The Premier League takes a backseat this weekend, with the fourth round of the FA Cup the focus of the country’s biggest clubs, not to mention a few humble ones too.
On Friday, two worlds will collide, as a fourth-tier outfit will host one of the top flight’s juggernauts, who are set to showcase their new big-money acquisition. Sunday will see the Premier League leaders travel to one of the best sides in the Championship in 2017-18.
In terms of league matches, there’s a standout game from La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 to finalise the selections.
All kickoffs are in Eastern United States timezone. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
While the Friday night slot is not in keeping with FA Cup traditions, Yeovil hosting United is a quintessential fixture in this competition.
United fans making the trip to Huish Park for this one will be hoping to get a glimpse of Alexis Sanchez for the first time, after the Chilean completed his switch from Arsenal recently. You sense the forward may have had more glamour in mind for his Red Devils debut, but he’ll relish the challenge nonetheless.
Indeed, with Manchester City streaks ahead in the Premier League, the cup competitions will take on increased significance this season for Jose Mourinho and his side. Last term, they excelled in these tournaments and the FA Cup is their most likely source of silverware in the coming months as things stand.
As for Yeovil, this encounter will represent some relief from a testing League Two campaign, as they sit in 21st place in the table and in a battle to keep their Football League status intact. Any kind of result here would give everyone at the club a huge lift.
With Barcelona a long way clear at the summit of La Liga, the most intriguing tussles between now and the end of the campaign will be to see who finishes second. Valencia and Real Madrid will both fancy their chances.
Although Valencia supporters would’ve been delighted to be in third spot at this point in the season, they’ll be a little disappointed with how things have gone lately. After all, it’s not too long ago Marcelino’s team were looking like genuine title contenders; four defeats in their last seven have sapped momentum.