Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Dortmund's Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal with Dortmund's Emre Can, right, during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) final match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in Berlin

The English FA Cup final takes place this weekend while there’s critical fixtures in title runs and with UEFA Champions League spots up for grabs.

Juventus v Inter Milan

Saturday 5pm European time - Italian Serie A

Andrea Pirlo is under increasing pressure at the helm of Juventus after their fall from grace under his stewardship. The Old Lady, who had won nine straight Serie A titles under Pirlo took over, are currently sitting in fifth with two games to play and missing the top four, and subsequent UEFA Champions League qualification, might mean the end of his tenure. Juve takes on champions Inter Milan who are 13 points clear and have little to play for, but have proven themselves to deservedly be the best side in Serie A this term. Cristiano Ronaldo against Romelu Lukaku looms large.

Chelsea v Leicester City

Saturday 5:15pm European time - English FA Cup

The FA Cup final takes place at an empty Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with fourth-placed Chelsea taking on third-placed Leicester City. Both sides have had strong Premier League campaigns but having missed out on silverware domestically, will be determined to cap their seasons. The Blues, of course, are also into the UEFA Champions League final. Ngolo Kante is in some doubt for Chelsea who lost in midweek to Arsenal, while Leicester welcomed back James Maddison in their 2-1 win at Manchester United earlier in the week.

AS Roma v Lazio

Saturday 7:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

There’s not nearly as much at stake in this Derby della Capitale as hoped, with AS Roma down in seventh and nine points behind sixth-placed Lazio. Roma have slipped way off the pace, leading to Paulo Fonseca’s axing and Jose Mourinho’s appointment although he’s not yet in charge. Lazio would take plenty of joy in further harming Roma’s underwhelming campaign, given they can still miss out on a Europa League spot. Ciro Immobile has netted 20 goals this campaign for the Biancocelesti while there’s still plenty of firepower for Roma including Edin Dzeko.

FSV Mainz v Borussia Dortmund

Sunday 5pm European time - German Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund have shot into the Bundesliga’s top four in recent weeks with an excellent run of form, with consecutive league wins. They also claimed the DFB-Pokal title with a 4-1 victory over RB Leipzig in midweek so morale will be high. But Dortmund’s qualification for the UEFA Champions League is critical to retaining Erling Haaland’s signature beyond this season. The trip to 12th-placed FSV Mainz won’t be easy, especially with fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt breathing down their necks, with their game against relegated Schalke on Saturday. With two games to go, there’s plenty at stake here.

Atletico Madrid v Osasuna

Sunday 5:30pm European time - Spanish La Liga

Spanish leaders Atletico Madrid are close to their maiden La Liga title since 2014, with Sunday’s home fixture against 11th-placed Osasuna looming as a crucial game in the penultimate round. Atletico holds a two-point lead from second-placed Real Madrid, with third-placed Barcelona two further points back and seemingly out of the hunt. Atletico can take a major step towards the title by beating Osasuna. Real are away to ninth-placed Athletic Bilbao. Luis Suarez and Marcos Llorente have been key parts of the Atleti’s run and they’ll be crucial to finishing the job. The pressure is on after stumbling in the back half.

Ben somerford
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