Jurgen Klopp is geared to win a first trophy with Liverpool just months after arrival but he will have to hope that Manchester City are as poor as they were at the Etihad in November; United need to save face against Arsenal while Zidane will face his toughest test yet in the dugout when he confronts the snarling Diego Simeone. You cannot afford to miss any of these four matches.
Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid @Santiago Bernabeu @4pm on Feb.27
This is a real Madrid derby that has poignant meaning and would have great repercussions. Zinedine Zidane is yet to lose as manager of Los Blancos, but the season is not going swimmingly in La Liga, with arch rivals, Barcelona, seemingly running away with the title. And with both sides not ready to give up any more points – this match could be a cracker in terms of excitement. We all know that Diego Simeone [with an Indian sign over his more illustrious opponents] chumps on these kind of matches and his players will be ready to quieten the vociferous crowd inside the Bernabeu – do not miss this one!
Real Madrid [D-W-W-W-W]; Atletico [D-D-W-W-L]
Head to head
04/10/15 PRD Atletico Madrid 1 – 1 Real Madrid
22/04/15 UCL Real Madrid 1 – 0 Atletico Madrid
14/04/15 UCL Atletico Madrid 0 – 0 Real Madrid
07/02/15 PRD Atletico Madrid 4 – 0 Real Madrid
15/01/15 CDR Real Madrid 2 – 2 Atlético Madrid
Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Atletico
Man. United v Arsenal @Old Trafford @3pm on Feb.28
The last time that Arsenal won the Barclays Premier League, they had to go to Old Trafford and win with both teams missing 20 players – 15 for United and five for Arsenal. They might need to get that same result again this season as definitely, the Champions League has slipped from their grasp after a 2-0 humbling home loss to Barcelona. LVG, despite the 5-1 win over Midtjylland need to follow up with another convincing win to convince the naysayers that he has been anything but negative for the Old Trafford dugout.
Man. United [W-W-L-L-D]; Arsenal [L-D-W-W-L]
Head to head
04/10/15 PRL Arsenal 3 – 0 Man. United
17/05/15 PRL Man. United 1 – 1 Arsenal
09/03/15 FAC Man. United 1 – 2 Arsenal
22/11/14 PRL Arsenal 1 – 2 Man. United
12/02/14 PRL Arsenal 0 – 0 Man. United
Prediction: Man. United 1-1 Arsenal
Liverpool 17:30 Man City
Jurgen Klopp is in line to win his first trophy as Liverpool manager if he can set up his team to repeat the blitz of last November at the Etihad. Meanwhile Manuel Pellegrini needs all the parting gifts he can find and Wembley seems as good as any ground to win a ‘farewell’ trophy. The villain of the piece will still be Raheem Sterling though the Citizens have Samir Nasri back in training to add another dimension to their attack. This one is too close to call.
Liverpool [W-D-W-L-D]; Man. City [W-L-L-L-W]
Head to head
21/11/15 PRL Man. City 1 – 4 Liverpool
01/03/15 PRL Liverpool 2 – 1 Man. City
25/08/14 PRL Man. City 3 – 1 Liverpool
31/07/14 ICC Man. City 2 – 2P Liverpool
13/04/14 PRL Liverpool 3 – 2 Man. City
Prediction: Liverpool 1-2 Man. City
Juventus v Inter Milan @Juventus Stadium @8.45pm on Feb.28
It is tight at the top of Serie A, with the defending champions posting a slender one-point gap over the chasing Napoli side, knocked out of Europe in midweek. Though early pace-setters, but now seemingly floundering Inter side would be very dangerous, as they will be set to counter and get their goals through Mauro Icardi. But with the confidence-boosting 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich – having to come back from a two-goal deficit, Inter might just find this trip a yard too much.
Juventus [D-D-W-W-W]; Inter Milan [W-L-D-W-L]
Head to head
27/01/16 COI Juventus 3 – 0 Inter
18/10/15 SEA Inter 0 – 0 Juventus
16/05/15 SEA Inter 1 – 2 Juventus
06/01/15 SEA Juventus 1 – 1 Inter
02/02/14 SEA Juventus 3 – 1 Inter
Prediction: Juventus 3-1 Inter