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Five football matches you cannot miss this weekend

By Michael Duah
Five football matches you cannot miss this weekend
Five football matches you cannot miss this weekend

There are derbies, crunch top of the table clashes and big football matches happening this weekend. 

Primenews's 5, as ever, picks out the matches that we'll be glued to our screens watching.

Chelsea vs Man City

Maurizio Sarri has downplayed his side's title chances after waxing lyrical about Man City's brilliance and he might be right, after Chelsea's shock loss to Wolves in midweek. Chelsea trail City by eight points; losing and seeing that gap increase to 11 might be a bridge too far. There are doubts over Sergio Agüero's fitness which will be a boost for Chelsea, but Pep Guardiola's charges visit Stamford Bridge with confidence having won in each of the pair's last two Premier League meetings in West London. If Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus can find his shooting boots again, with the assistance of form men Leroy Sané and the mercurial Riyad Mahrez, they'll be odds-on to make it three on the bounce and lay down a solid title claim. But, as always, watch out for Eden Hazard and the unpredictability of the English Premier League that keeps its fanatical fans coming back for more. Make no mistake, this is where your attention should be focused on Saturday night. Oh, and don't forget Raheem Sterling. 

Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund

Blue vs Yellow in Germany's Revierderby is the clash that matters most to the fans of Schalke and Dortmund. The visitors are flying high in the Bundesliga, seven points ahead of a chasing pack fronted by surprise package Mönchengladbach. A win for the Black & Yellows will not only add to an already sizable feel-good factor around the club, but it will solidify their position as favourites for the title. Watch out for Dortmund legend Marco Reus and electrifying English youngster Jadon Sancho, just two of Dortmund's exciting weapons. 

Espanyol vs Barcelona

Another derby to test Barcelona's credentials come in the shape of a trip to RCD Espanyol to try and correct a relatively poor recent run against their city rivals.  Barcelona hasn't won any of their last two away matches at Espanyol, albeit one of those being a Copa Del Rey clash. As ever, the legendary figure of Lionel Messi will be the man to watch. It won't be easy, but Barcelona's firepower should see them over the line here.

Juventus vs Inter

Juve, runaway leaders in Serie A, know that a win against one of their genuine contenders for the Scudetto will take them that much closer to an unprecedented eight consecutive title. Can anyone stop CR7 and co? Maybe, just maybe, it's Mauro Icardi's Inter Milan. 

Read also: Serie A Preview: Juventus vs Inter Milan

River Plate vs Boca Juniors 

South America's showpiece cup competition's second leg of the final has been rescheduled numerous times but it will finally go ahead on Sunday. With the aggregate score sitting at a tantalising 2-2, it's all to play for and any type of draw will take arguably the world's fiercest derby to penalties. Although the match will take place in Madrid, there will be no shortage of local Argentinian passion in the match that is life and death for the fans of both clubs. Strap yourself in for this one, even if Carlos Tevez seems a bit disillusioned about it all.