Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
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We’re on to the final sprint in Europe’s top leagues with European places up for grabs along with some tight title races and a cup final in France.

Liverpool v Tottenham

Saturday 8:45pm European time - English Premier League

There’s plenty on the line for both clubs in Saturday’s late kick-off with second-placed Liverpool needing three points in their title bid, while fifth-placed Spurs must get another win to keep pace with fourth-placed Arsenal in their Champions League assault. The Reds are one point behind Manchester City who host Newcastle on Sunday. Spurs are two points behind Arsenal who entertain struggling Leeds United on Sunday. With four games to go, three points is the only acceptable outcome for both clubs.

Real Betis v FC Barcelona

Saturday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga

Real Madrid clinched the Spanish title last weekend, rendering the interest in La Liga around European qualification, with fifth-placed Real Betis taking on second-placed Barcelona in a critical clash. Eight points separates these two clubs with four games to go. Only the top four make the Champions League, while fifth and sixth qualify for the Europa League. But Betis want top four and need to snap a three-game winless run in La Liga. Barcelona have lost two of their past four so they’re wobbly.

Verona v AC Milan

Sunday 8:45pm European time - Italian Serie A

The title race in Italy is coming down to the wire, with only two points separating leaders AC Milan from second-placed Inter Milan, who host Empoli on Friday night. Should the Nerazzurri claim all three points, the pressure will be on the Rossoneri on Sunday evening to re-claim their lead. Inter also have a superior goal difference, so dropping points isn’t an option. Verona are ninth, having won nine of their 17 home games in the league this term. Milan come in with form, unbeaten in their past 13 in Serie A.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

Sunday 9pm European time - Spanish La Liga

As mentioned above, Real have already secured the league title but any El Derbi Madrileno generates attention. Atletico have plenty to play for too, sitting fourth on the table, precariously three points ahead of fifth-placed Betis in the race for Champions League qualification. The 2021 Spanish champions have struggled for consistency this term, dropping points in three of their past four league games. Real, meanwhile, are basking in the glory on their remarkable midweek Champions League win over Manchester City along with officially clinching the league last weekend. A derby win would cap off an amazing week for Los Blancos.

Nice v Nantes

Sunday 9pm European time - French Coupe de France Final

France’s cup final will be played without dominant powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain who were knocked out in the last 16 by finalists Nice. Nantes’ route to the final included less famous wins, although they toppled Monaco on penalties in the semi-finals. Nice are justifiably favourites, sitting fifth in Ligue 1 with a spot in the Champions League qualifiers up for grabs. Nantes have had a strong season too, currently ninth in the league with Randal Kolo Muani netting 12 goals.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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