Rejoice! Rejoice! After the a couple of weeks when UEFA Champions League action provided some superb midweek relief, we were “treated” to international friendlies this time round.
This weekend we’ve got a host of magnificent games to look forward to in a plethora of different competitions. Fans of English football can sift between the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Championship this weekend as the domestic season begins to come to the boil.
Given the calibre of games in the aforementioned competitions, this week’s “must watch” selections do have something of an English bias. We’ve got a stellar FA Cup quarterfinal to kick the weekend off, followed by two games with huge connotations at different ends of the Premier League table.
On Sunday we’ll be treated to one of the most passionate but lesser known derbies in English football. And to cap things off, we’ve got a key game in the race for Champions League football in Italy.
If the English game’s not your bag, we’ve included a few honorable mentions too.
All kick off times are Eastern Time. Enjoy the weekend and enjoy the games!
Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich, Saturday, March 8, 9:30AM, GolTV
Can Wolfsburg stop the Bayern Munich machine rattling on? The home side are certainly in good form heading into this one and are in need of the points if they are to mount a late push for the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s team will be looking to make history and preserve their unbeaten record for the entirety of the Bundesliga campaign.
Given the kickoff time, this one is certainly suited to those of you who like and early start, or even coming back in from a night out! It’s a dress rehearsal of the Europa League double header between the two side, but both the Bianconeri and La Viola both have plenty still to play for on the domestic front. Fiorentina beat the Italian champions 4-2 when they met earlier in the campaign.
Blackburn Rovers vs. Burnley, Sunday, March 9, 8:15AM, beIN SPORTS Play
As two founder members of the football league, the rivalry between Blackburn Rovers and Burnley is longstanding and bristling with historical context.
Burnley will visit their local rivals looking to continue their march towards the Premier League. They are a side that many expected to eventually fade away atop of the Championship, but as QPR have seemingly fallen by the wayside, Sean Dyche’s side continue to pick up crucial results at vital times. They have goals aplenty in their XI and a seemingly unwavering togetherness.
A win at Ewood Park would surely galvanise them ahead of the run-in, but Blackburn will certainly have some say in that. Rovers sit six points behind the playoff positions with a game in hand on many of the teams above them. They will be hoping a derby victory can inspire them to a late push for the top six and that they can continue that momentum into the playoffs.