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Club Football is back! Guide through the must-watch games of the weekend

The international break is over. Although it produced some entertaining and quality football, we couldn’t help but be glad that it is finally over and the club football is returning to action, and in style as well, with several potentially thrilling matches under its sleeves.

Here are the games you shouldn't miss this weekend!

 

SATURDAY

Liverpool vs Everton ( 5 PM IST)

Everton travel to Anfield on Saturday for their biggest match of the season—the massive Merseyside derby against local rivals Liverpool which would have a big say in the top four race.

The Toffees have not beaten the Reds at Anfield since September 1999, but a victory tomorrow will see them reduce the gap with Liverpool to three points and move a step closer to their Champions League dreams. However, a loss would essentially quash Everton’s dreams with just 8 games remaining while Liverpool could strengthen their position against Manchester United and Arsenal who are also hot on Liverpool’s heels with two games in hand.

 

Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund  (7 PM IST)

The Merseyside derby is followed by another great match— the 150th competitive edition of the Revierderby which pits together two of Germany’s biggest and most traditional clubs – FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund – in what many consider the Bundesliga's biggest rivalry. 

The gap between the two arch-rivals is bigger than it has been in recent years but Schalke tend to bring on their ‘A game’ when playing against Dortmund who has failed to beat the Blues in their last two visits to the Veltins-Arena.

 

 AS Monaco vs PSG ( 12:30 AM IST)

Later into the night, PSG and Monaco will clash each other in one of the most anticipated League Cup finals since its overhaul in 1994-95. The reigning Champions will be looking for a fourth successive victory in the competition while Monaco, who sits three points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table, will be hoping to extend their dominance into the cup game as well. Two of the biggest teams in France, with either side in great shape and playing brilliant attacking football locking horns in a final— this is a match you shouldn’t miss.

 

SL Benfica vs FC Porto ( 1:00 AM IST )

The most crucial match of the night which could decide the Primeira Liga title race. Benfica lead Porto in the league by only one point, and with just 8 games left to play a loss may well cost either side the title.

Without any doubt, one of the most anticipated games of soccer year in Portugal and promised to produce two hours of entertainment.

 

SUNDAY

Arsenal vs Manchester City  ( 8:30 PM IST )

The Gunners head into Sunday's home match against Manchester City with confidence in tatters after a mid-season collapse where they have lost four of their five last league games. Arsenal need a victory if to keep alive their Champions League hopes while Manchester City will be looking to put pressure on the second-placed Tottenham. 

With both of these managers committed to attacking football with little regard for the defensive side of the game, this is another big clash that should make for cracking entertainment this weekend.

 

Napoli vs Juventus ( 12:15 AM IST )

One of the most fiercely contested matches in Serie A, a fixture rich in player quality and history and with the added tension of Gonzalo Higuain’s return to Stadio San Paolo for the first time since his €90 million move to Juventus in the summer. 

Juventus have pretty much wrapped up the title race but a victory against Napoli would be what it takes to restore the Serie A supremacy that took a hit during the indifferent form earlier this season. And for Napoli, who are now two points adrift second-placed Roma, the visit of Juventus and Higuain represents so much more than that. It's a chance for an exorcism.

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