This week, we spend the weekend in Europe, then cross the Atlantic for the first ever clash between NYCFC and New York Red Bulls on Monday. We then finish off the week with arguably the biggest derby in the world (again! How lucky are we?!).
FC Bordeaux vs FC Nantes, Saturday 9 May 2015, 19:00 GMT+1, Stade Chaban-Delmas, Ligue 1
On Saturday evening, Bordeaux host FC Nantes in the last ‘Derby of the Atlantic’ of the season. The name of this derby has arisen, unsurprising, from how close the two clubs are to the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is a relatively unknown derby in Europe, the Atlantic Derby is often a very even affair. The last time these two met in the league in December, Nantes made the most of their home tie and won 2-1. It should be just as close this time around.
Chievo Verona vs Hellas Verona, Sunday 10 May 2015, 11:30 GMT+1, Bentegodi Stadium, Serie A
The Verona Derby, also known as Derby della Arena or Derby della Scala named after the Scala aristocratic family. Chievo represents a small neighborhood in the city that bares the club’s name, while Verona is known as the city’s team. The two sides have only played each other 13 times since their first meeting in 1994, with Chievo winning 6 to Verona’s 5. Their 14th this weekend should be a belter as the two teams square off for bragging rights as Verona looks to settle the score.
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC, Monday 11 May, 00:00 GMT+1, Red Bull Arena, MLS
Since this is the first ever time these two teams have met it’s difficult to say much about the intensity of the rivalry, although that is what makes it such an intriguing derby. NYCFC have made it very clear they feel this cannot technically be classed as a ‘New York Derby’ as Red Bulls play in New Jersey and it’s this kind of attitude from both sides which has clearly sparked a hatred between both sets of fans. Red Bulls will be desperate to make it clear they are the top ‘New York’ team on Monday while NYCFC will be looking to prove they are the top (and, well, the only team) in New York.
Boca Juniors vs River Plate, Friday 15 May 2015, 01:00 GMT+1, Copa Libertadores
It’s quite simply the biggest derby in South America and one of the biggest in world football. The history of the Boca Juniors-River Plate rivalry is replete with fan violence, player violence, and everything in between. This clash will be the third ‘Superclásico’ in the past couple of weeks and with one win each, it safe to say we’ll have another cracker between these two giants.