There’s a whole host of action taking place around Europe’s top football leagues this weekend. With a variety of leagues televised all over the world you have access to a number of matches.
This weekend is no exception – with top matchups in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and Dutch Eredivisie to choose from.
Before the matches kick off, you may want to read some Scottish League match previews to know which side to support or which side are more likely to win. Without knowledge of the leagues and clubs you may not know what to except!
Here are six matches kicking off at different times over the final weekend of January 2020 to strongly consider watching:
Leicester City vs Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 GMT)
A top four battle in the English Premier League sees third-place Leicester City playing host to Chelsea directly below them.
The 2015-16 champions have been one of the surprise packages of the season and look set for UEFA Champions League football next season, having opened up a 14-point gap over fifth place with 14 games to go.
Leicester can improve their chances even greater with three points against Frank Lampard’s side at the King Power Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. Jamie Vardy is fit again, and the Foxes have found their form again after a recent drop.
Bookmakers aren’t sure which way this one is going to go with Leicester being priced at 6/4 and Chelsea at 17/10. They drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge back in August.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Saturday 15:00 GMT)
Real Madrid opened up a three-point lead over rivals Barcelona at the top of the Spanish La Liga last weekend. The Catalan club were beaten 2-0 at Valencia in Quique Setien’s second game in charge, whilst the capital-based club were hard-fought 1-0 winners away to Real Valladolid.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have conceded just 13 goals in their 21 league matches – a strong defence is something that’s never associated with Real Madrid.
City rivals Atletico are in town this weekend, 10 points off the top of the table and down in fifth. They have the second-best defensive record with 14 goals conceded but have scored just 22 goals this season.
This game kicks off at 15:00 GMT so won’t be available in every country but those who can watch it should be in for a great tactical battle. Don’t expect too many goals though!
Real Madrid are the bookmakers’ odds on favourites at 9/10.
Rangers vs Aberdeen (Saturday 15:00 GMT)
Those who cannot watch the Madrid derby may have access to a big game in the Scottish Premiership instead as Steven Gerrard’s Rangers host Aberdeen at Ibrox, also kicking off at 15:00 GMT.
Rangers have won their last eight league games at home since losing to Celtic, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four. Aberdeen head to Glasgow winless in their last three and without a goal in their last two.
Gerrard’s side need to keep winning to keep in touch with leaders Celtic before the next Glasgow derby in mid-March. They have the best defensive record in the league this season whilst Aberdeen have scored the fewest goals among teams currently in the top half.
RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach (Saturday 17:30 GMT)
German Bundesliga league leaders RB Leipzig will be looking to bounce back from their surprise 2-0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend when they host third-place Borussia Monchengladbach at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side saw their lead at the top cut to just one point as Bayern Munich won their fifth consecutive league victory – all by at least two goals and scoring 20 goals during this run.
Borussia Monchengladbach would overtake Leipzig with three points away from home this weekend, but their own form has dipped a little since November. They weren’t expected to be in a title race heading into the season and defeat on Saturday may end their dreams.
Bookmakers are very confident of a home win as RB Leipzig have been made 8/15 favourites.
Juventus vs Fiorentina (Sunday 11:30 GMT)
Juventus missed the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of Italy’s Serie A last weekend when they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at Gino Gattuso’s Napoli.
The result left the Old Lady three points clear after Internazionale and Lazio had both been held to draws earlier in the day.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are back in action on Sunday morning when they host Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium. The visitors are in the second half but it may not be a straightforward victory for Juventus as Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last four, winning two.
Juventus are 1/3 favourites.
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven (Sunday 15:45 GMT)
Ajax suffered their third defeat in five Dutch Eredivisie games as they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at Groningen last weekend.
With AZ winning, the Dutch giants saw their lead cut to three points at the top of the table.
PSV Eindhoven are visitors to the Johan Cruyff Stadium on Sunday, and whilst the visitors have been very poor this season, it’s always a good battle.
Ernest Faber replaced Mark van Bommel last month, but he won’t be able to resurrect a title challenge – 11 points behind their rivals heading into this weekend’s game. PSV are actually down in fifth, so qualifying for next season’s Champions League will be the former player’s aim between now and May.
Ajax are widely expected to pick up three points from this match and the bookmakers have priced them at 2/5.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City (Sunday 16:30 GMT)
The weekend’s Premier League action concludes on Sunday afternoon with arguably the most-anticipated match of them all in England. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur welcome Manchester City to their new stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side have taken 13 points from their last five and whilst the title race is all but over it looks like he wants his side to pick up as many points as they can between now and May.
Meanwhile, Spurs face an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League as they are down in sixth place and six points off the pace. They really need a result this weekend. They will need to do it without the injured Harry Kane though, whilst Christian Eriksen was sold to Internazionale earlier this week.
However, the bookmakers have Manchester City as short as 1/2 to win this one.