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Friday, December 09, 2022

Match Day: Bayern, PSG aim to seal title; City plays Watford

Here’s a look at what’s happening in European football on Saturday:

Germany:

Bayern Munich could win their 10th straight Bundesliga title with three games to spare with a home win over second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Bayern are looking to continue their strong record against Dortmund after winning their last seven matches. Among Europe’s top five leagues, Bayern are tied for a record nine consecutive titles with Juventus, which won Serie A every season from 2012 to 2020. For Dortmund, Erling Haaland ended a goal drought last week by scoring twice against Wolfsburg. Future. Elsewhere, Leipzig hosted Union Berlin for the second time this week after winning their German Cup semi-finals, and Freiburg hosted Borussia Mönchengladbach in their Champions League chase. Bayer Leverkusen visited last-placed Grüther Firth, Eintracht Frankfurt faced Hoffenheim, and Cologne played Arminia Bielefeld.

France

Paris Saint-Germain are just one point away from leveling a record 10th league title. With five matches left to play this season, Mauricio Pochettino’s players have the opportunity to wrap up their dominant campaign in front of their home fans against Lens at the Parc des Princes. PSG have a 15-point lead over Marseille and could still be crowned if they lose against Lens on the condition that Marseille does not beat Reims on Sunday. PSG are set to move on with Saint-Etienne, who won their 10th title in 1981 and are struggling to stay afloat this season. Only two of PSG’s previous titles – in 1986 and 1994 – were captured by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011 with the aim of turning PSG into a world-class club. In addition, Saint-tienne hosts Monaco in Form and Montpellier travels to Lyon.

England

Manchester City could be four points ahead of second-placed Liverpool in the Premier League title race with a home win over relegation-threatened Watford. City’s win will take the pressure off Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton. More intrigue could lie in this weekend’s race for Champions League qualification, with the two candidates meeting at the Emirates Stadium when fifth-placed Arsenal host sixth-placed Manchester United. Arsenal are tied on points with fourth-placed Tottenham, three points behind United. Tottenham visit Brentford in a match between Christian Ericsson’s past and present clubs. Last-placed Norwich are eight points off the safety heading in their home match against Newcastle, and Leicester host Aston Villa in the second game.

Spain

Real Betis and Valencia will play the final of Spain’s Copa del Rey in Betis’ hometown of Seville. The match will take place at the Estadio La Cartuja, a neutral ground where the Spain national team played group stage matches for last year’s European Championships. Valencia will be looking for their ninth Copa del Rey in 2019 after winning No. Betis’ second and last cup title came back in 2005. The winner will also earn a Europa League berth.

Italy

Inter Milan forward Edin Deco can score a Serie A goal century against his former club by scoring twice as defending champions host Roma. Deco has scored a total of 98 goals in the Italian league – 13 this season for Inter and the remaining five years at Roma. A win would send Inter to the top of Serie A, with current leaders AC Milan playing in Lazio on Sunday. Inter will also be excited to beat Milan 3-0 to reach the Italian Cup final. A win could restart Roma’s challenge to make it to the Champions League. Atalanta have seen their hopes of a top four finish fading after three consecutive defeats and a tour of relegation-crisis Venezia. Two other parties battling the drop, Sampdoria and Spezia, travel to Hellas Verona and Torino, respectively.

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