Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend

Five Must-See Football Matches This Weekend
Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City — Photo by olegda88.gmail.com

It’s the final day in the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga and French Ligue 1 with titles on the line along with relegation spots, plus there’s the DFB-Pokal Final in Germany.

SC Freiburg v RB Leipzig

Saturday 7pm European time - German DFB-Pokal Final

Neither Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund will feature in Saturday’s German Cup final, with RB Leipzig looking to cap their resurgent season with silverware. Leipzig clinched fourth spot and Champions League football via the Bundesliga last weekend, finishing ahead of Freiburg on the final day. Freiburg lost to third-placed Bayer Leverkusen to end up in sixth, missing out on the top four with two defeats in their final two league fixtures. But there’s a lot to like about Freiburg, who are competing in their first-ever German Cup final. Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku won the Bundesliga Player of the Season this week.

Manchester City v Aston Villa

Sunday 4pm European time - English Premier League

Manchester City will clinch the Premier League title with victory on Sunday but anything less opens the door for second-placed Liverpool to pounce, with the Reds one point behind and hosting Wolverhampton simultaneously. Both sides have had tremendous second-half season form, with City unbeaten in their past 11 games, while Liverpool hasn’t lost in the league since December. Villa hardly have the form to suggest they’ll challenge City, sitting 14th with three games without a win. City have beaten Villa in their past eight meetings.

Burnley v Newcastle

Sunday 4pm European time - English Premier League

Burnley are 17th and level on points with Leeds United who are in the drop zone ahead of the final day, where victory for the Clarets will see them survive given their superior goal difference. The Clarets have only won seven games all season, but four of those have come in their past nine league fixtures, so they’ve found some form under caretaker boss Michael Jackson. If Burnley don’t win, Leeds can swoop and leapfrog them to survival with victory away to 11th-placed Brentford. Both Newcastle and Brentford have had solid recent form to move into midtable range.

Sassuolo v AC Milan

Sunday 5pm European time - Italian Serie A

Milan will claim their first Scudetto since 2011 if they defeat 11th-placed Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon. Milan are two points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan who face 15th-placed Sampdoria simultaneously. The Rossoneri are unbeaten across 15 games in Serie A, including winning their past five. Sassuolo have secured their top-flight status, leaving them with little to play for, while they had lost three in a row prior to a draw and win in their past two games. Sassuolo have actually beaten Milan in their past two encounters, 3-1 and 2-1 at the San Siro in 2021.

Osasuna v Real Mallorca

Sunday 7pm European time - Spanish La Liga

It was only 12 months ago that Mallorca earned promotion back to the top flight but they’re facing relegation straight up this weekend. Los Piratas, who are currently 17th, will secure their status if they win away to ninth-placed Osasuna, due to their superior head-to-head record over 18th-placed Cadiz who play relegated Alaves away. Granada are not safe either, sitting 16th and one point ahead of Mallorca and Cadiz, with a home clash with 13th-placed Espanyol to come. Osasuna may be sitting in the top 10 but they are winless in their past five league games, which offers Mallorca hope.

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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