This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

Whether you’re looking for a tasty looking tie to watch in one of Europe’s top leagues or fancy following something more obscure, we’re here every Friday, selecting the best games FotMob has to offer over the weekend.


🍽 Friday Night

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 You know we love a derby so there’s no better place to start than err… Derby where Wayne Rooney’s side take on local rivals Nottingham Forest. Both sides might be in the midst of an indifferent season – Derby sit in 18th, with Forest two points above them but surely they’ll both raise their game for the big one?

🇩🇪 The form side in the Bundesliga – Eintracht Frankfurt go to Werder Bremen looking to extend their run of five consecutive wins, a run that included that 2-1 victory over Bayern last weekend. Another three points tonight would take them 3rd in the table just four points behind the reigning champions.

🇪🇸 And in Spain, Levante meet Athletic Club in a warm-up for what is surely a much more important fixture between the same sides coming up on Wednesday. This game is their second meeting of the season in La Liga whilst next week, they play again in the return leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. That tie stands at 1-1 as Levante look to reach what would be their first major final – albeit they still claim a cup won during the dark days of the Spanish Civil War.


🔥 Saturday

🇪🇸 Staying in Spain, it’s a massive weekend for the sides at the top of La Liga as including Monday’s meeting between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, all of the current top six play another side in the top six. Tomorrow, it’s Sevilla vs. Barcelona, with Barcelona having just leapfrogged Sevilla into third following their midweek win over Elche.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Perhaps the key fixture in the Premier League also comes on Saturday as Manchester City face Champions League challenging West Ham United. There’s a sentence it still feels a little strange to write.

🇩🇪 In the Bundesliga, there’s a chance for Bayern to get back to winning ways against FC Köln. That will be especially important as RB Leipzig are waiting in the wings to take over at the top of the table, should the Bavarians suffer another unlikely slip-up. Leipzig host Gladbach in the day’s headline match in Germany.

🇵🇹 Now, it’s probably too early to call this – particularly because of FC Porto and Benfica’s monopoly on the Primeira but the meeting between Porto and runaway leaders Sporting could define the season in Portugal. Win and Sporting will extend their lead, over Porto to 13 points as they look to become the first side to wrestle the title away from the big two since they themselves last triumphed 19 years ago.

🌏 And there’s good news for fans of Asian football this weekend as both the J League and K League return to the app with the advent of the new seasons in Japan and South Korea respectively.


🛌 Sunday

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 There’s a Premier League bonanza on Sunday, with five top flight games on offer. Chelsea vs. Manchester United is the obvious stand-out but there’s something for everyone in the other games as well.

🇮🇹 After last weekend’s emphatic derby win that saw Inter overtake Milan at the top of the table in Italy, Sunday will see them looking to consolidate their position with a win over Genoa. For their part, Milan probably have the bigger game as they go to fourth placed Roma.

🇳🇱 The Eredivisie gives us something to look forward to with De Topper, the rivalry between PSV Eindhoven and Ajax set to be top of the agenda on Sunday afternoon. As you may imagine, these two giants of Dutch football sit 2nd and 1st in the table, with Ajax having the potential to open up a nine point gap with a victory in this one.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 In Scotland, Sunday sees the League Cup Final played at Hampden Park. Two of the countries less familiar sides are competing for the honours – Livingston, who did win this competition back in 2004 and St. Johnstone who’s only major honour to date came in the Scottish FA Cup as recently as 2014.

🇧🇷 The schedule for the football season in Brazil is mad at the best of times but during the pandemic, that’s increasingly been the case. The overrunning league championship only ended on Thursday night and a lot of the State Championships – usually played ahead of the next league season are now underway. And for Grêmio and Palmeiras, there’s also the added pressure of the two-legged 2020 Copa do Brasil Final – the first leg of which is being held in Porto Alegre on Sunday evening.


If you want to follow any of the games mentioned above, click on the relevant link and tap the bell icon to receive all the key match updates.

Or join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to discuss all the important football going on this weekend!

Posted by Bill Biss
This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

Whether you’re looking for a tasty looking tie to watch in one of Europe’s top leagues or fancy following something more obscure, we’re here every Friday, selecting the best games FotMob has to offer over the weekend.


🍽 Friday Night

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 On what looks like a busy evening around Europe’s top leagues, there’s even a Premier League game to enjoy as the ever entertaining Leeds United go to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Only four teams have scored more than the Yorkshire club this season, and only one side has conceded as many so either way, you should be guaranteed some goals.

🇪🇸 In La Liga, Real Betis have a similarly poor defensive record – in fact, they have the worst in the division yet currently sit 7th in the table. So again, tonight’s home tie with Getafe promises goalmouth action!

🇮🇹 Elsewhere, there are two games in Serie A; Spezia, who beat Milan last weekend go to Fiorentina and there’s a six pointer as Cagliari, who sit in the relegation zone host Torino, the team just above them.

🇫🇷 And in France, where the table is getting very congested – Lyon travel to Brest. A win will take them top on goal difference, at least until Lille play on Sunday, when PSG, fresh from their heroics at Camp Nou also feature with a game against Monaco – the side currently trying to make the Ligue 1 title race a four-way battle.


🔥 Saturday

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Tomorrow, the weekend’s derby day theme really kicks in – not least in the Premier League where Everton take a stroll across Stanley Park to face Liverpool. Now, the Toffees may not have won at their neighbours since 1999 – one of the more famous aspects of what is seen as something of a one-sided rivalry but surely this season they stand a chance!? Just three points separate the two going into this one.

Amongst the other games tomorrow – Chelsea, unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel face Southampton and there’s another six pointer as Fulham and Sheffield United meet at Craven Cottage.

🇩🇪 One of the Bundesliga’s biggest derbies also takes place on Saturday – the Revierderby between Schalke 04 and arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund. The home side’s difficulties this season have been well documented (they have just one win to their name) but where there’s hope, there’s a way. And that hope will be that the Dortmund side who’ve been struggling in the league over recent weeks is the side that turns up – and not the Dortmund side who really turned up to win at Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Leaders Bayern München also have a big game as they visit in-form Eintracht Frankfurt. Sitting 10 points back but third in the table, Frankfurt are unbeaten in 10 league games and in André Silva, they boast arguably the league’s most in-from striker. He has 9 goals in his last 8 games, a record even better than Robert Lewandowski, who has only scored 7 over the same period!

🇪🇸 Back to La Liga and it’ll be a case of Déjà vu for leaders Atlético Madrid. They face Levante at home, just 4 days after playing them away in what was a rearranged game from earlier in the season. That one finished 1-1, so Atleti won’t want to drop points again. Especially with Madrid also in action at Valladolid.


🛌 Sunday

🇮🇹 In terms of world football, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Derby della Madonnina. But this meeting between Milan and Inter has extra significance, especially just a few weeks after that clash between Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimović. And especially because, for the first time in a while – the two Milan clubs are directly competitors for the title, separated by just a point at the top.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The Premier League fixtures for Sunday look pretty good as well, with all four games having some impact on proceedings at the business end of the table. The headliner is perhaps Manchester City’s away game at Arsenal and the latest meeting between Pep Guardiola and apprentice, Mikel Arteta.

But there’s also the heated London Derby between West Ham and Spurs, Leicester’s trip to Villa and the day ends with Manchester United against Newcastle United at Old Trafford. Where the question will be, can anyone stop Bruno Fernandes?

🇧🇷 Lastly, we wanted to point you in the direction of the potential title decider in Brazil’s Serie A. In the penultimate round of games, leaders Internacional go to last season’s defending champions Flamengo, the only side who can stop them from winning what would be their first title since way back in 1979.


If you want to follow any of the games mentioned above, click on the relevant link and tap the bell icon to receive all the key match updates.

Or join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to discuss all the important football going on this weekend!

Posted by Bill Biss
🏆 The FotMob Champions League TOTW

🏆 The FotMob Champions League TOTW

Kylian’s legendary performance leads the way


Two stars signaled they’re ready to take the throne this week, and it’s no surprise that Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland were our two top-rated players.

There are also three spots for Liverpool representatives from their cathartic 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

Who caught your eye this week? Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know in the replies on Twitter.

Posted by Curt Baker
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The FotMob EPL TOTW

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The FotMob EPL TOTW

Aubameyang’s first Arsenal hat-trick earns him a 9.7


Somehow, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick against Leeds on Sunday was his first for Arsenal — a quiz question we definitely would have gotten wrong.

Otherwise, we have three places for Man City players as Ilkay Gündogan continued his scintillating form against Spurs. He picked up an injury in the second half, but will hopefully only miss tonight’s match versus Everton.

Who caught your eye this week? Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know in the comments on Instagram.

Posted by Curt Baker
This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

Whether you’re looking for a tasty looking tie to watch in one of Europe’s top leagues or fancy following something more obscure, we’re here every Friday, selecting the best games FotMob has to offer over the weekend.


🍽 Friday Night

🇩🇪 With Bayern beating a hasty retreat from Qatar having become Club World Champions during the week, attention will be elsewhere in the Bundesliga during the next few days. And tonight, we’ll see how RB Leipzig, their nearest challengers on the domestic front get on at home to Augsburg. A win would cut Bayern’s lead in the table down to four points.

Elsewhere in Europe’s top leagues, La Liga gives us the game between Celta Vigo, who drew with Atlético last time out and struggling Elche whilst Bologna and Benevento will be going at it in Serie A.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The WSL throws up a Manchester Derby, a rare treat for a Friday night. Going in to the game, United lead City by two points with the clubs sitting 2nd and 3rd in the league respectively. A win for United would take them level on points with Chelsea at the top, something City will want to avoid considering they have title ambitions of their own.

🏆 And having just watched arch-rivals Al Ahly finish 3rd at the Club World Cup, Egyptian side Zamalek are in action as the group stages of the CAF Champions League get underway. The Cairo neighbours faced each other in the final last season and Zamalek are looking to go one better this time around.


🔥 Saturday

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The Premier League leaders Manchester City will be headlining tomorrow’s action in England’s top league against Spurs, who’ve hopefully recovered from their epic 5-4 defeat in the FA Cup at Everton.

Also coming up on Saturday, 3rd placed Leicester City take on 4th placed Liverpool with the away side looking to salvage their season after a run of four defeats in their last six.

🇮🇹 The big game in Italy is the grudge match between Napoli and Juventus. Direct title rivals in recent seasons, things are a little different this year with Napoli seemingly on the slide and Juve finding some form to challenge the Milan clubs at the top of the table. Just last month, Juve beat Napoli 2-0 in the Supercoppa thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.

🇪🇸 Three of the current top 4 all play in La Liga with Atlético travelling to Granada looking to extend / protect their five point advantage over the sides below.

Sevilla, who triumphed over Barcelona in the 1st leg of their Copa Del Rey semi-final during the week host Huesca knowing that bettering Barcelona’s result again tomorrow will see them go above Barça in the league table. For their part, the Catalans welcome Alavés to Camp Nou.

🇫🇷 As in Italy, France’s Ligue 1 title race is not exactly sticking to the script with both PSG and Lyon playing catch-up as Lille lead the way.


🛌 Sunday

🇪🇸 On Sunday, under pressure boss, Zinedine Zidane will be hoping that his Real Madrid side back up the recent wins over Huesca and Getafe when they face Valencia.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 There’s another four fixtures lined up in the Premier League – Manchester United are at strugglers West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal go up against Leeds United, Fulham travel to Everton and Southampton play Wolves, just a couple of days after dumping them out of the FA Cup.

🇮🇹 Inter versus Lazio is the big Sunday night game in Serie A and having seen their Coppa Italia ambitions peter out in aggregate defeat at Juve in the week, Inter will be hoping that their challenge for the Scudetto doesn’t go the same way.

🇦🇷 And in Argentina, yet another season format gets underway. After the last regular league season ended in March 2020 and the interim tournament finished in January – the Liga Profesional were left with a hole in the calendar, not wishing to squeeze in a league campaign before this summer’s Copa America. Instead, they’ve now come up with another league cup competition for the top division of 26 teams.

Champions Boca Juniors kickstart their latest title defence against Gimnasia La Plata.


If you want to follow any of the games mentioned above, click on the relevant link and tap the bell icon to receive all the key match updates.

Or join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to discuss all the important football going on this weekend!

Posted by Bill Biss
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The FotMob EPL TOTW

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The FotMob EPL TOTW

Three City players shine after 4-1 demolition of Liverpool


Each of Man City’s goalscorers in their 4-1 win over Liverpool feature in this week’s TOTW, with Ilkay Gündogan missing out on a higher rating because of his missed penalty (highlights).

The top two ratings went to the Newcastle pair of Miguel Almirón and Allan Saint-Maximin as the former scored twice while the latter had two assists.

Who caught your eye this week? Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know in the comments on Instagram.

Posted by Curt Baker
🇪🇸 The FotMob LaLiga TOTW

🇪🇸 The FotMob LaLiga TOTW

For once, no place for Messi!


Four players in our TOTW scored braces to earn ratings of 8.9 or higher.

23-year-old Mikel Oyarzabal earned the top rating with two goals in Real Sociedad’s 4-1 win over Cadiz, while his teammate Alexander Isak also bagged a brace for an 8.9 rating.

Elsewhere, Luis Suárez remains LaLiga’s top scorer with 16 goals this season, as he scored two against Celta Vigo, while Raphael Varane did the same for Real Madrid against Huesca.

Who caught your eye this week? Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know in the comments on Instagram.

Posted by Curt Baker
This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

This Weekend: Everything you need to know in 5 minutes

Whether you’re looking for a tasty looking tie to watch in one of Europe’s top leagues or fancy following something more obscure, we’re here every Friday, selecting the best games FotMob has to offer over the weekend.


🍽 Friday Night

🇩🇪 72 hours before Bayern are due to take their place as UEFA’s representatives in the FIFA Club World Cup, the European Champions have domestic matters to attend to – namely this evening’s game at Hertha. The Berlin club are on a 5-game winless run and Bayern will be keen to leave the country with their comfortable lead in the table in tact.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The English Championship provides a top of the table clash, with leaders Norwich going up against 3rd placed Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. The Welsh side sit 5 points back but do have a game in hand on their promotion rivals.

🇮🇹 There’s also a big game lined up in Italy, where Inter travel to Fiorentina knowing that a win would take them top of Serie A going into the weekend fixtures. The home side’s form has been a little patchy of late but they do of course boast Franck Ribéry, who was on the scoresheet against Torino last weekend.


🔥 Saturday

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 There’s 5 Premier League games to keep us on our toes tomorrow, with the day topped and tailed by the lunchtime kick-off at Villa Park, where Arsenal are the visitors and the late kick-off, which sees Manchester United take on Everton.

In between, we’ll get to see how Southampton recover from their midweek humiliation at Newcastle.

🇩🇪 Fierce local rivals, Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Köln’s meeting in the Rhine Derby is the pick of the Bundesliga fixtures this weekend. Elsewhere, Leverkusen face Stuttgart, still licking their wounds after defeat in the DFB Pokal and Borussia Dortmund play away at entertaining Freiburg.

🇮🇹 Forth play third in Serie A as Juventus host Roma looking to overtake the side from the capital and close in on the two Milan clubs at the top. On paper Juve are in the middle of a crucial run of games – the two legged Derby d’Italia in the Coppa Italia sit either side of this fixture, then there’s an away trip to Napoli.

🇹🇷 And returning to the derby day theme, tomorrow also sees the seismic clash between Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray in Turkey’s Intercontinental Derby. A certain Mesut Özil made his debut for the home side as a second half substitute earlier in the week, so it’ll be interesting to see what level of involvement he has in this massive game.


🛌 Sunday

🇫🇷 Marseille vs. PSG, the biggest game in Ligue 1 is one of Sunday’s obvious highlights. And it comes during a period of high stress for L’OM. After a poor first half of the season, angry fans staged a violent attack on the training ground last weekend, causing the cancellation of Marseille’s fixture. Then manager, André Villas-Boas offered his resignation following the club’s deadline day transfers dealings on Monday – stating he did not ask for the players that the club brought in. That led to his suspension by the board on Tuesday. After that, Marseille then threw away a 2-0 lead to draw at Lens in midweek, just when they could have done with a confidence building win.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The Premier League also offers up a key fixture as Liverpool entertain Manchester City. You probably know all about the recent form of both sides by it bears repeating – Liverpool have lost back-to-back home games against Burnley and Brighton, but seemed to be recovering some form in-between with wins at Spurs and West Ham. Meanwhile, City are unbeaten in 20 and have won 13 straight games in all competitions. This is going to be a big one in terms of the title race!

🏆 At the delayed 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, the first semi-final takes place with Palmerias, victorious in last weekend’s Copa Libertadores Final set to play Tigres, of Mexico. CONCACAF’s representatives in the competition have played in Qatar already this week, overcoming Asian champions Ulsan Hyandai thanks to a brace from their all-time record goalscorer, André-Pierre Gignac.


If you want to follow any of the games mentioned above, click on the relevant link and tap the bell icon to receive all the key match updates.

Or join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to discuss all the important football going on this weekend!

Posted by Bill Biss
The FotMob EPL TOTW

The FotMob EPL TOTW

Two-goal Salah leads the way.


The Liverpool trio of Mo Salah, Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago all earned ratings over 8.0 in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over West Ham.

A goal and two assists against Leicester led to an 8.9 rating for Patrick Bamford, while Callum Wilson’s double away to Everton earned him the third-highest rating of the week at 8.8.

Who caught your eye this week? Who was unlucky to miss out? Let us know in the replies on Twitter.

Posted by Curt Baker