If you’re completely fed up of the deadline day hyperbole (hang in there, not long to go now), then you’ll be glad to know there is a heap of soccer to watch this weekend.
Yep that’s right. No rumours, no record deals, no agents, no breaking news. There are some actual soccer matches. How about that?!
It’ll be interesting to see some new signings in action, for sure. But there is plenty to play for as the European leagues begin to come to the boil. This weekend, we’ve got three games from the Premier League and two from La Liga to sample. Both title races are getting extremely tight, and this weekend looks set to be decisive in determining the champions of the respective divisions.
If the games selected don’t tickle your fancy, we’ve included a couple of honourable mentions for good measure.
All kick-offs are Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
QPR vs. Burnley, Saturday, February 1, 7:15AM, beIN SPORTS Play
With Leicester City speeding off into the distance atop of the Championship, the second automatic promotion place looks as though it could be the only one realistically up for grabs as we approach the end of the campaign. So as QPR and Burnley meet in a battle of third against second, the significance of this one needs little explanation.
Just misses out because of a kick-off clash with another selection, but if you’re preference is for Italian football then this one is a must-watch alright. Juventus had their winning streak halted by Lazio last weekend, and Inter will be tough opposition.
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland
Saturday, February 1, 7:45AM, NBCSN
After losing their most influential player, the mood around Newcastle United is a little sombre at the minute. A 0-0 draw in midweek at Norwich City will have only served to compound that, and they really could do with a response against their bitter North-East rivals.
But that’ll be easier said than done. Despite having a pretty dreadful overall record in this fixture for the best part of a decade, Sunderland come into this one after beating the Magpies in the last two Tyne-Wear derbies. Last season, they famously won 3-0 at St James’ Park on their way to securing Premier League survival.
The Black Cats seem to be getting things together under Gus Poyet, too. They look increasingly tough to beat and will be thoroughly buoyed by their League Cup heroics. In Adam Johnson, they also have a player in a seriously good run of form. He scored in the corresponding fixture last season and has bagged five goals in his last three Premier League outings.