The Battle for Relevance Resumes In Europe's top 5 Leagues

The Battle for Relevance Resumes In Europe’s top 5 Leagues

With the international break finally coming to an end; it’s time to shift our focus to the hustle and bustle of the European soccer leagues. In most of the top leagues, there are just a handful of games left to play. This makes these final round of fixtures even more interesting. While some teams fight to avoid relegation, some others are up there fighting for a league title.

In this piece, I’ll take a moment to do a run down of what we expect to see as the action resumes in Europe’s top 5 leagues this weekend.

England – Premier League

The Premier League is arguably the most widely watched league in all of Europe. The tension and level of competition in this League can almost be cut with a knife. Some of us have been ardent followers of the Premier League for as long as we can remember – so, it’s always exciting to see the resumption of hostilities in the Premier League once again.

This weekend there will be plenty of sublime soccer action in the Premier League to look forward to. The battle for relevance tightens at both the top and the bottom of the League.

Chelsea will be looking to extend their 10 point lead at top of the league when they host Crystal Palace this Saturday. The Merseyside derby will again be on as Liverpool welcomes arch rivals, Everton. At the bottom, Sunderland will hope to avoid an early relegation when they travel to Watford. A super-Sunday clash between Arsenal and Manchester City also beckons. It’s definitely not going to be a boring weekend in the Premier League.

Spain – La Liga

The La Liga is home to some of the greatest soccer players in history; having Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in one League is enough to make millions of fans stay glued to their TV to watch these guys play. After another international break, the stars will gather in the La Liga this weekend for some interesting fixtures.

Atletico Madrid who is desperate for a Champions League place will travel to face Malaga. Villarreal, who are also in the running for a Champions League spot will host Eibar in the first game on Saturday. If you’re hoping to watch Barcelona and Real Madrid play, you’ll have to wait till Sunday. Real Madrid host Alavés while Barcelona travels to Andalusia to face Granada, as the race for who wins the La Liga gets tougher.

Germany – Bundesliga

The Bundesliga returns as well. I’m not much of a fan of this league; although some good soccer is played in Germany, only one team ever seem to win it, and that’s Bayern Munich. The Bavarians have won the league 26 times and in the last four seasons, they’ve been Champions.

Bayern Munich already has a 13 point lead in the Bundesliga and will look to extend it when they host Augsburg at the Allianz Arena. RB Leipzig will be hoping to cut down Bayern’s lead when they host Darmstadt – for me, there’s no way they’re catching Bayern. There’s also a crunch fixture between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund to look forward to.

Italy – Serie A

One of the most physical soccer leagues in Europe is the Italian Serie A. Despite the physicality in the league, Juventus have been insurmountable over the past 5 seasons. The Old Lady has won the league a record 32 times.

After another international break, Juventus and other Serie A teams will return to action. Second-placed Roma will host strugglers, Empoli at the Olympic stadium. On Sunday, Juventus will seek to extend their 8 point league at the top when they travel to face Napoli in a crunch tie – I’ll be watching that game.

France – Ligue 1

The action also returns in the Ligue 1 this weekend. This has been one of the most competitive Ligue 1 seasons’ we’ve seen in a long while. Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are going neck to neck for the title - this title challenge is sure to go down to the wire.

Look out for some interesting Ligue 1 fixtures this weekend, such as Marseille vs Dijon, Nice vs Bordeaux and Rennes vs Lyon. Unfortunately, the Super Sunday fixture between table-toppers, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain has since been postponed.

Grab a front row seat and stay glued to your TV to enjoy some exhilarating battle for relevance amongst Europe’s elite soccer teams. Watch this space – we’ll bring you a round up of every game you missed.

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