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Milan derby leads top weekend attractions

Published: Friday 13 January 2012, 9.24CET
The Milan derby, first versus second in Cyprus and a chance for Tottenham Hotspur FC to go joint top in England are among this weekend's highlights, as UEFA.com picks out some key games.

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Published: Friday 13 January 2012, 9.24CET

Milan derby leads top weekend attractions

The Milan derby, first versus second in Cyprus and a chance for Tottenham Hotspur FC to go joint top in England are among this weekend's highlights, as UEFA.com picks out some key games.

Cyprus: AEL Limassol FC v AC Omonia (Saturday, 13.30)
AEL have surprised many with their strong start to the season. Regarded as one of the biggest clubs in Cyprus, they have nevertheless not won a major trophy since securing the Cypriot Cup in 1989. The summer arrival of coach Pambos Christodoulou breathed new life into a team who lie second, level on 34 points with Omonia at the summit. "They are two very good teams and I stress that it is just a game like any other," said Christodoulou, whose side boast the meanest defence in the league having conceded just three goals in 15 games. "We try to give our best and if we win we will be very happy. I think it will be decided on personal duels."

England: Tottenham Hotspur FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (Saturday, 16.00)
Tottenham can go level on points with leaders Manchester City FC, who are not in action until Monday, with a win against struggling Wolves. The hosts are in a rich vein of form and talk of a first title in 51 years is rife at White Hart Lane. "We go out there, no matter what the team is, and do the job," said midfielder Jake Livermore, who will look to retain his starting berth despite the impending return to fitness of Scott Parker. "We can [win the league], every test we have had in front of us in the last ten weeks we have come through." The visitors have won just once on their travels this term and are only a point above the relegation places but defender Richard Stearman remains optimistic. "It'll be hard, of course it will," he said. "But we are confident that we can pick something up from the trip."

Spain: Club Atlético de Madrid v Villarreal CF (Sunday, 12.00)
Atlético's domestic season has not been that much better than third-from-bottom Villarreal's so far, but there should be a bit of spark as these sides meet in Madrid, with home boss Diego Simeone up against one of his team-mates from Los Colchoneros' 1995/96 double-winning team, Yellow Submarine coach José Molina. The old comrades have been in charge of their respective teams for just one game – both earned draws last week – and will be eager to get one over on their opposite numbers this time out. "I really like Molina and he should get a good welcome, as he gave a lot for Atlético," said Simeone. "We will look to keep the tempo high and try to hurt them from the beginning."

Belgium: RSC Anderlecht v Club Brugge KV (Sunday, 14.30)
Since Christoph Daum replaced Adrie Koster as Club Brugge coach in November, the Blauw-Zwart have won five out of six and moved to within three points of their hosts at the summit. Although a trip to Les Mauves will be his toughest test yet, the German coach believes playing the 30-time Belgian champions will suit his team's style. "Now that we are not playing against a side that will build up a defensive wall against us, I think we will play better football," said Daum. "Actually, I would rather play against Anderlecht every week. Playing against the best is the fastest way to make progress."

Italy: AC Milan v FC Internazionale Milano (Sunday, 20.45)
After a disappointing start to the season, Inter have won seven of their last eight Serie A games and face Milan knowing victory would move them to within five points if their city rivals, who share top spot with Juventus. "They have more to lose than us because they are fighting for the title, while we are not yet," said Inter coach Claudio Ranieri, who has Wesley Sneijder back from injury. "We are having a good spell but our goal is to make the second derby of the season in the spring even more important than this one." The Rossoneri will go into the game as favourites having won ten of their last 12 and kept a clean sheet in seven of eight outings, but coach Massimiliano Allegri is reluctant to rule out Ranieri's men adding: "Inter are behind but can still compete for the title."

Portugal: SC Braga v Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sunday, 21.15)
There is little to separate Sporting and Braga, who are locked on 28 points and lie third and fourth respectively, with one game to go until the halfway stage in the Portuguese Liga. The latter will be buoyed by an unbeaten home record and having scored 13 goals in their last four games but Sporting have suffered just one defeat in their previous ten league matches and are determined to bridge the eight-point gap to Lisbon rivals SL Benfica at the top. "We want to go and win at Braga," said Sporting defender Emiliano Ínsua. "We are eight points away from Benfica, but we will now look to take the games one at a time."

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