There’s top fixtures in Germany, England and Italy as well as a Spanish cup final to be played in Saudi Arabia! Here’s the pick of the weekend’s action.
Friday 8:30pm European time - German Bundesliga
Second-placed Dortmund take on fourth-placed Freiburg on Friday night in the Bundesliga, as BVB try to chase down leaders Bayern Munich who have a six-point gap. Freiburg have been a major surprise this term, particularly on the road where they have only conceded seven goals in nine games. Dortmund have won eight of their nine home games in the league this term, with Erling Haaland starring with 13 goals and they’re buoyed by the expectation that he’s not leaving in January.
Saturday 1:30pm European time - English Premier League
Leaders City host second-placed Chelsea who have a 10-point gap. The Blues have won only one of their past five league games, while City are on a stunning 11-game winning streak in the Premier League. Both clubs have lost players to the Africa Cup of Nations, including City’s Riyad Mahrez and Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy who had both been in good form. The implications of a City are significant, opening up a 13-point buffer, while a Blues’ victory can keep the title race alive.
Sunday 5:30pm European time - English Premier League
The North London derby takes centre stage on Sunday with only two points separating the two clubs who are firmly in the top four hunt. Tottenham are sixth on 33 points from 18 games, with Arsenal on 35 from 20 games. The Gunners had been in good form with four league wins in a row prior to a 2-1 loss to Manchester City, followed by a shock FA Cup exit to second tier Nottingham Forest. Spurs have slowly rebuilt their season under Antonio Conte but they’ve not found any consistency yet.
Sunday 7:30pm European time - Spanish Super Cup final
A massive 21 points separates these two sides in La Liga but they will battle it out for the Supercopa title in Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening. Real won through with a 3-2 extra-time victory over Barcelona, while Bilbao got past champions Atletico Madrid 2-1. Bilbao qualified for the event as Copa del Rey runners-up so they are big underdogs against a Real side which have dominated the league this term, led by Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior who both scored in the semi-final win over Barca.
Sunday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A
Free-scoring fourth-placed Atalanta entertain leaders Inter in a major challenge for the reigning champions, who’s lead has been cut to one point by AC Milan after the Nerazzurri had a fixture postponed. These two sides are two of the top three goal scorers in Serie A so we can expect entertainment, especially given Atalanta just won 6-2 over Udinese. Atalanta have lost once in their past 13 league games, while Inter have won eight in a row in Serie A and not been beaten in the league since October.