We have a lot of great games this weekend, but some are more interesting than others. Here are some of the hottest games in the world of soccer for you to enjoy this weekend.
Tottenham – Arsenal (Premier League Gameweek 24)
The weekend kicks off early on Saturday with a heated London derby between the Spurs and the Gunners. Arsenal are riding a five-game winning-streak that includes a 5-0 trashing of Aston Villa last Sunday. Tottenham on the other hand, have been a little bit inconsistent of late, and you have to go back to Jan 21 to find the Spurs’ last victory which was a 1-0 game over Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup. The last meeting between the tow sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium in late September, with goals by Nacer Chadil for Tottenham and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Gunners. This is the 156th meeting in league play between the clubs with Arsenal winning 64, Tottenham 49 and 42 games ending in a draw.
The teams are neck and neck in the table, with Arsenal in the fifth spot with 42 points and Tottenham in sixth with 40 points.
Players to watch: Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid (La Liga Gameweek 22)
Another derby between to top clubs as the battle of Madrid takes place on Saturday following the London derby. Real Madrid on top of La Liga right now with 54 points, and Atletico in third with 47 points. This derby is always a hot affair as the fans and players don’t have much love for each other. Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading goalscorer in La Liga with 28 goals, six ahead of Lionel Messi, and 17 goals ahead of Antoine Greizmann who’s Atletico’s top scorer. Atletico is enjoying a four-game unbeaten streak against the Meringues, but look to Ronaldo and the rest of the Real squad to be extra fired up for this meeting as they look to keep Barcelona at bay at the top of the table.
Players to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Antoine Greizmann (Atletico Madrid)
Juventus – AC Milan (Serie A Gameweek 22)
Two of Italy’s biggest clubs square off in the late game in Serie A on Saturday. League-leading Juventus are on a seven-game unbeaten run right now and have a seven point gap down to AS Roma in the second spot. This season has been a huge disappointment for Milan fans as they find their team in ninth, 21 points behind Juve. But current standings means nothing when these two clubs collide, as Milan are looking to salvage the season and start climbing up the table. Carlos Tevez leads Juventus and Serie A in goals with 13, but Milan’s Jeremy Menez is right behind him with 12 goals.
Players to watch: Paul Pogba (Juventus), Keisuke Honda (Milan)
Ivory Coast – Ghana (Africa Cup of Nations Final)
Ivory Coast take on Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations Final on Sunday. The Elephants as the Ivory Coast are called, are looking for their first Africa Cup of Nations gold medal since 1992, and Ghana have waited even longer, last win came in 1982, to lift the trophy. Both nations won their respective group, and were some of the favorites heading into the tournament. Ivory Coast beat Algeria 3-1 in the quarterfinal before disposing of RD Congo with the same score in the semifinal. Ghana’s path to the final was similar in the way that both the quarterfinal and semifinal ended with the same result. First 3-0 over Guinea in the quarterfinal, followed by another 3-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in the semis. Ghana’s Andre Ayew leads the tournament in scoring with 3 goals, and the Ivory Coast have both Wilfied Bony and Gervinho at two.
Players to watch: Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast), Andre Ayew (Ghana)
Olympique Lyon – Paris SG (Ligue 1 Gameweek 24)
Leaders Lyon host PSG on Sunday in a battle for the top spot in Ligue 1 on Sunday. It’s a great showdown between Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, who leads Ligue 1 in scoring with 21 goals in 22 games, and Swedish superstar and PSG captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibra has suffered from injuries this season, but still has 9 goals in 15 games for PSG, and he will definitely be the key if Paris are going to be able to defeat Lyon and challenge for that number one spot in the table. PSG are currently in third, two points behind Lyon and tied with Marseille in second.
Players to watch: Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)
Check local listings for start times.