The definition of a derby alters across world soccer. But when any game is slapped with that tag, typically it’s going to be a 90 minutes worth watching.
This weekend, three of the five selections on offer fall into that category. In Italy on Saturday there’s the Derby D’Italia between two of the main contenders for the Serie A title, while on Sunday, rivalries from Merseyside and Manchester will be ignited.
All kick-offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
With Barcelona dropping points at home to Celta Vigo a week ago, Real Madrid missed a massive opportunity on Saturday against Athletic Club to apply some pressure at the top of the table. It’s imperative they overcome Sevilla to do so here.
Although Los Blancos have struggled mainly on the road, on home soil they’ve not been totally convincing either. Madrid’s last domestic outing at the Santiago Bernabeu was the 2-2 draw with third-tier Fuenlabrada, while they were far from convincing in beating the league’s bottom side Malaga 3-2.
If they win here then they’d cut the gap back down to five points at the top of the table. And given their poor run of form, manager Zinedine Zidane will be looking to some big names to haul his side through; forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have yet to find their usual ruthlessness in front of goal.
Sevilla, meanwhile, have been quietly making progress this term, as they head to the Bernabeu level on points with Los Blancos. If they can start well, prompt some angst among the Madridistas and assert themselves on the competition, then the talent is there for them to spring a surprise.
A week ago Juventus gave us all a reminder of what they’re capable of with a fine win over Napoli. They’ll be looking to do a job on new Serie A leaders Inter Milan on Saturday.
At the San Paolo the champions turned in a brilliant display in a 1-0 win, nullifying a tremendous Napoli attack, scoring a fine goal on the counter attack and defending with minimal fuss. For all the talk of a closer title race in Italy this term, Juve still have the best squad in the country, a side packed with winners and some world-class individuals too.