After last weekend’s action saw a number of alpha outfits in their respective leagues reassert their dominance in the race for titles, the potential pretenders for prizes will be out to fight back.
That’ll certainly be the case in Italy, where the long-time leaders face a testing away game after a heavy loss on Sunday. Elsewhere, the battle for the Champions League spots will be on the agenda in two games in Spain and one in Italy.
Major League Soccer also features in our selection for the first time this year, as two teams with serious playoff hopes meet early on.
All kick-off times are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games.
After their midweek heroics in the Champions League, it’s back to the La Liga grind for Real Madrid on Saturday. And a trip to Eibar is always a grueller.
The minnows have enjoyed a brilliant campaign to this point, as they sit in eighth place with 11 games to go. For Eibar, European football remains a possibility this term, as they sit just one point behind Girona and two short of Villarreal.
After a rocky domestic start, a big recent upturn in form has ended any realistic fears Madridistas held about the team failing to reach the top four this season. They will be buoyed by their brilliant performance in midweek too, as they tamed a raucous atmosphere at the Parc des Princes to win 2-1 on the night.
Following such a draining encounter, manager Zinedine Zidane may opt to rest a number of key players for this one. However, Eibar have shown throughout this season that if a visiting team has weakpoints, they will seize upon them.
Matches between Manchester United and Liverpool are always big. But this one doesn’t feel quite as big as usual.
Both teams will be keen to finish in second place behind Manchester City this season and the winner on Thursday will end the weekend in the runners-up berth. However, Liverpool have their Champions League exploits to focus on, as will United, who are also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.