What to watch this weekend


February 10, 2018
Juventus' Douglas Costa (right) and Genoa's Andrea Bertolacci vie for the ball during their Italian Serie Amatch at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy on January 22.
File Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (left) and Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose vie for the ball during their North London Derby in the English Premier League on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
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Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek (right) and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski
Marseille's Florian Thauvin


Tottenham and Arsenal will both feel at home when they meet at Wembley Stadium for a north London derby in the English Premier League.

Tottenham are the hosts for today's game, with the national stadium acting as their temporary home this season, while a new venue is being built at White Hart Lane. Yet, Arsenal almost know the ground just as well having played there nine times since 2009 in various competitions and winning on each occasion.

"It won't feel too much 'away' in that situation," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Arsenal head into the derby in sixth place, four points behind fifth-place Tottenham with 12 games remaining. Losing would deal a major blow to Arsenal's chances of grabbing one of the four Champions League qualification spots for next season.

Manchester City hold a 13-point lead going into today's home match against Leicester, which is again without Riyad Mahrez. The Leicester winger hasn't trained since being denied a move to Man City at the end of last month.

Second-place Manchester United visit Newcastle tomorrow, third-place Liverpool are away to Southampton on the same day, and fourth-place Chelsea host last-place West Bromwich Albion on Monday.


Leaders Napoli and second-place Juventus each face difficult matches in their ongoing duel for the title.

Juventus visit hated rival Fiorentina on Friday and Napoli host third-place Lazio on Saturday.

Only one point separates Napoli and Juventus, while Lazio trail, 14 points behind.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi will be out for up to a month after tearing a leg muscle last weekend, while Napoli's top scorer Dries Mertens is expected to play despite a twisted left ankle.

Tomorrow, fourth-place Inter Milan look to end a two-month winless streak when they host Bologna and fifth-place Roma host basement side Benevento.

AC Milan visit relegation-threatened Spal in Ferrara today.


Atletico Madrid have another good chance to add pressure on leaders Barcelona when they play at last-place Malaga today.

After cutting Barcelona's lead to nine points with a win over third-place Valencia in the last round, Atletico visit a Malaga side which haven't won in seven matches, including five straight at home.

Atletico, coming off two straight league victories, have won the last four matches against Malaga.

Barcelona, which lost points in the last round in a 1-1 draw at city rival Espanyol, host mid-table Getafe tomorrow.

Valencia, nine points behind Atletico, host city rival Levante later on tomorrow, while fourth-place Real Madrid, 19 points off the lead, host Real Sociedad today.


Bayern Munich are so far ahead in the Bundesliga, 18 points, that it appears the team only has records left to aim for as Schalke visit today.

Robert Lewandowski, the league's top-scorer with 18 goals so far, can become the first to score in 11 home games in succession since Jupp Heynckes managed the same feat while at Borussia Moenchengladbach in 1972-73.

Heynckes, now Bayern coach, hopes to maintain his perfect home record since returning in October. The only blot in his 20 games across all competitions was a defeat at former side 'Gladbach in November.

Domenico Tedesco's Schalke side should provide Bayern with one of their sterner tests, though anything but a home win would be a major surprise. Schalke hasn't won a league game in Munich since 2009.

Also today, Borussia Dortmund host relegation-threatened Hamburger SV, and second-place Bayer Leverkusen welcome Hertha Berlin.


The country's two most decorated clubs meet in the French league when second-place Marseille travel to bitter rival Saint-Etienne.

Marseille, the only French club to win the Champions League back in 1993, are enjoying their best season in years. Rudi Garcia's side are on a nine-game unbeaten streak in all competitions and have scored 15 goals in their last two matches.

Saint-Etienne which have 10 league titles to their name, one more than Marseille made several signings during the winter transfer window in a bid to salvage their erratic season. Close to the bottom three before the Christmas break, the club injected a big dose of experience into their shaky team by signing Paul-Georges Ntep, Mathieu Debuchy, Yann M'Vila and Neven Subotic.

Debuchy's arrival had an immediate impact as he scored on his debut in a 2-0 win over Amiens that took Saint-Etienne four points above the danger zone.

Eleven points clear at the top, Paris Saint-Germain travel to Toulouse today, ahead of a trip of greater importance to Real Madrid next week for their Champions League last-16, first-leg match.

Defending champions Monaco, which hold third place, two points ahead of Lyon, are at Angers.

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