Espanyol face off against Atletico Madrid in a La Liga encounter on Saturday, April 22. Madrid go into this fixture the better side, however, Espanyol will be seeking to take advantage of playing on their home turf.
Chelsea host Tottenham in the FA Cup this Saturday. With these two going head-to-head in the EPL, this promises to be an interesting encounter, as both sides will bring in their impressive form into the match for cup glory.
The El Clasico takes place on Sunday, April 23. A win for Barcelona will see the Catalans on the same number of points as Los Blancos who are leading the pack, however, Zinedine Zidane’s men will be a tough task.
Espanyol v Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
League rankings: Espanyol 9th & Atletico 3rd
Useful facts: Espanyol have won none and lost four of their last six against Atletico and Atletico have won six of their last seven La Liga games. But the Catalans have won six of their last seven home games and will put up a fight, having also won four of their last six in La Liga.
Siyabonga Nkosi: Atletico
Chelsea v Tottenham (FA Cup)
League rankings: Chelsea 1st & Tottenham 2nd (Premier League)
Useful facts: With the focus shifting from the league for both of these teams to the oldest competition in football, Chelsea will be happy to come in with a record of three consecutive FA Cup clean sheets. However, Tottenham are on an eight-match winning streak and, after two 4-0 wins over Watford and Bournemouth in the league, keeping their devastating attack from scoring will not be easy for Antonio Conte’s men.
Siyabonga Nkosi: Chelsea
Real Madrid v Barcelona (La Liga)
League rankings: Real Madrid 1st & Barcelona 2nd
Useful facts: Spain comes to a standstill on Sunday as the biggest derby in world football approaches. Real come into the game on a nine-match undefeated streak, also undefeated in 21 home games in La Liga. This is a title decider and Real will have fresher legs, considering that their Champions League tie will be played on Tuesday, while Barcelona’s will be played on Wednesday. Furthermore, three wins from their last six against the Catalans puts Zinedine Zidane’s men at a psychological advantage. But Barcelona have won 10 of their last 12 La Liga games and simply can’t be written off.
Siyabonga Nkosi: Real Madrid