Weekend Domestic League Fixtures
February 23, 2019
Torino vs Atalanta (Italian Serie A)
After a draw against Napoli in the last round, Torino will equal Atalanta in points if they manage a win in this match.
For Atalanta, a consecutive league defeat isn’t wasn’t they can afford in the league when there are four teams close behind in the race to qualify for European football for next season.
Bayern Munich vs Hertha Berlin (German Bundesliga)
Bayern Munich will pile the pressure on Borussia Dortmund if they get three points against Hertha Berlin.
Hertha Berlin scored two first-half goals to win at home in the earlier Bundesliga meeting of the two. It is a must that Bayern Munich returns the favor and win on their home ground.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Wolfsburg (German Bundesliga)
Borussia Monchengladbach will like to throw their hat in the title race with a win against a Wolfsburg side that is also looking to throw their hats in the race for Champions League football for next season.
Mainz vs Schalke (German Bundesliga)
Schalke would help their cause to escape any threat of relegation by handing Mainz a 4th consecutive league defeat.
Sevilla vs Barcelona (Spanish La Liga)
To some extent, we can argue that things outside Barcelona’s control have gone in their favor when it comes to their lead in the La Liga.
A poor start to the 2019 year has Sevilla at risk of losing out on a place in the Top 4. From the 7 matches played, since the beginning of the year, Sevilla has 1 win, 2 draws and 5 defeats.
Next up for FC Barcelona after this fixture is two successive away matches against Real Madrid. (El Clasico).
Leicester City vs Crystal Palace (English Premier League)
The result from the last 5 league matches for Leicester City has been 4 defeats and a draw. A defeat at home to Crystal Palace with cut the gap between the two sides to two points.
Teams like Brighton, Burnley, and Newcastle will hope to take advantage of such a result.
Athletic Club vs Eibar (Spanish La Liga)
They played a ‘1-1’ draw in the first half of the season.
Current league standings –
10. Eibar (31 points)
11. Athletic Club (30 points)
February 24, 2019
PSV Eindhoven vs Feyenoord (Dutch Eredivisie)
A home win is a must for PSV to guarantee their 4-point lead in the title race stay intact. Feyenoord must avoid defeat to guarantee that 3rd place position stays intact.
Manchester United vs Liverpool (English Premier League)
An English classic that will make a mark on the Premier League title race and the ‘top four’.
Manchester United made a managerial change after a defeat to Liverpool in the first half of the season. After an unbeaten run in the league since that defeat, this is going to be the result that can be easily used to measure the success of the managerial change for Manchester United.
Liverpool doesn’t have points to spare in the title race. Extracting the maximum points from this match is necessary for Liverpool.
Chelsea vs Manchester City (EFL Cup Final)
Will the Manchester City hold on to the trophy for another year?
Can Chelsea do what seems improbable and stop Manchester City from keeping the EFL Cup for another year? Manchester City will become the second most successful team in the competition if they pick up their 6th title in the competition.
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen (German Bundesliga)
After failing to get the maximum points in their last three Bundesliga matches has Borussia Dortmund at risk of losing their lead in the title race. Bayer Leverkusen is on the hunt for their 5th straight win in the league and a chance to close in on Champions League qualifying spot in the league standings.
Levante vs Real Madrid (Spanish La Liga)
Their position (3rd) in the league standings isn’t under an immediate threat but Real Madrid can’t afford to suffer another defeat after humiliating ‘2-1’ defeat to Girona at the Bernabeu.
To bounce back from ‘2-1’ defeat to Girona in the last match, Real Madrid must beat a Levante side that they lost ‘2-1’ against in the first half of the seasons.
Monaco vs Lyon (French Ligue 1)
Can Monaco continue their escape from relegation threat by making it a 3 consecutive Ligue 1 victories at home when they welcome Lyon?