Weekend Football Extravaganza: Most Anticipated Fixtures

By  Umair Asif - 27 March 2017

After a tiring international break, we head back to the basics. The clubs in Europe’s top leagues will be back in action, and the race to glory will once again resume. Every league in Europe is moving towards its climax, and teams are either battling for the glory or fighting for survival. It was a great international break, but now it’s time for some action-packed weekend – exactly what every football fan waits for. There will be some exciting games broadcasted this weekend; matches that have the power to change the outlook of the table in their respective leagues. It’s the fight for kingship, and here is the pick of the bunch you shouldn’t miss this weekend.

Liverpool vs. Everton

The Merseyside Derby is scheduled as the opener for Matchday 30 in the Premier League. Liverpool and Everton have a history of ballistic encounters, with a strong rivalry backing the tie. Liverpool are currently sitting fourth, whereas Everton are firmly placed at seventh. Only six points separate the two sides; Everton have a fair chance to reduce the deficit by inflicting a defeat on their neighbors. However, Liverpool have been impressive against the top-ten sides and have secured most points against the teams at the top of the table. Romelu Lukaku is in blistering form and is leading in goal tally, but the injury to Seamus Coleman has left Ronald Koeman somewhat puzzled. Jurgen Klopp will be eager to play Mane, Coutinho, and Lallana up-front, hoping for a comfortable win at home. However, the visitors are also eyeing a Champions League spot. 

 

 

Arsenal vs. Man City

With only a few wins in 2017, Arsenal are in a deplorable form ahead of their clash against Manchester City. Arsenal will enter the tie with a distraught team and a manager under pressure. The two sides are scheduled to play each other twice in April and both the ties matter a lot. With rumors surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future, the atmosphere doesn’t appear pleasant in the Gunners backyard. Pep Guardiola will be hoping to end the suffocating run of draws with a win over Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger’s men at home are a force to be reckoned with. Well, the two sides are keen to finish in the top four and a win will be welcomed by both.

 

 

Schalke 04 vs. Dortmund

The Ruhr is what the derby between Schalke and Dortmund is remembered as. Though Schalke had an upper-hand in this one but the recent transition at Dortmund has provided The Yellow and Black army an edge. The Ruhr is to German football what the North-East is for England. Schalke has had a cold season this time round, sitting ninth on the table, whereas Dortmund is placed firmly at third and are also into the last eight of the Champions League. Schalke at home are a different side, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in the form of his life.

 

 

Napoli vs. Juventus

It will be third taking on the first. One of the most anticipated matches in Italian football, Napoli is scheduled to host the league leaders and the defending champions, Juventus, this Sunday. The two sides have an intense historic rivalry, but Juventus have always had an edge in this tie. The former Napoli strike force, Gonzalo Higuain, will visit Napoli for the first time after his lucrative transfer but will he be able to score against his former recruits, we’ll have to wait and watch. Despite the ten point difference between the two sides, this game is going to be a battle of greats and is a must watch.

 

 

Benfica vs. Porto

O Classico – the rivalry between the two biggest cities in Portugal – Lisbon and Porto, two of the most successful and influential clubs in the country, Benfica and Porto is scheduled for this weekend. The Primeira Liga is heading towards its climax, and it’s the first versus the second. Benfica is at the pole position but Porto is just a point behind. However, Benfica will enjoy the home advantage in this tie. Irrespective of the outcome, this tie will offer pace, vigilance, aggression, vengeance and everything else in between and beyond.

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