Liverpool v Man United, a clash of Dutch giants and the five must-see football matches
Ahead of another weekend of football, Jon Turner picks the five must-see matches.
Chelsea v Everton, Saturday, BeIN Sports HD, 7pm
Chelsea’s next challenge in their Guus Hiddink-led revival comes against Everton, one of the sides that inflicted an early season defeat on Jose Mourinho that signalled all was not right at the Premier League champions. Chelsea enter the match on a four-game unbeaten run while Everton have won just once in their last five. Chelsea will also take comfort in the fact that Steven Naismith, who scored all three goals in the reverse fixture, will unlikely feature as he awaits a likely move to Norwich City.
Feyenoord v PSV Eindhoven, Sunday, BeIN Sports HD, 3.30pm
It is tight at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie table as second-placed PSV travel to third-placed Feyenoord. Only two points separate the two sides, thus a win for Feyenoord will see them leapfrog their rivals into second, while a PSV victory cwill put some daylight between the two. This match will also see a showdown between the league’s leading goalscorers, with PSV’s Luuk de Jong (14) and former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt (13) set to play vital roles in their team’s chances.
Liverpool V Manchester United, Sunday, BeIN Sports 11HD, 6.05pm
Whether a Premier League fan or not, this is one of the highlights of the entire football season. Both teams may be floundering somewhat and neither is in a battle for the league title, but come kick off none of that will matter. If Liverpool beat Arsenal on Wednesday night, they can go above their fierce rivals with a win on Sunday. That is sure to only add to the mounting pressure on United manager Louis van Gaal, who saw his side surrender a 2-1 lead to draw 3-3 at Newcastle United on Tuesday. This one should have fireworks.
Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao, Sunday, BeIN Sports HD, 11.30pm
Fresh from winning his fifth Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi will be looking to get Barcelona’s Primera Liga title defence back on track when Athletic Bilbao visit. Barca’s recent form has been far from immaculate, drawing three of their last five games to sit two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, albeit having played a game less. Bilbao’s own form has been patchy, winning two and losing two of their last five, and should pose few problems for a Barcelona side who could call on Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal for the first time in a league game.
AC Milan v Fiorentina, Sunday, BeIN Sports HD, 11.45pm
Serie A has been the most tightly contested top-flight league in Europe this season, with only three points separating the top four. Fourth-placed Fiorentina face a tough test when they travel to AC Milan, and anything less than a win could see them fall behind their title-chasing rivals. Milan, currently eighth, are an improved side this season, although one win in their last five is a cause for concern. Given the unpredictable nature of Serie A this season, this is a tough match to call, but Fiorentina are better equipped to win this and stay in the title mix.
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Updated: January 14, 2016 04:00 AM