This weekend we will be watching some MLS Playoff semi-final action, one very intriguing match-up from La Liga, an EPL classic fixture and one of the biggest derbies in the world taking place in Italy.
New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution
The New England Revolution surprised many by finishing 2nd in the Eastern conference and making it this far in the playoffs. And it doesn't get any easier when they face the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull arena this weekend. The New York club has already eliminated last year's champions Sporting Kansas City in the wild-card match and defeated the overall season leaders DC United over their two-leg quarter final meetings. Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips had scored three times for the Red Bulls in the past three matches, continuing his goal scoring dominance. But New England also looked very good in their quarter final competition with the Columbus Crew, defeating the club from Ohio 7-3 on aggregate.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders
It's first versus second of the Western Conference when Landon Donovan's Galaxy take on Clint Dempsey's Sounders in LA this weekend. Seattle got to the semis on the back of an away goal victory against Dallas, drawing both the home and away matches. The Galaxy on the other hand made their home fixture count. After drawing 0-0 with Real Salt Lake in Utah, the Galaxy won 5-0 at home with Robbie Keane getting on the score-sheet and Donovan putting 3 of his own on the board.
Barcelona vs. Sevilla
Only two points separate fifth place Sevilla and second place Barcelona before their meeting this weekend at Camp Nou. If Barcelona is to keep pace with league leading Real Madrid home wins are a must. But Sevilla who had won 7 of their first 11 matches presents a tough hurdle.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United
The fact that these usual top 4 finishers are sitting in sixth and seventh place does not make this fixture any less intriguing that any other year. Both are stacked with talent as always and need a big win to perhaps kick-start a winning run both clubs desire very much. For Arsenal the big question will be whether or not any of the other players will be able to keep up with the impressive form of the one member that seems to be the only one making any kind of effort, Chilean Alexis Sanchez. For United on the other hand the big issue since the start of the year has been their defense, and now it seems that goalkeeper David de Gea will also be sidelined for a few weeks. Whatever the outcome, this match is always an entertaining one.
AC Milan vs. Inter Milan
One of the biggest derbies in not only European but football around the world, the Derby della Madonnina goes this weekend at the San Siro. Neither Milan club is doing spectacularly well this season, but this won't stop the city from lighting up in what is usually a very bitter rivalry. Inter's bright spot this year has been Argentine striker Mauro Icardi who is sitting just 1 goal shy of the joint league leaders Carlos Tevez and Jose Callejon. For the hosts most eyes will be on Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda who had enjoyed a good spell since joining the Italian club from CSKA Moscow in the January transfer window earlier this year.