This week’s Derbies of the Week in Europe, we head to Romania for the Eternal Derby, Scania for the Malmo vs Helsingsborg and the Italian second tier for a clash at the top…
Malmö FF vs Helsingborg IF, 3 May 2015, 16:30 GMT+1, Swedbank Stadion, Allsvenskan
Contested between the two most successful clubs in Scania, the ‘Skånederby’ is one of the fiercest rivalries in Sweden that consistently provides plenty of drama. As the two most populous cities in Scania, Malmö and Helsingborg hold each other at arms length when it comes to competing against each other in the Swedish First Division. Malmö currently sit top of the top with 14 points, but Helsingborg go within 3 points of there rivals if they win on Sunday. The last time these two met, they played out a 1-1 draw, so they’ll both be hoping to go one step further this time around. Here’s a taster of the atmosphere you get at the Skånederby.
Modena vs Carpi, 3 May 2015, 17:00 GMT+1, Stadio Alberto Braglia , Italian Serie B
Sunday afternoon will see a contrasting clash of styles during an Emilian Derby in the Italian Serie B. On one side Modena, home of Ferrari and the late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, and on the other side the typical rags-to-riches story of Carpi who have achieved promotion to Serie A on Tuesday night. Carpi’s ultras, will be licking their teeth when they board the 4:27 pm train to Modena with the chance to send their rivals down to the third division. The Canaries of Modena who are four points clear of the relegation zone, were in the Serie A in 2004. Although this may not be the most star studded derby of the weekend, it certainly may have the most at stake.
Dinamo Bucharest vs Steaua Bucharest, 3 May 2015 19:00 GMT+1, Stadionul Dinamo, Romania First Division
The Romanian Eternal Derby is always a tense affair, with both Dinamo and Steaua harbouring a deep historical hatred for each other. As the biggest and most popular clubs in Romania, Dinamo and Steaua’s rivalry belongs in more than just football – their mutual contempt spreads to rugby, handball and water polo. The last time Dinamo and Steaua met, Steaua ran out 3-0 winners at home in October, so Dinamo will be looking to avenge their humiliation from earlier on in the season. Even though Steaua Bucharest have had ownership troubles, they still lie second in the table and are fighting for the Championship.