The beautiful game is back to normalcy after a prolonged absence.
The gods have finally answered our prayers – football is back! The return of the game started off with Bundesliga resuming their season in May, after which the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga made up their minds to come back as well.
Meanwhile, the French Ligue 1 and the Dutch Eredivisie was cancelled altogether while the UEFA Champions League and Europa League are still not expected to return anytime soon, and all the matches that will actually go ahead as planned will be played out behind closed doors by strictly adhering to the social distancing norms.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the ten most anticipated football matches in June 2020:
Juventus vs AC Milan (Coppa Italia semi-final second leg, June 12)
With AC Milan and Juventus playing out a 1-1 draw in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg held on February 13, the upcoming second leg on June 12 will decide who will play in the final on June 17.
Juventus have a slight advantage at this point, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s vital away goal scored in the dying moments of the first leg.
Napoli vs Inter Milan (Coppa Italia semi-final second leg, June 13)
In the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final held on February 12, Napoli managed to eke out a 1-0 win against Inter Milan thanks to Fabian Ruiz’s away goal in the second half.
The Nerazzurri hence finds themselves in dire straits, needing to score at least two away goals in the second leg so as to be able to play in the final four days later.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga, June 13)
Bayern Munich have a comfortable lead at the top of the Bundesliga table, but that doesn’t stop this from becoming a mouth-watering clash. In case you missed it, Monchengladbach won the reverse fixture in December 2019.
Another victory for Monchengladbach would help them maintain their position in the Bundesliga top-four and strengthen their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. If the Bavarians win, it will all but confirm their title win this season.
Manchester City vs Arsenal (Premier League, June 18)
With the Premier League expected to return in mid-June, we have been promised a lot more exciting fixtures and Manchester City vs Arsenal is one of them.
The title race is effectively over with Liverpool maintaining a wholesome 25-point lead at the top of the table, but both the Sky Blues and the Gunners will battle hard to win this one. It also involves Mikel Arteta facing his former superior Pep Guardiola and personally, we are interested to see how the protege will fair against his former master.
Real Madrid vs Valencia (La Liga, June 19)
After the Premier League announced their return a few days ago, La Liga also followed suit. On June 19, Real Madrid will face Valencia in what promises to be a fiery football game.
Only two points separate Barcelona from Los Blancos at the top of the table. Hence it is highly important for the latter to win this game. Valencia, meanwhile, will also look to steal a win and move into the European qualification spots on the table.
RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga, June 20)
Julian Nagelsmann’s impressive results with Hoffenheim resulted in RB Leipzig appointing him as Ralf Rangnick’s replacement in 2019. With Leipzig playing Borussia Dortmund on June 20, it can also be regarded as a game where one of Bundesliga’s best tacticians faces off against one of Bundesliga’s best teams.
Leipzig’s Timo Werner is close to joining Chelsea in the Premier League – hence this match could also become one of his last few chances to impress for the club that made him who he is today.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (Premier League, June 20)
Both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are currently trying to find their way into the European qualification spots in the Premier League – which is why winning their game on June 20 is extremely important for both sides.
The match will also see Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho facing his former club, who sacked him unceremoniously in December 2018.
Sevilla vs FC Barcelona (La Liga, June 21)
Yet another must-watch football game from the La Liga. As mentioned earlier, Barcelona have a very thin lead at the top of the table in Spain, and unless their closest rivals Real Madrid drop points in at least a few of their fixtures, Barcelona should win every game to maintain their position.
Sevilla are definitely going to try and make it very hard for the Blaugrana, who already have a fairly poor record in away games so far this season.
Everton vs Liverpool (Premier League, June 21)
With the Premier League title almost confirmed for Liverpool, it is up to their opponents to see if they can at least delay their trophy win now. That being said, one of the Reds’ most challenging games going forward would be the Merseyside derby against Everton on June 21.
Both Merseyside clubs have had extremely contrasting fortunes so far this season. While Liverpool have taken giant strides on their course to winning the league, Everton are finding it hard to stay within the top ten. Regardless, the game is going to be a must-win one for both teams.
Chelsea vs Manchester City (Premier League, June 26)
Although Manchester City are at second place on the Premier League table right now, they might have a tough job ahead – with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool getting ready to face them in the coming weeks.
The Chelsea game will take place on June 26 – and it remains to be seen whether Frank Lampard’s boys will draw inspiration from their recent successes in the transfer market, or whether Pep Guardiola and his army will prove too much for them.