Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend Photo: TT
Olivier Giroud in action for AC Milan - Credit: Ettore Griffoni — Photo by ettore.griffoni

Title races are coming to a head across Europe along with the battles for European spots and to avoid relegation.

Arminia Bielefeld v RB Leipzig

Saturday 3:30pm European time - German Bundesliga

It’s the final day in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with plenty at stake for 17th-placed Arminia Bielefeld who need a miracle to avoid relegation. On the flipside, fourth-placed RB Leipzig will clinch Champions League qualification with a win or a draw, with fifth-placed Freiburg sitting two points behind but with an inferior goal difference. Leipzig had started the season poorly under now-Leeds boss Jesse Marsch following Julian Nagelsmann’s off-season exit but have rebounded strongly to strong into the top four under Domenico Tedesco.

Chelsea v Liverpool

Saturday 5:45pm European time - English FA Cup Final

Liverpool’s ambitious dream to win four trophies this term goes on the line against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Reds beat the Blues on penalties in the League Cup final a few months ago, while Liverpool’s league title aspirations appear destined to fall short after City’s recent surge. But there’s still hope. Liverpool are in better form than Chelsea, who have stumbled in the league recently. The Blues have been managing N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho’s fitness lately. The Reds, who are unbeaten since March, have no new concerns.

West Ham United v Manchester City

Sunday 3pm European time - English Premier League

Manchester City can all but wrap up the title on Sunday when they go to seventh-placed West Ham United, who have their own European ambitions on the line. City are three points clear of second-placed Liverpool with two games to play. The Reds are playing in the FA Cup final on Saturday, before returning to league action in midweek against Southampton. In the meantime a City win could see them go six points clear with goal difference, following their remarkable run of 22 goals for and two against across their past five games.

AC Milan v Atalanta

Sunday 6pm European time - Italian Serie A

The race for the Scudetto has been thrilling this term and leaders Milan face a stern test on Sunday when they host free-scoring eighth-placed Atalanta. Milan lead second-placed Inter Milan by two points with two games to play. Inter, who have a superior goal difference, go to 18th-placed Cagliari on Sunday. The Rossoneri have not won the Serie A since 2011 and excitement is building under Stefano Pioli, but they’re not there yet. On the final day, Milan travels to Sassuolo, while Inter host Sampdoria.

Atletico Madrid v Sevilla

Sunday 7:30pm European time - Spanish La Liga

Champions League football is on the line in the penultimate matchday in Spain, with third-placed Atletico hosting fourth-placed Sevilla. The winner, if there is one, will qualify for the Europe’s top competition, while the loser will likely face pressure from fifth-placed Real Betis, who are currently five points behind Sevilla. Betis host Granada this weekend but have a difficult final day fixture at Real Madrid.

Ben somerford
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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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