5 Must-See Weekend Matches and Predictions in European Soccer
5 Must See Weekend Soccer Matches and Predictions
A full slate of weekend matches across Europe kicks off in a few hours in the Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1. Two matches stand above the rest as they feature table-toppers in the Barclays Premier League and Ligue 1 respectively. While all eyes shift to Anfield and Stade Louis II, there are plenty of other intriguing matchups to choose from this weekend.
Many eyes are focused on Premier League leader Arsenal as they travel to Liverpool. In the last five meetings at Anfield, Arsenal has won three and lost none, but the Liverpool attack is much more dynamic coming into this match. Liverpool are dealing with injuries in the back while Arsenal may have the services of Jack Wilshere. Please note that because of the Olympics, this match will be shown on USA at 7:45 a.m. EST Saturday morning.
In France, the two new big-money clubs will face off as Paris Saint-Germain travels to Monaco. PSG have been averaging three goals a match since their last loss in the league. Monaco got Dimitar Berbatov from Fulham in the transfer window in hopes of finding more goals following the injury of Radamel Falcao. PSG currently lead Monaco by five points in the standings and could all but clinch the league with a victory.
Some other matches of note include the South Wales Derby and Atletico Madrid taking the field atop the standings for the first time since 1996. Cardiff City looks to sweep the Derby against rival Swansea City and become the first to win both matches in a single season in the history of this clash. Atletico will face Almeria and should come out of the weekend still in the lead of La Liga.
So what other matchups are worth your time in a crowded weekend soccer landscape?
5. Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen
In one of the first matchups of the weekend, Leverkusen takes on Monchengladbach with much on the line for both squads. Bayer are trying to hold down the second spot in the Bundesliga and create a bigger gap between them and Dortmund. Monchengladbach has lost both matches after the league break and need a good result to stay in contention for a Champions League spot. It has been almost 25 years since Monchengladbach has beat Leverkusen in their home stadium, Borussia Park.
Prediction: Leverkusen 2-1
4. Lille vs. Sochaux
On paper, this matchup favors Lille. They sit in third place in Ligue 1 while Sochaux is in 19th place. However, Lille has not won in five and are in danger of slipping out of a Champions League spot. Saint Etienne sits only one point back heading into this weekend. Lille beat Sochaux 2-0 in their previous meeting, but were outshot in the match.
Prediction: Lille 3-1
3. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton
In recent years, the matches contested between Tottenham and Everton have meant a battle for the top four in the Premier League. Everton is on 45 points, just one ahead of Spurs, while they both trail Liverpool at 47 points. Tottenham is coming off a lackluster performance where they trailed Hull most of the match before salvaging a point. Last year, this match at White Hart Lane ended in a 2-2 draw.
Prediction: Everton 2-1
2. Lazio vs. AS Roma
Fans of Italian calico do not need much information on the Eternal City Derby. The clash of Rome teams takes place at Olimpico on Sunday. Roma has won three straight and keep faint hope of catching Juventus. Lazio are unbeaten in their last five league matches and are looking look to split the season series.
Prediction: Roma 1-0
1. Real Madrid vs. Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo is out due to suspension for this match at the Bernabeu. Villarreal clawed out a 2-2 in the early match this year and are looking to move into the coveted fourth position in La Liga with a good result this weekend. Real Madrid are in third place fighting with Atletico and Barcelona for the top spot, but will call on Gareth Bale in Ronaldo's absence.
Prediction: 1-1 Draw
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