Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes - Photo 211003715 © Marco Canoniero |

There’s no shortage of big fixtures this weekend around Europe, with key match-ups for the contenders in England, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund

Saturday 3:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

Fourth-placed Hoffenheim host second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Hoffenheim are realistically hoping for a top four spot to clinch an UEFA Champions League berth, while Dortmund are trying to chase down leaders Bayern Munich with a six-point buffer. Hoffenheim had gone seven games unbeaten prior to last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Union Berlin. BVB were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal in midweek by second tier St Pauli so will be desperate to bounce back.

Manchester United v West Ham United

Saturday 4pm European time - English Premier League

Manchester United have a chance to make ground in the top four race when they host fourth-placed West Ham United. The seventh-placed Red Devils are two points behind the Hammers with a game in hand but Tottenham and Arsenal are also in the mix. United won 3-1 at Brentford in midweek with Bruno Fernandes setting up two goals after a brace against Aston Villa in a sign he is finding form again. West Ham had won four in a row in all competitions before their 3-2 loss to Leeds on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid v Valencia

Saturday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga

Reigning Spanish champions Atletico host ninth-placed Valencia, who are in a three-game winless skid. Atletico have had their own recent struggles and need to find form to get their top four push back on track. Realistically, Atletico are not in the title race but they are level on points with fifth-placed Real Sociedad. Valencia are dangerous, as the fifth top scorers this season, led by Carlos Soler and Hugo Duro. Bizarrely, Valencia have not beaten Atletico since 2014.

Chelsea v Tottenham

Sunday 5:30pm European time - English Premier League

Third-placed Chelsea’s charge has stalled over the past few weeks, failing to win any of their past four league games to slip 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. The Blues desperately need to respond against Spurs who dramatically won 3-2 at Leicester City on Tuesday to boost their top four hopes. Spurs are fifth, with three games in hand on fourth-placed West Ham and only one point behind. Chelsea actually beat Spurs in the EFL Cup semi-finals recently too.

AC Milan v Juventus

Sunday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

Second-placed AC Milan fluffed the chance to go top losing 2-1 to Spezia on Monday and will want to keep the pressure on leaders Inter Milan when they host the resurgent Juventus. The Bianconeri have moved up into fifth spot on the back of an eight-game unbeaten streak in the league. The Rossoneri had won three in a row before their shock loss to Spezia, meaning they stay two points behind Inter. Juve are a further seven points behind Milan but chasing a top four spot.

Ben somerford
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