This weekend some interesting matches are expected to go down and 366football.com will help you capture the experiences from various centers.
With the premier league on break for the FA Cup this weekend, we help to highlight six very exciting games you must not miss to watch this weekend and trust us even the African continent is covered.
Marseille vs Lille 8:30pm – Friday
This Friday fixture is a game between two strugglers in the Ligue 1 this season.
Marseille are currently placed eighth with 30 points while Lille are 14th with 25 points. The home side have just one win from five games in all competitions while the away side with former Nigerian international Vincent Enyeama in goal also have the same record from the same number of matches.
Marseille are still without the services of Moroccan Abdelaziz Barrada, France Benjamin Mendy, and Argentine’s Lucas Ariel Ocampos. On the sideline for Lille are Mike Maignan and Montenegro’s Marko Baša. Prediction: Marseille 1-0 Lille
Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid 4:00pm – Saturday
This is the biggest game in Spain this weekend and arguably will be the toughest in the top five leagues in Europe. Diego Simeone is still pained by the fact that his team lot out in the Copa del Rey in midweek but his biggest headache will be the inability of his striker Fernando Torres and Jackson Martinez to help reduce the goalscoring burden on French international Antoine Griezmann.
However, Barcelona have no such problems with Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi firing on all cylinders. Prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid.
Rwanda vs DR Congo 2:00pm – Saturday
Interestingly, the Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda is attracting so many soccer fans across the world majorly because of the raw talents on display.
Tomorrow, host Rwanda play favourites DR Congo for a place in the semifinals and it is expected to be a keenly contested game. Rwanda lost their last group match 4-1 to Morocco while DR Congo also lost 3-1 to eventual Group B winners Cameroon. Prediction: Rwanda 1-2 DR Congo.
Valencia vs Sporting Gijón 4:00pm – Sunday
Valencia manager Gary Neville will be looking for his first win in the Spanish La Liga since he was appointed boss of the club. Gijon sit 19th on the La Liga log and it is expected that Valencia will win this tie especially with them playing at home but they have found it very difficult to win games.
However, with a confidence boosting win in the Copa del Rey against Las Palmas they are expected to beat Gijon at home but they will be withouth the services of Paco Alcácer and Javi Fuego while the visitors will miss Bernardo José Espinosa. Prediction: Valencia 3-1 Sporting Gijón.
Real Madrid vs Espanyol 8 : 30pm – Sunday
Zinedine Zidane’s men are expected to bounce back to winning ways after last weekend’s draw against Real Betis but Espanyol are no easy customers.
Espanyol are yet to record a win in their last three La Liga games while the Los Blancos have scored 11 times in the previous three matches. Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos will miss this game through injury so also for Espanyol’s duo of Gerard Moreno and Víctor Álvarez. Prediction: Real Madrid 4-2 Espanyol.
AC Milan vs Inter 8:45pm – Sunday
This is the biggest game in Italy – It used to be one of Europe’s biggest games but both clubs have declined in recent years which has reduced the spectacle.
However, it is expected that both sides put in a quality show and win the bragging rights for their fans who coincidentally share the Sansiro ground. Prediction: AC Milan 0-1 Inter Milan.