There are fitness doubts about the best players on each team – Kevin De Bruyne from City and Harry Kane from Tottenham.
Published: April 25, 2021 16:26 |
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The first major domestic silverware is due when Manchester City plays Tottenham in the English League Cup final at Wembley.
It is one of the most famous coaches in the world, City’s Pep Guardiola, with a rookie counterpart in Tottenham’s Ryan Mason? The youngest Premier League manager, aged 29, only played his second senior game after replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho.
It could be the first of three trophies this season for City to win the Premier League by 11 points and is in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
There are fitness doubts about the best players in each team? Kevin De Bruyne from City and Harry Kane from Tottenham.
In the Premier League, runner-up Manchester United can be practically certain of qualifying for the Champions League by beating strong rivals Leeds away from home.
The penultimate West Bromwich Albion must win at Aston Villa to maintain realistic hopes of survival and Burnley head to Wolverhampton.
Leipzig hopes to make up for a leap in form if Stuttgart hopes. Another defeat would give Bayern Munich the title in the Bundesliga three rounds before the end.
The second-placed Leipzig player surprisingly lost in the last game to relegation candidate Cologne and is 10 points behind the Bavarian after just one win in the last four games Powerhouse has fallen behind.
Stuttgart have lost their last three games and are still hoping to reach the point that would bring their record to the 40, which sporting director Sven Mislintat called the goal for the season.
Gladbach hopes also to some redress after suffering a 3-2 defeat at Hoffenheim on Wednesday by two goals.
Atlético Madrid have an excellent chance to take a big step towards their first title since 2014 when it Athletic visits Bilbao.
A win would put Diego Simeone’s side five points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the league.
Top scorer Luis Suárez and strikers João Félix and Thomas Lemar will be back in the Atlético squad after an injury.
If Barcelona win in Villarreal, they can catch up with Madrid, who drew 0-0 against Real Betis on Saturday. </ Lionel Messi leads the league with 25 goals, while Villarreal's Gerard Moreno is third on the scorers list with 20 goals behind Karim Benzema.
Sevilla can be up with a win in Granada that would be one point behind Madrid keep external title bid alive.
Juventus will seek revenge when they visit Fiorentina, who gave the nine-time defending champions a demoralizing 3-0 defeat in Turin in December.
Juventus are in fourth place and have the last place in the Champions League in precarious hands. There is no room for missteps against a side from Fiorentina trying to avoid relegation.
Inter Milan, the Serie A leaders, host Hellas Verona and third-placed Atalanta are looking to extend their unbeaten run in six games when he receives Bologna.
Roma are also warming up for the Europa League semi-finals against Manchester United with a visit to Cagliari, who is threatened with relegation.
Christophe Galtier’s team must win in Lyon to to have one point ahead of defending champions PSG. There are still four games left after this weekend.
But third-placed Monaco and fourth-placed Lyon are waiting in the starting blocks, and both are firmly in the fight for the title.
If Monaco wins in Angers and Lyon visits Lille, Monaco will jump on the second place, Lyon finished third and Lille dropped to fourth place.
Of the four rivals, Niko Kovac’s chic team from Monaco plays the best football, has only lost once in the last 22 games and has its key players in shape.
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