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KingFut’s Recommended Fixtures of the Week
Allow me to introduce KingFut’s latest weekly series: Recommended Fixtures of the Week, which will compile the most important matches each week and answer why you shouldn’t miss them.
Zamalek vs. Wadi Degla (Egypt Cup final) – 14:30 Cairo time
For the first time in two years we are going to see an Egyptian competition come to a normal end. The importance of this match is not about the strength of both teams or the competence between them, but this match is important for the sake of Egyptian football to return back to the normal days we all miss. Zamalek fans will hope that by winning the Egypt Cup for the 22nd time, their team could compete against rivals Al-Ahly in the upcoming season on both local and continental fronts and possibly witness a return to their glory days. While Hany Ramzy’s Wadi Degla will aim to upset the Cairo giants by claiming their first title after qualifying to the final for the first time in history after eliminating Ismaily on penalties.
Al-Ahly vs. Orlando Pirates (CAF Champions League final, 2nd leg) – 18:00 Cairo time
The last chance for Egyptian football’s biggest icon over the last eight years, Mohamed Abou-Treika, to end his career on a grande stage. It is well known that Mohamed’s biggest dream was to qualify to the World Cup with Egypt, but the massive 6-1 loss against Ghana in the first leg makes Brazil 2014 seem almost impossible to reach. Playing against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup would be a very special way for Treika to end his legendary career. To do so, Abou-Treika and his team-mates must first pass Orlando Pirates on Sunday to book a place their place in Morocco. The first leg of the CAF Champions League final between Orlando Pirates and Al-Ahly ended in a 1-1 draw in South Africa, which gives Ahly the advantage going into the second leg at the Arab Contractors Stadium on Sunday as they aim for their 8th CAF Champions League title.
Manchester United vs. Arsenal (English Premier League) – 18:10 Cairo time
The most important match this week for the BPL fans. Arsenal are enjoying a remarkable start to the season, which is completely different to previous seasons in recent years. With the attacking style of play in the presence of Özil, Giroud and Ramsey – who is currently enjoying the season of his life with eight goals and five assists to help his team occupy the top spots in both the league and in Group F of the Champions League – Arsenal really seem a different side to the team that lost 2-8 at United two years ago. Many football fans weren’t convinced by Arsenal’s great start to the season until the Gunners met the big teams, but beating Liverpool and Dortmund in the previous week assured Arsenal fans that their team has the ability to compete this season. On the other hand, Manchester United seem to have some troubles this season following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Currently sitting at 8th position in the league after 10 matches is not the start Man Utd. fans would expect. However, a win against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday would be a major boost for David Moyes’ side as only 8 points separate them from the top of the table. Adnan Januzaj is currently the main topic at Manchester this season, the 18-year-old lad seems to have a very great future waiting for him.
A very good clash in Serie A between the 2nd and 3rd place teams. Napoli have been flourishing in their new Spanish project under Rafael Benitez, and both sides are only three points away from high-flying Roma – who won their first 10 games. Napoli are currently doing well in both Serie A and Champions League, but Sunday’s match is an important step in their path to try and achieve the title missing from the Stadio San Paolo since the days of Diego Maradona.