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MATCHDAY: Unbeaten Tottenham plays Fulham in a London derby. Valencia hosts Cadiz in Spanish league

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Monday:


Tottenham looks to maintain its unbeaten start to the Premier League and return to the top of the standings by beating Fulham in a London derby that wraps up the ninth round of fixtures. Spurs have won six of their first eight games, drawing the other two. They are a point behind Manchester City and Arsenal, who played their games on Saturday. Fulham is in 13th place on 11 points. Yves Bissouma is suspended for host Tottenham so that should see fellow central midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg earn a first Premier League start this season.


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FILE - Sevilla's Papu Gomez in action during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, on March 14, 2021. Monza forward Alejandro “Papu” Gomez has been banned for two years in a doping case stemming from his time at Spanish club Sevilla — possibly ending the 35-year-old player's career. Monza said Friday Oct. 20, 2023 it had received notification from FIFA, via the Italian soccer federation, of the sentence by the Spanish anti-doping commission. (AP Photo/Mateo Villalba, File)Gomez responds to 2-year doping ban, says his lawyers are looking into the matterBarcelona's Marc Guiu celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, at the Olympic Stadium of Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort )17-year-old Guiu scores seconds into his first-team debut to give Barcelona a Spanish league victoryAston Villa's Douglas Luiz celebrates after scoring his side's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Aston Villa hammers West Ham 4-1 in Premier League to maintain 100% home record

Valencia hosts Cadiz with both teams looking to end winless streaks in the Spanish league. Valencia hasn’t won in four straight matches, with two losses in three games. It hasn’t gone five consecutive league games without a victory since coach Rubén Baraja took over in February. Valencia entered the weekend’s round in ninth place. Cadiz is winless in five straight games, with two defeats in its last two matches.


Fiorentina will aim to consolidate its place in the top four of Serie A when it hosts struggling Empoli. Fiorentina has lost just one of its eight league matches and won four of its last five. Empoli is at the other end of the table with four points from eight matches. Udinese sits a point above Empoli and the bottom three and it hosts Lecce, which has seen a drop in form after a fantastic start. Lecce was unbeaten in its first five matches but then lost two straight and was held to a draw before the international break.

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