Another weekend, another stacked lineup of soccer action. Will Bayern Munich’s dominance of German soccer continue with another win? Can Manchester win the battle of the Uniteds as West Ham visit Old Trafford? Can the Portland Timbers win their first ever MLS Cup? Here are a few of the games that you should keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Borussia Monchengladbach – Bayern Munich (Bundesliga Matchday 15):
Bayern Munich will look to continue their dominance of the Bundesliga with another win on Saturday when they travel to Borussia Park Stadium to take on fourth-place Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern tops the table with 40 after 14 games, having won 13 games and drawn just once.
It will be a tough task for Monchengladbach to try and hand Bayern their first league loss of the season. Last season, Bayern did struggle against Monchengladbach, drawing the first meeting 0-0 at Borussia Park, and then losing 2-0 at home. Pep Guardiola and his men are in fine form, having won five straight games in all competitions and outscoring their opponents 18-2.
Manchester United – West Ham United (Premier League Matchday 15):
The Red Devils will take on the Hammers at Old Trafford on Saturday, and the two United sides meet for the first time this season. Manchester United sits in 3rd place with 28 points and are coming off a 1-1 to second-placed Leicester City last weekend. United will be without captain Wayne Rooney who is out with an ankle injury.
West Ham are down in 8th, but they are only six points behind Man United. The Hammers have been hit hard by the injury to Dimitri Payet, who was the team’s best player so far this season. West Ham only has one win in the last five games and is on a four-game winless streak.
Inter Milan – Genoa (Serie A Matchday 15):
Inter is out for revenge after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Napoli on Monday. The loss saw them getting passed by Napoli and slipping down to 2nd place in the table, and Roberto Mancini will be looking for his men to take out their frustrations on 15th-placed Genoa as they come to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan. Inter have four wins in the last five games, and have only conceded nine goals in 14 league games.
Genoa’s form is less than ideal, having just one win in the last five games. They also seem to have some trouble keeping 11 men on the field, having gotten a player red-carded in three straight games. Last year Inter won the fixture 3-1.
Newcastle United – Liverpool (Premier League Matchday 15):
Liverpool has a newfound sense of confidence and optimism since Jurgen Klopp took over for Brendan Rodgers as manager. The Reds are coming off a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton in the Capital One Cup, and fans will be looking for another demolition job on Sunday as Liverpool takes on struggling Newcastle.
Sixth-placed Liverpool could crack the top 5 with a win if Tottenham drop points against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Newcastle finds themselves in 19th place and two points from safety. The Magpies only have one win in their last five games, and are coming off a 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday.
Columbus Crew SC – Portland Timbers (MLS Cup Final):
Columbus Crew will host the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup Final at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Crew have the chance to win their second MLS Cup, having won it back in 2008. Portland is making their first appearance in a MLS Cup Final and has the chance to win the first piece of silverware since entering the league in 2011.
Second-seeded Columbus way to the MLS Cup Final started with a 4-3 win on aggregate over the Montreal Impact in the East Conference Semifinals. They then squeezed by the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Final, beating the Red Bulls 2-1 on aggregate. Kei Kamara has been the leading star all season long, and he leads the team in scoring in the postseason with three goals in four games.
Sixth-seeded Portland started their journey to the final by beating Sporting Kansas City in a real thriller in the Western Conference Knockout game, winning 7-6 after penalties. They then moved on a beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on aggregate in the Western Conference Semifinals. Their place in the final was secured after a 5-3 win on aggregate against FC Dallas in the Western Conference Final.