Weekly Soccer Highlights (June 22-28)

This was a busy week in world football and it can be hard to keep track of all that is happening with games each day. Here are the best and most important highlights that you want to watch from each of Europe’s top four leagues (no spoilers).

Top 5

Top 5 Matches of the Week

Atalanta vs. Lazio

Wednesday, June 24 A win for Lazio would put them a point behind league-leaders Juventus. Atalanta is tough opposition though, as they are the highest-scoring team in Serie A and one of the most entertaining sides in Europe. They are fighting to maintain their place in the top four to qualify Champions League football next year.

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Chelsea vs. Manchester City

Thursday, June 25 A Manchester City loss or draw would seal the Premier League title for Liverpool. Frank Lampard’s Chelsea sit in 4th and dropping points could be detrimental as Manchester United and Wolves sit close behind in the table.

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Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona

Saturday, June 27 Barcelona is in a fierce title race with rivals Real Madrid and taking all 3 points from each game is crucial down the closing stretch of the season. 17th place Celta Vigo is coming off back-to-back wins, including a 6-0 thrashing of Alaves, and sit a comfortable 7 points above the regulation zone.

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Werder Bremen vs. FC Köln

Saturday, June 27 In the last matchday of the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen need a win and a Fortuna Düsseldorf loss to Union Berlin to avoid relegation. They could also be saved with a win by 4 or more goals and a Fortuna Düsseldorf draw. Werder Bremen has not been relegated from Germany’s top flight for 39 years.

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Sassuolo vs. Hellas Verona

Sunday, June 28 Hellas Verona is looking to bounce back from a midweek loss to Napoli, which was a huge match between sides that are fighting for European football. Sassuolo is a mid-table side that drew with Inter Milan 3-3 at the San Siro a few days earlier.

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Bundesliga

Bundesliga

Union Berlin vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf

Saturday, June 27 A win for Fortuna Düsseldorf would secure their place in the relegation play-off spot. A tie would most likely hold their place in the table as well unless Werder Bremen win by four or more goals.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Hertha Berlin

Saturday, June 27 Borussia Mönchengladbach would secure their spot in the Champions League with a win or a draw.

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Borussia Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim

Saturday, June 27 Dortmund has 2nd place secured and Hoffenheim will either take 6th or 7th place in the table, depending on the results of this game and Wolfsburg’s match against Bayern Munich.

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Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich

Saturday, June 27 Bayern have already clinched the Bundesliga title but look to end the season in style against a solid Wolfsburg team that has qualified for the Europa League next year.

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La Liga

La Liga

Villarreal vs. Sevilla

Monday, June 22 This is a crucial matchup for both teams as Sevilla sit 4th in the table and Villareal is not far behind. Top four in La Liga qualify for the Champions League.

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Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao

Tuesday, June 23 Barcelona is level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the table and would like to grab all 3 points to put some pressure on Los Blancos.

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Real Madrid vs. Mallorca

Real Madrid need all 3 points to keep up with Barcelona at the top of the table, while Mallorca would love 3 points of their own to fight out of the drop zone.

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Espanyol vs. Real Madrid

Sunday, June 28 Real Madrid could go top of the table with a win over bottom-of-the-table Espanyol.

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EPL

English Premier League

Manchester United vs. Sheffield United

Wednesday, June 24 Both clubs sit outside the top four but are aiming to qualify for Champions League football. Every point matters as potentially the top five in the Premier League will qualify if Manchester City get banned from the tournament for financial violations.

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Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace

Wednesday, June 24 Liverpool look to get one step closer to clinching their first EPL title and first English top-flight title in 30 years.

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Southampton vs. Arsenal

Thursday, June 25 Arsenal look to bounce back from a nightmare week against a Southampton side coming off a win at Norwich.

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FA Cup

FA Cup

Norwich City vs. Manchester United

Saturday, June 27 FA Cup Quarterfinals

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Sheffield United vs. Arsenal

Sunday, June 28 FA Cup Quarterfinals

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Leicester City vs. Chelsea

Sunday, June 28 FA Cup Quarterfinals

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Newcastle vs. Manchester City

Sunday, June 28 FA Cup Quarterfinals

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Serie A

Serie A

Lecce vs. AC Milan

Monday, June 22 AC Milan is in contention for qualifying for Europa League football and needs to put together some wins to solidify their spot with Roma, Napoli, Hellas Verona, Parma, Cagliari, and Bologna all surrounding them in the table. Lecce is fighting to stay in Serie A and hovers around the drop zone.

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Bologna vs. Juventus

Monday, June 22 Juventus are top of the table by one point over Lazio in Serie A’s competitive title race. Bologna are one of the many teams aiming for Europa League qualification.

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Hellas Verona vs. Napoli

Tuesday, June 23 Both sides are neck-and-neck in the table and fighting for European football.

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Genoa vs. Parma

Tuesday, June 23 Genoa is fighting to stay in Serie A while Parma is looking to continue its successful season.

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Inter Milan vs. Sassuolo

Wednesday, June 24 Inter Milan sit 6 points behind league-leaders Juventus and likely need to win out to have any chance of winning the league.

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Juventus vs. Lecce

Friday, June 26 After Lazio lost to Atalanta earlier in the week, Juventus have an opportunity to take control of the title race with 3 points against Lecce.

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Lazio vs. Fiorentina

Saturday, June 27 Lazio need a win after losing their previous match to Atalanta, putting them four points behind Juventus. Fiorentina has had an underwhelming season and tied earlier in the week to Brescia.

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Roma vs. Milan

Sunday, June 28 Roma and AC Milan both head into the match having won earlier in the week. Roma sit ahead of Milan in the table by 9 points.

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Parma vs. Inter Milan

Sunday, June 28 Parma dominated in their early-week fixture against Genoa and hopes to continue their good form, while 3rd place Inter dropped points to Sassuolo on Wednesday.

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