March 20, 2023
Five soccer games to keep an eye on today

Five soccer games to keep an eye on today

Flamengo versus Athletico Paranaense

Where: Monumental Stadium in Guayaquil, Ecuador
When: 20:00 GMT

For the third straight year, two Brazilian sides will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores.

Two-time winners Flamengo lost the final to Palmeiras last year after a defensive error in extra time resulted in a goal.

The Rio de Janeiro side go into tonight’s game with confidence after overcoming Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield 6-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

Athletico Paranaense, who last reached the final in 2005, defeated holders Palmeiras 3-2 on aggregate.

Flamengo boast a more quality squad including Arturo Vidal, David Luiz and Filipe Luís.

Athletico Paranaense is managed by former national coach Felipe Scolari.

The two sides last met in August at the Copa do Brasil, where Flamengo triumphed 1-0 over two games.

Liverpool vs Leeds

Where: Anfield, Liverpool, UK
When: 18:45 GMT

The out-of-form Leeds travel to Anfield in a crucial game for the Reds, who are eighth after 11 games.

Despite an impressive 3-0 away win at Ajax in the midweek Champions League, the Reds face a 1-0 defeat at bottom Nottingham Forest last Saturday.

It’s a must for Jurgen Klopp as Leeds have lost their last four Premier League games. A win would see the Reds close the gap at the top of the Premier League, but a loss could see them drop to the bottom half of the table.

Liverpool beat Leeds 6-0 when the teams last met in February.

Valencia vs Barcelona

Where: Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
When: 19:00GMT

Barcelona will look to continue their good form in La Liga, where they have won nine of their last ten games to keep the pressure on leaders Real Madrid.

The Catalan side will be eager to put a humiliating 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League behind them as they meet a Valencia side who have been without a win in their last three games.

Valencia, currently ninth in La Liga, will be hoping for starman Edison Cavani to make the difference. The Uruguayan forward has scored in the last three games.

Barcelona beat Valencia 4-1 in their last meeting in February, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick.

Brighton vs. Chelsea

Where: Falmer Stadium, Brighton, UK
When: 14:00 GMT

Graham Potter will return to Brighton today with his former club having picked up just two points from their last five games.

The south coast side have not won a single game since Roberto De Zerbi took over from Potter, who is currently unbeaten as Chelsea manager.

Brighton, who have made a promising start to the season, are currently ninth in the league. Chelsea are fifth, behind Newcastle on goal difference.

Four of the last five competitive games between the two clubs have ended in a draw.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund

Where: Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
When: 16:30 GMT

In-form Frankfurt will look to defend their place in the top four against Dortmund, who are a point behind them in the Bundesliga.

Frankfurt will be confident after beating Marseille in the Champions League in midweek. They now have four straight wins in all competitions, including a 5-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Dortmund drew 0-0 from Man City in the Champions League. They’ve seen an erratic form of late league defeats to Union Berlin and Cologne, but also a 4-1 win at Sevilla and a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich.

The two teams last met in January, where Dortmund won 3-2.

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