European soccer weekend: Barcelona chase Atletico Madrid, French showdown and prolific strikers duel
Atletico Madrid look to maintain Barcelona at arm’s size in Spain and there’s a enormous showdown on the prime of the desk in France this weekend in Europe.
Robert Lewandowski comes up towards one other of the Bundesliga’s hottest strikers, Atletico Madrid look to maintain Barcelona at arm’s size in Spain and there’s a enormous showdown on the prime of the desk in France.
AFP Sport selects a few of the standout motion in Europe this weekend:
Kalajdzic versus Lewandowski
Bayern Munich v VfB Stuttgart, Saturday 8:00 PM IST
Hansi Flick’s fiftieth Bundesliga recreation in control of Bayern comes within the southern derby towards a Stuttgart aspect rising as exterior contenders for European qualification below their American coach, Pellegrino Matarazzo.
A five-game unbeaten run has lifted newly-promoted Stuttgart to inside 4 factors of the highest six they usually have been propelled by the targets of Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic, who has netted eight occasions in his staff’s final seven outings.
These are numbers of which Robert Lewandowski can be proud. The Pole’s strike towards Lazio within the Champions League in midweek leaves him on 39 for the season, and Bayern ought to have sufficient for Stuttgart regardless of the presence of Kalajdzic as they give the impression of being to maintain RB Leipzig — 4 factors again in second — at arm’s size.
Stress on Atletico
Atletico Madrid v Alaves, Sunday 11:00 PM IST
Might Atletico blow it in La Liga after their disappointing exit from the Champions League towards Chelsea? Diego Simeone’s aspect have seen their lead on the prime of the desk diminished to 4 factors from Barcelona, who’re on a run of three wins in eight.
With a visit to a resurgent Barca nonetheless to return, and with Actual Madrid simply six factors off the tempo, Atletico have to get again to successful methods after they host Alaves.
With Alaves within the relegation zone and on a run of 1 win in 12, this can be a recreation Atletico ought to win. Nevertheless, they are going to be with out the suspended Joao Felix as attempt to rebound from flat shows towards Chelsea and in drawing 0-0 at Getafe final weekend.
Barcelona to proceed unbeaten run?
Actual Sociedad v Barcelona, Monday 01:30 AM IST
A crisis-ridden season for Barcelona may but finish with a home double. By way of to the Copa del Rey ultimate, they’re unbeaten in 17 Liga video games and have crept up on stumbling Atletico. Ronald Koeman’s aspect have some robust fixtures developing although, with a visit to Actual Madrid subsequent month and, earlier than that, a go to to Actual Sociedad on Sunday.
Barcelona have received simply twice of their final 10 visits to La Actual, who’re fifth and had been in advantageous kind earlier than shedding at Granada final week. Swedish striker Alexander Isak, with 9 targets in 9 league video games in 2021, will lead the Basque aspect’s menace. Lionel Messi, in the meantime, has 14 targets in his final 10.
‘Derby del Sole’
Roma v Napoli, Sunday 01:15 AM IST
Whereas Inter are 9 factors clear on the prime, the race for a top-four end and Champions League qualification is hotting up in Serie A. Simply six factors separate AC Milan in second from Roma in sixth, who like fifth-placed Napoli, are simply two factors behind Atalanta in fourth.
The battle for a top-four place will additional enhance the warmth as Roma welcome Napoli for the ‘Derby del Sole’, with the capital aspect additionally searching for to avenge a 4-0 defeat in Naples in November. Nevertheless, Napoli have a recreation in hand and arrive recent from beating Milan at San Siro. In the meantime Roma should shortly recover from an energy-sapping journey to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk within the Europa League.
Title showdown in France
Lyon v Paris Saint-Germain, Monday )1:30 AM IST
Reigning champions PSG head to Lyon for an enormous recreation within the Ligue 1 title race, with each side sitting three factors behind leaders Lille.
With Lille internet hosting struggling Nimes, neither aspect can afford to lose this one and the stress is actually rising on PSG after they had been overwhelmed at residence by struggling Nantes final weekend.
That was a 3rd defeat in 12 league video games for Mauricio Pochettino, who will hope that, after over a month out, Neymar is obtainable for the sport in Lyon, the place PSG have often struggled in latest seasons. Lyon are going for the double over their opponents after successful in Paris in December.
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