Arguably the biggest game of the Serie A season takes centre stage this weekend, while there’s also the English Carling Cup final to come too.
Sports Pundit’s Game of the Weekend
Italian Serie A, Saturday 8.45pm (CET)
The game of the weekend is undoubtedly this top of the table clash from Serie A where the destination of the Scudetto could ultimately be decided. Leaders Milan and the unbeaten Juventus have put some ground on the rest in recent weeks, with third-placed Udinese seven points behind the Old Lady now. Many will argue it’s a two-horse race, meaning this clash takes on huge importance. Juve’s in-form Andrea Pirlo meets his old club too, but Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be the key figure.
English Premier League, Sunday 2.30pm (CET)
It’s time for another North-East London derby and it’s not the opportune time for under-pressure Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s recent FA Cup exit and virtual Uefa Champions League departure means it’s going to be another trophy-less season for the Gunners. Rivals Tottenham would love nothing more than to inflict more pain on Arsenal while they’re still in the title race too.
German Bundesliga, Sunday 3.30pm (CET)
The German title race seems open to four clubs this season and these two are among the leading pack. Unfortunately for them they seem to be the ones losing touch with leaders Borussia Dortmund, with Bayern in third after claiming just two wins in their past five league games, while fourth-placed Schalke have managed a win, a draw and a loss from their past three Bundesliga matches. Old rivals and with their title hopes on the line, there’s plenty to play for.
Dutch Eredivisie, Sunday 4.30pm (CET)
This is an intriguing clash between two sides who are genuinely in title contention. AZ are currently second in the Eredivisie, although they are fresh from a 3-0 humbling by midtable Utrecht. Meanwhile, third-placed Heerenveen are the league’s in-form side after seven straight wins in all competitions. And you only need to look back to December when they humbled AZ 5-1 to know this is a dangerous team.
English Carling Cup final, Sunday 5pm (CET)
It’s been an eventful few weeks for Liverpool, but on Sunday they can claim the first major silverware of the English season when they take on Championship promotion hopefuls Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium. The Reds are battling to make the Premier League’s top four, so this competition has taken on more importance for them. Cardiff, meanwhile, have been cup finalists in the recent past, losing the 2008 FA Cup final to Portsmouth.