European football and the Coronavirus: Serie A, La Liga postponed
The global escalation of the coronavirus has thrown European football into crisis mode. Italy has been one of the worst hit countries outside of China, with the whole nation on lockdown. That means there will be no Serie A games for the next few weeks, at least. This weekend would have seen some belting games, including Atalanta v Lazio and Hellas Verona v Napoli.
La Liga has been postponed also. That means the Seville Derby between Sevilla and Real Betis will have to wait.
Dortmund look to end poor home form in derby clash
The Ruhr Derby takes centre stage in Germany this weekend, as Dortmund host bitter rivals Schalke on Saturday. Borussia have not won the derby at the Westfallenstadion since 2015 but come into this game as heavy favourites. If they are to win this game in front of their own fans for the first time in four years, they will have to do it without captain, Marco Reus. His injury is a blow but considering Dortmund are priced at 1.40 to get three points against Schalke, the home side should have enough to take the bragging rights.
Steven Gerrard feels the heat in Old Firm Derby
The wheels have fallen off for Steven Gerrard and Rangers. They come into this weekend’s Old Firm Derby 13 points behind bitter enemies Celtic. Debate about Gerrard’s impact at Ibrox has raged for some time. The reality is that the gap between the two Glasgow clubs has not been breached. A defeat in the derby this weekend would reignite the debate.
Patrick Vieira faces PSG
European football continues in Ligue 1 this weekend, but the impact of the coronavirus is still being felt. All games will be played behind closed doors. The standout match sees Nice travel to PSG. OGC manager, Patrick Vieira drew on his last visit to the Parc des Princes but his side lost the other two matches he’s managed against the Parisians. Vieira’s men are undefeated in their last five away games.