After a few weeks of running this feature, we’re starting to get the hang of picking out some cracking games for your viewing pleasure.
Last weekend, we had 24 goals from our five feature games and this weekend we have another fine selection of contests for you to look forward to. And enjoy these games whilst you can, as a host of the European leagues stall temporarily for their customary winter break.
So we’ve picked the usual five must-watch games and a few honorable mentions to gorge on prior to Christmas. We’ve got a huge clash from English football’s second tier, one of the most iconic derbies in world football and a major final to look forward too.
All kick-offs are Eastern time, enjoy your festive soccer!
Liverpool vs. Cardiff City – Saturday 21 December, 7:45AM, NBCSN
After the goings on at the Cardiff City stadium this week, who know what Bluebirds team will turn up here. Will they rally behind their manager Malky Mackay and put in a strong performance? Or will they crumble in the wake of all this distraction? I suppose it won’t matter much if Luis Suarez is on his game.
Swansea vs Everton – Sunday 22 December, 11AM, NBCSN
Roberto Martinez takes his high-flying Everton side to his old club, Swansea City. The Toffees will be hoping to take advantage of an inconsistent Swansea side and establish themselves as top four contenders.
After failing to defeat against one Madrid side last weekend, Valencia take on the other at the Mestella on Sunday. Los Blancos are starting to put a run together, but a trip to Valencia is always a difficult task.
Paris St-Germain vs. Lille – Sunday 22 December, 3PM, beIN SPORT Play
With AS Monaco facing a very winnable home fixture on Friday evening, PSG could find themselves second in Ligue 1 going into this one. Lille are a good side, and a win here would put them to within one point of the French champions.
Our five feature games are as follows:
QPR vs. Leicester City
Saturday 21 December, 7:15AM, beIN SPORT Play
First place takes on third place in the Championship at Loftus Road, and this one certainly looks as though it will be worth getting up early for.
After securing a respectable 1-1 draw with second place Burnley last weekend, Leicester have a chance to draw level on points with their pace setting opponents. It’s an excellent opportunity for them to move into the automatic playoff spots and put the pressure on Burnley who play later on that day.
But the Foxes will be under no illusions about the difficulty of the task that faces them, as Harry Redknapp’s QPR outfit have been in fine fettle this season, and they still look the team to beat in this years Championship.
The Rs have a mean defensive record and in Charlie Austin, a striker who is bang in form. A win for them and they can put a little bit of daylight between themselves and the teams chasing an automatic promotion spot. Lose and they could well find themselves out of the top two at the end of a tricky looking Christmas period.