Thursday, May 19, 2022

Match day: Inter could go on top; Bielefeld fights to stay up

Spain

Real Sociedad looks to keep alive its chances of qualifying for the Champions League when it moves to Levante’s last-place finish in the Spanish league. Sociedad are sixth with four rounds left, five points behind Atlético Madrid in the fourth and final qualification spot. Sociedad have won their last three league games with two draws and a home loss against second-placed Barcelona. Levante, sitting six points away from safety, have not been able to win two matches in a row.

Italy

Inter Milan are heading into a week that could make or break their season. The Nerazurri host Empoli in Serie A and will then have to prepare for Wednesday’s Italian Cup final against Juventus. Empoli are safe from relegation and have little to play for, while Inter know a win will send them back to the top of the league, one point above AC Milan, who do not play until Sunday. Juventus also plays for Genoa on Friday, who are desperate to break out of the relegation zone. Juve have already secured a place in the Champions League for next season, but could move up to third-placed Napoli.

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Germany:

Armenia Bielefeld visits Bochum for a game that must be won to maintain any realistic hope of avoiding Bundesliga relegation. Bielefeld, who scrapped a point with a late draw against Hertha Berlin last weekend but did not win in nine games, are two points behind Stuttgart, second from the playoffs with two rounds remaining. occupies the position. If Bielefeld doesn’t beat Bochum, the best he can hope for is to hold on to Stuttgart in the last round – until Stuttgart beat Bayern Munich on Sunday. Bayern have already won the title and are only proud at stake. If Bielefeld fails to win and Stuttgart wins again on Sunday, Bielefeld’s eighth relegation will be confirmed.

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France

Monaco are in great form and looking for an eighth consecutive league win when they meet last season’s champions Lille. A win for Monaco would take it ahead of Marseille and move to second place on goal difference for an automatic Champions League spot with two rounds left later this weekend. Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder is having another good season and the France forward is looking to add to his 21 league goals. He is three behind Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, the league’s top scorer. But goals have been drying up recently for Lillee’s Jonathan David after a strong start to the season. The Canadian striker finished 13th in 10th for a side and was out of the race for a European spot the following season.

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