The Big Seven; Matches to Lookout for this Weekend

All is set for another enthralling weekend of football all over the globe with fans especially excited with a week that has seen games played virtually all day long. Top teams will be hoping they don’t get fatigued from midweek football while the other teams would have had more than enough time to prepare this weekend.

Here are therefore seven games for you guys to look out for this weekend;

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 
They’ve both been in contrasting form in the last few weeks. While Bayern Munich have been quick to move on from Ancelloti with Jupp Heynckes yet again showing his mettle, Dortmund have somehow taken their foot off the pedal after an impressive start to the season. In the past eight years, Bayern (six times) and Dortmund (twice) have shared the Bundesliga title between them, while they have picked up 14 out of a possible 16 titles between the league and DFB Cup since 2009. They are the top two teams in Germany meaning it is a must watch.

Chelsea vs Manchester United 
Jose Mourinho is yet again set to return to his former hunting ground to face the Blues. Unfortunately for ManUtd, Stamford Bridge has been a nightmare ground for the Red Devils. Chelsea apparently are also the only side to have a higher premier league head-to-head record against ManUtd but their form this season has largely been underwhelming, while Mourinho’s team have been solid all season, losing just one game, and have kept a premier league clean sheet in 10 of their last 12 games. This is definitely not a game to miss.

Manchester City vs Arsenal
Manchester City are flying on all cylinders this season with Pep Guardiola’s team sitting comfortably at the top of the log. The twist to this game is, they have a terrible record against the Gunners having won just one of their last nine matches against them in all competitions. This is the only stat that will boost the confidence of an Arsenal fan against a ruthless Man City, who have breezed past opponents at the Etihad averaging 3.5 goals per game at their home ground. Arsenal will also be buoyed by their impressive away win against Everton and hope it continues at the Etihad.

Juventus vs Benevento
This is a game of the top vs bottom as second-placed Juventus prepare to lay their gauntlet against their hapless host who are yet to win a game this season. If you want to see goals, just sit, relax and enjoy Juventus lay siege on Benevento who have lost their last six games in a row.

Shanghai SIPG vs Jiangsu Suning 
Definitely the Chinese league game of the day with Shanghai SIPG set to tackle a strong Jiangsu team. In their eight previous encounters, Shanghai SIPG have won four and lost three against Jiangsu, and all of the last three games have gone the way of tomorrows hosts. When the pair met last year, Hysén scored a brace as Shanghai SIPG won 4-1 in Jiangsu. On their day Jiangsu are capable of beating anyone and they would really make it a tough game, one for the fans to cast an eye on.

Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Moscow
This is set to be a very tough clash because, apart from the fact that it’s a Moscow derby, it is a game between the first and third in the Russian league. Games between these derby rivals are always tough but things look positive for Locomotive right now as they are not in the UEFA competition so they have come into this game as fresh as possible, while CSKA Moscow will be buoyed by their impressive win over Basel away from home in the Champions League and hope that form continues.

Real Madrid vs Las Palmas 
There is massive pressure on Real Madrid to win this game with rumours already circulating that Zidane’s job is already on the line as things stand. It’s not often you see Real Madrid lose two straight games. Worse off, they’ve opened a massive eight points gap at the top of the La Liga and will hope fierce rivals, Barcelona capitulates along the line as they hope to retain their La Liga title.