Five unmissable football matches today | Soccer News

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There is just one week left after the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the final round of fixtures being played this weekend before the world’s top leagues pause for the tournament.

As we look forward to a busy day of final matches, we pick the top five matches to watch today:

Atalanta against Inter Milan

Where: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo

When: 11:30 a.m. (11:00 a.m. GMT)

  • Atalanta’s current form: LLWLWD
  • Current form of Inter Milan: WLLWWW

Inter will make the short trip to Bergamo following a 6-1 thrashing of Bologna in midweek.

Although level on points, Inter will like their chances, having not lost to Atalanta in seven games. Atalanta have been in a difficult period of form recently, losing three of their last four Serie A games.

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku will miss today’s match with a thigh injury. However, with Lautaro Martínez currently second top scorer in Serie A and Dzeko, Dimarco and Çalhanoğlu scoring on Wednesday, Inter will feel confident in their attacking options.

Federico Dimarco scored a brace against Bologna in midweek [MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP]

SC Freiburg vs. FC Union Berlin

Where: Europa Park Stadium, Freiburg

When: 4:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Current form of SC Freiburg: LWDWDW
  • Current form of FC Union Berlin: DLWWWL

Both of these teams have exceeded expectations so far this season.

Union Berlin have been impressive at home, picking up huge wins against Borussia Dortmund and drawing with league leaders Bayern Munich. On the road, however, they suffered terrible performances, including a 5-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen last week.

Freiburg will be craving their chances today despite losing to a surging RB Leipzig in midweek. They recently topped their Europa League group which means they automatically qualify for the Round of 16. Union Berlin will face Ajax in the Europa League qualifiers after finishing second in their group.

Olympiacos – AEK Athens

Where: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus

When: 5:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. GMT)

  • Current form of Olympiacos: WDLWDW
  • Current form of AEK: WDWWWW

Olympiacos will be looking to close the gap to four points with second-placed AEK Athens when the two meet in what promises to be a heated Super League clash on Sunday.

The two Athens-based clubs have a fierce rivalry, and today will be no different as they both head into the World Cup break in pursuit of league leaders Panathinaikos, another team based in Athens.

Olympiacos recently pulled out of the Europa League, finishing bottom of their group with just two points.

AEK Athens haven’t beaten their rivals since February 2018.

Olympiacos recently signed the free transfer of Colombian 2014 World Cup hero James Rodríquez from Qatari club Al-Rayyan. Brazilian Marcelo also joined the Greek side this season from Real Madrid in September.

AS Monaco against Olympique de Marseille

Where: Louis II Stadium, Monaco

When: 7:45 p.m. (7:45 p.m. GMT)

  • Current form of Monaco: WWWDLD
  • Current form of Marseille: WLDLL

The Monegasques will host a Marseille side who have been in erratic form lately.

Marseille, who hadn’t won since October 12, beat Lyon last weekend in a resolute performance. Despite a fiery defense, they feared they could only manage two shots on target. Marseille main striker Alexis Sánchez has only scored four goals this season.

Monaco have won their last three games and will be looking to overtake Marseille, with whom they are level on points.

Juventus vs Lazio

Where: Juventus Stadium, Torino

When: 7:45 p.m. (7:45 p.m. GMT)

  • Current form of Juventus: WWLWLW
  • Current form of Lazio: WWLLWW

Lazio will be looking to capitalize on this crestfallen Juventus side who have seen nearly a decade of Serie A dominance slip away in the past two seasons.

Both teams have won their last two Serie A games, but both left their respective European competitions earlier in the month. Lazio finished third in their European League, while Juventus finished third in their Champions League group.

Juventus are missing several key players, including their top scorer this season, Dusan Vlahovic and Paul Pogba.

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