be missed by Evann Guessand, Justin Kluivert, Calvin Stengs and Robson Bambu due to injuries for a delicate trip to Angers in the French league. Marseille, fourth, seems to put an end to a bad patch during his visit to Clermont. Marseille have won only one of their last eight games in all competitions. Rennes are only one point behind Marseille and hope to move closer to Champions League places when they visit Troyes. Lowly Brest welcomes a Monegasque team which seems to have reached its cruising speed after a disappointing start to the season. Monaco have won four of their last five league games.


Borussia Mönchengladbach turned down Bochum’s promotion to the Bundesliga the last time the clubs met in 2011, when they contested the relegation / promotion qualifiers. The second division champion will therefore not lack motivation when they finally meet in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Host Gladbach flies away after his 5-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Cup on Wednesday, but he is only 12th in the league. Bochum has always performed well against Gladbach. Gladbach has not won any of his last 15 Bundesliga games since a 2-1 victory in September 1997. Also on Sunday, Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl is under pressure against his visit to Stuttgart after five games without a win in all competitions. . Stuttgart has not been as entertaining as it was last season, but it is unbeaten in four league games under the management of American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo.