World football is back and there is plenty of action tonight, overnight and in the morning to get you ready for the return of the Premier League next week.
La Liga returns tonight, joining a few other leagues including the Bundesliga and our old friend the Belarusian Premier League.
Here’s a look at five games that might get you through the next 10 hours or so
BARCELONA’S OTHER TEAM
–>Saturday night starts with a 10pm AEST La Liga match featuring Espanyol and Alaves.
Now you may not know much about either of these teams, but Espanyol is the Barcelona team that isn’t Barcelona. And they’re currently at the bottom of the ladder on 20 points.
Espanyol haven’t been out of the top flight since 1993 and fortunately they have some time to climb out of the relegation zone. Alaves sit in 14th place on 32 points and when the two teams met earlier in the season, they played to a 0 – 0 draw.
LOSER LEAVES TOWN MATCH
–>At 11:30pm AEST five Bundesliga matches kick off, but perhaps none more important than a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash.
Last place Paderborn are sitting on 20 points with just four games to play. It would take an unlikely set of circumstances for them to survive, but they have to beat Werder Bremen, who currently sit 17th on 25 points.
Bremen are six points from safety and while the odds of catching 15th place Mainz are slim, a win over Paderborn would be a step in the right direction.
POST-SOVIET CLASSIC: TORPEDO V DINAMO
–>From there it’s a 1am AEST flashback to Belarus, the league that got us through the darkest days of the pandemic.
Torpedo BelAZ, sponsored by the makers of massive mining dumptrucks, currently sit in 3rd place on 22 points. They host the defending champions Dinamo Brest, who started slowly, but have climbed to 5th following two straight wins where they’ve outscored their opponents 10-2.
THE SOON-TO-BE CHAMPS IN ACTION
–>At 2:30am AEST if you’re awake, it’s time for another masterclass from Bayern Munich as they take on Borussia Mönchengladbach.
They’ve all but locked up the Bundesliga title, but Bayern will play this one without leading scorer Robert Lewandowksi and veteran talisman Thomas Müller both out after earning too many yellow cards.
Mönchengladbach are currently in the fourth and final Champions League spot, but they’re level on points with Leverkusen., A slip up could see them fall into 5th and a Europa League berth.
MESSI! SUAREZ! GRIEZMANN!
–>And finally, why not wake up (or stay up) at 6am AEST and watch the debut of Lionel Messi and Barcelona as they take on 18th place Mallorca.
Barca currently hold a two-point lead over Real Madrid atop the La Liga table and while this shouldn’t be much of a contest, it will be great to see Messi, Suarez, Griezmann and the star studded Barcelona lineup back in action.