Here is just a quick recap of the weekend
La Liga – Barcelona have moved 3 points clear at the top thanks to 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid. Atleti dominated the first 25 minutes and took the early lead. However, they started to drop behind the ball and this gave Barcelona more possession. Just like that the lead flipped. Then Filipe Luis got a red card just before the first half ended. This changed the game. Godin would also see a red in the second half. The game would end 2-1 and Atletico would have 9 men on the field. In the other games this weekend, Ronaldo scored another hat trick as Real Madrid defeated Espanyol 6-0. Las Palmas got a vital 3 points with a win over Celta de Vigo. They have jumped out of the bottom 3. Gary Neville’s struggles continued as they lost 1-0 to Sporting Gijon. In the relegation fight, Levante are in trouble but above them Granada, Vallecano, Sporting, Las Palmas, Espanyol, and Real Betis are all within 2 points.
Ligue 1 – Paris Saint-Germain remain unbeaten thanks to Zlatan and his two second half goals. They remain on top and their lead extended to 24 points. Their lead was extended thanks to Angers defeating Monaco. The newly promoted side pulled themselves back into the top 3 with a high win over 2nd place Monaco. Lyon’s struggles continued as they lost 1-0 to Bastia. Toulouse is starting to slip away following their 2-1 loss to Guingamp. They are now 5 points from safety. In the showdown between 4 and 5, Caen came up with a big 2-0 win over Nice. This means that the gap closed to just goal difference.
Bundesliga – The big two continue their impressive form as the both won this weekend. Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 as Lewandowski scored both. Dortmund also won 2-0 over Ingolstadt thanks to Aubameyang. Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen drew 3-3 in a fantastic game. Berlin jumped out to an early lead but Pizarro scored a 3 minute brace with just 15 minutes left. Hoffenheim and Hannover are really being left behind as they are level on points with each other but 5 points behind Bremen. Honestly, while the games are probably the most entertaining, the race for the title, the race for second place, and the relegation races. The race to watch will be for the third and fourth spots in the Champions League. That is a lot tighter and will be what we start to focus on.
Serie A – Napoli remain on top of the league thanks to a 5-1 win over Empoli. Napoli fell behind but found their form to make it 6 wins in a row. Juventus won their 12th game in a row when they defeated Chievo Verona 4-0. Morata scored a first half brace to set up the big win. These two are starting to distance themselves from the rest. Fiorentina dropped points this weekend thanks to their draw with Genoa. Milan defeated their city rivals Inter 3-0. They really dominated the game following the missed penalty by Inter’s Icardi. The relegation race in Italy is not very tight as Carpi sit 4 points behind Sampdoria and safety. Frosinone is a further 3 points behind Carpi. This race could tighten up but the race for the Scudetto is looking more and more exciting.
FA Cup – This weekend was the fourth round of the FA Cup. While there were no major upsets, there were some great performances. Manchester United started the weekend with a big win over Derby County. Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all dominated their games. Only two games ended in a draw to force a replay were Liverpool vs. West Ham and Petersborough United vs. West Bromwich Albion. The major talking point from the weekend is that Chelsea and Manchester City have drawn each other in the fifth round and this should make for a fascinating match.
Goal of the Weekend
For my goal this weekend, I am going with a fantastic piece of play from the Atletico vs. Barcelona game. While I could have gone with either Barcelona goal, I am picking Koke’s goal and the great pass from Saul Niguez.
What to Watch This Weekend
This weekend there are Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1, and Copa del Rey games. Here is one game to watch in each of these competitions.
- Montpellier vs. Olympique Marseille – Ligue 1 – Tuesday
- Arsenal vs. Southampton – EPL – Tuesday
- Lazio vs. Napoli – Serie A – Wednesday
- Barcelona vs. Valencia – Copa del Rey semifinal match – Wednesday