Thankfully, International breaks are over. In these 14 days, we switched TV channels on weekend at least thousand times and we didn’t have anything to entertain us. Top club football fixtures have engrained in our brain in such a way, we can’t handle an empty weekend. Now, this season last international breaks are over and once again we have top European club clashes to serve us.
However, this international break has much to offer us in terms of knowing about our favorite nations’ preparation for the Russia 2018. It still can’t match the aura of club football competitiveness. There were fixtures like Germany vs Spain, Brazil vs Germany, and Argentina vs Spain which grabbed the limelight, but at the end of the day, they were just international friendly.
Now, we are back on our familiar path for entertainment on weekend, and it’s club football. There is a top battle in each of the Big Five leagues which will serve our purpose. Whether it’s Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A or Ligue 1, each of the Big Five has fixtures to keep us entertained.
Chelsea vs Tottenham (8:30 PM, SUN 1st April)
Chelsea vs Tottenham fixture is not the first one which will entertain us on the weekend, but due to Premier League popularity, it’s first on our list. The London duo will fight for their supremacy over one another. Blues enjoy a better stats against the Spurs in head to head matches with 61 wins, 44 defeats and 36 draws, but it’s time for Spurs to decrease that margin. It won’t be easy for Tottenham to contain Chelsea at home, but they need a revenge of their home defeat earlier in the season. Tottenham loses 1-2 at home when they last meet, and they also suffered a heavy 4-2 defeat in FA Cup last season.
It’s time for Spurs to make the score even and keep pushing themselves in top four. Hotspur currently sits at fourth place with 61 points whereas Chelsea sits at fifth with their 56 points. The battle for top four is on as we know Premier League champion is almost decided. Manchester City enjoys a comfortable 16 points lead over the second-placed Manchester United with only eight games left to play. However, Premier League table topper will also be making a tough trip to Everton on Saturday. You can also add this one to your watchlist.
Barcelona vs Sevilla (12:15 AM, SUN 1st April)
Barcelona vs Sevilla fixture will entertain us before Chelsea vs Spurs, but I prefer it second because of La Liga’s lesser popularity than Premier League. It’s not only La Liga popularity but the importance of the match. There is 30 points gap between both teams on La Liga table. Whereas Barcelona sits at the top with 75 points, Sevilla is at 6th place with their 45 points. It is not giving me goosebump because Lionel Messi may not be playing for Barcelona as well. Barcelona star misses both of Argentina international friendly because of a hamstring injury.
The gap at the top between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid is substantial as well. Barca enjoys a comfortable 11 point lead at the top and there are unbeaten in League. The only thing which makes this match a must watch is Barcelona determination to keep their unbeaten record going to become invincible just like Premier League’s Arsenal team back in 2003/04 season.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund (10:00 PM, SAT 31st March)
Der Klassiker has lost its essence since Jurgen Klopp has departed from Borussia Dortmund, but it’s still Bundesliga TRP. There is much at stake for Bundesliga giants to prove their mettle. Whereas as many Bayern players find their place in Germany squad, Dortmund star trio Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle were missing from the international fray. They need to prove themselves to book a ticket to Russia and they can’t get a bigger occasion to impress Germany’s national team boss Joachim Loew.
The league is already decided as Bayern enjoys 17 points lead over second placed Schalke with only seven games remaining. If Schalke draw against Freiburg and Bayern registers a victory over Dortmund, Bavarians will be Bundesliga champion for the sixth consecutive time. It’s a big ask from the Black & Yellows to stop Bavarians’ march and extend their celebration for another week.
Juventus vs AC Milan (12:15 AM, SUN 1st April)
Juventus, Serie A record 33 title winners will be looking to solidify their position at the top with another three points, but unfortunately, they’ll face Gennaro Gattuso’s rejuvenated AC Milan. On the other hand, second place Napoli will play Sassuolo. There is little margin of error for both clubs. If Juventus loses against Milan, Napoli will reach the summit with 76 points.
Juventus vs AC Milan is going to play a big role as Serie A decider. This fixture needs to be rejuvenated because it has lost its beauty. We hope Gattuso bring that factor in Milan which he had witnessed during his playing days. Juve is the second most decorated club in Serie A and they need to prove they are back where they belong. However, their current position on the Serie A table suggests otherwise.
PSG VS AS Monaco (12:35 AM, SUN 1st April)
However, Ligue 1 doesn’t have a fixture to address, we have Coupe de la Ligue final from French domestic league to cover up. Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco will battle out for the Coupe de la Ligue trophy in the star-studded final. PSG will be looking to grab their eighth Coupe de la Ligue title and for the fifth consecutive time, whereas Monaco will be looking for a revenge of last season final’s defeat. Monaco has lost few of their big names last summer but they still are competitive enough to give a fight to PSG. They sit at second on Ligue 1 points table and still in the hunt for the Ligue 1 title.