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Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren in action with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero

It’s a bumper weekend with several heavyweights doing battle across Europe, with none better than Sunday’s Premier League top two clash.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

Saturday 6:30pm European time – German Bundesliga

Fresh from the sacking of manager Niko Kovac, this Klassiker match-up with Dortmund comes at a tough time for Bayern with Hans-Dieter Flick taking interim charge of the side. Bayern are down in fourth after a slow start to the campaign, which reached its lowest point with a 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.

Dortmund moved above Bayern and into second spot with their win over Wolfsburg. The result also extended BVB’s unbeaten league run to seven games. Dortmund boss Lucien Favre said his side has “nothing to lose” at Allianz Arena, based on their poor record in Munich.

Leicester City v Arsenal

Saturday 5:30pm UK time – English Premier League

There’s talk of another Leicester City miracle on the back of three consecutive league victories, as well as that 9-0 mauling of Southampton a fortnight ago. Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s job is coming under increasing pressure.

The Foxes sit third on the table while Arsenal are only two spots below them in fifth but have failed to win in their past three league matches. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes over from Granit Xhaka as skipper after his controversial substitution. Arsenal cannot afford to lose this one.

Liverpool v Manchester City

Sunday 4:30pm UK time – English Premier League

The clash of the juggernauts occurs on Sunday in the Premier League. Liverpool is the current league leaders by six points ahead of City, who won last year’s title in a thrilling title race where the Reds pushed them all the way to record the highest-ever runners-up points tally.

Liverpool have won 10 of their 11 league matches this season, but the fixtures are mounting and their midweek 2-1 win over Genk wasn’t at the level they’d achieved earlier in the campaign. The Sky Blues could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Atalanta Bergamo in midweek but have a deep squad and have won four straight in the league.

Juventus v AC Milan

Sunday 8:45pm European time – Italian Serie A

League leaders Juve host north-west rivals AC Milan, who are languishing down in the 11th on the Serie A table. Juve has won its past two league matches, while Milan have only managed one win in their past four Serie A matches.

The Old Lady are the clear favourites and have remarkably won the past eight encounters against the Rossoneri. The availability of Cristiano Ronaldo is unclear for Juve, having been substituted for precautionary reasons in their midweek win in Moscow.

FC Barcelona v Celta Vigo

Sunday 9pm European time – Spanish La Liga

Barca may be top of La Liga and comfortably on their way to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League but there is pressure on boss Ernesto Valverde. The Catalans stumbled to a shock 3-1 loss at Levante last time out, while they could only draw 0-0 at home with Slavia Prague in midweek.

The visit of 18th-placed Celta Vigo won’t scare Barca, but with the pressure on, expectations will weigh heavy. Celta Vigo has lost their past four league matches to sit inside the drop zone. But this isn’t really about them, it’s about Barcelona’s response.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer
@bensomerford Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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