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Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze scores a penalty against VfL Wolfsburg

The German Bundesliga leads the way again this weekend with the Czech Fortuna Liga now resuming while other European leagues prepare to restart next weekend.

The usual suspects are still in action around the world, including Belarus, Chinese Taipei, South Korea and Turkmenistan, so enjoy the action.

Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin

Friday 8:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

Given Union Berlin’s struggles there’s not been many Berlin derby in recent memory. In fact, when Hertha Berlin and Union met earlier this season in November it was the first top flight clash between the two clubs in 40 years.

The second edition comes in bizarre circumstances, behind closed doors, but with the Friday night timeslot, they’ll have the attention of the nation and more on TV. Struggling Hertha recorded an impressive 3-0 away win at Hoffenheim upon the league resumption last weekend under new boss Bruno Labbadia. Union went down to leaders Bayern Munich but only sit a point behind Hertha, so this looms as an even match-up.

VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund

Saturday 3:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

Sixth-placed VfL Wolfsburg play host to second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the pick of the action this weekend in the German Bundesliga.

Dortmund looked impressive upon last weekend’s resumption with a 4-0 rout over rivals Schalke 04, to keep the pressure on leaders Bayern who remain four points clear. Wolfsburg managed a 2-1 win at Augsburg but remarkably are 11 points behind fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, so they’re effectively playing to hold sixth spot. With a European spot up for grabs, there’s plenty of motivation.

Teplice v Slovan Liberec

Saturday 6pm European time - Czech Fortuna Liga

A clash between 12th-placed Teplice and seventh-placed Slovan Liberec in the oft-ignored Czech top flight wouldn’t normally attract our attention, but it marks the restart of the Fortuna Liga.

This fixture is the only one in the Czech Republic which will take place this weekend before a full restart in midweek. Form lines cannot be relevant given the coronavirus pause, but it’s also hard to ignore that Teplice haven’t won in their past four games, while Liberec won their previous four matches before the break.

Jeonbuk Motors v Daegu FC

Sunday 9:30am European time - Korean K League

Reigning champions Jeonbuk Motors will look to continue their perfect start to the new season at home to Daegu FC who are yet to win this campaign, but also yet to lose.

Daegu loom as a tricky opponent, having reached the top six last term, before finishing in fifth, only one point off third spot. The visitors possess the dangerous Edgar Silva in attack. Jeonbuk have all sorts of weapons of their own, including Brazilian forward Murilo Henrique along with Korea international Kim Bo-Kyung and veteran Lee Dong-Gook. The hosts will be tough to beat, but don’t write off Daegu.

Taipower v Hang Yuen

Sunday 10am European time - Taiwanese Football Premier League

Second-placed Taipower entertain leaders Hang Yuen in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday in Chinese Taipei.

Taipower suffered a 2-1 defeat to struggling NTUPES last round, allowing Hang Yuen to leapfrog them into top spot after six rounds with a 1-0 victory at Tainan City. Hang Yuen are only one point clear of Taipower, so top spot is up for grabs. The match is also Taipower’s first home match at Kaohsiung National Stadium of the campaign, which is an unpredictable X-factor.

Ben somerford
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