What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Bayern Munich can claim its record-extending sixth straight Bundesliga title with a win at home over old rival Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
For that to happen, however, second-place Schalke would need to drop points earlier in the day at home to Freiburg, which is one of at least five teams fighting relegation.
Bayern leads by 17 points with seven games remaining, meaning the title celebrations are just a matter of time. The side is unbeaten in 35 league games at home.
At the other end of the standings, last-place Hamburger SV and resurgent Cologne visit Stuttgart and Hoffenheim, respectively. Wolfsburg, which is just above the relegation zone on goal difference, hasn’t won in eight games across all competitions ahead of its trip to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Mainz, which occupies the relegation playoff place, hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.
— By Ciaran Fahey
Manchester City can set up a potentially title-clinching matchup against fierce rival Manchester United by beating Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
City leads second-place United by 16 points with eight matches left. If City wins at Goodison Park, Pep Guardiola’s side can wrap up the title in record time with a victory in the derby at Etihad Stadium seven days later.
United’s priority has switched to securing a Champions League qualification berth for a top-four finish, and is two points ahead of third-place Liverpool going into a home match against Swansea on Saturday. Hours earlier, Liverpool visits Crystal Palace.
Fifth-place Chelsea trails Tottenham by five points ahead of their London derby at Stamford Bridge.
Lionel Messi’s health is the biggest concern for Barcelona following an international break during which its star player missed two matches with Argentina due to a muscle problem in an unspecified leg.
Barcelona visits Sevilla on Saturday holding an 11-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid in La Liga. With the league title apparently in hand, Barcelona could give Messi extra rest to save him for next week’s Champions League quarterfinal against Roma.
Atletico hosts Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Third-place Real Madrid travels to the Canary Islands to face Las Palmas on Saturday, with its priority clearly being next week’s Champions League clash with Juventus.
— By Joseph Wilson
AC Milan’s resurgence under Gennaro Gattuso faces its toughest test yet when the team visits Serie A leader Juventus on Saturday.
Milan has won its past five league matches to move to within five points of the final Champions League qualifying position — currently occupied by Inter Milan, which it faces next week.
Juventus opened up a four-point gap over Napoli but was surprisingly held to 0-0 by relegation-threatened Spal in its last match and saw its advantage cut in half.
Napoli visits Sassuolo a few hours before Juventus kicks off, with all matches being played on Saturday because of Easter.
Sassuolo is 15th, three points above the drop zone, with several teams in danger of getting sucked into the relegation battle.
— By Daniella Matar
The first trophy of the season is up for grabs as Paris Saint-Germain faces Monaco in the French League Cup final. It is a repeat of last year’s final won by PSG 4-1.
At that time, Monaco was top of the French league and on its way to the Champions League semifinals. After selling several key players, Monaco struggled to rebuild but has found consistency in recent months, losing only one of 19 games since going out of the Champions League group stage.
PSG will be highly motivated to win the League Cup for a fifth straight year. Victory would be the first step in PSG’s bid for a domestic treble, which would somewhat soften the blow of another early European exit.
— By Jerome Pugmire in Paris.
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