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Top 5 Fixtures to Watch in This Weekend's Incredible Set of Fixtures

13 January 2022 | Opinion
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Top 5 Fixtures to Watch in This Weekend's Incredible Set of Fixtures

European football is ramping up now in 2022 and with the Champions League over the horizon, many of the top five leagues are beginning to take shape. Here’s the best games to watch this weekend.

 

Borussia Dortmund - SC Freiburg

It’s been a strange few months for Borussia Dortmund who have dropped into the Europa League and saw a distance of six points created on leaders, Bayern Munich.

They also fell 2-0 down to Eintracht Frankfurt last time out, but three goals in the final 20 minutes stunningly snatched all three points for BVB in the end.

Freiburg are also still giving their Champions League fight a serious go and sit fourth right now, six behind second-placed Dortmund.

The two clash this Friday evening.

Manchester City - Chelsea

Back when Manchester City beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the Blues were top of the table and it seemed as if they and Liverpool would be the main two sides to watch this campaign.

In the 22 games since that win over Chelsea, Pep Guardiola’s men have only lost once in 90 minutes; a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

It puts the champions top of the Premier League by 10 points over Thomas Tuchel’s second-placed men, and anything but a win here all but ruins Chelsea’s hopes of a title and only fuels City’s more.

Tottenham - Arsenal

The north London derby is one of the most anticipated fixtures on the English calendar and with Arsenal in fourth on 35 points and Tottenham Hotspur down in sixth two points behind that with a game in hand, this one is now about as important as it's been in recent times.

Arsenal’s dreams of returning to the Champions League will take an almighty hit if they don’t win here, while Spurs’ will get a serious push. Moreover, there’s usually always goals here and it should be an early 2022 cracker.

Atalanta - Inter

Inter Milan have started to create a gap between them and the rest of Serie A and since the draw in the Milan derby, the club have gone on to score 22 goals in seven games and concede only a stunning record of three goals.

The recent suspension to the Bologna game has brought AC Milan back within a point, however, and Atalanta remain just eight points behind and can reignite their title quest with a win here.

Olympique de Marseille - Lille OSC

Ligue 1 is a one-horse race again this season as Lille have all but lost their title to PSG already as they sit 10th in the table and even a great distance from the third-placed Marseille as they sit eight points behind.

Marseille are still within a shout of a title race, with PSG still dropping points here and there, but it does remain seriously unlikely.

Now, it’s all on them keeping up their Champions League spot and heaping more misery on a seriously underperforming Lille side.

Major League Soccer Eastern Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
New England Revolution 73 34 22 7 5 65 41 24
2
Nashville SC 54 34 12 18 4 55 33 22
3
Philadelphia Union 54 34 14 12 8 48 35 13
4
New York City FC 51 34 14 9 11 56 36 20
5
Atlanta United 51 34 13 12 9 45 37 8
6
Orlando City SC 51 34 13 12 9 50 48 2
7
New York Red Bulls 48 34 13 9 12 39 33 6
8
DC United 47 34 14 5 15 56 54 2
9
Columbus Crew 47 34 13 8 13 46 45 1
10
Montreal Impact 46 34 12 10 12 46 44 2
11
Inter Miami CF 41 34 12 5 17 36 53 -17
12
Chicago Fire 34 34 9 7 18 36 54 -18
13
Toronto FC 28 34 6 10 18 39 66 -27
14
FC Cincinnati 20 34 4 8 22 37 74 -37
Major League Soccer Western Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Colorado Rapids 61 34 17 10 7 51 35 16
2
Seattle Sounders 60 34 17 9 8 53 33 20
3
Sporting Kansas City 58 34 17 7 10 58 40 18
4
Portland Timbers 55 34 17 4 13 56 52 4
5
Vancouver Whitecaps 49 34 12 13 9 45 45 0
6
Minnesota United 49 34 13 10 11 42 44 -2
7
Real Salt Lake 48 34 14 6 14 55 54 1
8
Los Angeles Galaxy 48 34 13 9 12 50 54 -4
9
Los Angeles FC 45 34 12 9 13 53 51 2
10
San Jose Earthquakes 41 34 10 11 13 46 54 -8
11
FC Dallas 33 34 7 12 15 47 56 -9
12
Austin FC 31 34 9 4 21 35 56 -21
13
Houston Dynamo 30 34 6 12 16 36 54 -18

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