Four football matches to watch this weekend

We are in the home stretch in many European leagues and we could crown a champion in Germany this weekend.

In Italy, the best match sees a hero return to his old hunting ground, needing a victory against his old team. These are the four best football matches you need to watch this weekend.

Plateau United v Remo Stars @Jos International Stadium at 4pm on April 24

Remo Stars have enjoyed a four-game unbeaten streak that has taken them down to third place in the log, but they move on to face a Plateau United side who need points to keep up with Rivers United at the top of the table.

In Sikiru Alimi, the visitors found an answer to the score and will pose an attacking challenge to Jos. Coach Ilechukwu has a young team, which has done more than enough this season.

Ilechukwu will need players like captain Daniel Itodo to boost his side’s tactics from the back.

Remo Stars are also in the hunt for a continental ticket and their road form has averaged five out of 12 losses, two wins and five draws, while United’s home form with 12 straight wins is the best in the division.

Current form: v [L-W-D-W-L]; Remo star [W-D-D-W-L]

Face-to-face

09/01/22 NPF Remo Stars 1 – 0 Plateau United

28/05/17 NPF Plateau United 1 – 0 stars Remo

01/15/17 NPF Remo Stars 1 – 2 Plateau United

Prediction: Board United 2-1 Remo Stars

Arsenal v Manchester. United @Emirates @12:30pm April 23

Arsenal are back, aren’t they? When United knock on the door on Saturday morning, the Gunners need to show that their win at Chelsea is a start, not an interlude.

Ralf Rangnick’s side are still in contention for a place in the top four, but defeat to Liverpool could have spelled the end of the season.

We are waiting Cristiano Ronaldo to return after personal tragedy, although Fred, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw are unavailable.

Arsenal v Manchester. United

Expect Mikel Arteta to start the same side that took to the pitch last Wednesday at Stamford Bridge with Eddie Nketiah in the lead.

Will United pride come into play to make this age-old fixture a contest?

Current form: Arsenal [W-L-L-L-W]; Man Utd [L-W-L-D-L]

Face-to-face

02/12/21 PRL Manchester United 3 – 2 Arsenal

30/01/21 PRL Arsenal 0 – 0 Man Utd

11/01/2020 PRL Man Utd 0 – 1 Arsenal

01/01/2020 PRL Arsenal 2 – 0 Manchester United

30/09/19 PRL Manchester United 1 – 1 Arsenal

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

Inter Milan vs Roma @San Siro at 5pm on April 23

How will the public at San Siro welcome José Mourinho? The Portuguese manager leads his side to Milan, needing a result that could derail Inter Milan’s quest for back-to-back Scudetto titles.

Inter are second in the table, two points behind AC Milan and one game less, but a loss to Roma and a win for Milan could see the gap widen to five points.

For Mourinho, a Champions League place is still close at hand and, as his match against Napoli last week showed, has a squad capable of challenging Italy’s best.

Inter Milan v Roma
Inter Milan v Roma

Five points behind fourth-placed Juventus means Roma must win their remaining five matches, starting with a visit to Inter on Saturday.

Will Roma, on a 12-match unbeaten streak, throw a spanner in the works of Inter, or will the defending champions prove too much?

Current form: InterMilan [W-W-W-W-D]; Man Utd [D-W-W-L-W]

Face-to-face

08/02/22 COI Inter Milan 2 – 0 Roma

04/12/21 SEA Roma 0 – 3 Inter Milan

05/12/21 SEA Inter Milan 3 – 1 Roma

10/01/21 SEA Roma 2 – 2 Inter Milan

19/07/20 SEA Roma 2 – 2 Inter Milan

Prediction: Inter Milan 2-1 Rome

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund @Allianz Arena at 5:30 p.m. on April 23

Der Klassiker beckons again and what a poetic event that beating Dortmund on Saturday will crown Bayern as Bundesliga champions for the 10th consecutive season.

Nine points separate the two sides with just three games left after their clash on Saturday and the only way Dortmund can delay Bayern’s crowning glory is to beat their hosts and close the gap to six.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

A draw won’t be enough as the goals scored by Bayern are almost an extra point.

Marco Rose’s tenure as Dortmund manager has been as yo-yo as the injuries to Erling Haaland, who despite missing 10 Bundesliga games is still top scorer with 18.

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But he is miles behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, who hasn’t missed a game and scored 32 goals in 30 appearances.

They weren’t Bayern’s best side, but Rose’s Dortmund were just too inconsistent to take advantage of.

Will Dortmund delay the inevitable or be cannon fodder at the coronation ceremony?

Current form: bavaria [W-D-W-L-W]; Dortmund [W-W-L-D-W]

Face-to-face

04/12/21 BUN Borussia Dortmund 2 – 3 Bayern Munich

08/17/21 SUC Borussia Dortmund 1 – 3 Bayern Munich

06/03/21 BUN Bayern Munich 4 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

07/11/2020 BUN Borussia Dortmund 2 – 3 Bayern Munich

30/09/20 SUC Bayern Munich 3 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

Prediction: Bayern 3-1 Dortmund


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