Pick of the week is a weekly blog for people that love the beautiful game. It comes out every Sunday and hand picks upcoming matches worldwide that week, which look set up for 90 minutes of non-stop action.
All times are in GMT.
- Leicester City vs Liverpool ( Feb 02 19:45 )
League leaders Leicester take on the most exiting team in the BPL right now, Liverpool, and yes I am being serious. Jurgen Klopp’s aggressive passion to win and positive attitude seems to be rubbing off on the Liverpool players as you can see the beginnings of the high energy, aggressive press his Dortmund team perfected. Defensively it’s easy to see how much improvement is required, but on the up side, goals have been flowing with an average of 7.5 goals in their last 2 BPL matches, and Leicester will look to take full advantage on Tuesday. While Vardy and Mahrez have been less prominent in recent matches, the squad is still grinding out results and this team is very capable of doing a number on Klopp’s men.
2. Granada vs Real Madrid ( Feb 05 19:30 )
Granada are facing the revitalised Los Blancos under Zidane as he looks to continue his successful time managing Madrid. Zizou is beginning to do what Benitez never could; turn this exceptional group of individuals into a world-class team. The link up play is reminiscent to his times as a player in that amazing Madrid team that won the champions league all those years ago. The whole team are a joy to watch and everyone is enjoying the football in the Bernabéu; having scored 11 in their last 3, facing Granada who’ve conceded 43 goals so far. Granda are falling apart, with manager Sandoval adopting a 3-5-2 for god knows why, they look defensively hopeless but play attractive football; which explains how the last 5 matches have average 4.4 goals. With Ronaldo, Benzema and Rodriguez clinical as ever; they could do a repeat of this fixture last year where they humiliated the Nazaríes in a 9-1 demolition.
3. Schalke 04 vs Wolfsburg ( Feb 06 14:30 )
Schalke welcome Wolfsburg to the Veltins-Arena on Saturday afternoon, a big match as only one point separates them, both teams are desperate for those last few European spots that remain. Both come into the match with abysmal form and injuries across the spine of the team, most notably their defensive frailties, evident as Schalke went into the winter break with a GD of -7 and Wolfsburg GD of -12 compared to this time last season. Both teams are desperate for this win, even if to gain any sort of momentum, potentially being decisive as to who will get into Europe.
4. Ajax vs Feyenoord ( Feb 07 11:30 )
The landmark fixture in Netherlands returns this Sunday. The rivalry starts at the Amsterdam-Rotterdam rivalry and stems into many different segments of dutch culture which turns the match into a magnet for controversy; the lowest point of which shocked the two cities and country, to silence, as one Ajax fan was killed in a pre game riot, now known as the Battle of Beverwijk. Since that event, violence, while still prevalent in this fixture, has never escalated to those levels, due to increased security, but also respect for the loss of life. For football fans the event holds a unique atmosphere, due to it’s rich history, fueled by the players passion and importance to win at all costs. The game is more important than ever as Ajax fight to regain the Eredivisie tittle from PSV Eindhoven. Feyenoord are in horrendous form with 4 consecutive losses but will not roll over against their most bitter rivals, in the spectacle that is De Klassieker.
5. Frosinone vs Juventus ( Feb 07 14:00 )
The hopeless Frosinone face Juventus, hoping for anything less than a humiliation by the tittle holders on Sunday. The newly promoted side hold the unenvious record of the worst defence in Europe’s top 5 leagues, with a staggering 45 goals conceded. On the other hand Juve hold an unbelievable 13 wins in their last 14. The most notable of which being the young prospect Paolo Dybala who is on fire with 7 goals in the last 9, and the dominant Paul Pogba is in the form of his life having recently made FifaPro World 11. Allegri has also sured up the Juve defence with a remarkable 10 conceded in the last 20; the team have recovered miraculously to sit 2nd after their shocking start to the season. Frosinone have conceded an average of 4.5 goals against teams in the top 4; if this game is going to be anything like it’s suggests, it’s definitely worth the watch.
6. Marseille vs PSG ( Feb 07 20:00 )
Le Classique arrives this Sunday as Marseille clash against the best team in France, PSG, holding a remarkable record of being undefeated in the last 31 Ligue 1 games, and unbeaten all season. PSG put on a performance to be proud of last week with Di Maria running the show with two spectacular goals as the Paris side shifting into gear these last weeks. While they hold a remarkable +46 GD and 30 points above their opponents, it’s difficult to see how Marseille can get anything out of this game. The home side were dominated against recovering Lyon last weekend but hold a solid group of quality players in their squad, most notable of which are Cabella and Batshuayi with an impressive with 15 goals and 9 assists between them. While the score lines may tell one story, on the pitch Marseille are a fun team to watch with the majority of their attacks stemming from the wings, relying on individual skill more than most teams. While the odds suggest there is a clear winner, doesn’t mean Marseille aren’t capable of an upset at home.
Lazio vs Napoli ( Feb 03 19:45 )
Bayern Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich ( Feb 06 17:30 )
Verona vs Inter ( Feb 07 11:30 )
Levante vs Barcelona ( Feb 07 11:00 )
Club Brugge vs Gent ( Feb 07 13:30 )
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