After a dramatic FA Cup round, the Premier League returns to action with one of the most iconic fixtures in English football: Manchester United vs Chelsea. Serie A has a massive match-up to look forward to as Roma host A.C. Milan on Sunday. La Liga fans will enjoy a notable encounter between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, also on Sunday. In Ligue 1, Marseille will take on PSG in what could prove to be a big test for the team at the top of the table
Below, we break down the most anticipated match-ups in Europe this weekend, by the all-important numbers. Commence countdown:
Serie A leaders, Napoli, hope to round out a ten-match winning run in domestic competition with an away game against Cagliari—and that’s without a number 10 on their roster. The last time Napoli failed to collect three points? December 10th, 2017 at home against Fiorentina (0-0). As it’s been in recent weeks, Napoli is above Juventus by one point, meaning that a loss would likely see them drop to second.
Talking about Juventus, they’re on a nine-game winning run in the Serie A. Their next opponent is Atalanta. Last time Atalanta defeated The Old Lady (Nov. 19th, 2004), #9 Gonzalo Higuain wasn’t even a professional yet.
Over in Spain, promoted side Girona will face La Liga favorites Barcelona. Girona is not having a bad first season in the top flight. The club is in 8th place with eight wins to its name. The only Barca player to ever score against Girona is Luis Suarez.
Still in Spain, Real Madrid’s seven-match unbeaten streak is on the line against Alaves. “CR7” will look to score his seventh goal of the month.
Manchester United will host Chelsea on Sunday at Old Trafford. United hasn’t lost at home in six outings. Chelsea has only downed The Red Devils at Old Trafford once in the last six seasons.
In the other PL Sunday fixture, 5th placed Tottenham will take on 15th placed Crystal Palace. The Eagles hope to avoid a five-game winless run. There’s hope! The Spurs drew their latest FA Cup tie 2-2 to the 23rd placed team in Football League One, Rochdale A.F.C. (Rochdale has only won five matches in the third tier of English football this season)(#That'sSoSpursy).
Spanish giants Sevilla and Atletico Madrid will clash on Sunday. Both clubs are in great form. Sevilla played United to a draw in the Champions League (0-0) to go four games without losing, while only conceding two goals. Atletico on the other hand carries a four-match winning streak in La Liga. Keep an eye on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia, he’s looking for his fourth goal of the month.
German juggernaut Bayern Munich faces Hertha Berlin this weekend. A win for Bayern will complete a three-month winning run in all competitions. Bayern’s last draw came against Hertha Berlin, and a tie would be Hertha’s third consecutive draw with Munich. Hertha Berlin currently sits in 11th in the Bundesliga with 30 goals for, 30 goals against, and 30 total points.
Back in Italy, Roma host A.C. Milan at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. Milan hasn’t defeated Roma in two years. Gennaro Gattuso’s men earned two red cards in their last two games against Roma. The Giallorossi lost their last encounter to Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1. Milan, on the flip side, hasn’t been beaten in two months.
In another battle of the Premier League big six, Manchester City and Arsenal will face each other on Thursday March 1st. Both sides lost their most recent game. City shockingly fell to Wigan Athletic 1-0 in the FA Cup, while the Gunners lost to Ostersund 2-1 in the Europa League.
Author: Onz Chery