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Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United played at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on March 20th 2016 / Barclays Premier League 2015/16 Manchester City v Manchester United Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester, United Kingdom 20 March 2016 (Photo by BPI/Imago/Icon Sportswire)
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Manchester derby highlights soccer weekend

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With the European leagues starting back up after a short international break, there’s is a lot of great action scheduled. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola square off in their first Manchester derby, while Rangers and Celtic are set to do battle in the Old Firm derby. Here are some of the games to keep an extra eye on this weekend.

Saturday:

Celtic – Rangers (Scottish Premier League Matchday 5):

Celtic will host Rangers at Celtic Park on Saturday in the Old Firm derby. Considered to be one of the most passionate derbies in the soccer world, it will be a great day for Scottish soccer fans.

With the Rangers back in the Scottish top flight, the rivalry can start to get back to what it once was during the heyday of the two clubs. The last Old Firm derby in the league was played back in 2012 (3-0 Celtic win) before the Rangers were forced down to the lower leagues due to financial ruin. Celtic has started off the 2016-17 campaign with three straight wins to top the table with nine points. The Rangers sit in second with eight points in four matches.

Rangers won the last meeting between the two sides, taking home the Scottish Cup on penalties. But one worrying stat for Rangers fans is the fact that their team has failed to score in their last three games at Celtic Park and lost all three.

 

Manchester United – Manchester City (Premier League Matchday 4):

There’s a lot of hype going into the weekend, as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are set to test their managerial skills in their first Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Both Manchester clubs have started off the season with three wins. City took a 3-1 win over West Ham United before the international break, while United grabbed a 1-0 win on the road against newcomers Hull City after a late goal by Marcus Rashford.

Their last meeting at Old Trafford ended in a scoreless draw, while United took a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium after a goal by Rashford. The youngster scored a hat-trick for England U21 against Norway over the international break, making a statement that he wants to start on Saturday.

 

CSKA Moscow – Terek Grozny (Russian Premier League Matchday 6):

Second-placed CSKA Moscow welcomes third-placed Terek Grozny to the Arena CSKA on Saturday. The reigning champions have three wins and two draws to start the season, and currently trail leaders Spartak Moscow by two points.

CSKA is coming off a 1-0 win over Tom Tomsk before the international break, with Roman Eremenko scoring the lone goal of the game. Grozny sits one point behind CSKA after taking a 2-1 win over Rostov before the break.

The Moscow side took a 1-0 win in their last meeting after a goal by Swedish midfielder Pontus Wernbloom.

 

Sunday:

AS Roma – Sampdoria (Serie A Matchday 3):

Roma looks to keep pace at the top of Serie A as they take on Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Sunday.

Sampdoria has opened up the season with two wins, while Roma has a win and a draw. The visitors grabbed a 2-1 win over Atalanta before the international break after goals by Fabio Quagliarella and Edgar Barreto. After a 4-0 win over Udinese in the season opener, Roma were held to a 2-2 draw against Cagliari after squandering a 2-0 lead.

The Romans won the last meeting between the two clubs 2-1 after goals by Alessandro Florenzi and Diego Perotti.

 

Swansea City – Chelsea (Premier League Matchday 4):

Chelsea will try to keep their perfect start intact as they travel to the Liberty Stadium in Wales to take on Swansea City on Sunday.

The Blues have picked up three wins to start the season and sits in second place, trailing Manchester City on goal difference. They grabbed a 3-0 win over newcomers Burnley before the international break. David Luiz could make his first appearance since re-joining the team on transfer deadline day. The Brazilian international signed a three-year deal and cost the club £34 million to have him return to Stamford Bridge after two years in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

Swansea have back-to-back losses in the league against Hull and Leicester after beating Burnley 1-0 in the season opener.

Manchester derby highlights soccer weekend

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