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Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

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The Manchester and Glasgow derbies provide two major highlights this weekend along with some huge match-ups in Italy and Germany.

Internazionale v AS Roma

Friday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

New Italian leaders Inter host the fifth-placed Romans, with both sides finding form in recent times to offer up an exciting Friday night clash.

Internazionale have won their past five Serie A matches to move past Juventus at the summit. AS Roma have won their past two matches and five of their past six in the league. This build-up for this match has been marred in controversy following a racist front page from the Corriere dello Sport with the headline ‘Black Friday’ citing Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling. The contest itself promises plenty, with both sides among the top scorers in Italy this campaign.

Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bayern Munich

Saturday 3:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

The surprise Bundesliga leaders entertain the bookmakers’ title favourites on Saturday afternoon, with the visitors coming off a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Gladbach have held strong at the top of the table for numerous weeks now. Bayern are fourth, four points behind the leaders after 13 matches. Robert Lewandowski continues to score for fun, with 16 in the league this season but his form hasn’t helped the Bavarians find any consistency. Bayern may have Lewandowski but Gladbach have goalkeeper Yann Sommer who has been sensational this season. That battle will provide good entertainment.

Manchester City v Manchester United

Sunday 6:30pm European time - English Premier League

The Manchester derby will take centre stage on Saturday evening in England’s north-west, with the sixth-placed Red Devils aiming to bring down third-placed City at Etihad Stadium.

Recent history favours the sky blue side of town, with City winning their past two meetings and only losing once in their past six league meetings. City are 11 points ahead of United, so they’re the clear favourites but have been wobbly lately with a draw against Newcastle last weekend. United won in midweek 2-1 over Tottenham, but have struggled to find form all campaign. Sergio Aguero is out injured for City too.

Lazio v Juventus

Saturday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

There’s more excitement coming from Italy this weekend, with third-placed Lazio hosting second-placed Juventus in Rome.

The Biancocelesti are in stunning form in Serie A following six consecutive victories, while the Old Lady dropped to second after their 2-2 draw with Sampdoria last weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo is back to lead the line for Juventus, but Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is the form forward in Italy, with a stunning 17 strikes this season. Juve are unbeaten this season, but the trip to the Stadio Olimpico could end that for Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Rangers v Celtic

Sunday 4pm European time - Scottish League Cup Final

The Old Firm meet on Sunday in the League Cup decider at Hampden Park where the Hoops will look to lift the trophy for the fourth consecutive year.

Celtic are ahead of Rangers by two points in the league and, given their recent dominance, take on favouritism but it is hard to split these sides. Both sides eased into the final with comfortable wins, Celtic crushing Hibernian 5-2, while the Gers won 3-0 over Hearts. Rangers haven’t won any major silverware since 2012, so that’ll be a major motivation for Steven Gerrard’s side. Recent derbies have seen honours even too.

Ben somerford
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