The final few games of the campaign are wonderful. Nine months of grind seems geared towards these final knockings, as fans across the globe pray that their team has what it takes to stand up under pressure and get the job done.
For many, these last few games are somewhat meaningless. But for others, portable radios will be clutched with clammy palms and social media pages will be refreshed relentlessly; desperate to know what’s going on elsewhere and how it affects your own team. Heartbreak and elation await.
In England’s top flight, it’s the final weekend of the campaign and here, we feature the game that could see the champions crowned. Elsewhere, we have the drama of the playoffs, as four teams battle it out to take their place at the top table of English football.
It’s final day weekend in the Bundesliga too, and we focus on the fight for a Champions League spot, that could see any of three different teams qualify for Europe’s elite competition. Our final pick is a huge clash in La Liga’s penultimate weekend of action, one that could have huge connotations at both ends of the table.
All kickoff times are Eastern Time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Wigan Athletic vs. QPR
Friday, 2:45PM, beIN SPORTS and DishWorld
The Championship playoffs are always a fascinating spectacle, and they get underway for two of the four teams on Friday, when FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan host Queen’s Park Rangers. Both sides will be hoping to make a return to the Premier League after a one-year hiatus.
Since Uwe Rosler took charge at the DW Stadium, Wigan have looked like one of the strongest teams in the entire division. They operate with a vibrancy and a swagger that was lacking under his predecessor Owen Coyle, and despite playing an enormous amount of games due of their European commitments this campaign, they still looked fresh in the latter stages of the season.
The Latics’ form has tailed off a little though, and that’s something Harry Redknapp’s team will be hoping to take advantage off. Rangers may not have been the best side in the division to watch this season, but Redknapp has fashioned a team that are very tough to beat. They have a myriad of experienced players too, which can only be a positive ahead of this high pressure clash.
Typically, the first-leg of these games can be a little cagey before they explode into life in the second-leg. But as the home side, the onus will be on Wigan to take the game to QPR and should make for an entertaining spectacle.
VFL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach
Saturday, 9:30 AM, GolTV
The race for Champions League football in Germany will go to the wire, with three teams vying for that ellusive final berth in the Bundesliga. Bayer Leverkusen currently occupy fourth position, but if they drop points on the final day, then a win for either Wolfsburg or Monchengladbach could see them take that coveted spot.
The latter two of the aforementioned trio meet on the final day of the Bundesliga season, and with both teams knowing that only a win will suffice, this game should see two teams playing with freedom and fluidity from the off.