16 May, 2014 - 15:40

Top 4 matches to see this weekend: FA Cup final and more

With most of European championships all but over, there are still plenty intriguing matches to see in the upcoming weekend. Here is a short guide to the best fixtures.

Arsenal vs Hull City
An epic final for Arsene Wenger as he bids for the first trophy since 2005. The Gunners are starving for glory and will be over-motivated on Saturday night. They have no serious injury concerns and could field the strongest side but for long-time absentee Theo Walcott. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny spoke ahead of the clash:

“We want to win this trophy. The fans and all the people who love this club have waited a long time. When you play a final the most important thing is to win.
“I hope if we win the cup there will be less pressure and hopefully we can continue to play with our philosophy to help us win more trophies.”

However, the main task is to escape underestimating Steve Bruce’s squad after the images of a parade bus emerged several days earlier.

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Hull City captain Curtis Davies conceded The Tigers are eager to cause an upset in London:

“It’s about doing the work on the training ground. We have 22 players now that know what to do and we need to know our jobs and we hope we can do our jobs and beat Arsenal and cause an upset.”

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
The two German giants that took the top two places in 2013/2014 Bundesliga, face each other once again, this time in the final of DFB Pokal, or, simply, the German Cup. Pep Guardiola can win his third title during his first year in Bavaria, while Juergen Klopp might add the title to the Super Cup he had won back in August. Robert Lewandowski could play against his next employers for the last time. However, both clubs have a handful of injury concerns which could sideline a lot of leaders. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Mandzukic, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus are among them.
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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
90 minutes at Camp Nou that will tell the champions of 2013/2014 La Liga. Both sides have lost points in the last two games and left it late to decide the winner. Diego Simeone’s side only need a point to clinch the title for the first time since 1996, while Barcelona will be boosted by a new Lionel Messi contract that will tie him to the club and see the Argentine earn an estimated €20m a year.Gerard Pique and Victor Valdes are the only players missing for the hosts, while the Colchoneros will be able to field the strongest side.
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Juventus vs Cagliari
It is not that we don’t know the champions of Serie A or see some special derby. However, the the Old Lady, that failed in all other competitions this season, can set a benchmark by reaching an inredible 100 points at the end of the season. 102 in case of a victory. Unmotivated Cagliari, safe from relegation, do not seem as a serious obstacle for Antionio Conte and his players.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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16 May 2014, 15:46

Would be sorry for Arsenal fans if they lose again :)

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17 May 2014, 22:21

The club Atletico de Madrid, champion regardless of what happens. The main "culprit" of it - Diego Simeone

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