This weekend’s fixtures
When the weekend has arrived. You finally have some time to yourself. What better way to spend it than watching the footie? Here are a few matches you might want to consider tuning into over the weekend.
The UEFA Champions League
Final: Bayern vs PSG
Many of you reading this will have been keeping up with the Champions league. After Bayern’s 3-0 semi-final victory over Lyon on Wednesday, they will be going on to compete with Paris Saint-Germain for the Champions League cup this Sunday.
Both teams have won their semi-final matches 3-0, but the final may not have such a dominant victor. With both clubs so used to being the best on the field, watching how this match turns out, and who the eventual winner is, will make for a very exciting match.
Bayern has shown itself to be a dominant force, having won the Champions League 5 times previously as well as having 30 Bundesliga titles. With the club being over 100 years old, they are by far the more weathered opponent.
Bayern is strong on the offence, with their striker, Lewandowski, having scored 15 goals already in the Champions League, including in their last match against Lyon, where he scored Bayern’s third goal towards the very end of the match.
The midfield for Bayern is also very strong, with Müller being one of the greatest current players for his position.
PSG is a relatively new club, but received a massive boost since it was taken over in 2011 by Qatari Sports Investments. The takeover resulted in PSG receiving massively greater funding. This led to the team having much better players.
The club has had major success in French football. Within the last 6 seasons, they have claimed 4 domestic trebles in the last 6 seasons, securing their place as a dominant force.
The current team is strong in offence, with Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria upfront. This should prove a test for Bayern’s defence, who despite being strong, should be tested during this match. There is, however, speculation about the midfield, and in particular, the health about Marcos Veratti. There are no such worries about defense, as Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Kimpembe together make it very strong, but the goalkeeping is a concern, as they will probably have to go without their starting keeper, Keylor Navas and will instead have to use Sergio Rico.
Finally, the Final
It has been a long wait for the final, with the match originally being planned to be held in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul in late May, and now being relocated to the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. As well as being held on a different date, it is also being held on an unusual day of the week.
You may be used to watching the Champions League Final on a Saturday. That’s because it has not been hosted on any other day since 2009, and this game will be the first time ever it has been played on a Sunday.
Final: Sevilla vs Inter Milan
The Europa league will also conclude this weekend with the final Match set to kick off on Friday at 8:00pm between Sevilla and Inter Milan.
From the history of Sevilla, it looks like they have a good chance of winning it. They have gone to the finals three times, and each time it has ended with them winning the trophy.
Inter Milan is, however, the favourite to win this match. They are the stronger team, at least on paper, so they may take an early lead against the much safer style of play of Sevilla.
Whatever the result is, this could be a very interesting match between two quite different teams.
Scottish Premier League
The Scottish premier league is also on over the weekend if that’s what you watch.
The weekend viewing starts with the kick off of Motherwell vs Hamilton Academical, Rangers vs Kilmarnock and St Mirren vs Ross County at 3pm on Saturday, followed by Dundee United vs Celtic at 5:30pm.
There are also matches to watch on Sunday, with Aberdeen vs Livingstone on at 3pm, followed by St Johnstone vs Hibernian at 4:30pm
Irish Premier Division
For any fans of the Irish premier Division, there are matches on the whole weekend.
The weekend of football starts off on Friday at 5:45pm with Derry City vs Cork City and then Shamrock Rovers vs Shelbourne at 7:45pm.
Then on Saturday there’s Bohemians vs St Patrick’s Athletic at 2pm and Sligo Rovers vs Dundalk at 5pm.
To end the weekend Waterford are playing against Finn Harps at 2pm on Sunday.