PREMIUM TIMES PREVIEW: Four matches to watch this weekend


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!

Form Guide

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.

Form Guide

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.

Form Guide

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.

Form Guide

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

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