There’s none of the big title match-ups, derby rivalries or giant blockbusters this weekend, but there’s still plenty to look out for with Lionel Messi fresh from a five-goal haul.
Sports Pundit’s Game of the Weekend
Spanish La Liga, Sunday 6pm (CET)
Eighteenth versus second may not seem like the best match-up but on the weekend following Lionel Messi’s stunning five-goal Uefa Champions League haul, he’s clearly the man to watch. Racing are fighting for their lives in Spain’s top flight, while Barca need the three points to maintain any hope of catching runaway leaders Real Madrid. For the rest of us, watching Messi in action should be more than enough.
English Premier League, Saturday 4pm (CET)
The Blues take to the field for the first time since boss Andre Villas-Boas was given the sack. Roberto Di Matteo stands in for him, as they play host to Stoke City. The ninth-placed Potters will be no pushover either and Chelsea, who have lost two of their past three games, need victory to boost their Uefa Champions League hopes.
Olympique Lyon v Lille
French Ligue 1, Saturday 9pm (CET)
Lyon, who were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, play host to champions Lille in France on Saturday. The hosts are out-of-sorts having lost three of their past four games. Lille, meanwhile, are still in title contention, eight points behind leaders PSG. Eden Hazard and Nolan Roux will be key men.
English Premier League, Sunday 3.30pm (CET)
The English leaders play travel to Brendan Rodgers’ impressive Swansea City on Sunday, with the game probably coming too soon for Carlos Tevez after his long exile from the first team. Swansea have proven to be a tough side to crack at home, while the Sky Blues need to maintain their title charge, with city rivals Manchester United breathing down their necks.
Italian Serie A, Sunday 3pm (CET)
The Old Lady may remain undefeated at this stage of the season, but they only managed three points from their past three Serie A matches, leaving them falling behind AC Milan in the title race. Juventus now go to Genoa who themselves are out of sorts, down in 14th after a run of five games without victory. However, Genoa’s last wins came against Lazio and Napoli so they are capable. Juve need the three points here.