5️⃣ spicy fixtures you must watch this weekend 🌶 | OneFootball

5️⃣ spicy fixtures you must watch this weekend 🌶

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

And here we are, we’ve reached the climax to the 2021/22 season for many leagues across Europe, and silverware is about to be dished out. Here’s what to look out for this weekend.

Heartbreak and joy on offer at Wembley

Spice rating: Mild 🌶

The English Football League playoffs are always a guarantee for drama which makes them a must-watch.

This weekend sees the first final take place at Wembley as Sunderland and Wycombe fight for a place in the Championship.

There was even a dose of theatrics about the way the Black Cats made it through to the final, with Patrick Roberts’ 93rd minute goal sealing a 2-1 aggregate win over Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals.

Sunderland are aiming to get back to the second tier for the first time in five years but there have been many false dawns before and Gareth Ainsworth’s industrious Wycombe side will be hoping to cause more Mackem tears in the capital.

Sunderland 2
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Full time

Rangers back to it at Hampden

Spice rating: Medium 🌶 🌶

Rangers will have to shake off their Europa League final heartbreak because there is another trophy to be won this weekend.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side saw off Celtic to book their place at Hampden, while their opponents Hearts also had the small matter of beating city rivals Hibernian to progress.

It’s been a long wait for Scottish Cup glory for both of these teams with Hearts’ last success coming in 2012, while Rangers haven’t lifted the trophy since 2009.

Van Bronckhorst will be praying that his men aren’t too psychologically and physically exhausted from the penalty shootout defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on Wednesday.

Rangers 2
Hearts 0
Full time

Title race reaches climax in Italy

Spice rating: Hot 🌶 🌶 🌶

The Serie A title will be remain in Milan this season … but the ribbons might be changing colours.

One of the most exciting title races in Italy in decades goes down to the final day and it’s the red and black half that have destiny in their own hands.

Due to a better head-to-head record, a draw will see Milan lift their first league championship since 2011.

Stefano Pioli’s side don’t have an easy task as they face a Sassuolo side that has beaten Inter and Juventus already this season, while also winning the reverse fixture between these two sides as the San Siro in November.

Inter fans will be waiting for good news while watching their team face Sampdoria. Which part of Milan will the title heading?

Sassuolo 0
Milan 3
Full time

Silverware on offer in Berlin

Spice rating: Fire 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶

History will be made in Berlin on Saturday as either SC Freiburg or RB Leipzig will win the DFB Pokal for the first time.

The competition has thrown up surprises from the off with Bayern Munich dumped out in a 5-0 mauling by Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second round while the semi-finals also consisted of the likes of Hamburg and Union Berlin.

So there is a unique element to the final at the Olympiastadion in the capital of Germany, with Freiburg having revenge in mind having missed out on a place in the Bundesliga top four to their opponents last weekend.

Leipzig do have the newly crowned Player of the Season Christopher Nkunku in their ranks, and with 34 goals to his name, you can imagine he will have some say in the destination of the trophy on Saturday.

SC Freiburg 1 (2)
RB Leipzig 1 (4)
Full time(Pens)

Barça to reclaim European crown?

Barcelona Women 1
Olympique Lyonnais Women 3
Full time

Spice rating: Insane 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶

Turin awaits.

The winner of the UEFA Women’s Champions League will be crowned on Saturday night with Barcelona aiming to reclaim their crown against the side that the previous three titles before them.

One thing that is guaranteed is goals as the Blaugrana have scored five or more goals in five of their last eight appearances, including in the two previous rounds.

Lluís Cortés’ side may be going into the game as heavy favourites but Lyon have proved they have the mettle required to be in the final, particularly after coming back from a first leg defeat to beat Juventus in the semi-finals.

Who will win the biggest prize in the women’s game?