Weekend Boxset: Merseyside Derby and De Klassieker



Seven great matches to take you from Friday to Sunday. It's the Sound of Football Weekend Boxset.

All times BST (GMT +1)
 


Friday



Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin v Hoffenheim


19.30 on BT Sport 2


With all the noise surrounding RB Leipzig, it would be easy to overlook the season these two sides have been having. Hoffenheim were unbeaten for the first 17 games of the campaign though never really threatened the top two in that time. However, with Leipzig's recent downturn in form, a second place finish is certainly not beyond them. Hertha are one place and five points behind Hoffenheim in fifth but only on the strength of their home form: more points than anyone else at home but on a run of six straight defeats away from the capital. With Bayern coming up next for Hoffenheim, this could be the perfect opportunity for Hertha to put pressure on that fourth Champions League place.

Alternative viewing: Celtic fans might find their attention drawn to Dundee v Aberdeen on BT Sport 1. If Dundee win, Celtic will be officially crowned Scottish Champions for the 48th time.

 


Saturday



Premier League: Liverpool v Everton


12.30 on Sky Sports 1


The last time Everton got a win at Anfield was September 1999. Kevin Campbell's early goal being enough to give the Toffees the win in a fractious match that saw Sander Westerveld, Francis Jeffers and Steven Gerrard all sent off, and Steve Staunton having to go in goal for the last quarter of an hour - now that is what you call a derby. Since losing to Liverpool at Goodison in December, Ronald Koeman's side have been in excellent form and can close the gap behind their city rivals here to just three points. 
 


Championship: Reading v Leeds United


17.30 on Sky Sports 1


Garry Monk does seem to make a habit of rubbing opposition managers up the wrong way. Reading manager, Jaap Stam was critical of the Leeds manager's tactics following his side's 2-0 defeat at Elland Road in December. With the automatic promotion places realistically just too far away for Leeds, a draw would probably suit them better here than going all out for the win. Reading's play-off spot isn't so assured and with Fulham in close pursuit, Stam might have to come up with some pragmagtic strategies of his own to secure the win. Of course, the cameras will be alert to any touchline hi-jinks that might ensue
 


Coupe de la Ligue Final: Monaco v PSG


20.00 on BT Sport 3


It's been almost three years since anyone other than PSG has won anything in France. On paper you'd say that Monaco go into this as slight favourites but this is their first final since winning this competition in 2003, while PSG are aiming for a record-breaking fourth Coupe de la Ligue in a row. While the competition may not be the most glamorous, the result of this final could have a huge say in how the remainder of this season pans out.




Sunday



Eredivisie: Ajax v Feyenoord


13.30 on Sky Sports 5


In the week after the national team head coach Danny Blind was fired, Dutch football could do with a bit of a lift. This season, De Klassieker, has a lot riding on it for Feyenoord: Geo van Bronckhorst's side are on course for a first Eredivisie title since 1999. Victory could see them go nine points clear with just six games to go. For Ajax, a win not only closes the gap but will also keep them in the other Champions League spot ahead of PSV.
 


Premier League: Arsenal v Manchester City


16.00 on Sky Sports 1


Wenger v Pep. Should be a laugh.
 


Serie A: Napoli v Juventus


19.45 on BT Sport 1


A match worth watching at any time but this meeting has been given an extra bit of spice, coming just a few days before the second leg of these side's Coppa Italia semi final. Napoli are 3-1 down in that tie: although leading at half time in Turin, the second half saw two dubious penalties awarded to the Old Lady. So incensed was Napoli's director Cristian Giuntoli he described the referee's performance as "shameful and damaging to all Italian football". He went on to threaten to put out Napoli's youth team for the second leg in protest. Local officials have barred Juventus fans from entering the Stadium for both this fixture and the Cup game on Wednesday for fears of public safety. Who knows, there might even be a game of football to watch here.

Whatever you watch, have a great weekend

Graham (@grahamsibley)

 


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