Weekend Boxset: Title tilts, tofu kebabs and Colin Kazim-Richards



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

All times are BST (GMT +1)
 


Friday



Premier League: West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea 


20.00 on Sky Sports 1


Chelsea have been irresistible this season and they will be in flamboyant form again this evening as they look to get the three points they need to secure the title. It's hard to imagine Tony Pulis's men spoiling the party, having largely been playing in their flip-flops since getting past the 40-point mark. With the uncertainty over how Tottenham will fare in their temporary Wembley home next season, it's difficult to see who will mount a credible challenge to Antonio Conte's team next campaign - but then that's we all thought at the start of last season. Speaking of which...
 


Saturday



Premier League: Manchester City v Leicester City


12.30 on Sky Sports 1


December's 4-2 victory against Manchester City at the King Power was a very rare moment of celebration for Claudio Ranieri's Champions. With Jamie Vardy scoring a hat-trick it was thought a turning point had been reached, and in a way it had: things got worse. Since removing their only ever title-winning manager, the Foxes have started to look a bit more like Champions again - they've even won a couple of away games. Playing for pride they may be but up against Pep's side, fresh from demolishing a once again relegation threatened Crystal Palace, there are more than a couple of Leicester players who will need to be at their best if they want to treat this match as a shop window opportunity.
 


Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg: Fulham v Reading


17.30 on Sky Sports 2


For two sides that have, since the introduction of three points for a win, occupied every tier of the football league, it may surprise you to learn that neither have ever been promoted through the play-offs. Fulham have yet to appear in a play-off final or even win a single semi-final leg for that matter. Reading have lost three finals: to Swansea in 2011, Walsall in 2001 and Bolton in 1995. All ancient history of course but all still very clear in the memories of loyal fans - and there'll be more heartache to come for at least one set of them. The return fixture will be at the Pirelli on Tuesday evening. The other semi-final, Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday is on Sunday at 12.00 on Sky Sports 2.
 


Brasileirão: Corinthians v Chapecoense


23.00 on BT Sport 3


Chapecoense play their first national league match since last November's plane crash, in which 71 people lost their lives, including 20 players and staff from the club. While still relying heavily on the generosity of other clubs, with 19 players loaned from other teams, the club has turned down a proposal that would protect them from relegation for the next three seasons. Having just won their state league they might feel they have the right to feel positive about their immediate future. Corinthians, the 2015 Champions, come fresh from winning their own state league, the Paulistão, and will be looking to improve on their 7th place finish last campaign. Whether that means a start for Colin Kazim-Richards (yes, him) remains to be seen.
 




Sunday



Premier League: Crystal Palace v Hull City


12.00 on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports Mix


You'd think after beating Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea you'd be home and hosed this season. That run of wins propelled Big Sam's Palace side to 12th in the table but now here we are: three straight defeats and they are back in danger again. Hull's task is to win and reduce the gap between the sides to just one point going into the final round of fixtures. For Palace, a point here means safety for another season. If Swansea beat Sunderland on Saturday, Hull will take the final relegation place, should they lose. This match will only be any fun to watch if you have no interest in either club. The reverse fixture at the KC was a ding-dong affair that finished 3-3; this one could be just as thrilling.
 


National League Play-Off Final: Forest Green Rovers v Tranmere Rovers


15.00 on BT Sport 1


It may be a coincidence but since introducing a vegan menu in 2014, Forest Green have finished in the play-offs for three seasons in a row, having failed to reach that mark in all of their 16 previous seasons in non-league's top tier. The decision to move the club to a restricted menu for players, officials and spectators at the New Lawn, was made by their owner, former new-age traveller and now eco-entrepreneur Dale Vince. It is his opinion that it has had a positive effect on the health and fitness of his squad and results would appear to support him. Forest Green effectively ended Tranmere's chase for the automatic promotion spot last month with a late 1-0 win at Prenton Park. Throw an extra tofu kebab on the grill, this one has extra time written all over it.
 


Serie A: Roma v Juventus


19.45 on BT Sport 1


This Boxset started with a possible title-winning match and finishes with one too. Having this week secured passage to the Champions League Final, the Old Lady can go back to concentrating on securing her record-breaking sixth consecutive Scudetto. Massimiliano Allegri's side has faltered later, drawing their last two games in Serie A including their first points dropped at home of the season - Gonzalo Higuain beating Joe Hart in injury time to snatch a point against a ten man Torino. Roma can close the gap at the top to four points if they win but any real title hopes faded with their recent derby defeat to Lazio.

Whatever you watch, have a great weekend.

Graham (@grahamsibley)
 


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