Five football games you should keep an eye on today | Football News
Flamengo vs Athletico Paranaense
Where: Estadio Monumental in Guayaquil, Ecuador
When: 20:00 GMT
The two Brazilian teams will meet in the Copa Libertadores final for the third year in a row.
Flamengo won last year’s final twice against Palmeiras after a defensive error led to a goal in extra time.
The team from Rio de Janeiro entered today’s match with high confidence after beating Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield 6-1 in the semi-final.
Athletico Paranaense, the team that last reached the final in 2005, overcame defending champion Palmeiras 3-2 on aggregate.
Flamengo boasts a more all-star roster, which includes the likes of Arturo Vidal, David Luiz and Filipe Luís.
Athletico Paranaense is managed by former national team coach Felipe Scolari.
The two teams last met at the Copa do Brasil in August, where Flamengo won 1–0 after two legs.
😍 ¡Cada vez falta menos! Se viene la gran Final de la CONMEBOL #Libtadores.
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– CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libtadores) October 25, 2022
Liverpool vs Leeds
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, UK
When: 18:45 GMT
Leeds are not in high form coming to Anfield in the crucial game against the Reds, who are languishing in eighth place after 11 games.
Despite an impressive 3-0 away win over Ajax in the Champions League in midweek, the Red Devils will be plagued by a 0-1 loss to bottom team Nottingham Forest last Saturday.
It was a must-win for Jurgen Klopp, with Leeds having lost their last four Premier League games. A win would help the Reds close the gap on the Premier League leaders, but a loss could send them down to the bottom half of the table.
Liverpool beat Leeds 6-0 when the two teams last met in February.
Valencia vs Barcelona
Where: Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
When: 19:00 GMT
Barcelona will be looking to continue their fine form in La Liga, where they have won nine of their last 10 matches to keep the pressure on top of the table Real Madrid.
The Catalan side will be eager to secure a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League as they face a Valencia side that has failed to win in their last three matches.
Valencia, who are ranked 9th in La Liga, will look to star Edison Cavani to make a difference. The Uruguayan striker has scored in their last three matches.
Barcelona beat Valencia 4-1 in their last meeting in February with a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Welcome back @FCBarcelona
– UEFA Europa League (@Differential_PL) October 26, 2022
Brighton vs Chelsea
Where: Falmer Stadium, Brighton, UK
When: 14:00 GMT
Graham Potter will return to Brighton today with his former club earning just two points from their last five games.
The south coast side have not won a game since Roberto De Zerbi took over from Potter, who is currently unbeaten as Chelsea manager.
Brighton, who have had a promising start to the season, are currently ninth in the table. Chelsea ranked 5th, behind Newcastle in goal difference.
Four of the last five head-to-head matches between the two clubs ended in a draw.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund
Where: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
When: 16:30 GMT
Frankfurt are in high form will look to maintain their place in the top 4 when facing Dortmund, who are leading them by one point in the Bundesliga.
Frankfurt will be confident, after beating Marseille in the Champions League midweek. They currently have 4 consecutive wins in all competitions, including beating Bayer Leverkusen 5-1.
Dortmund drew 0-0 with Man City in the Champions League. They went through some erratic form, losing to Union Berlin and Cologne in the tournament but also had a 4-1 win over Sevilla and a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich.
The two teams last met in January, where Dortmund won 3-2.