Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs. Wolfsburg (live, Sunday, 11 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Wolfsburg are simply an unstoppable force at the moment and while it is probably asking too much to suggest they could catch defending champions Bayern Munich, they are looking nailed-on for the runners-up spot thanks to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and his colleagues. But Werder Bremen are no pushovers. Their five-match winning sequence was ended by Schalke last weekend, but the 1-1 draw kept their run going. With just five points separating Werder Bremen from fourth-placed Schalke, there is plenty at stake.
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La Liga: Real Madrid vs. Villarreal (live, Sunday, 3 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Villarreal continue with the good work from last season this time around and are still in the hunt for a UEFA Champions League place. The Yellow Submarine are just six points off fourth-placed Valencia, and were unlucky not to beat Barca at Camp Nou at the start of February. Unfortunately, this weekend they come up against a Real Madrid side buoyed by Barcelona’s defeat by Malaga which has left Carlo Ancelotti’s men four points clear. This could be a tighter game than most people expect.
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La Liga: Sevilla vs. Atletico Madrid (live, Sunday 1 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: One of the best games of the weekend in Spain takes place in Andalucia’s capital where Sevilla host an Atletico Madrid side six points off the top of La Liga and back from a disappointing defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. Sevilla’s recent form has been mediocre, three defeats from their last four games but they remain the only unbeaten side in La Liga which should make for a cracking contest against the current champions.
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La Liga: Granada vs. Barcelona (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Barcelona may have been superior to Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League this week but their 2-1 win still can’t disguise the fact they came up short against Malaga in La Liga -- a 1-0 home defeat which ended Barca’s 11-match winning run in all competitions and left them four points behind leaders Real Madrid. That said, Granada are no Malaga. Second from bottom and with just one win from their last 20 league games, the signs don’t look good for the Andalucians. Oh, and Barcelona won the reverse fixture at Camp Nou 6-0 in September when Neymar scored a hat-trick. Yikes!
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Premier League: Manchester United vs. Sunderland (live, Saturday, 11 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: The excuses have to stop. Louis van Gaal described Swansea as “lucky” to have won last weekend and claimed it was “amazing” his United side had lost. Bafétimbi Gomis was “offside” for the winner when he clearly wasn’t. The list goes on. This weekend's excuse has already been written. United will be without Robin van Persie, although the way he has been playing recently many consider that a relief. Instead, Radamel Falcao will get his chance to impress up front and hopefully get the permanent deal he wants. Last season, Sunderland beat United at Old Trafford as part of an incredible series of results that kept them in the Premier League. Could lightning strike twice?
Reasons to watch: The only way is up for Dortmund ahead of this weekend’s derby against Schalke. Jurgen Klopp’s men were in serious danger of being relegated from the Bundesliga, one year after finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich, but how times have changed. Three wins in a row have propelled BVB from the bottom of the table to 12th and are now just eight points off an UEFA Europa League spot. Schalke are clinging on to the last UEFA Champions League spot so this is a game they could have done without.
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Premier League: Arsenal vs. Everton (live, Sunday, 9:05 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: Everyone -- including Arsene Wenger -- agrees that Arsenal were abysmal against Monaco this week when all expectations were that the north Londoners could break their annoying habit of being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. That isn’t going to happen although no doubt the Gunners will put up a brave performance and go out on the away goals rule. Third-placed Arsenal, a point ahead of their FA Cup quarterfinal opponents Manchester United, can now concentrate on the Premier League -- starting against an Everton side that have been disappointing this season.
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Premier League: Liverpool vs. Manchester City (live, Sunday, 7 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: How times have changed for Liverpool. In December, the Reds were looking at a mid-table finish and the future of manager Brendan Rodgers was being questioned. Liverpool are now unbeaten in 10 Premier League games and have realistic hopes of finishing in the top four. It would take some shock results for the Merseysiders to be in that position after the weekend but you never know. Stevan Jovetic -- remember him? -- scored twice in City’s 3-1 win against Liverpool in August. Revenge is on the minds of the Reds, but City can take advantage of Premier League free weekend for Chelsea by moving to within two points of the Blues. It’s a crucial match for both teams.
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Serie A: Roma vs. Juventus (live, Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: It’s the big one in Italy as the top two sides in Serie A clash at the Olimpico. Because Roma were involved in a fiery Europa League match on Thursday against Feyenoord, whose rioting fans damaged the recently restored Barcaccia fountain in the first leg, the match will take place on Monday. Hopefully, the Eternal City will be left intact for the visit of Juve, who are 11 points clear at the top. Both sides will be buoyant. Roma beat Feyenoord to reach the Round of 16, while Juventus -- courtesy of goals by Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata -- defeated Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.
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Capital One League Cup: Chelsea vs. Tottenham (live, Sunday, 11 a.m. ET)
Reasons to watch: England's first major trophy will be decided this weekend when Chelsea and Tottenham go head to head in an all-London Capital One League Cup final. One major player that will be missing is Nemanja Matic, who is suspended for pushing Burnley’s Ashley Barnes. The last encounter between the sides was a New Year’s Day cracker in which Harry Kane’s double helped Spurs to a 5-3 win. These two teams don’t like each other at all so expect more fireworks come Sunday.