Football fans will be packed up with some great fixtures this weekend before the international break takes away the action. It has been a week of packed schedule with the Champions League and the Europa League group stage to stock up the action simultaneously over the mid-week. The Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 have some nail-biting encounters that’ll get you glued to your TV boxes. XploreSports brings you the list of 5 football fixtures from all leagues that you shouldn’t miss this weekend.
Liverpool vs Leicester City (Premier League)
Premier League leaders Liverpool host in-form Leicester City in what promises to be a thrilling clash at Anfield on Saturday. The Reds who top the table will welcome the Foxes who stand third on the table in the Premier League. But, more importantly, the highlight of the match will be former Liverpool manager, Brendon Rodgers return to the Merseyside since he was sacked in October 2015. Leicester will head to Anfield with a 5-0 demolition against Newcastle United last weekend while Liverpool fought a hard battle to grab all three points against Sheffield United to maintain their winning streak in the Premier League.
Both teams have some solid attacking players who have started the season in style. Sadio Mane has kept up his sparkling form finding the net four times already this season and on the other end, it is Leicester’s fearsome forward Jamie Vardy, who has also started the season in style with five goals. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 43 home games and their current run under manager Jurgen Klopp of 16 consecutive Premier League victories is the second-longest in English top-flight history. Leicester will look to grab at least a point from this fixture and this will boost Manchester City’s hope to crawl down the 5 points margin in the points table. Leicester will look prove their credentials for a top-six finish, if not better, against the European champions. This is definitely one fixture that you shouldn’t miss this weekend.
Newcastle United vs Manchester United (Premier League)
Manchester United will head to St.James Park this weekend to end their dreadful away performance in all competition. This week’s goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League has put Ole Gunnar‘s job at risk and the United fans already want their manager out from the wheel (Ole’s at the Wheel? A flop show!) Comparing the two teams and the players it should be a clear domination from the Red Devils but the current form of Manchester United is the only reason that this fixture will be a must-watch.
If United fail to grab all three points against Newcastle it will be a really disappointing season despite having a promising start. The rebuilding under Solskjaer hasn’t worked out as they have mustered just seven goals in nine games since putting four past Chelsea on the opening day. Ed Woodward will have his reasons clear to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they fail to beat the Magpies who currently stand in the relegation zone. It will be an upset on the cards if Newcastle hit them hard playing aggressively. They will look to give their fans something at home as they are an amazing bunch of supporters. This might be the week Newcastle United surprise everybody and thus you shouldn’t miss the fixture this weekend.
Real Madrid vs Granada (La Liga)
The top two teams in the La Liga table will lock horns as Real Madrid host Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane’s side are unbeaten so far in the current campaign holding 15 points. Despite having drawn 0-0 with rivals Atlético Madrid in El Derbi the last week, Los Blancos faltered in the midweek after limping to a 2-2 draw with Club Brugge in the Champions League. Granada are flying in the league and will come to Bernabeu looking to take all three points, having scored nine of their 13 goals away from home in victories against Villarreal, Espanyol and Celta Vigo. Granada also beat Barcelona 2-0 a couple of weeks ago and they will look to register another upset against Real Madrid.
Eden Hazard would look to make an impact at home but the long list of injuries pile up for Real Madrid as Nacho and Marco Asensio are both sidelined for the home side with knee ligament injuries. Granada since earning promotion from the Segunda División have impressed everyone. Manager Diego Martinez is not expected to make any changes from their 1-0 win over Leganés last weekend and the 34-year-old striker Roberto Soldado will look to score against his former club. Altogether this is going to be an entertaining clash and make sure you don’t miss to watch this fixture.
Barcelona vs Sevilla (La Liga)
The reigning champions will host Sevilla at the Nou Camp this weekend. Both the teams are two points away from the table-toppers Real Madrid registering 13 points on the table. Barcelona had a high impact game this week in the group stage of the Champions League against Inter-Milan and this should boost their confidence for the upcoming fixture. Sevilla also beat APOEL Nicosia 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday, so both sides should have the wind in their sails to set up a high-octane clash.
Injuries and suspenisons will be a concern for Barcelona as Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti and Junior Firpo all injured and Clement Lenglet is also out of the game through suspension which will make the defense weak. Barcelona will look to continue their winning streak at home and Messi will look to do what he did in the previous clash between the two teams when he scored a hattrick in the 4-2 away win. Sevilla have however made a delightful start to the season and a win against Barcelona at home could suddenly make them title challengers in this season’s La Liga that is clearing lacking in quality.
Inter Milan vs Juventus (Serie A)
Serie A also has a top-of-the-table clash at the San Siro this weekend as table topper Inter-Milan host defending champions Juventus in the Derby d’Italia. Inter Milan played some scintillating football against Barcelona in the Champions League group stage but couldn’t hold the unbeaten streak this season after a 2-1 loss. But they will be coming out high in confidence taking only the positive points from the clash. In the league, Inter are riding high with a perfect run of six wins while Juve stands second with 14 points. The title credentials of two Italian heavyweights will be examined over this weekend’s clash.
Conte knows his rivals well having coached Juventus to the first three of their current run of eight titles, before going on to coach the Italian national team and Sarri hasn’t exactly sparkled in the first couple months of the season but will look to show his tactics on the Derby day. Inter will play without two of their go-to frontmen, Lukaku and Sanchez. While Maurizio Sarri has three of his defenders unavailable for the San Siro meeting, with Mattia De Sciglio, Danilo and Giorgio Chiellini all carrying injuries. This will be the 190th time the two giants will face each other with Juventus having won on 86 occasions. This fixture is likely to be tight and any mistake from either of the teams could see three essential points slipping away from them. Make sure you don’t miss to watch the Derby d’Italia this weekend.