After a thrilling set of UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, domestic matters take focus again this weekend across Europe.
There are three derby matches to enjoy, two that’ll be key in determining Champions League qualifiers and one in which the destination of the divisional title can be decided.
In the one remaining alive title race in Europe’s top five leagues—in Italy—the challengers are attempting to cling on to the favorites. There’s also a meeting between two of the Premier League’s best on Saturday evening.
All kick-offs are in Eastern Time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!
Tottenham Hotspur will be confident of adding to Manchester City’s misery on Saturday, when they welcome the champions elect the Wembley.
Although City will go on to clinch the Premier League crown eventually, they’ve had a difficult spell in the buildup to this game, with two losses to Liverpool in the Champions League sandwiching a derby defeat to Manchester United. Pep Guardiola will be keen to see a response from his side, who seek to stop the rot.
Tottenham know the title is gone at this point, but Mauricio Pochettino will want to see his side usurp Manchester United to finish in second spot. Victory over the league’s best would give Spurs a huge boost moving forward too, especially with an FA Cup semi-final to come against United at Wembley next weekend.
Spurs start Week 34 in fourth, three points behind Liverpool, who they have a game in hand on. They’re four points behind United having played the same amount of matches, meaning if they want to finish in second there’s little room for error at this point.
There is still a title race going on in Serie A this season. But last weekend, Napoli had to produce something special to keep their slender chances of winning the Scudetto alive.
Going into the 87th minute against Chievo on Sunday, the Partenopei were 1-0 down in the game and seven points behind Juventus at the top of the table. Maurizio Sarri’s men dug deep, though, with Arkadiusz Milik grabbing an equaliser before Amadou Diawara scored a dramatic winner.
With a match against Juventus in Turin to come next weekend, it’s imperative Napoli keep in touch at the top on Sunday when they visit Milan. They’ll be confident too, as the Rossoneri, who have been rejuvenated under Gennaro Gattuso lately, have gone three games without a win.
It’s a chance for Napoli to apply some pressure back on Juve too, as their match with Sampdoria comes after this showdown at the San Siro. However, with next week’s top-of-the-table contest on the horizon, only three points will do for Napoli in Milan.