2021 kicks off with a bang.
We've zeroed in on three elite fixtures for Saturday before a blue-chip clash between Chelsea and Man City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
Don't you dare miss any of these.
🍿 Saturday 02 Jan
🔵🟢 Glasgow Rangers vs Glasgow Celtic
It doesn't get much bigger in terms of local rivalries than the intensity and passion served up in the Old Firm Derby. The Rangers class of 2020-21 has a genuine shot at arresting Celtic's nine-year stranglehold on the Scottish Premiership after a staggering run of form under Steven Gerrard.
They currently hold a 16-point lead at the summit of the table after winning 19 of their first 20 matches this term, losing none, scoring 56 goals and conceding just five. Celtic comes into this traditional tussle off the back of three consecutive clean sheet wins and it's a Derby they simply have to win to retain any remote hopes of defending their Scottish crown. There's no other place to be than Glasgow in Saturday's early kickoff.
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🌞🏴☠️ Mamelodi Sundowns vs Orlando Pirates
Three of the last four Premier Soccer League meetings between these South African giants have ended as goalless draws. Sundowns have made a good start to their title defence, going unbeaten in their first eight matches, but the Buccaneers can close the gap between them and Masandawana to just two points with a win. The Sea Robbers have finished as runners-up to Sundowns in two of the last three seasons and nothing but a win here will do if they are to start closing the gap.
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🟢🔴 Real Betis vs Sevilla
Europa League champions Sevilla have had the upper hand over their Seville rivals Betis in recent meetings, winning the last three LaLiga head to heads. Betis did, however, win two of three matches prior to that run including a staggering 5-3 win back in January 2018 at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Betis will need to find some consistency in their game if they are to beat arguably one of the most consistent teams in Europe and claim the bragging rights in El Gran Derbi. Watch out for 39-year-old Betis skipper Joaquín, still going strong and aiming for a fairytale swansong with his boyhood club in 2020-21.
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☀️ Sunday 03 Jan
🔵🌃 Chelsea vs Man City
Interestingly, the home side on the day has won each of the last five Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Manchester City. The Citizens have the overall upper hand with four wins in the last six top-flight head to heads and they'll be confident here against a Chelsea side with three losses and just one win in their last five. Frank Lampard and Pep Guardiola both desperately need to win this, and that should ensure a thrilling spectacle for neutral observers.
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What a titanic set of fixtures to whet the appetite at the start of a new year.