The destination of the first piece of domestic silverware in English soccer will be decided this weekend with the League Cup final set to be played at Wembley on Sunday. That clash between two local rivals is just one of a surfeit of cracking games to savor this weekend.
In Italy, the top two sides go head-to-head, while in Spain the league leaders face a tricky task on home soil. Elsewhere, the standout tie in the Premier League is a repeat of one of the games of the season from the previous campaign and in Germany two of the division’s fiercest rivals get set to do battle.
All kickoff times are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke
The recent renaissance from Borussia Dortmund was brought to an abrupt end in midweek when they lost out to Juventus in the Champions League. But signs have been encouraging recently for Jurgen Klopp’s men and they’ll be hoping to continue their recent upturn in form when they tackle local rivals Schalke in the Revierderby.
After a campaign during which relegation was considered to be a real possibility for this Dortmund team, they’ve really turned things around as of late in the Bundesliga. Three successive wins have pushed BVB clear of the bottom two spots in the division and while it may be somewhat premature, there are many tipping them to make a late run for the European places.
Schalke are one of the teams currently occupying those Champions League berths however and they will be the best side BVB have faced for a while in domestic action. Roberto di Matteo’s men will be well aware they need a victory here too, with Augsburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim all within striking distance behind them in fourth place.
The atmosphere in the stands for these matches are often something to behold. The Westfalenstadion typically rocks for and run of the mill encounter, but when it’s the Ruhr derby there are few venues in European football that can replicate the thunderous din conjured by the yellow wall.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Sunday, March 1, 7:00AM, NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra
Manchester City will be looking flex their title muscles this weekend when they travel to Anfield to take on an in-form Liverpool team. Last season this fixture was one of the most enthralling matches of the season and expect a similarly engrossing encounter given the form of both sides on the cusp of this one.