Football's Weekend Ahead: 7 February 2020
The derbies continues, this time in Milan as we look at the biggest fixtures coming up on the Weekend Ahead.
INTER MILAN vs AC MILAN
European football has been on fire with its fixture scheduling of late... with the Rome derby a couple of weeks ago, the Madrid derby last week, and this week it’s the Milan derby.
Internazionale is the nominated home team for the clash with AC at the San Siro.
Inter have won four of the last five Milan derbies in Serie A, reflecting their superiority over the Rossoneri in each and every way in recent years.
The Nerazzurri are after all the ones competing for the title this season, while Milan is merely struggling to get into the Europa League qualifying places.
Milan’s last win in the derby was in the 2017-18 Coppa Italia, and even then they needed extra time to do so.
But currently, on a seven-game unbeaten run sparked by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival, the Rossoneri may very well turn the tide of recent times.
BAYERN MUNICH vs RB LEIPZIG
The Bundesliga comes alive with a clash between the perennial champions, and the most likely to usurp them, with Bayern Munich welcoming RB Leipzig to the Allianz Arena.
It’s a tough game for the neutrals to get behind. On the one hand, who wouldn’t love to see a team other than Bayern lift the title. But on the other, it’s RB, the most hated team in Germany.
Leipzig beat Bayern for the first time in 2018, and though they succumbed to defeat the next time out, the last two Bundesliga meetings, both at the Red Bull Arena, have finished all square, as poor finishing from both sides saw September's reverse fixture end 1-1.
If Leipzig wants to make good on their promise come May they are going to need more than just a point against Bayern. They need to do something they’ve never done before - win at the Allianz.
PSG vs OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS
You never know what you’re going to get in France’s big clash on the weekend ahead, as PSG face Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes.
Les Parisiens are waltzing to the title as they always do, but Lyon has a knack for pulling something out the bag against the champions-elect.
Of the last five Ligue 1 meetings, Lyon has won twice, both coming in the second half of the season, just like this game is.
The only difference this time is that Lyon is away at the Parc des Princes, where they haven’t beaten PSG since 2012 in the Coupe de France, and not since 2007 in the league.
With PSG already looking like title winners, and Lyon still far from assured of European football for next season, this match could easily swing to whoever wants it more.
BRIGHTON vs WATFORD
In the Premier League, the biggest clash of the round isn’t at the top, but rather at the bottom.
Three points separate five teams from 15th to 19th, with Brighton, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, West Ham and Watford all in danger of the drop - meaning there could be huge ramifications for the loser of Brighton versus Watford at the Amex this weekend.
Brighton leads their Premier League head-to-head 2-1 from their last five meetings, the most recent being a 3-0 demolition in August. But a lot has changed since then, with Brighton dropping more and more points, while Watford has been reborn since Nigel Pearson’s arrival.
With this being a six-pointer, anything less than a win would leave either team feeling that Life’s A Pitch!