Three games across Europe to watch this weekend: LaLiga, Serie A & FA Cup
It’s already been a memorable week for football given Barcelona’s greatest comeback in Champions League history against Ligue 1 giants PSG.
But we’re not stopping there. We have more football to indulge this weekend with top fixtures on show.
3. Juventus v AC Milan
When it comes to placing a weekend accumulator, Juventus feature on my every week without fail. That won’t change when the Turin side face AC Milan on Friday night in what we recognise as the biggest game Serie A has to offer.
Sadly, from a neutral’s perspective, AC Milan are not what they used to be, but it still excites the footballing world when these two clubs face one another.
However, Vincenzo Montella’s Milan side have won two of their last three games against Juventus, so it’s all to play for tonight.
Juventus, on the other hand, drew with Udinese in their most recent outing, but still managed to increase their advantage to eight points over Roma at the league summit.
Prediction: Juventus 3-1 AC Milan
2. Celta Vigo v Villarreal
Everyone rushes to see who Barcelona or Real Madrid play every weekend, but we’re taking a step away from that this week. Celta Vigo, in 10th, are not having the worst of seasons, while Villarreal are 5th and becoming a force to be reckoned with.
On the back of a 5-0 crushing against Barcelona, Celta will want to get back on track as quickly as possible. Their opponents Villarreal have won four out of their last five competitive games, with their sole defeat being a narrow 3-2 loss at the hands of Real Madrid.
Prediction: Celta Vigo 1-1 Villarreal
1. Chelsea v Manchester United
On Monday night (okay, we’re going to call it a long weekend even though it’s not) Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge hopeful of a place in the FA Cup semi-final.
The ‘unbeaten in 18’ excuse United fans throw around is nothing but a statistical quirk. People who keep repeating it are doing so because they have nothing else they can usefully say.
United have been more entertaining under Jose Mourinho but what we’ve seen this season deserves nothing more than, say, a League Cup.
Hands up if they knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup. At Stamford Bridge, though, it’s difficult to see past Antonio Conte’s high flying men, who appear destined to win the Premier League this season.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United