There’s all sorts of big games around Europe this weekend, with leaders and title challengers in Spain, Germany and Italy doing battle at the championship races heat up.
Sports Pundit’s Game of the Weekend
Spanish La Liga, Sunday 8.30pm (CET)
It’s a big weekend in Spain, with leaders Real Madrid taking on fourth-placed big-spenders Malaga in a game which could see Jose Mourinho’s side drop points. Malaga have found form to move into fourth, having won their past three games. Real, meanwhile, continue on their merry way with win after win and their midweek Champions League victory hints there’s no stopping them. Malaga, though, won’t be simply.
German Bundesliga, Saturday 3.30pm (CET)
Bundesliga leaders Dortmund dropped two points at struggling Augsburg last weekend to allow Bayern Munich to close within five points at the top. Following that, BVB face another test when they host traditional big guns and current sixth-placed outfit Werder Bremen. Dortmund have stellar home form with 10 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss from 12 home games and are unbeaten since the winter break, but Bayern are breathing down their neck, having scored 14 goals in their past two games to intensify the pressure.
Spanish La Liga, Saturday 8pm (CET)
Reigning champions Barcelona will be desperate to keep the pressure on leaders Real Madrid who play on Sunday in La Liga. Barca, who trail by 10 points, are away to an out-of-sorts Sevilla side down in 11th. Normally Sevilla are one of the challengers for the top four but they’ve struggled in recent months. However, Barca’s away form isn’t great in La Liga, having only six wins in 13 away trips this term and Sevilla is never an easy place to go.
Italian Serie A, Saturday 8.45pm (CET)
Juventus have recorded four draws on the trot and slipped to four points behind leaders AC Milan. Needless to say, the Old Lady need the points away to Fiorentina in a tricky fixture for Antonio Conte’s side. La Viola may be 15th and looking over their shoulders but they are a dangerous unit who will trouble Juve. Their home form is strong having claimed seven of their eight wins there, whilst scoring 21 of their 27 goals there too. Juve remain unbeaten but have only five wins on the road from 14.
English FA Cup, Sunday 5pm (CET)
The FA Cup resumes this weekend and the Reds are on the favourites for the crown having already picked up the Carling Cup. In arguably the best of the quarter-finals this weekend, Liverpool take on last season’s beaten finalists Stoke City. Craig Bellamy is expected to return for the Reds, while Kenny Dalglish admits he has alot of respect for Tony Pulis’ Potters who are tricky opponents with their direct style of play.