For those wanting a title race to enjoy in one of Europe’s top five divisions this season, Serie A is the last salvation.
There are two teams going toe-to-toe at the summit of the table, with both sides winning their last seven in succession; there’s just a point between them ahead of what should be a key weekend. The side in second, the defending champions, can move to the top on Friday night before the leaders are in action on Saturday.
Elsewhere, there’s a huge derby encounter in the Premier League on Saturday and another massive game on Sunday. The last selection sees two of Germany’s biggest clubs go head-to-head.
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In their chase for the Serie A title, Juventus will have a number big hurdles to overcome. This trip to Fiorentina feels like one.
Not only will they have the chance to move clear of Napoli ahead of their encounter with Lazio on Saturday, beating Fiorentina away from home is a rousing experience. While every side in Italy loves to get the better of the dominant Bianconeri, there’s an extra edge that comes from La Viola in these fixtures.
At the moment, the Serie A holders are in an ominous groove. Not only have they been exceptional in defence lately, in their 7-0 win over Sassuolo last weekend they added an attacking gloss to their play, with a Gonzalo Higuain hat-trick rubber-stamping his return to form.
By contrast, Fiorentina have been enduring a tough season. Typically they’d be in contention for a European spot in the Scudetto, although they go into this weekend down in 11th position. Manager Stefano Pioli will be hopeful the arrival of the champions to the Stadio Artemio Franchi will spark them into life.
Tottenham find themselves in a critical spell of the season, among which this showdown with north London rivals Arsenal is one of the most important encounters.
While the manner of their 2-2 draw against Liverpool has been the subject of much speculation, for Spurs to come away with a point from Anfield was huge. Missing a late penalty to take the lead, then seeing Mohamed Salah waltz through the defence to score a winner would have been an enormous blow to their confidence.