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Flamengo vs Athletico Paranaense

where: Monumental Stadium in Guayaquil, Ecuador
when: 20:00 GMT

Two Brazilian teams will meet in the final of the Copa Libertadores for the third consecutive year.

Two-time winners Flamengo lost last year’s final to Palmeiras after a defensive error led to an extra-time goal.

The Rio de Janeiro team head into today’s game with plenty of confidence after beating Argentina side Velez Sarsfield 6-1 on aggregate in the semi-final.

Athletic Paranaense, who last reached the final in 2005, beat defending champions Palmeiras 3-2 on aggregate.

Flamengo has a more star-studded squad, such as Arturo Vidal, David Luiz and Filipe Luís.

Athletic Paranaense is managed by former national coach Felipe Scolari.

The two teams last met in the Copa Brasil in August, where Flamengo triumphed 1-0 over two legs.

Liverpool vs Leeds

where: Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom
when: 18:45 GMT

Out-of-form Leeds travel to Anfield in a crucial game for the Reds, who are in eighth place after 11 games.

Despite an impressive 3-0 win at Ajax in the Champions League in midweek, the Reds will be worried about their 1-0 defeat at bottom of the table Nottingham Forest last Saturday.

It’s a must-win for Jurgen Klopp as Leeds have lost their last four Premier League games. A win would see the Reds close the gap on the Premier League leaders, but a defeat could see them drop into the bottom half of the table.

Liverpool beat Leeds 6-0 when the teams last met in February.

Valencia vs Barcelona

where: Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
when: 19:00 GMT

Barcelona will be looking to continue their good form in La Liga, where they have won nine of their last 10 games to keep the pressure on leaders Real Madrid.

The Catalan side will be eager to get over their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League as they face a Valencia side that have failed to win in their last three games.

Valencia, who are currently ninth in La Liga, will look to star Edison Cavani to make the difference. The Uruguayan striker has scored in his last three games.

Barcelona beat Valencia 4-1 the last time they met in February with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick.

Brighton vs Chelsea

where: Falmer Stadium, Brighton, United Kingdom
When: 14:00 GMT

Graham Potter returns to Brighton today with his former club having picked up just two points from their last five games.

The south coast side have not won a single game since Roberto De Zerbi took over from Potter, who is currently unbeaten as Chelsea manager.

Brighton, who enjoyed a promising start to the season, are currently ninth in the league. Chelsea are fifth, behind Newcastle on goal difference.

Four of the last five competitive matches between the two clubs have ended in draws.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund

where: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
when: 16:30 GMT

In-form Frankfurt will look to maintain their place in the top four when they face Dortmund, who are a point behind them in the Bundesliga.

Frankfurt will be confident, having beaten Marseille in the Champions League in midweek. They have now won four in a row in all competitions, including a 5-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.

Dortmund drew 0-0 with Man City in the Champions League. They have experienced erratic form losing in the league to Union Berlin and Köln, but have also recorded a 4-1 win at Sevilla and a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich.

The two teams last met in January, where Dortmund won 3-2.


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