The European football weekend promises to be very rich in posters.
A tantalizing Sunday awaits football fans this weekend, with the Roman derby in Italy at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Real Madrid-FC Barcelona clasico at 9:00 p.m., a particularly scrutinized La Liga clash between the Madrid leader and a Barça in full revival.
Spain: time for the clasico
In Spain, it’s clasico weekend! Real, undisputed leader of La Liga with ten points ahead of its first pursuer, Sevilla FC (2nd, 56 pts), receives Sunday (9:00 p.m.) a FC Barcelona in full operation up the standings (3rd, 51 pts).
Sunday, in a Santiago-Bernabéu still enthusiastic about the successful comeback against Paris SG on March 9 in the Champions League (0-1, 3-1), Real will however have to do without Ferland Mendy, touched in one leg, and perhaps Karim Benzema, uncertain after his double and injury exit at Mallorca on Monday.
This 29th day will also offer, Saturday at 9:00 p.m., a Madrid derby between Rayo Vallecano and Atlético Madrid, qualified for the C1 quarters.
Another decisive poster in the race for Europe will oppose Sevilla FC on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in search of victory after two consecutive draws in La Liga, and Real Sociedad, sixth and still in the race for Europe.
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Germany: Bayern in search of points
While waiting for the Bayern-Dortmund shock of the weekend of April 22, the two Bundesliga rivals continue their mano a mano from a distance during the 27th day.
After their victory on Wednesday in Mainz in a late match, Dortmund are only 4 points behind.
Bayern has been idling since January and remains on two draws. On Saturday (6:30 p.m.) he welcomes the troublemakers of Union Berlin (8th), small budget but big heart.
Borussia, laborious but victorious in its last two outings, will have a difficult trip on Sunday (7:30 p.m.) to Cologne, the 7th, which has just won (1-0) in Leverkusen, third.
For fourth place, the last qualifier for the Champions League, the battle is fierce: Leipzig, Freiburg and Hoffenheim are tied on points.
Small advantage in Freiburg and Hoffenheim, which move on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) to the last two Fürth and Hertha Berlin. RB hosts Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday (3:30 p.m.).
England: when the Cup gets involved
The weekend of football in England will see the end of the 30th day of the Premier League and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, in which six elite teams are involved.
On the championship side, the two main posters oppose Aston Villa to Arsenal, Saturday (1.30 p.m.), and Tottenham to West Ham on Sunday (6.30 p.m.).
The Gunners will try to consolidate their 4th place with 51 points, qualifying for the Champions League next season, while West Ham, 6th with 48 points, but three games more than Arsenal, and Tottenham, 7th with 48 points and a match and more, will try not to win.
On the Cup side, no big poster, the clashes between Premier League teams pitting Crystal Palace against Everton (1:30 p.m.) then Southampton and Manchester City (5:00 p.m.) on Sunday.
On the other hand, if Chelsea and Liverpool have drawn clubs from the Championship (D2), they will have to be wary respectively of Middlesbrough, who scored Manchester United and Tottenham in the last two rounds (Saturday at 7:15 p.m.), and Nottingham Forest which released Arsenal and defending champion Leicester (Sunday at 8:00 p.m.).
Italy: under the gaze of Mancini
Roberto Mancini wanted to postpone this Serie A day to have a few more days with his internationals before the stressful qualifying rounds for the 2022 World Cup, starting next week.
In a very tight schedule, his wish has not been granted and the coach of the Azzurri, who must reveal his list on Friday afternoon, is reduced to hoping that no executive is injured.
He will monitor in particular where are his grognards of the defense Giorgio Chiellini, restored (calf) but remained on the bench during the slap suffered by Juventus against Villarreal (0-3) Wednesday in C1, and Leonardo Bonucci (calf).
The Bianconeri (4th) will try to forget their European setbacks against the red lantern, La Salernitana, who could find Franck Ribéry, left to rest in the last two matches due to a slight head trauma following a traffic accident.
The Italian coach will also have a particularly attentive eye on the performance of his attackers, in particular the Romans Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Zaniolo, opposed in an always burning derby at the Olimpico between Lazio (5th) and Roma (7th).