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Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Jose Mourinho dejected on the touchline

Two bumper match-ups from the English Premier League headline this weekend’s action which takes us to some new countries for top of the table encounters on Sunday.

Chelsea v Tottenham

Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League

Fourth-placed Chelsea hosts fifth-placed Tottenham as Jose Mourinho returns to one of his former clubs. This match looms as a key fixture in the top four race - for UEFA Champions League football. One point splits the sides, but the Blues are winless in the league in their past four, while Spurs have won three on the trot. Tottenham, however, will be without Son Heung-Min due to injury, leaving them short on scoring options.

Leicester City v Manchester City

Saturday 6:30pm European time - English Premier League

Third-placed Leicester City entertain second-placed Manchester City in the late kick-off on Saturday night. Four points separates these two clubs, who are well clear of fourth-placed Chelsea. Leicester have had the wobbles lately, winning once in the league in their past five matches. The Sky Blues have dropped points in two of their past four. David Silva and Raheem Sterling are both in doubt for the visitors, who beat West Ham 2-0 in midweek.

Schalke 04 v Leipzig

Saturday 6:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

Sixth-placed Schalke 04 play host to title hopefuls Leipzig on Saturday night, with the Royal Blues looking to arrest a winless league run of four games. While Schalke have slid down to sixth, 10 points off leaders Bayern Munich, Leipzig remain hot on their heels in second spot. The Red Bulls enjoyed a 1-0 win at Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. They’ll know victory is crucial to keeping touch with Bayern who play lowly Paderborn on Friday night.

St Gallen v Young Boys

Sunday 4pm European time - Swiss Super League

It’s not often we venture to Switzerland in our weekly feature but this top of the table clash looms as a critical fixture between success starved St Gallen and reigning champions Young Boys. The two clubs are locked on 44 points at the summit, with St Gallen ahead on goal difference. Both sides lost last round and will be eager to get a three-point buffer. St Gallen, two-time Swiss champions, haven’t lifted the league title since 2000 but have genuine firepower led by Ermedin Demirovic and Cedric Itten, while Young Boys boast league top scorer Jean-Pierre Nsame.

PAOK v Olympiakos

Sunday 6:30pm European time - Greek Super League

There’s another top two clash happening in Greece, with leaders Olympiakos journeying to second-placed PAOK on Sunday. Reigning champions PAOK are only behind Thrylos by two points with two matches to play before the championship round. PAOK are unbeaten at home, while Olympiakos haven’t lost away in the league all season. In fact, Olympiakos are undefeated all league season, although they went down 1-0 to Arsenal in the Europa League in midweek. Could they lose two in a row?

Ben somerford
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