Five matches. Four derby games. Across three continents. All on one day. Doesn’t get much better than that does it?
All kick offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur
There’s a fascinating edge to this weekend’s North London derby, with Arsenal looking to get into the race for a European spot and Tottenham Hotspur trying to maintain their charge towards a top-four position.
After a difficult beginning to the year, in recent weeks Spurs have started to replicate the levels we witnessed from them earlier in the campaign. With Gareth Bale rejuvenated and Harry Kane in blistering form again, they have the attacking firepower to match any opponent in the league.
They will travel to the Emirates Stadium to face an Arsenal team that continue to have ups and downs under Mikel Arteta. Last weekend they were in total control of their match against Burnley, before a terrible error from Granit Xhaka allowed their hosts to equalize. Against Spurs, they will need to raise their levels to get any type of result.
Both teams were in action in the Europa League on Thursday and enjoyed comfortable victories. If they each go into this match with the mindset of winning, then it feels as though the goals could flow in the capital.
Manchester United vs. West Ham
West Ham will be looking to make a big statement in the race for a top-four berth on Sunday when they welcome Manchester United to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils showed how effective they are away from home last weekend, when they deservedly beat runaway leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may fluctuate in terms of their performance levels, but on the road they tend to get the job done.
West Ham will pose a different test to City. The foundation of the Hammers’ shock rise this season has been the organisation and aggression they operate with, meaning they will likely be happy to concede possession. With their excellent midfield base of Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice, they will seek to soak up pressure and then spring forward.
The Hammers should be fresher after United’s Europa League draw with AC Milan in midweek and if they can win on Sunday, they’d move to within three points of the Red Devils with a game in hand.
Sevilla vs. Real Betis
Sevilla and Real Betis will contest the Andulsian derby on Sunday and it’s a match that’ll have more than just local pride up for grabs.
Sevilla had long looked secure in the top four of La Liga, having been one of the most consistent teams in the league this season. However, they’ve stuttered recently, losing their last three matches domestically—including a dramatic defeat to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey—and suffering elimination to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this week.
It means they go into this derby in fourth and with only a three-point cushion to Real Sociedad a place back. A further place and three points back are Real Betis, who will be getting increasingly confident about sneaking into a Champions League berth.
At the moment, Betis are La Liga’s most in-form outfit, with four wins in succession propelling him up the table. On Monday, they produced a dramatic fightback to beat Alaves 3-2 and should be brimming with belief heading into this match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Boca Juniors vs. River Plate
The supporters may add to the spectacle of the Superclasico more than any other fixture in world football, but any meeting between Boca and River at the Bombanera is worth tuning in for.
It’s early days in the Argentine Primera Division and after inconsistent beginnings to the season for both teams, they will each be seeking to use this encounter as a springboard for a prosperous run.
Of the two, it’s Boca who have been the most dependable in their four games, with two wins and two draws so far. Last weekend Miguel Russo’s mean really clicked into gear too, as they hammered Velez Sarsfield 7-1 away from home, with veteran forward Carlos Tevez among the scorers.
River also had a big win recently, hammering Racing Club 5-0 in the Super Cup. However, they were unable to back up that performance in the league last week, with Argentinos Juniors winning 1-0 at the Monumental thanks to a 91st-minute goal.
Chivas Guadalajara vs. Club America
Sunday, March 14, 10 p.m. ET, Telemundo, Universo and fuboTV
The cherry on the weekend comes from the Mexican top flight, with the country’s own Super Clasico set to go ahead between Chivas Guadalajara and Club America.
It’s America who will be the big favourites for this encounter, with former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari steering them to a fine start to the campaign. After 10 games they are in second and only two points off top spot. While they may not be as free-flowing as last season, they boast a balance that’ll likely result in a more significant title push this term.
By contrast, Chivas have yet to get going. They are dwelling down in ninth and although they’ve only lost a couple of their 10 games so far, six draws would’ve no doubt frustrated the fanbase and their coach Víctor Manuel Vucetich.
With no supporters in attendance, this is another encounter that may lose some of its sparkle. But tensions tend to run high when these two teams come together and the sight of each other’s jersey’s should be enough to raise standards.
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