Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez holds up the trophy after winning the Spanish League title at the Camp Nou

Club football returns in Europe this weekend with several top clubs facing off around the big leagues in the continent.

Leicester City v Chelsea

Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League

English leaders Chelsea face a difficult trip to Leicester City, who are down in 12th this term but have finished in the top five in successive seasons and already beaten Manchester United this term. The fixture is the early kick-off on Saturday, with the Blues hoping to reinforce their three-point lead at the summit after their shock 1-1 draw with Burnley prior to the international break. The Foxes are winless in their past two but full of threat, led by Jamie Vardy who has seven goals this term. Romelu Lukaku may be in contention to return for Chelsea after injury.

Liverpool v Arsenal

Saturday 6:30pm European time - English Premier League

Two English powerhouse clubs meet in Saturday’s late kick-off with fourth-placed Liverpool looking to get back on track after dropping points in their past two games, while fifth-placed Arsenal are looking to extend their winning run in the league to four games. There is doubt about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s availability for the Gunners, while Mohamed Salah is fit and likely to be motivated to end his five-game goalless run for both club and country. Salah has scored 15 goals this season for the Reds in all competitions, including a 10-game scoring streak.

Fiorentina v AC Milan

Saturday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

Second-placed AC Milan face a stern test on Saturday against Fiorentina, who are seventh on the table, with six wins and six defeats but led by emerging Serbian superstar striker Dusan Vlahovic. Milan, who have only dropped points twice this season, drew 1-1 with Inter Milan prior to the international break, but remain behind leaders Napoli on goal difference only. With Napoli taking on Inter this weekend, this may be a chance for the Rossoneri to climb into top spot.

Barcelona v Espanyol

Saturday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga

The Camp Nou will play host to the Catalan derby with Xavi taking charge of Barcelona for the first time since replacing Ronald Koeman. Barcelona are down in ninth and winless from their past four league games so they are in need of a boost. Espanyol are 11th, only behind their rivals on goal difference, so they will have belief, especially given the Blaugrana’s issues this term. Barca have been boosted by Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Pedri, Sergi Roberto and Nico Gonzalez all joining in full training sessions late in the week.

Inter Milan v Napoli

Sunday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A

Indeed, on Sunday in Serie A, third-placed Inter Milan host leaders Napoli. There’s a seven-point gap between the two sides, with Luciano Spalletti’s side getting off to a flyer. But the reigning champions are still right in contention, given their pedigree, but they will not want to fall 10 points behind. Inter top scorer Edin Dzeko may be in doubt after not playing for Bosnia-Herzegovina during the international break due to injury. Napoli have conceded a league low four goals this term, so the Nerazzurri will need all their top forwards firing.

Ben somerford
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