Football's Weekend Ahead: 14 February 2020
Premier League heavyweights collide as we take a look at biggest fixtures as we look at the biggest fixtures coming up on the Weekend Ahead.
CHELSEA vs MAN UTD
The weekend ahead sees a whole host of Premier League sides return from their winter break and some fans get to welcome their teams back with a bang.
Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. And following United’s 4-0 win over the Blues on the opening day of the season, few would’ve thought, six months on, it would be Chelsea in line to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Even if they did predict United would fall back into the chasing pack.
Other than that 4-goal blowout in August, these games have been notoriously tight of late, playing out two draws in the 2018-19 season, and taking one game apiece in the 2017-18 season.
Both sides could be accused of having been tired before two weeks off, but now they’re refreshed (and United have had a bit of time to integrate new signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo), fireworks are expected at the Bridge.
LAZIO vs INTER MILAN
The big clash in Italy this weekend could have huge ramifications for the Serie A title race.
As it stands, three teams - Juventus, Inter Milan and Lazio - are split by just one point. All should be considered contenders, but we could lose one this week with Lazio taking on Inter at the Stadio Olimpico.
Sitting higher on the table, it’s no surprise that Inter hold the advantage from their last five Serie A meetings, winning three (including the most recent) to the Biancocelesti’s one.
However, form has Lazio entering the strongest - unbeaten in their last 18 league games - having not lost at home all season long. Lazio's last loss at all this Serie A season was way back on September 25. But then again, that loss was to Inter at the San Siro.
Despite the Nerazzurri winning just two of their last five league outings, Inter’s ultras can be confident as they make the trip to Rome.
LILLE vs MARSEILLE
The title might be long gone in Ligue 1, as it usually is by this point, but the race for the ‘best of the rest’ is still alive.
At least it will be if Lille can take some points off Marseille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
It’s not only second place that’s on the line, because even in the chase to play Champions League football next season, Les Dogues need points.
As for their last five Ligue 1 meetings, well, neither have put a run of results together. But Marseille have won three of the five, including the last meeting, 2-1 at the Stade Velodrome in November.
But then, with the way these two alternate punches, that only means it’s now Lille’s turn to claim the three points.
VALENCIA vs ATLETICO MADRID
Over in La Liga, Valencia’s form has been erratic to say the least. But this week, they face a side whose form has been even more inconsistent as Los Che are welcoming Atletico Madrid to the Mestalla.
Atleti have won two of their last five La Liga games against Valencia, with the other three being draws - including the most recent - at the Wanda Metropolitano. And Dani Parejo had to come up with something quite special just to get that for Los Che.
But with both currently outside the Champions League qualifying spots in La Liga, any loss of points will be hard felt, ensuring they spend the entirety of next week feeling that Life’s A Pitch!