Match of the week
Chelsea-Manchester United (England)
Manchester United may be the English champions, but they face an uphill struggle against Chelsea's impeccable home record. Carlo Ancelotti's side have won all five of their league games at Stamford Bridge this term, scoring 15 goals and conceding only one in the process, while the Red Devils have already lost two of their five away fixtures. Victory for the Blues would return 48 points, with the draw worth 75 and a Red Devils victory 77.
The stat: Chelsea have not lost at home to United since 20 April 2002 (Chelsea 0-3 Manchester United).
Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid
These two sides may be at opposite ends of the table, but second-placed Real have won only two of their last six away matches in La Liga. Atletico suffered a poor start to their season, but warmed up for the derby with a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League thanks to a Sergio Aguero double. An Atletico success carries a sizeable 85-point reward, with a Real win worth 35 points.
Battle at the top
Borac Banja Luka-Velez Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
As the 2009/10 Premijer Liga season approaches the halfway point, the top two meet in a pivotal encounter. Another victory for Borac, the newly-promoted leaders, would add 35 points to their backers' totals, while a Velez triumph is worth 87 points.
The long shot
Melbourne Victory-Central Coast Mariners (Australia)
With four losses in six away games, the odds are stacked against Central Coast Mariners when they enter the home of current A-League champions Melbourne Victory. An upset win would nonetheless return 89 points, with a home success at 28 points.
Records in jeopardy
Guarani-Rubio Nu (Paraguay)
Third-placed Guarani are unbeaten at home this season, while fifth-placed draw specialists Rubio Nu are undefeated on their travels.