From England to Turkey: The Greatest Derby Weekend in Europe

By  Umair Asif - 17 November 2016

One of the most ceremonious moments in the history of football is when emotion runs higher than usual, and one such moment is scheduled for this weekend. You may call it a coincidence but derby matches are scheduled for some of Europe’s top leagues. So, one can simply expect this weekend to be outrageous with a touch of hostility. From England to Turkey, it’s all set for you. The elite European leagues will witness a moment of history in the making this weekend as the big guns will take on each other in historic encounters. Here a quick glimpse for you with a closer look at all the derbies:  

Man Utd v Arsenal

This encounter needs no introduction as two of England’s most elite clubs will clash with each other this Saturday. The most iconic match in Premier League history is scheduled as a curtain raiser for Matchday 12. The giants of London will travel to Manchester hoping to crush Red Devils in their backyard. Wisely speaking, looking at the current form of both the sides, Gunners have a good chance to create history. Irrespective of the historic touch of this clash, the Wenger-Mourinho rivalry also fuels the fire. All in all, it’s going to be a blistering encounter but Wenger’s men have the momentum and form on their side.



Dortmund v Bayern

The two most successful teams in Germany, Bayern Munich and Dortmund, will take on each other this weekend in Der Klassiker or to be more precise, the German Classico. It is the most important clash in Bundesliga. Looking at the current scenario, both sides are in prolific form and eager to put a dent in the other team’s road to success. Well, only time will tell who emerges victorious but glancing over recent years, Bayern has the advantage.

Atletico v Real Madrid

The Madrid Derby is the second most important clash in La Liga after El-Classico. In the recent years, the intensity of this match has increased significantly with Simeone in the process of making Atletico a force to be reckoned with. However, the current season is all about uncertainties with both teams playing exceptionally in Europe as well as in Spain. However, Simeone doesn’t look much impressed from his side’s current form but is eager to stop his neighbors unbeaten run. Well, it’s not something difficult but looking at Real Madrid’s current form, it seems hard to achieve.

Inter v AC Milan

In the face of decline, the sides from Milan will take on each other this Sunday in Milan Derby. Past few years have pushed the two sides towards decline but this season is witnessing the return of them. Just eight points separate the two sides this season, with Milan clearly having an edge over Inter but the most interesting thing about this tie is the absence of home advantage. Although Inter are the host but form is with AC Milan.

Fenerbahce v Galatasaray

Two of the most successful clubs in Turkey with 39 titles between them will face-off this weekend. This international derby has an historic importance with Galatasaray crossing the European side of Istanbul to face Fenerbahce on the Asian side. These two clubs have registered some very emphatic encounters in recent years and are eager to establish dominance over the other side. The momentum is with Fenerbahce along with the home advantage. Since both sides are chasing the trophy, a win is essential for both of them.

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