We’ve been a little spoilt this week. The domestic cup competitions in Spain and Italy have provided some excellent midweek entertainment, and have set us up nicely for another weekend crammed with wonderful action.
But once again, we’re treated to some superb midweek action, so we’ve saw fit to extend our top-five selections to feature some games from the Premier League’s round of fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday.
I’m sure you’ll agree when you see the calibre of fixtures, but fear not, we’ve got some marvelous games for you to sample this weekend too.
They include Germany’s two form sides going head-to-head, Italy’s most in-form side facing a tricky test on the road and a crucial clash at the top of Ligue 1. For good measure, we’ve also thrown in a trio of honorable mentions.
All kickoffs are Eastern time, enjoy the games!
Bournemouth vs. Liverpool, Saturday, January 25, 7:45AM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go
A potential shock on the cards? Liverpool travel to Bournemouth in Saturday’s early kickoff in the FA Cup. They fell to Oldham at this stage of the competition last season, and with the Merseyside derby looming, Brendan Rodgers could rest a few key players. Eddie Howe’s team might just fancy their chances.
Sunderland vs. Kidderminster Harriers, Saturday, January 25, 10:00AM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go
After overcoming the odds at Old Trafford in the League Cup semifinal, it’s Sunderland’s turn to assume the role of cup favorites. Non-league Kidderminster shocked plenty when they knocked out Peterborough United in the previous round.
Verona vs. AS Roma, Sunday, January 25, 6:30AM, beIN SPORTS Play
One for the early bird, but certainly a contest worth getting up for. Verona have been majorly impressive this campaign, but will have their work cut out against an AS Roma side that look to be recapturing their swagger.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich
Friday, January 24, 2:30PM, GolTV
The Bundesliga resumes after a month long hiatus, and what a game we have to get things kick started again.
Monchengladbach probably represent the toughest test in the Bundesliga at the moment. Prior to the break they had won five games consecutively and will relish taking on the league leaders on their own patch.
But despite their stellar form heading into this one, Monchengladbach remain underdogs. Bayern are an imperious outfit under new boss Pep Guardiola and are romping to their second consecutive Bundesliga title. They lost a friendly to Red Bull Salzburg last weekend, but expect them to be totally refocused when the serious stuff gets going.
Nonetheless, you can get some strange results after the winter break. Monchengladbach will fancy their chances, and that should make for a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.
Lazio vs. Juventus
Juventus have been magnificent as of late. Their powerful midfield trio of Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andre Pirlo has dominated the opposition time after time, whilst Carloz Tevez and Fernando Llorente have really begun to click as an attacking partnership.