Although the title race is effectively over in the Premier League, there are still some eye-catching clashes to enjoy from the division this weekend.
English football’s top flight dominates the latest selections, with three of the five matches picked from the competition. Elsewhere, there’s a huge derby in Spain and a clash between two surprise title challengers in the Bundesliga.
All kick-offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Although Leicester and Chelsea sit third and fourth in the Premier League respectively, it feels like both teams would benefit from a spark.
Inconsistency has crept into the play of both. Leicester were rampant in the early weeks of the season, although they have lost four and won three of their last seven matches. They will also need to lift themselves after a last-gasp loss to Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final in midweek.
Chelsea are in a similar position, with their season meshing fantastic and frustrating performances. That was epitomised in their previous Premier League outing, when they twice went ahead against 10-man Arsenal, only to end up with a 2-2 draw.
Leicester are secure in third place, with an eight-point lead over Chelsea and a 14-point advantage over Manchester United in fifth. If they were to win here, it would surely be enough to guarantee Brendan Rodgers’ side a position in the Champions League next season.
Real Madrid can move six points clear at the top of La Liga with a win over city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
With Barcelona slipping up and losing 2-0 to Valencia last weekend, Madrid were able to put some daylight between themselves and their big rivals. A goal from Nacho was enough for Los Blancos to win at Real Valladolid, with Zinedine Zidane’s team continuing their impressive defensive record this term.
Atletico have done well in this fixture in recent years, although their morale will be at rock-bottom before they visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Last week they were beaten by Eibar and Cultural Leonesa, before being held to then-bottom club Leganes on home soil.
Barcelona are in action against Levante at home on Sunday. If Los Blancos can apply some pressure on Saturday with a win after negotiating what is typically one of their biggest fixtures of the season, then it’ll feel like a big step in the title race.
The Bundesliga title race is the most exciting in Europe at the moment. Leipzig and Monchenglabach are two of the underdogs in this encapsulating battle.
Leipzig currently sit top of the pile, although they are now just a point clear of defending champions and favourites Bayern Munich. That was after an uncharacteristically sloppy performance last weekend, as they went down 2-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
While their form before that showdown was exceptional, manager Julian Nagelsmann has been critical of his players’ attitude following that loss and it’ll be intriguing to see what kind of reaction he gets when BMG visit on Sunday.
Borussia are just two points back on the leaders, although they’ve struggled to reach the levels that they showed earlier in the season as of late. A big win, like in Saturday’s match at Leipzig, feels like it’s needed if they are going to remain a genuine contender for the championship in Germany.
Manchester United and Wolves will face off for the fourth time this season on Saturday evening, although there does feel like there’ll be an edge to this upcoming fixture.
The Old Trafford crowd will be hoping to get a glimpse of the club’s high-profile January acquisition, with Bruno Fernandes in line to make his debut for the club. The former Sporting CP man should add an exciting dimension to the team, with his dribbling skill and goalscoring making him a huge hit in Portugal.
Wolves will feel confident of picking up a positive result nonetheless. Nuno Santo’s team were knocked out the FA Cup by United earlier in the campaign at Old Trafford, although that elimination has given the team a significant rest period since their last outing.
Both teams are locked on 34 points going into this fixture, six behind Chelsea. If the Blues slip up at Leicester, whoever is victorious in this showdown will feel as though they are in the mix for a top-four berth.
The Premier League weekend finishes with a heavyweight showdown in north London, with defending champions Manchester City heading to Tottenham.
The match is a more important one for Spurs. Like United and Wolves, they are sat on 34 points and on the brink of a possible challenge for a top-four berth. However, the team haven’t been performing to their best as of late, with Jose Mourinho’s side just edging past Norwich City in their previous home encounter.
City were beaten by United in the Carabao Cup in midweek, although they were still able to progress to the competition final on aggregate. Pep Guardiola watched on as his team created and spurned a host of chances at the Etihad Stadium.
More ruthlessness will be required to take three points from this encounter. City are also likely to be boosted by the return of Aymeric Laporte, who was rested for the match with the Red Devils following his comeback from injury against Sheffield United.
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