Four football matches to watch this weekend

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Battle of the Stars: Remo Stars v Shooting Stars @Dipo Dina Stadium at 4pm on February 6

Just two weeks ago, the Shooting Stars languished in 16th position on the table, unable to win both home and away. A riotous act was read to the team to start play if not and they went on a three-game winning streak that took them to sixth place, just five points behind second-unbeaten Remo Stars. It’s a meeting of familiar faces as Edith Agoye takes on one of her coaching mentors at Gbenga Ogunbote.

Remo Stars have dropped points at the Dipo Dina Stadium in two of their five home matches and conceded their first goal at Ikenne against Rivers United in a Matchday 9 encounter on January 30.

Current form: Remo Stars: DDDWW; Shooting Stars: WWWLD

Face-to-face

7/19/17 NPF Remo Stars 1 – 1 Shooting Stars

02/25/17 NPF Shooting Stars 1 – 1 Remo Stars

Prediction: Remo Stars 0-0 Shooting Stars

Record winners against designated champions: Egypt against Senegal @Stade Omnisport Paul Biya at 8 p.m. on February 6

In four of their last five meetings, the winner of this contest has been just one goal clear, which could be history in Sunday’s final.

Seven-time champions Egypt could run out of gas after going to extra time in their last three matches; a 2-1 victory against Morocco and penalties against Cameroon and Ivory Coast. The Pharaohs have scored just four goals in their six AFCON matches.

Twice runners-up Senegal scored one goal in the group stage – a 97th-minute penalty against Zimbabwe and drew with Guinea and Malawi. But they have since returned to form, scoring eight goals in their last three. The Teranga Lions are seeking a first-ever AFCON title after recent heartbreak in 2002 and 2019.

Current form: Egypt: WWWW; Senegal: WWWDD

Face-to-face

15/11/14 ACO Egypt 0 – 1 Senegal

05/09/14 ACO Senegal 2 – 0 Egypt

07/02/06 ACO Egypt 2 – 1 Senegal

20/01/02 ACO Egypt 0 – 1 Senegal

05/05/01 WQA Egypt 1 – 0 Senegal

Prediction: Senegal 2-1 Egypt

The 230th Derby della Madonnina: Inter Milan vs AC Milan @San Siro at 6pm on February 5

Four points separate these rivals but defending champions Inter are one game less and have only one defeat in their last seven meetings against city rivals. Stefano Pioli is also hampered by the absences of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fikayo Tomori and Ante Rebic as they try to regain their excellent form from the start of the season.

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It’s a match between the top scorers in Serie A. Inter scored 53 goals while AC Milan scored 47 although Pioli’s men conceded more than 25 against 17 for the champions who played one game less. Simone Inzaghi is proving to be a shrewd replacement for Antonio Conte as he pursues his first Scudetto as manager.

Current form: Inter Milan: WWWW; AC Milan: DLWWW

Face-to-face

07/11/21 SEA AC Milan 1 – 1 Inter Milan

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21/02/21 SEA AC Milan 0 – 3 Inter Milan

26/01/21 COI Inter Milan 2 – 1 AC Milan

17/10/20 SEA Inter Milan 1 – 2 AC Milan

09/02/20 SEA Inter Milan 4 – 2 AC Milan

Prediction: Inter Milan 3-1 AC Milan

Inconsistent teams look for a way: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid @ Nou Camp @ 4:15 PM on February 6

It’s a match the two wouldn’t have wanted to play immediately after the mini-break as a negative result could totally derail the rest of the campaign. The two flounder in fourth and fifth places on the table and a Champions League spot next season is the realistic target for both managers – Xavi and Diego Simeone.

Barcelona had a good window in bringing back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore. Both players will add more speed to their attack, which has produced 32 goals in 21 matches. Atypical of a Simeone team, Atletico have conceded 26 goals this season. The defending champions conceded 25 over the whole of last season.

Current form: Barcelona: WLLDW; Atlético de Madrid: WLLDW

Face-to-face

02/10/21 LAL Atlético 2 – 0 Barcelona

08/05/21 LAL Barcelona 0 – 0 Atlético

21/11/20 LAL Atlético 1 – 0 Barcelona

06/30/20 LAL Barcelona 2 – 2 Atlético

09/01/20 SUC Barcelona 2 – 3 Atlético

Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico

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