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Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reacts

This weekend we’ve got bumper fixtures in some of European football real hubs, including Turin, London, Munich, Sevilla and Rome, featuring some massive clubs, including a few under pressure.

Juventus v Torino

Saturday 4pm European time - Italian Serie A

It’ll be a strange Derby della Mole in Turin on Saturday, with no crowd in attendance. But that’s unlikely to be an issue for champions Juventus who are fourth on the standings and looking for a boost to catch up with the leaders. Torino are way down in 18th, with just one victory all campaign so this derby appears lopsided but anything is possible. The Old Lady are actually unbeaten this season but have drawn five of their nine fixtures. Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot said they must “win at all costs”, given the ladder position and the history of the rivalry.

FC Sevilla v Real Madrid

Saturday 4:15pm European time - Spanish La Liga

The pressure is mounting on Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane at the moment, so an away trip to in-form fifth-placed FC Sevilla is dangerous. Real lost 2-0 away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, putting them on the brink of elimination in the group stage, fresh from a 2-1 home loss to Alaves last weekend. Los Blancos are fourth on the table but winless in their past three La Liga games. Meanwhile, Europa League winners Sevilla have won their past three league fixtures to storm up to fifth. Sevilla lost 4-0 at home to Chelsea in midweek, so both sides will be determined to hit back.

Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig

Saturday 4:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

Leaders and champions Bayern Munich welcome upstars RB Leipzig to Bavaria on Saturday afternoon with only two points separating the two top teams in Germany’s Bundesliga. Leipzig haven’t beaten Bayern in their past five encounters, so manager Julian Nagelsmann knows a victory here is a major statement. Bayern have scored a staggering 31 goals in nine games, with 12 of those coming from Robert Lewandowski, but they’ve also conceded 13, so they are beatable. Leipzig have only conceded six times all season, but enjoyed a hard-fought 4-3 win at Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.

AS Roma v Sassuolo

Sunday 3pm European time - Italian Serie A

AS Roma and Sassuolo had both been among the early season Serie A contenders but both suffered nasty defeats last weekend to leave them wounded. Roma went down 4-0 away to Napoli, leaving the Giallorossi down in sixth spot, having won three in a row prior to their defeat. Sassuolo were hammered 3-0 at home by Inter Milan, who rose above them into second. As a result, this is a match where the response of both sides will say a lot about how genuine they are in 2020-21. Gianluca Mancini and Jordan Veretout are both in doubt with injuries for Roma.

Tottenham v Arsenal

Sunday 5:30pm European time - English Premier League

Sunday’s North London derby is timely, with crowds able to attend football in England again, but it’s not timely for Arsenal who are having a terrible run in the Premier League sitting down in 14th after a three-game winless run. All the while rivals Tottenham are sitting pretty on top of the league and appear a genuine title contender. Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are scoring goals for fun although Spurs stumbled in the Europa League in midweek after last weekend’s limp goalless draw at Chelsea. The Gunners will be without the suspended Nicolas Pepe.

Ben somerford
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