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Matches to watch this weekend (October 24/25)

Matches to watch this weekend (October 24/25)
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Madrid and London are in the center of attention in Europe, whereas River Plate and Boca Juniors are getting ready for the game of their lives in South America.

Atletico Madrid – Barcelona (Saturday, 20:45 CET)
Spain’s Primera hasn’t been this close at the top in a while. There are six teams within four points of each other, two of which are the opponents in this weekend’s best matchup in Europe’s top 5 leagues. When Atletico Madrid and Barcelona meet, they’ll jostle it out for first place. The break likely came at a good time for the visitors, as Barcelona’s players (including Leo Messi) needed some time to recuperate and regroup after the 4-3 home loss to Real Betis. Diego Simeone, on the other hand, is keeping his ship steady, as he usually does. Los Colchoneros haven’t been too convincing, but they have got the job done and are in third place coming into this contest. The teams look pretty even at the moment, so despite Barca’s domination in numbers on paper in previous games, we are likely headed for a draw. Whether that happens or not, tune in to find out on Saturday night.

Tottenham – Chelsea (Saturday, 18:30 CET)
Atletico vs. Barcelona is not the only entertaining match Saturday brings to us. Up north in London, the whites and the blues square off at Wembley when Tottenham host Chelsea. It is a battle of the third and fourth placed teams in the league, separated by one point. Chelsea are one of three undefeated Premier League squads, whereas Tottenham Hotspur are the only club without a single draw in 12 games played. Two of Tottenham’s three losses have come at Wembley and both of them were against the other two undefeated teams – Manchester City and Liverpool. From that aspect, this is a must-win for Chelsea, that is if Sarri and his men want to keep pace with the leading duo. They grabbed the win in this matchup last season, but overall, Chelsea have not had much success when facing Saturday’s adversary away from home, with only three victories in the last 27 visits. Therefore, Hazard and Co. will need to be on top of their games to get the best of Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

River Plate – Boca Juniors (Saturday, 21:00 CET)
Finally, we have South America’s grand final. After a first leg 2-2 draw, River Plate and Boca Juniors are headed for one of the most spectacular finals football has ever seen. The pressure is enormous on both sides, as a loss by either will be considered a huge failure by players and fans alike. There will be no consolation for the loser and no end to the winners’ joy. All calculations are out in a match such as this one. All previous results, performances, form, injuries, everything is out of the picture. The only thing that matters now is who has the courage to step up under the pressure and make a difference. If there was ever a game played on the South American continent you should watch, this is the one – the Copa Libertadores final second leg between eternal rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors at Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.

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