So often within a long, arduous league campaign a title can hinge on the result of one game.
Sure if you want to be crowned champions there is a demand to be consistent over the entirety of the season. Sure you’ll pick up some vital results along the way. But silverware at the end of a domestic season regularly teeters on the outcome of one result in the final knockings of the campaign. And we’ve seen loads of these games down the years in the Premier League.
Think back to Eric Cantona’s goal against Newcastle in 1996 to give United a 1-0 win at the home of the league leaders. Think back to Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford in 2002 thanks to Sylvain Wiltord’s late winner. And more recently, think back to Vincent Kompany’s header that gave Manchester City a win over United, paving the way for their first Premier League title. All huge games that the title has ultimately hinged upon.
In the Premier League this weekend, we’ve got another one of those match-ups as the two favorites for the title go head-to-head. In addition to that cracker, theres a vital clash at the bottom of the table along and a meeting between the two biggest sides in France.
We also preview Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, and continuing the cup competition theme, look ahead to another el Clasico in the Copa Del Rey final on Wednesday. We’ve also included a couple of honorable mentions that you might consider.
As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, all games in England are set to kick off seven minutes late as a mark of respect for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives that day; Liverpool’s game against Nottingham Forest was abandoned at 3:06 on April 15 1989.
All kick-off times are Eastern time, enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund, Saturday, 12:30PM, GolTV
There might not be much to play for in the Bundesliga, but a clash between these two sides is always well worth a watch. Dortmund looked as though they were rediscovering some form in midweek, but can they trouble the champions at the Allianz Arena? Bayern have the league wrapped up already, but have only won one of their last four games in all competitions.
Hull City vs. Sheffield United, Sunday 11:07AM, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
I think it would be fair to say that these two sides have made surprising runs to this season’s FA Cup semi-final. League one side Sheffield United have been marvellous in the cup this season, but they’ll face a Hull City side who are a couple of division above them and chasing their first ever FA Cup success. The Blades have won this trophy four times, with their last victory coming in 1925.
Fulham vs. Norwich City
Saturday, 10:07AM, NBCSN
After their last gasp win at Aston Villa last weekend, Fulham have given themselves a sniff of steering clear of relegation. Felix Magath seems to have instilled some cohesiveness and a level of aggression into the Craven Cottage side, and a win here is an absolute must against fellow relegation strugglers Norwich City.