The top two sides in the Premier League and the Bundesliga will go head-to-head this weekend in their respective divisions, providing a perfect beginning to what should be an engrossing weekend of soccer.
German top flight football gets back underway after the festive hiatus and the league leaders visiting the team in second place represents the best possible start to the weekend. That’s followed by the equivalent fixture in the Premier League, a match that will have enormous ramifications when it comes to the race for the title.
There’s another enticing clash to savor from the Bundesliga and a game between two of La Liga’s in form sides to take in too. In addition, the Africa Cup of Nations is at the quarter-final point and arguably the two best sides in the competition will battle it out for a spot in the semi-finals.
All kick-offs are in Eastern time, enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich
The Bundesliga gets back underway in the best possible fashion, as second placed side Wolfsburg take on league leaders Bayern Munich at the Volkswagen Arena.
Wolfsburg have enjoyed a real breakthrough campaign so far. Orchestrated by the wonderful playmaking abilities of former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne, they’ve played a real incisive brand of football so far this season and a win here would be a major statement of intent. With Dortmund struggling in the lower reaches of the table, Champions League football is a realistic target for the hosts.
Bayern Munich are a formidable outfit, though. They’re 11 points clear atop of the Bundesliga and look poised to run away with the German championship once again under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola. But they won’t face any tougher tests in the remainder of the campaign than a trip to Wolfsburg.
The game will be tinged with massive sadness the home side. It’ll be the first competitive match that they’ve played since the tragic passing of the club’s midfielder Junior Malanda, meaning that there will be a sombre atmosphere at Volkswagen Arena. A minutes silence will be observed ahead of the game and both sides will be honor the memory of the Belgian by wearing black armbands.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Saturday, January, 12:30PM, NBC & NBC Sports Live Extra
The two best teams in the Premier League will be looking to bounce back from embarrassing FA Cup exits at the hands of lower league opposition when they lock horns at Stamford Bridge. And for Manchester City, the game against Chelsea is looking as though it could well be make or break for the reigning champions.
Lose here and they’ll fall eight points behind the table toppers. Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be without Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony for this one too after Ivory Coast qualified for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations. But they still have enough class to cause big problems for any side on their day.