If you love watching your football, then staying in this weekend maybe the best option! Every league has some mouth watering clashes. These matches are contests between heavyweights of the league, or just pure nemesis of each other. 5 football matches, all with a huge build up, but I am hoping they all deliver and be great spectacles of our favourite game. Here are my top 5 games to watch this weekend!
Everton v Liverpool
We kick of the weekend with the Merseyside derby. It was one of the most passionate derbies in England, as both teams are just down the road from each other. Liverpool has the history in terms of trophies, but Everton hold the record for being in the top division for a record amount of seasons. Everton won this particular fixture last season, winning 2-0, as Liverpool were in a minor crisis when Roy Hodgson was in charge. This season, both clubs could have started the season better. Everton are not strong starters in any season, so it shouldn’t worry them too much. Liverpool have been quite inconsistent, picking up a vital win at the Emirates, but also being battered 4-0 at Tottenham, whilst going down to 9 men in the process. This game could go either way really, depending on what team is more passionate, and you also may need a player who can produce something out of nothing in games like these. Steven Gerrard is back for this one, and he will be crucial for the away side. Huge game for both teams, and 3 points isn’t the main issue, it’s the rivalry!
Inter v Napoli
Still early doors in the Italian league, but last year’s 2nd host last year’s 3rd in this vital game on Saturday night. Inter Milan have had a terrible start to the season thus far, picking up just the 4 points from 4 games, including a loss to new boys Novara. Napoli have started strongly, not only in the league, where they have picked up 7 points from 4 games, but also in the Champions League. A convincing draw at Manchester City followed by a home win against Villarreal puts them in a good postion to advance, in what people labelled the group as ‘the group of death’. New Inter manager, Claudio Ranieri, has a 100% record, as he has won both of his matches he has managed so far. This is his first big test though, and a win here would make a statement to suggest Inter Milan are back, and will be challenging for the title. In recent seasons, Inter Milan have had the better against Napoli, as the visitors haven’t beaten Inter Milan since 2009, and that was in Naples. It’s still early days in the season, but every point now is just as important, as when the season finishes in May. Two world class teams with world class players will go head to head, and it should be an enthralling match.
Tottenham v Arsenal
Another match in the Premier League, and another local rivalry. Both clubs are situated in North London, and there is a strange feeling in the air, with a feeling that the balance of power is edging towards Tottenham and not Arsenal. Arsenal managed to qualify for Champions League this season, whereas Tottenham had to settle for the Europa league. Tottenham kept their main players and added a new quality striker, Adebayor, of course former of Arsenal. Arsenal lost two of their key players last year, Nasri to Manchester City and Fabregas to Barcelona. Tottenham thumped Liverpool just the other week, as Arsenal’s season has been quite poor thus far, most notably losing 8-2 at Old Trafford. It’s a first time in a while where Tottenham have been made favourites for this clash. There are always good games between these two, with scores like 4-4, 5-4 in the past, and this fixture last season was 3-3, with the return fixture at the Emirates was 3-2 to Spurs. This has all the ingredients for a classic match, so I am hoping I haven’t cursed anything and it will be 0-0. Never has a North London derby had so much significance, and can’t wait for this to kick off on Sunday!
Juventus v AC Milan
The two biggest clubs in Italian history square off once again in Serie A. AC Milan have the Champions League boast, having won it 7 times, but Juventus are the most successful team in Italy, winning the league 27 times in their history. Despite their rich history, both of these teams are also going well in the world of today, as Juventus are currently on top of the pile, and AC Milan are current champions of course. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now in AC Milan colours, played for Juventus when they were the top team in Italy. Milan have had a shaky start so far this season, picking up just the 5 points from 3 games. Having said that, the league is tight so far this season, as Juventus are top of the table with 8 points, one of only 2 teams not to lose a game yet. This fixture last season was close, but Juventus had been struggling, and AC Milan were going for the title, in the end it was Gattuso of AC Milan with the only goal in the game. Juventus won the fixture at the San Siro though, as the form in these matches is consistently inconsistent. It should be a fantastic match, and both teams will want to make a statement with victory here.
PSG v Lyon
The rising force of PSG host the dominant force of Lyon this Sunday night. Lyon obviously haven’t won the title in the last 2 years, but before that won the title 7 years in a row. In the last 10 years they have always been there or thereabouts, and also play to their potential on the Champions League stage. PSG has always been considered a big club because of their capital status, but their current team is one of their strongest ever. They had been taken over by rich owners, and managed to add real quality players to their squad, including Javier Pastore, Mohammed Sissoko and Jeremy Menez. Both teams sit 1st and 2nd in the league with 17 points, but something has to give when the two sides meet this weekend. On Lyon’s last 3 visits here, they have only picked up 1 point, so it’s always been a dodgy ground for them, and with PSG’s new found hope, the match will be a lot trickier for them here. This fixture will no doubt wrap up a great weekend of football, as there hasn’t been such a high profile French game in quite some time.