What to watch this weekend

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April 07, 2018
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FC Barcelona's Paulinho (right) and teammate Luis Suarez celebrating.
@Normal:Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller
Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan
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What to watch this weekend

ENGLAND

Pep Guardiola could seal his first English Premier League trophy with Manchester City today, just as former club Bayern Munich hopes to wrap up a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title.

A potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to clinch the Premier League title with a win over fierce rivals Manchester United has come at the wrong time for Manchester City.

today's derby match at the Etihad Stadium arrives in the middle of City's two-legged UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool.

With City 3-0 down from the first leg, there's the likelihood that Guardiola will field a weakened team against United in light of the second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday.

With a win, City would wrap up the Premier League title in record time, with six games still to play. United's 2000-01 team holds the record with five matches to spare.

United are 16 points behind City in second place, two ahead of a Liverpool team also playing in a derby this weekend.

Hours before the Manchester derby, Liverpool visit Merseyside rival Everton and coach Jurgen Klopp has a similar dilemma to Guardiola in terms of picking a team with Tuesday in mind.

West Bromwich Albion, in last place and 10 points from safety, will be on the brink of relegation if they fail to beat Swansea.

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GERMANY

Bayern will seal the title with five games to spare with a win at Augsburg today.

Most of the excitement will be elsewhere with five of the nine games involving neighbours fighting for the same goals.

Second-last Cologne host Mainz for a relegation battle that seems to be the home side's last chance to avoid the drop. Cologne are six points behind today's opponents with six games remaining.

Wolfsburg travel to Freiburg for another clash between relegation candidates while last-place Hamburger SV face a tough task against visiting Schalke, who are second and on a seven-game winning run.

Borussia Dortmund hope to get over last weekend's 6-0 mauling in Munich, at home to Stuttgart. Dortmund, in third place, are nervously looking over their shoulder at Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt, all vying for Champions League qualifying places.

Leipzig and Leverkusen clash on Monday, a day after Eintracht host Hoffenheim.

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SPAIN

Unbeaten all season in the league, Barcelona are on track to lift the trophy.

With eight games remaining, the Catalan club has a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid heading into today's game against Leganes.

There's little prospect of second-place Atletico Madrid catching Barcelona but the Spanish capital derby at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow provides a chance for the visitors to stretch their lead over Real Madrid to seven points.

Fourth-place Valencia, which host Espanyol tomorrow, have a 15-point cushion over fifth-place Villarreal in the push for the final Champions League spot.

Villarreal are in contention for the Europa League places, along with Real Betis, Sevilla and Girona.

Tomorrow, 18th-place Las Palmas visit Levante, which is one position higher.