The spate of midweek international friendlies may have had fans on national team duty but club teams will call them back this weekend as crucial clashes take place in a number of world leagues. FIFA.com takes a look at some of the big games including pivotal encounters in Spain, France and Egypt.
Match of the week
They may be level on points at the summit of Ligue 1, but Bordeaux’s two games in hand over rival's Montpellier has them firmly in the driving seat. Can Montpellier claim first place and open a three-point lead on Bourdeaux or will the reigning champions consolidate pole position?
Real Madrid-Sevilla (Spain)
Fourth-placed Sevilla are up against a Real Madrid side that is averaging almost four goals a game. Sevilla, who are currently three points shy of the coveted top three, have no room for error if they plan to qualify for Europe's elite competion. If the visitors manage to overpower their superstar hosts, backers could grab over 90 points.
Fifth-placed Zamalek have the chance to narrow the five-point gap between themselves and second-placed Petrojet this weekend. The hosts are equally desperate for three-points; they are five points adrift of league leaders Al Ahly, but carry a game in hand. Can Petrojet close in on the summit or will Zamalek open up the field?
Champions kick off new season
Bolivia’s premier football competition kicks of this weekend with reigning champions Blooming traveling to newly promoted Guabira. In their last season (2008) in Bolivia’s Nacional, Guabira suffered 5-1 and 3-0 defeats against Blooming. Will Blooming overpower the minnows yet again, or will the underdogs bite back?