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Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Ciro Immobile of Lazio celebrates scoring his side's second goal Brescia v Lazio

Italy is the centre point of the action this weekend but there’s also some exciting matches in England and with the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia.

Lazio v Napoli

Saturday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A

It’s a massive weekend in Serie A with third-placed Lazio and eighth-placed Napoli kicking it off on Saturday afternoon.

Lazio are the form team in Italy, despite being six points off the pace, having won their past nine Serie A matches, including victories over Juventus and Cagliari away. Napoli’s form is far less impressive, with only one triumph in their past 10 league matches. However, Napoli have remarkably won their past five encounters with the Romans. With the likes of Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens (who is under an injury cloud) in action, you never know.

Tottenham v Liverpool

Saturday 6:30pm European time - English Premier League

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs host league leaders Liverpool on Saturday night, aiming to put a chink in the Reds’ armour amid talk about a new ‘Invincibles’.

Tottenham currently sits sixth in the Premier League but will be without top scorer Harry Kane after suffering a serious hamstring injury in a significant blow. Spurs have only won one of their past four league games. Liverpool have dropped points once all league season, and haven’t conceded a goal in their past five matches in the Premier League.

Internazionale v Atalanta

Saturday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

Serie A leaders Internazionale entertain last season’s surprise packets Atalanta who are again mixing it with the top five in Italy’s top flight.

Inter are top but level on points with Juventus. Antonio Conte’s side are unbeaten in their past 11 matches in Serie A, so they’re a scary prospect, especially with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez firing. Atalanta have been plucky again this term, and while they’re fifth, they are 11 points behind Inter. Their form is good, winning four of their past five in the league, including back-to-back resounding 5-0 wins.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

Sunday 7pm European time - Spanish Super Cup Final

The inaugural four-team Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia has caused a stir for its concept but Sunday’s decider promises to be a thrilling contest, albeit an odd Madrid derby played far away in Jeddah.

Real Madrid reached the final with a 3-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday, before Atletico Madrid fought back with two late goals to beat FC Barcelona 3-2. In the league, Real are second, five points ahead of third-placed Atletico. There’s no clear dominance in recent meetings. Real have some injury concerns too, with Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema missing.

AS Roma v Juventus

Sunday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

Fourth-placed AS Roma welcomes second-placed Juventus to the capital on Sunday night with plenty on the line in Italy this weekend.

Two spots separates these two sides but also 10 points are between them. Roma lost 2-0 at home to Juventus’ city rivals Torino last time out, while the Old Lady are on a three-game winning streak inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo whose netted six goals in that run. Paulo Fonseca’s side will play attacking football but Juve have declared their intent to win, pertinently important given how tight the Scudetto race is with Inter.

Ben somerford
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