Prepping this piece, I was very tempted to make this week’s feature a “Top Ten” games to watch, such is the outstanding calibre of the matches on offer this weekend. But for continuities sake, I decided to stick with five.
In short, there is an absolute shed-load of top class action. Somehow I picked five out as our main events (taking into account kick-off times, significance and playing styles), but there are another SIX honorable mentions to savur if you fancy another contest, or just feel like gorging on even more top quality soccer.
We’ve got three from the Premier League, an enormous game in France and a Friday night clash from Germany.
As per usual, all kick off times are Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!:
FC Nurnberg vs. Bayern Munich, Saturday, February 8, 8:30AM, GolTV
The Bavarian derby pits Nurnburg against Bayern Munich. Die Bayern have been ruthless, relentless and downright brilliant so far this campaign. Nurenburg by comparison have really struggled and are in deperate need of points if they are to avoid the drop. But anything can happen in a derby game, can’t it? Perhaps not, but it’ll be well worth a watch.
Los Blancos lost ground on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid after a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao last weekend. Real will be in confident mood heading into this one after their midweek 3-0 trouncing of Atletico in the Copa Del Rey, but they will have to be at their best to beat Champions League-chasing Villarreal.
Napoli vs. AC Milan, Saturday, February 8, 2:45PM, beIN SPORTS Play
Clarence Seedorf pits his wits against Rafael Benitez as his Milan side take on Napoli at the San Siro. This will be the Dutchman’s first major test as boss of the Rossoneri, whilst Napoli will be keen to bounce back from their narrow loss to Roma in midweek. Adel Taarabt looks set to make his debut for Milan.
The Rome derby is always an enormously passionate contest. The supporters typically fashion a spectacular backdrop for the players and tempers have been known to regularly boil over. Both sides have European spots of some stature to target ahead of the season run-in, and a win here could give one team an enormous boost ahead of the run-in.
Benfica vs. Sporting Lisbon, Sunday, February 9, 2:00PM, streaming
After a couple of iffy results, FC Porto look set to relinquish their grip on the Portuguese title. So the door is open for one of Benfica or Sporting Lisbon to be top of the pile come May. They meet this weekend in a game that looks set to have a massive say on exactly which side that’ll be.
La Blaugrana are another team trailing in the wake of Atletico atop of La Liga after dropping points last weekend. A shock 3-2 defeat to Valencia at the Camp Nou ended their remarkable 25 game domestic winning streak at home. Real and Atletico have much more favourable games this weekend, so Barca must win at the Roman Sanchez Pijuan stadium.