MATCHDAY: Man United hosts Leeds, PSG visits rival Marseille
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday:
Manchester United can gain ground on Premier League leader Arsenal when it hosts manager-less Leeds. Relegation-fighting Leeds fired Jesse Marsch on Monday ahead of a double-header against third-place United. The teams meet at Old Trafford first and then at Elland Road on Sunday. Defeats for Arsenal and Manchester City over the weekend have reignited hopes that United can mount a genuine title challenge and belief will only grow if Erik ten Hag’s team beats Leeds. United trails Arsenal by eight points and has played one game more than the London club. Also, Premier League club Fulham travels to second-division Sunderland in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.
Borussia Dortmund makes the short journey to local rival Bochum to play for a spot in the German Cup quarterfinals. The game could see Dortmund defender Nico Schlotterbeck play against his older brother Keven, who has become a regular starter for Bochum since the new year. Nuremberg plays Fortuna Duesseldorf.
Marseille hosts bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Velodrome in the round-of-16 of the French Cup. PSG has won the trophy a record 14 times while Marseille won the last of its 10 cups in 1989 and has lost three finals, including to PSG in 2016. PSG and Marseille are first and second in the French league, respectively, but PSG is missing injured striker Kylian Mbappé. The other cup games feature all first-division matchups: Lille at Lyon, Reims at Toulouse, and defending champion Nantes at Angers.
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