Soccer Break Friday – titles at stake

May 6, 2011

The week is ending but the drama is just cranking up. Yes, the weekend is almost upon us, and that means loads more football action around Europe where there is still plenty at stake.

European competition is almost over for another season after Braga and Porto booked their places in the Europa League final in Dublin.

Borussia Dortmund became the Bundesliga champions last weekend, and AC Milan need just a point against AS Roma to lift the Serie A title on Saturday.

In Spain, should Real Madrid lose at Sevilla on Saturday and Barcelona grab a point at home to Espanyol on Sunday, the Catalans will be La Liga champions.

Things are a little tighter in the Premier League and Ligue 1, where two or three clubs in each league have a decent shot at glory.

All eyes will be on Old Trafford come Sunday, where leaders Manchester United host Chelsea. A United win, and they would need a mere point from their two remaining fixtures.

A Chelsea win, and both sides will be level on points though the Londoners would hit the top of the table due to a better goal difference. Who would have thought it after Chelsea’s woeful run of form in the middle of the season?

In Ligue 1 Lille and holders Olympique Marseille are battling it out, both facing away matches this weekend and OM are at third-placed Olympique Lyon, keen to get back to winning ways.

While things are rosy for Lille, the French football racism row continues to lurk in the background. Will coach Laurent Blanc be out of a job soon?

Finally, looking for Champions League final tickets? Might have to sell your house first.

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Picture: Borussia Dortmund players celebrate winning the German soccer championships following their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against FC Nueremberg in Dortmund, April 30, 2011. Borussia Dortmund secured the Bundesliga title with two games to spare on Saturday when they beat Nuremberg 2-0 and closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen lost by the same score at struggling Cologne. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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