We will be witnessing the last rounds in England and Germany this weekend, where the European faiths of teams such as Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool and Chelsea will be determined.
Manolo Gabbiadini’s 72’ goal in Wales decided to faith of two Premier League clubs. West Bromwich (officially) and Swansea (unofficially) are relegated to the Championship. So, as it stands now, there’s only one question needing an answer in EPL’s last round. Who will finish 4th? Chelsea missed a huge opportunity to put much more pressure on Liverpool by failing to beat Huddersfield on Wednesday night. The draw means that Liverpool needs just a point at home versus Brighton to ensure Champions League football. Meanwhile, Chelsea visits Newcastle.
Tottenham’s CL spot is secure. The only uncertainty is whether The Spurs will remain 3rd. For that to happen, they either need to defeat Leicester or for The Reds not to win. Considering Harry Kane is still chasing Salah for the title of the league’s best goalscorer, I doubt Pochettino’s men will not come up with the three points. Southampton can calmly host Manchester City, whose mission is not over yet, despite winning the title. Guardiola and his lads are chasing a history-making 100 points. Watford at home and Huddersfield on the road are the last tasks of the other two top 6 teams – Manchester United and Arsenal.
Sevilla notched a crucial victory against Real Madrid on Wednesday that allowed it to take over the 7th spot from Getafe. With two rounds to go, the Andalusians’ faith is in their own hands now. In the other delayed fixture, Barcelona crashed Villarreal 5-1. The champions have Levante (away) up next in their quest for invincibility. Real Madrid’s focus is firmly on the Champions League final, so the remaining two fixtures, starting with the visit from Celta Vigo this weekend, will be seen as nothing but practice matches for Zidane.
Both Sevilla and Getafe have tough matchups in LaLiga’s penultimate round. Sevilla takes on its arch rival Betis in what is one of the most tense rivalries in football, whereas Getafe travels to Wanda Metropolitano to take on Atletico Madrid, a team that has lost only once at home all season long. With a win at relegated Deportivo, Villarreal will put a seal on its Europa League spot on Saturday, while 9th-placed Girona faces Champions League bound Valencia.
It is the last round in the German Bundesliga, thus all the games will be played at the same time on Saturday. The main event is the clash between Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund. Since Bayer Leverkusen is widely expected to beat Hannover at the BayArena, failure to win will cost Nagelsmann’s men Champions League football. If Hoffenheim does win, then a circle of three teams with 55 points will be created in which Leverkusen will most likely have the worst goal difference and lose out on a CL berth. We’ll see what happens.
Bayern Munich and Schalke are safely in Europe’s most prestigious competition, but their games are of huge importance to their opposition. The champions host Stuttgart, while Schalke faces Eintracht Frankfurt, two clubs that are entrenched in a battle for Europa League qualification. Eintracht has the upper hand at the moment, considering it’s ranked 7th and plays in the cup final. However, failure to win at least one game will most likely result in non-European football next season. RB Leipzig also controls its own destiny. A win at Hertha Berlin will book its place in the Europa League. Borussia Monchengladbach is the last team within distance for that coveted 7th place. It visits Hamburger SV, a team that still holds hope for survival. If Wolfsburg wins against last-placed Koln, however, Hamburg is out regardless of what happens in its match.
Serie A has two rounds left to play and several questions that require answers. One is which are going to be the two teams to claim the remaining two CL berths. Roma, Lazio and Inter are in contention and while Roma has the advantage right now, it also has the toughest task this weekend, as it hosts Juventus. Allegri’s men need a point from their last two encounters to officially seal the title which is 99% theirs already. Lazio is on the road at Crotone, a team that is still in danger of dropping out, while Inter has a home date with Sassuolo on the schedule.
Napoli lost and drew its last two fixtures and might have a problem for the third straight game as it visits Sampdoria, knowing that The Genoans are still within range of the Europa League. The 6th and 7th placed squads are AC Milan and Atalanta and they face each other in what could be a match with significant consequences, especially since Fiorentina shouldn’t have a problem earning three points versus Cagliari. At the bottom of the table, Benevento and Verona have been relegated for some time. The five other endangered teams Spal (35), Chievo (34), Crotone (34), Udinese (34) and Cagliari (33) are all stacked within two points of each other.
Lyon, Monaco and Marseille continue their battle for 2nd and 3rd place. Les Gones are at Strasbourg, Les Olympiens travel to Guingamp today and Monaco squares off against St. Etienne. Fifth-placed Rennes has been in good form lately, but it’ll have a difficult time when it visits PSG on Saturday. Rennes’, St. Etienne’s and Bordeaux’s complicated fixtures represent an excellent opportunity for Nice (vs. Caen) and Montpellier (vs. Troyes), who have much easier adversaries, to gain ground in the chase for the three spots leading to Europe.